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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2014, Grade 4 English Language Arts

  Writing Prompt: Writing-Prompt  
You are finally old enough to baby-sit, and your first job is this afternoon! You will be spending the entire afternoon with a one-year-old. When you open the door you realize that instead of watching a one-year-old child, you will be watching a one-year-old elephant! Write a story about spending your afternoon with a baby elephant. Give enough details to show readers what your afternoon is like baby-sitting the elephant.

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 6: Reading Comprehension
Question 17: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: January 21, 2014
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