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

Objective d. Identify and explain other poetic elements such as setting, mood, tone, etc., that contribute to meaning

Assessment limit: Elements of grade-appropriate lyric and narrative poems that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Explain how the speaker in "Grandmother" feels about Grandmother Asdzan Alts' iisi. In your response, use details and examples from the poem to support your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.
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Selected Response Item

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

The tone of this poem is best described as

  1. appreciative
  2. courteous
  3. dramatic
  4. solemn
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_076.xml

Correct Answer:
A

Assessment limit:
Elements of grade-appropriate lyric and narrative poems that contribute to meaning

Selected Response Item

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

The tone of this poem is best described as

  1. appreciative
  2. courteous
  3. dramatic
  4. solemn
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_070.xml

Correct Answer:
A

Resources for Objective 3.A.4.d:
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