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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Analyze and interpret important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective c. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 2.

I turned and forgot about it, pulling upward, kneeing and toeing into the cliff, kicking steps into the shaly rock wherever I could, trying to position both hands and one foot before moving to a new position.

Which of these is the best paraphrase for the sentence?

  1. I focused on moving upward, pressing into the cliff, moving loose rock, placing hands, and one foot before continuing.
  2. I moved around, punching knees and toes into the wall, forcing loose rock aside before holding on with hands and one foot until I moved to another location.
  3. I wanted to move upward so I did by pushing my knees and toes into loose rock when I could and putting my hands and one foot on the cliff and lifting my other foot to a safe spot.
  4. I did not think about the overhang but concentrated on going up by putting my knees and toes into available rock and laying my hands and one foot on the cliff before moving the other foot.
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_088.xml

Correct Answer:
A

Assessment limit:
The text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 2.

I turned and forgot about it, pulling upward, kneeing and toeing into the cliff, kicking steps into the shaly rock wherever I could, trying to position both hands and one foot before moving to a new position.

Which of these is the best paraphrase for the sentence?

  1. I focused on moving upward, pressing into the cliff, moving loose rock, placing hands, and one foot before continuing.
  2. I moved around, punching knees and toes into the wall, forcing loose rock aside before holding on with hands and one foot until I moved to another location.
  3. I wanted to move upward so I did by pushing my knees and toes into loose rock when I could and putting my hands and one foot on the cliff and lifting my other foot to a safe spot.
  4. I did not think about the overhang but concentrated on going up by putting my knees and toes into available rock and laying my hands and one foot on the cliff before moving the other foot.
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_8_096.xml

Correct Answer:
A

Assessment limit:
The text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.6.c:
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