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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Analyze important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective a. Analyze main ideas and universal themes

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the story 'Scrambled Eggs' and answer the following question.

Explain what the innkeeper probably learns from his experience. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanation.

Sample Student Response #1

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Annotation: The student states that the innkeeper learned to "keep what you have," and uses details from the story that support the suggested lesson. The student explains that had the innkeeper accepted the original amount, "he would have earned money," however, the innkeeper did not "settle for the 10 kroner," he lost 100 kroner. The additional details from the story help the student's explanation.


Sample Student Response #2

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Annotation: The student states that the innkeeper learned "that if somebody treats you nicly you should treat them the same way not unfairly." The student explains this lesson by using details from the story, "the farmer was being nice by apologizing," but the innkeeper was being unfair by charging "him more for the scrambled eggs." This response leaves out many details that would complete the explanation, such as the fact that the innkeeper actually lost money because of his greed and deception.


Sample Student Response #3

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Annotation: The student states the lesson learned by the innkeeper, "if you are dishonest on purpose, you will be punished worse." The student attempts to explain this lesson by using details from the story; "the judge was outraged by the innkeeper's greed and deseption." However, the student states the punishment, "he fined him 100 kroner" but does not explain how the punishment is "worse."


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