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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS PASSAGE 2 Read the following passage about taking a hike Then answer questions 10 22 Trekking the Trail by Linda White Finally you re ready to take a hike What will you see Whether you hike in the forest the desert or near a swamp you re sure to see many wonders of nature As you go on your first hike don t rush Walk at a leisurely pace You ll soon fall into a comfortable stride This first hike might be just to observe Take in the sights sounds and smells of the area What do you see At each place you hike you will see different things Watch for bird nests snake skins feathers nursery logs mushrooms fish animal tracks Soon you ll realize that much of the fun of hiking is in studying nature and much of the fun of studying nature is in the detective work Who made these tracks What kind of bird dropped this feather Every good detective takes notes How about making a hiking journal for your trek You can include notes on the date of the hike weather conditions where you are going and a diagram of the landscape Sketch the animal tracks you see along the creek add a feather you found draw the tadpole you saw in the big puddle Maybe later you can find out how long it will be before the tadpole becomes a frog You can also add photographs from your hike like the chipmunk that chattered at you while you ate lunch and your family members when they jumped into the creek Hiking Journal A hiking journal can be as simple as a pocket sized spiral notebook with a pencil attached to it by a cord But if you cover it like you might cover a school book with paper cut from a brown paper bag you can decorate the journal with your favorite hiking memories 1 Cut a piece of heavy brown paper bag or decorative paper six inches wider and six inches taller than your opened notebook 2 Place opened notebook on the paper so there is about the same amount of paper showing on the top and bottom and on each side 3 Mark the paper along the top and bottom of the notebook PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 33
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  PASSAGE 2 Read the following passage about taking a hike. Then answer questions 10   22.  Trek...

 

PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 4 Fold the top down and the bottom up along the lines you just marked Your paper should now be the same height as your notebook 5 Curl the last three inches of one side forward and insert the notebook cover into the flaps created at the top and bottom Fold neatly and tape the cover flap to the cover at the top and bottom Do the same with the other side 6 Decorate with markers crayons colored pencils or watercolors It s hard to decide on a design You could draw a mountain sunset a rainbow trout or something of your own choosing Can t decide Make several Hiking Stick A hiking stick gives you something to lean on when the trail is steep or rocky steadies you when you cross a stream and provides something to hang onto at the end of the day when you are too tired to go any farther Be sure to ask an adult for permission before starting this project 1 Select a straight sturdy stick about shoulder height 2 If you want peel off the bark carefully Cut away from your body watching out for your knees 3 Wrap the grip area with a soft leather strip to cushion your hand Tuck ends under the wrapped strip 4 Personalize your stick by adding designs with markers or paint or by carving patterns Be careful When people share the woods with bears one can scare the other When hiking in bear country it s a good idea to whistle talk in a loud voice that can be heard a long distance or carry a walking stick adorned with jingling bells With a little warning bears have a chance to depart before you even know they were there To make your walking stick a bear stick tie three or four loud bells onto a cord or leather boot string Wrap that around the grip of the stick and tie securely 106963 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 34
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 4.  Fold the top down and the bottom up along the lines you just marked. Your paper should now ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS E04 B K 1 1 1 10 Read the sentence from the passage Take in the sights sounds and smells of the area What inference can best be made from the details in the sentence A B There are many sounds to listen to while hiking in the woods Hiking with awareness allows a person to experience elements of nature C Nature provides many sights to enjoy while hiking D Hiking in a well lit area is a safe and good form of exercise 653960 The student is asked to use textual evidence to make an inference Option B is correct since the details from the sentence relate to the human senses and a hiker who is aware of using these senses to fully experience nature Options A and C relate to information in the passage but they are not supported by the given sentence Option D is not supported by information in the sentence E04 B V 4 1 1 11 The meaning of the Greek root photo helps the reader know that the word photograph means A a picture taken with color B a picture taken in the heat C a picture taken in the cold D a picture taken with light 653958 The student is asked to determine the meaning of the word photograph by using the Greek root Option D is the correct answer since photo means light a clue that option D is the correct meaning of the word photograph Options A B and C are not correct meanings of the word photograph PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 35
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS E04.B-K.1.1.1 10. Read the sentence from the passage.    Take in the...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS SELECTED RESPONSE QUESTIONS E04 A K 1 1 3 7 This question has two parts Answer Part One and then answer Part Two Part One Which trait best describes Shelly A bossy B curious C impatient D generous Part Two Which detail from the passage best supports the answer in Part One Choose one answer A you never give away the ending of a mystery B Then she pointed to the book Marisa held I have to tell you C D I have the next one in that series You could borrow it But to become a member you have to solve a mystery 653773 The student is asked to infer a character trait for Shelly and select a detail from the passage that supports this trait Part One Option D is correct since Shelly tells Marisa that she will let Marisa borrow her book Shelly also tells Marisa about the Mystery Club Options A B and C are not supported by information in the passage Part Two Option C supports the idea that Shelly is generous Options A B and D do not support this character trait PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 12
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  SELECTED-RESPONSE QUESTIONS E04.A-K.1.1.3 7.  This question has two parts. Answer Part One and...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B K 1 1 3 12 What best explains why Step 1 for making a hiking journal directs the reader to cut the paper six inches wider and six inches taller than the notebook A The extra paper gives more room to draw on the journal B The extra paper creates a place for a pen to be kept with the journal C The extra paper gives more room to write in the journal D The extra paper allows it to be folded over the edges of the journal 653953 The student is asked to determine why Step 1 in the instructions directs the reader to cut the paper wider and taller than the notebook Based on the text and the illustration option D is correct The extra paper around the entire notebook will allow the paper to be folded and will protect the journal Options A B and C are not supported by information in the passage E04 B K 1 1 3 13 In Step 4 of the directions for making a hiking stick why does the author tell the reader to be careful when decorating the hiking stick A B The bark needs to be cut off with scissors Carving is usually done using a sharp object C The leather strip can burn the hands D Bears are drawn to some patterns more than others 653954 The student is asked to determine why the author tells the reader to be careful when decorating the hiking stick Option B is the correct answer since carving requires a sharp object like a knife to be used An object such as a knife can be dangerous and may injure the user Options A C and D are not supported by information in the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 36
