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 4. Analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective b. Analyze the author's argument, viewpoint, or perspective

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 author of this article would probably agree that—

  1. becoming a writer requires a lot of money
  2. adventuresome jobs are often dangerous jobs
  3. interest in a subject can lead to exciting experiences
  4. family members can often help a person develop a career

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.b:
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