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 g. Synthesize ideas from text

Assessment limit: From one text or a portion of the text or across multiple texts

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the article 'Adventure's Call' and answer the following question.

Explain how Jack London's experiences contributed to his career. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation.

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Selected Response Item

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

Based on information in this article, a reader can best conclude that

  1. the Anasazi were a talented but unlucky people
  2. the Anasazi were good farmers but careless with land
  3. the Mesa Verde's animals made it a dangerous place to live
  4. the Mesa Verde's lack of trees caused bad growing seasons
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Correct Answer:
A

Selected Response Item

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

After reading this article, a reader can conclude that—

  1. memorizing words is the best way to improve vocabulary
  2. people prefer adventure stories more than any other stories
  3. becoming a successful writer requires years of commitment
  4. manual labor allows a person time to think about other ideas
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Correct Answer:
C

Assessment limit:
From one text or a portion of the text or across multiple texts

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.g:
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