Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

2011 MCAS
Grade 4 English Language Arts Composition
Topic/Idea Development - Score Point 3

This composition is a basic account of why the student likes her teacher. Some sections of the response are developed, but others are basic lists of rules. The response follows a formulaic five-paragraph structure with a list-like, weak conclusion. The rudimentary organization has some supporting details but needs more development. Little risk is taken, and limited vocabulary use is evident. The opening sentence, “One day I was in School,” demonstrates a simplistic language style.
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