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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2011, Grade 6 English Language Arts

  Question 17: Open-Response  
Based on the passage, explain why the author calls the discovery of China’s underground city an “incredible story.” Support your answer with important details from the passage.

Scoring Guide and Sample Student Work
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4 The response is a clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why the author calls the discovery of China’s underground city an “incredible story.” The response includes important details from the passage.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why the author calls the discovery of China’s underground city an “incredible story.” The response includes relevant but often general details from the passage.
2 The response is a partial explanation of why the author calls the discovery of China’s underground city an “incredible story.” The response includes limited details from the passage and may include misinterpretations.
1 The response is a minimal explanation of why the author calls the discovery of China’s underground city an “incredible story.” The response includes few or no details from the passage and may include misinterpretations.
OR
The response relates minimally to the task.
0 The response is incorrect or irrelevant or contains insufficient information to demonstrate comprehension.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

Grade 6 English Language Arts

Question 6: Reading and Literature
Question 17: Reading and Literature

Return to the MCAS 2011 Student Work Directory



Last Updated: April 1, 2014
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