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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, Grade 4 English Language Arts

  Question 17: Open-Response  
Based on the selection, describe what the author’s first experience with a volcano was like. Support your answer with important information from the selection.

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 description of what the author's first experience with a volcano was like. The response includes important information from the selection.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate description of what the author's first experience with a volcano was like. The response includes relevant but often general information from the selection.
2 The response is a partial description of what the author's first experience with a volcano was like. The response includes limited information from the selection and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal description of what the author's first experience with a volcano was like. The response includes little or no information from the selection 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 4 English Language Arts

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

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Last Updated: March 5, 2015
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