Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

2011 MCAS
Grade 4 English Language Arts Composition
Topic/Idea Development - Score Point 2

This composition is organized in a weak structure with the first paragraph introducing the teacher, while the second paragraph addresses math. There is an abrupt switch in paragraph three to a description of the teacher’s appearance followed by another abrupt turn back to math. It is apparent that the writer understands the task as revealed in “When [my teacher] taught me all of the fractions I was very proud of myself ,” but the topic needs more development and conveys the overall effect of limited writing.
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