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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2016, Grade 10 English Language Arts

  Question 27: Open-Response  
Explain how the author creates suspense in both Jaws and "Swimming with Nightmares." Support your answer with relevant and specific details from both excerpts.

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 creates suspense in both Jaws and "Swimming with Nightmares." The response includes relevant and specific details from both excerpts.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of how the author creates suspense in both Jaws and "Swimming with Nightmares." The response includes relevant but often general details from both excerpts.
2 The response is a partial explanation of how the author creates suspense in Jaws and/or "Swimming with Nightmares." The response includes limited details from one or both excerpts and may include misinterpretations.
1 The response is a minimal explanation of how the author creates suspense in Jaws and/or "Swimming with Nightmares." The response includes few or no details from one or both excerpts 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 10 English Language Arts

Question 9: Reading Comprehension
Question 14: Reading Comprehension
Question 27: Reading Comprehension
Question 36: Reading Comprehension

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Last Updated: October 11, 2017
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