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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2015, Grade 8 English Language Arts

  Question 7: Open-Response  
Based on the poem, explain why the speaker feels sympathy for the bird. Support your answer with relevant and specific details from the poem.

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 why the speaker feels sympathy for the bird. The response includes specific details from the poem.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why the speaker feels sympathy for the bird. The response includes relevant but often general details from the poem.
2 The response is a partial explanation of why the speaker feels sympathy for the bird. The response includes limited details from the poem and may include misinterpretations.
1
The response is a minimal explanation of why the speaker feels sympathy for the bird. The response includes few or no details from the poem 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 7: Reading Comprehension
Question 16: Reading Comprehension

Return to the MCAS 2015 Student Work Directory



Last Updated: October 16, 2017
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