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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, Grade 7 English Language Arts

  Question 7: Open-Response  
Based on the article, explain the obstacles to building the Panama Canal and how each obstacle was overcome. Support your answer with important and specific details from the article.

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 the obstacles to building the Panama Canal and how each obstacle was overcome. The response includes important details from the article.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of the obstacles to building the Panama Canal and how each obstacle was overcome. The response includes relevant but often general details from the article.
2 The response is a partial explanation of the obstacles to building the Panama Canal and/or how each obstacle was overcome. The response includes limited details from the article and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of the obstacles to building the Panama Canal and/or how each obstacle was overcome. The response includes few or no details from the article 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 7 English Language Arts

Question 7: Reading and Literature
Question 19: Reading and Literature

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Last Updated: September 29, 2016
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