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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2015, Grade 4 English Language Arts

  Writing Prompt: Writing-Prompt  
While you are going for a walk on a breezy day, the wind lifts you up and you begin flying through the air. Soon, you find yourself traveling through the air to a different land. What happens when you get there? How will you return home?
Write a story about your adventure flying to a new land. Give enough details in your story to show readers what happens.

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
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

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: March 10, 2016
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