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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2013, Grade 8 English Language Arts

  Question 8: Open-Response  
Based on the article, explain how the author shows that food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. Support your answer with relevant 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 how the author shows that food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. The response includes relevant and specific details from the article.
4
3
The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of how the author shows that food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. The response includes relevant but often general details from the article.
2
The response is a partial explanation of how the author shows that food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. The response includes limited details from the article and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of how the author shows that food was important to the ancient Chinese people’s beliefs about the afterlife. 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 8 English Language Arts

Question 8: Reading Comprehension
Question 19: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: August 26, 2015
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