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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2013, Grade 7 English Language Arts

  Question 8: Open-Response  
Based on the article, explain what people in the past did to protect themselves from the dangers of nighttime. Support your answer with important and specific information 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 what people in the past did to protect themselves from the dangers of nighttime. The response includes important and specific information from the article.
4
3
The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of what people in the past did to protect themselves from the dangers of nighttime. The response includes relevant but often general information from the article.
2
The response is a partial explanation of what people in the past did to protect themselves from the dangers of nighttime. The response includes limited information from the article and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of what people in the past did to protect themselves from the dangers of nighttime. The response includes little or no information from the article and may include misinterpretations.
OR
The response relates minimally to the task.
0
The response is totally incorrect or irrelevant, or contains insufficient evidence to demonstrate comprehension.

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

Grade 7 English Language Arts

Question 8: Reading Comprehension
Question 14: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: April 25, 2014
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