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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Analyze and evaluate elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective d. Analyze characterization

Selected Response Item

Read the poem 'Grandmother'. Then answer the following.

Grandmother's actions show that she is mostly a

  1. good storyteller
  2. strict grandparent
  3. sorrowful individual
  4. hard working woman
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_074.xml

Correct Answer:
D

Assessment limit:
Character's traits based on what character says, does, and thinks and what other characters or the narrator says

Selected Response Item

Read the poem 'Grandmother'. Then answer the following.

Grandmother’s actions show that she is mostly a

  1. good storyteller
  2. strict grandparent
  3. sorrowful individual
  4. hard working woman
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_068.xml

Correct Answer:
D

Selected Response Item

Read this passage titled 'Deliverance' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

The words that best describe the narrator are—

  1. despairing and ready to quit
  2. anxious and struggling for control
  3. secure about and focused on a goal
  4. aware and appreciative of surroundings
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_087.xml

Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Character's traits based on what character says, does, and thinks and what other characters or the narrator says

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.d:
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