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 2. Analyze text features to facilitate and extend understanding of informational texts

Objective d. Analyze organizational aids that contribute to meaning

Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

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

The two headings in "Adventure's Call" mostly

  1. indicate London's skill as a sailor and miner
  2. share London's interest in different careers
  3. reveal London's desire for adventure on land and sea
  4. highlight moments in London's development as a writer

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
In the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.2.d: