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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 1.0 General Reading Processes

Topic D. Vocabulary

Indicator 3. Understand, acquire, and use new vocabulary

Objective a. Use context to determine the meanings of words

Selected Response Item

Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

Mr. Martínez told Dave to enunciate the word carefully, so everyone in the audience would hear it clearly. Enunciate means _____.

  1. examine
  2. write
  3. pronounce
  4. describe
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_013.xml

Correct Answer:
C

Selected Response Item

Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

School was closed due to the adverse weather conditions. Adverse means _____.

  1. windy
  2. difficult
  3. slippery
  4. snowy
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_014.xml

Correct Answer:
B

Selected Response Item

Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

These directions will tell you how to operate the toy.

In which sentence does the word operate mean the same thing as in the sentence above?

  1. Carol knows how to operate that computer.
  2. The doctor will operate on my grandfather tomorrow.
  3. It’s sometimes hard to operate a business.
  4. This engine doesn’t operate well at all.
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_015.xml

Correct Answer:
A

Resources for Objective 1.D.3.a:
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