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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2017, Grade 6 English Language Arts

  Question 10: 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.
Write an essay explaining how "Keeping Warm in the Winter" and "How to Keep Warm" each help the reader to understand the colonists' challenge of living in a cold climate. Be sure to use information from both the article and 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
5
  • Central idea is insightful and fully developed
  • Skillful selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Skillful and/or subtle organization
  • Rich expression of ideas
  • Full awareness of the task/mode
4
  • Central idea is clear and well-developed
  • Effective selection and explanation of evidence/details
  • Effective organization
  • Clear expression of ideas
  • Full awareness of the task/mode
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 task/mode
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 task/mode
1
  • Central idea is not developed
  • Insufficient evidence/details
  • Minimal organization
  • Poor expression of ideas
  • Minimal awareness of the task/mode
0
  • The response shows evidence the student has read the text, but does not address the question or incorrectly responds to the question.

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: December 15, 2017
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