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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 4. Analyze and evaluate elements of poetry to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective b. Analyze language and structural features to determine meaning

Assessment limit: Literal versus figurative meaning

Selected Response Item

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

Read lines 3-5 of the poem

From her gentle manners
lessons were learned
not easily forgotten

The meaning of these lines is that Grandmother

  1. was well educated
  2. taught by example
  3. had a good memory
  4. knew how to behave
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Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Literal versus figurative meaning

Selected Response Item

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

Read lines 3–5 of the poem

From her gentle manners
lessons were learned
not easily forgotten

The meaning of these lines is that Grandmother

  1. was well educated
  2. taught by example
  3. had a good memory
  4. knew how to behave
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_067.xml

Correct Answer:
B

Resources for Objective 3.A.4.b:
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