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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 8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts

Objective c. Analyze and evaluate the relationship between a literary text and its historical, social, and/or political context

Assessment limit: Implications of the historical or social context on a literary text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this passage from 'Dear Mr. President Thomas Jefferson Letters from a Philadelphia Bookworm', a novel that takes place when President Jefferson was in office. Amelia Hornsby has grown up in Philadelphia but has recently followed her father, a doctor, to Pittsburgh. Then answer the following.

What do the events and details in the letter suggest about the society in which Amelia Hornsby lives? In your response, use details and events from the letter that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.


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Resources for Objective 3.A.8.c: