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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2014, Grade 7 English Language Arts

  Question 18: Open-Response  
Explain how the author builds tension in the excerpt. Support your answer with important and specific information 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 how the author builds tension in the excerpt. The response includes important and specific information from the excerpt.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of how the author builds tension in the excerpt. The response includes important but often general information from the excerpt.
2 The response is a partial explanation of how the author builds tension in the excerpt. The response includes limited information from the excerpt and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of how the author builds tension in the excerpt. The response includes little or no information from the excerpt 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 7: Reading Comprehension
Question 18: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: November 1, 2017
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