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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2017, Grade 4 English Language Arts

  Question 12: Essay  

This question is a text-based essay question. Your essay should:

  • Present and develop a central idea.
  • Provide evidence/details from the passage(s).
  • Include correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Based on the passage, write an essay to explain how Alex changed as he spent more time with Irene. Be sure to use information from the passage to develop your essay.

Scoring Guide for Idea Development
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
4
  • Central idea is clear and fully developed
  • Effective selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Effective organization
  • Clear expression of ideas
  • Full awareness of the purpose for writing
4
3
  • Central idea is general and moderately developed
  • Appropriate selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Moderate organization
  • Adequate expression of ideas
  • Sufficient awareness of the purpose for writing
2
  • Central idea may be present and is somewhat developed
  • Limited selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Limited organization
  • Basic expression of ideas
  • Partial awareness of the purpose for writing
1
  • Central idea is not present and/or not developed
  • Insufficient evidence/details
  • Minimal or no organization
  • Poor expression of ideas
  • Minimal awareness of the purpose for writing
0
  • The response shows evidence the student has read the text, but does not address the question or incorrectly responds to the question.

Note: There are 2 sample student responses for Score Point 4.

Scoring Guide for Standard English Conventions
Select a score point in the table below to view the sample student response.

ScoreDescription
3
  • Consistent control of a variety of sentence structures relative to length of essay
  • Consistent control of grammar, usage and mechanics relative to complexity and/or length of essay
2
  • Mostly consistent control of sentence structures relative to length of essay
  • Mostly consistent control of grammar, usage and mechanics relative to complexity and/or length of essay
1
  • Little control and/or no variety in sentence structure and/or
  • Little control of grammar, usage and mechanics relative to complexity and/or insufficient length
0
  • Sentences are formed incorrectly with no control of grammar, usage and mechanics and/or insufficient length


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Last Updated: September 26, 2017
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