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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, Grade 4 English Language Arts

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Reporting Category: Composition
Topic: 19 - Writing
Topic: 20 - Consideration of Audience and Purpose
Topic: 21 - Revising
Topic: 22 - Standard English Conventions
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.1.03 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. [Note: These broad types of writing include many subgenres. See Appendix A for definitions of key writing types.]

Standard: ELA.K-12.W.2.04 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.2.05 - Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.1.03 - Write narratives to develop experiences or events using effective literary techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured sequences.
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.2.04 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.2.05 - Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.


WRITING PROMPTWrite about a time you did something exciting. Give enough details in your writing to show what you did and why it was exciting for you.
You may use the space below to plan what you are going to write (notes, outlines, other pre-writing activities).

Scoring Guide for Topic/Idea Development

Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
6
  • Rich topic/idea development
  • Careful and/or subtle organization
  • Effective/rich use of language
6
5
  • Full topic/idea development
  • Logical organization
  • Strong details
  • Appropriate use of language
4
  • Moderate topic/idea development and organization
  • Adequate, relevant details
  • Some variety in language
3
  • Rudimentary topic/idea development and/or organization
  • Basic supporting details
  • Simplistic language
2
  • Limited or weak topic/idea development, organization, and/or details
  • Limited awareness of audience and/or task
1
  • Little topic/idea development, organization, and/or details
  • Little or no awareness of audience and/or task
Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 6.

Scoring Guide for Standard English Conventions

Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4
  • Control of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics (length and complexity of essay provide opportunity for student to show control of standard English conventions)
3
  • Errors do not interfere with communication and/or
  • Few errors relative to the length of the essay or complexity of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics
2
  • Errors interfere somewhat with communication and/or
  • Too many errors relative to the length of the essay or complexity of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics
1
  • Errors seriously interfere with communication AND
  • Little control of sentence structure, grammar and usage, and mechanics

Grade 4 English Language Arts

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

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