School Improvement in Maryland

Answer Key Reading Grade 6 Public Release Items - Released March 2009

MSA Item Number Answer Grade Objectives Assessed
1 D 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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2 A 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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3 C 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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4 B 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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5 A 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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6 A 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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7 C 6 1.D.3.a Use context to determine the meanings of words
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8 B 6 2.A.1.a Read, use, and identify the characteristics of nonfiction materials such as textbooks, appropriate reference materials, research and historical documents, personal narratives, diaries, and journals, biographies, newspapers, letters, articles, web sites and other online materials, other appropriate content-specific texts to gain information and content knowledge
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9 6 2.A.4.f Explain relationships between and among ideas such as comparison/contrast, cause/effect, sequence/chronology
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10 B 6 2.A.5.a Analyze specific words or phrases that contribute to the meaning of a text
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11 D 6 2.A.5.b Analyze specific language choices that create tone
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12 6 2.A.6.b Analyze changes or additions to the structure and text features that would make the text easier to understand
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13 C 6 2.A.4.g Synthesize ideas from text
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14 A 6 2.A.3.a Identify and analyze the organizational patterns of texts such as sequential and/or chronological order, cause/effect, problem/solution, similarities/differences, description, main idea and supporting details, transition or signal words and phrases that indicate the organizational pattern
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15 D 6 2.A.4.c State and support main ideas and messages
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16 A 6 3.A.6.d Summarize
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17 D 6 3.A.7.b Analyze words and phrases that create tone
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18 6 3.A.6.a Analyze main ideas and universal themes
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19 B 6 3.A.3.g Analyze internal and/or external conflicts that motivate characters and those that advance the plot
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20 C 6 3.A.6.a Analyze main ideas and universal themes
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21 6 3.A.6.e Identify and explain personal connections to the text
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22 D 6 3.A.7.a Analyze specific words and phrases that contribute to meaning
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23 B 6 3.A.3.e Analyze relationships between and among characters, setting, and events
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24 6 3.A.3.e Analyze relationships between and among characters, setting, and events
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25 A 6 3.A.3.d Analyze characterization
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