School Improvement in Maryland

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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 1. Apply and refine comprehension skills by selecting, reading, and analyzing a variety of print and non-print informational texts, including electronic media

Objective b. Read, use, and identify the characteristics of workplace and other real-world documents such as sets of directions, science investigations, atlases, posters, flyers, forms, instructional manuals, menus, pamphlets, rules, invitations, recipes, advertisements, other functional documents

Assessment limit: Grade-appropriate workplace and real-world documents

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'Adventure's Call' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of these sentences from the article most clearly identifies the article as nonfiction?

  1. The contest offered a $25 first prize.
  2. People in the United States seemed hungry for stories about that harsh land.
  3. Jack's book became one of the best-selling books in American literary history.
  4. Jack wondered why his earlier writing hadn't succeeded.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Grade-appropriate workplace and real-world documents

Resources for Objective 2.A.1.b: