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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2016, Grade 6 English Language Arts

  Question 11: Open-Response  
Based on the passage, explain why it has been helpful for scientists to study the frozen body of a woolly mammoth. Support your answer with important details from the passage.

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 it has been helpful for scientists to study the frozen body of a woolly mammoth. The response includes important details from the passage.
4
3 The response is a mostly clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why it has been helpful for scientists to study the frozen body of a woolly mammoth. The response includes relevant but often general details from the passage.
2 The response is a partial explanation of why it has been helpful for scientists to study the frozen body of a woolly mammoth. The response includes limited details from the passage and may include misinterpretations.
1 The response is a minimal explanation of why it has been helpful for scientists to study the frozen body of a woolly mammoth. The response includes few or no details from the passage 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.

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Last Updated: October 18, 2017
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