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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 i. Analyze the point of view and its effect on meaning

Selected Response Item

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

Because of the first person narration, the reader is mostly aware of the character's—

  1. internal response to the physical setting
  2. experience with similar situations
  3. survival skills
  4. reason for attempting this task

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Connections between point of view and meaning

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.i: