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 d. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the passage 'The Lost People of Mesa Verde.' Then answer the following.

Write a summary of paragraphs 6 through 11 of "The Lost People of the Mesa Verde." In your response, include the important ideas from paragraphs 6 through 11.

Write your answer on your answer document.

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Selected Response Item

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

Read paragraph 14.

Which of these is the best paraphrase of this paragraph?

  1. Inspiration comes in different forms, but if you wait, you will miss it.
  2. Don't wait for inspiration to find you. Go after it aggressively, and it will appear.
  3. Delaying the search for inspiration causes you to look in places where it does not exist.
  4. Don't just request inspiration. Look for it everywhere, and you will find it some place.
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Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
The text or a portion of the text

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