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 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective e. Analyze additional information that would clarify or strengthen the author's argument or viewpoint

Assessment limit: Information that would enhance or clarify the reader's understanding of the main idea of the text or a portion of the text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read these articles about a secret language, 'Codetalking' and 'The Navajo'. Then answer the following.

Explain what information could have been added to the passage from Codetalking to help a reader better understand an important idea in the article. In your response use information from the article that supports your explanation. 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.

Which additional information would increase a reader's understanding of Jack London?

  1. a sample of Kipling's writing
  2. an excerpt from London's writing
  3. an introduction to "Adventure's Call"
  4. a list of London's books and short stories
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Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Information that would enhance or clarify the reader's understanding of the main idea of the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.6.e:
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