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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2012, Grade 8 English Language Arts

  Question 11: Open-Response  
Based on the excerpt, explain Anand’s motivation for helping the old man. Support your answer with relevant and specific details from the excerpt.

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 Anand is motivated to help the old man. The response includes relevant and specific details from the excerpt.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why Anand is motivated to help the old man. The response includes relevant but often general details from the excerpt.
2 The response is a partial explanation of why Anand is motivated to help the old man. The response includes limited details from the excerpt and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of why Anand is motivated to help the old man. The response includes few or no details from the excerpt and may include misinterpretations.
OR
The response relates minimally to the task.
0 The response is incorrect or irrelevant or contains insufficient evidence to demonstrate comprehension.

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

Grade 8 English Language Arts

Question 11: Reading and Literature
Question 18: Reading and Literature

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Last Updated: November 3, 2003
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