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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective e. Analyze additional information that would clarify or strengthen the author's argument or viewpoint

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read these articles about a secret language, 'Codetalking' and 'The Navajo'. Then answer the following.

Explain what information could have been added to the passage from Codetalking to help a reader better understand an important idea in the article. In your response use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

Sample Student Response #1

Student Response

Annotation: The student answers "The article was fine" that it "explains codetalking just fine." The student continues that the article is already understandable and a reader "know how important it is." The student answers the question but provides no text support for the answer. To improve this response, the student should supply text support for the answer that the passage can already be understood. Following that, the student should explain what makes the text understandable in its present form.


Sample Student Response #2

Student Response

Annotation: The student answers, "The important idea in the article is that it was a way to talk between people that the enemy does not know what is being said." The student states that the author should have included "a story in which this code talk was used" or "put in a word or two in Native American." The student does answer the question and identifies an important idea in the article. To improve this response, the student should be more specific about what the suggested story should show about codetalking for example the secretive way the language was used and then explain how the story helps a reader understand the stated important idea.


Sample Student Response #3

Student Response

Annotation: The student answers that an important idea "was how difficult it was to decode" and suggests that including "examples of words to help clarify the many steps it takes to decode a word." The student continues that those steps include "the vocabulary which is hard to learn" and that the "author did not mention any vocab." The student concludes that inclusion of vocabulary "would have given the reader a feel for the complex language." The student does answer the question by stating an important idea and indicating some information that would help a reader understand that important idea. However the text support is minimal. To improve this response, the student should use specific text support about the difficulty of the language referring not only to the vocabulary but also the spoken word and spaces that exist between words that affect meaning. Finally the student should draw a conclusion about how an inclusion of word samples would help a reader understand the complexities of Native American languages.


Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Rubric

Print: Scoring Rubric

Score 3

The response demonstrates an understanding of the complexities of the text.

  • Addresses the demands of the question
  • Effectively uses text-relevant1 information to clarify or extend understanding

Score 2

The response demonstrates a general understanding of the text.

  • Partially addresses the demands of the question
  • Uses text-relevant1 information to show understanding

Score 1

The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the text.

  • Minimally addresses the demands of the question
  • Uses minimal information to show some understanding of the text in relation to the question

Score 0

The response is completely incorrect, irrelevant to the question, or missing.2

Note 1:

Text-relevant: This information may or may not be an exact copy (quote) of the text but is clearly related to the text and often shows an analysis and/or interpretation of important ideas. Students may incorporate information to show connections to relevant prior experience as appropriate.

Note 2:

An exact copy (quote) or paraphrase of the question that provides no new relevant information will receive a score of "0".

Rubric Document Date: June 2003

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