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Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System

2018, Grade 5 English Language Arts

Question 24: Essay

 

Reporting Category: Language and Writing
Standard: ELA.K-12.L.1.01 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Standard: ELA.K-12.L.1.02 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Standard: ELA.K-12.L.2.03 - Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.1.02 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Standard: ELA.K-12.W.2.04 - Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Item Description: Write an essay describing the challenges faced and overcome by characters in multiple passages; use details from the passages as evidence.


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Scoring Guide for Idea Development

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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

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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

Grade 5 English Language Arts

Question 24: Language and Writing

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Last Updated: December 3, 2020

 
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