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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2013, Grade 4 English Language Arts

  Writing Prompt: Writing Prompt  
Imagine that you are digging in your yard or in your neighborhood and you find an old trunk. When you open the trunk, you discover something very different than what you expected.Write a story about finding the old trunk. Be sure to describe what you find inside the trunk and what happens after you open it.

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 7: Reading Comprehension
Question 13: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: July 10, 2013
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