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-K.1.1.3 12. What best explains why Step 1 for making a hiking journal directs the reader ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B K 1 1 3 14 Why is it important to tape the journal cover onto the journal A B to make sure the journal can be seen by other hikers to make sure the cover stays attached during the hike C to help make the journal look more attractive D to help keep the journal pocket sized 653952 The student is asked to determine why it is important to tape the journal cover onto the journal Based on the steps and the illustration option B is correct Taping the cover will prevent the cover from falling off during a hike Options A C and D do not address the question of why taping the cover is important E04 B V 4 1 2 15 Which word is a synonym for permission A money B advice C leather D consent 653956 The student is asked to determine a synonym for the word permission Option D is the correct answer and fits in the context of the sentence in the passage Options A B and C are not synonyms of the given word PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 37
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-K.1.1.3 14. Why is it important to tape the journal cover onto the journal  A.   B.  to m...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B K 1 1 1 16 Which detail from the passage best supports the idea that a hiking stick should be strong enough to support a person using it A A hiking stick gives you something to lean on B Select a straight sturdy stick about shoulder height C If you want peel off the bark carefully D Wrap the grip area with a soft leather strip 653959 The student is asked to identify a detail from the passage that best supports the given inference that a hiking stick should be strong enough to support a person using it Option A is the correct answer Being able to lean on the stick supports the given inference that it should be strong Option B states that the stick should be sturdy but does not specify how it will be used Options C and D do not support the given inference E04 B V 4 1 1 17 What does the word adorned mean as it is used in the passage A accomplished B scented C decorated D purchased 653951 The student is asked to identify the meaning of the word adorned Option C is the correct answer The words jingle bells in the passage and the illustration help clue the student to the word decorated Options A B and D do not have the correct meaning and do not make sense in context PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 38
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-K.1.1.1 16. Which detail from the passage best supports the idea that a hiking stick shou...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B C 3 1 1 18 Read the sentences from the passage You can include notes on the date of the hike weather conditions where you are going and a diagram of the landscape You can also add photographs from your hike like the chipmunk that chattered at you while you ate lunch and your family members when they jumped into the creek Which point is the author making with the evidence in these sentences A A journal is a good place to ask questions thought of during a hike B Notes on weather can help to predict when to go on the next hike C D A journal can be used to record favorite memories of a hike Sketches of animals will help determine where to go on the next hike 653957 The student is asked to identify the point that the author is making using given evidence from the passage Option C is the correct answer The words date weather landscape photographs and family members all clue the student that these examples relate to memories Options A B and D are not supported by the evidence provided E04 B C 2 1 2 19 What best describes the overall structure used in the passage A a discussion of hints related to taking notes while hiking B a comparison of different types of clothing to wear while hiking C a solution to a problem related to hiking in dangerous areas D a list of steps to take to increase the enjoyment of hiking 653950 The student is asked to determine the overall structure used in the passage Option D is the correct answer since the steps are a guide through activities that are related to hiking Option A is not correct since taking notes is just one part of the passage Option B is not correct since different types of clothing are not discussed Option C is not correct since problems related to hiking in dangerous areas are not discussed PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 39
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-C.3.1.1 18. Read the sentences from the passage.    You can include notes on the date of ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS SELECTED RESPONSE QUESTIONS E04 B C 3 1 3 20 This question has two parts Answer Part One and then answer Part Two Part One How does the picture of a hiking stick help to support the text in the passage A It shows where to use a hiking stick B It advertises hiking sticks that are for sale C D It shows what the hiking stick should look like It provides additional facts about a hiking stick Part Two What sentence from the passage best supports the answer in Part One Choose one answer A You could draw a mountain sunset a rainbow trout or something of your own choosing B Be sure to ask an adult for permission before starting this project C bears have a chance to depart before you even know they were there D tie three or four loud bells onto a cord or leather boot string 659318 The student is asked to determine how the picture of the hiking stick supports the text in the passage and to select the evidence from the passage that best supports the connection Part One Option C is the correct answer since the picture shows details about the walking stick s appearance Options A B and D do not relate to the picture Part Two Option D is the correct answer since it shows one visual element of the walking stick Options A B and C do not relate to the visual appearance of the stick PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 40
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  SELECTED-RESPONSE QUESTIONS E04.B-C.3.1.3 20. This question has two parts. Answer Part One and...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B K 1 1 2 21 This question has two parts Answer Part One and then answer Part Two Part One Which sentence from the passage best reflects the main idea of the passage A Whether you hike in the forest the desert or near the swamp you re sure to see many wonders of nature B You can also add photographs from your hike C Fold the top down and the bottom up along the lines you just marked D You could draw a mountain sunset a rainbow trout or something of your own choosing Part Two What two sentences from the passage support the main idea in Part One Choose two answers A Watch for bird nests snake skins feathers nursery logs mushrooms fish animal tracks B Sketch the animal tracks you see along the creek add a feather you found draw the tadpole you saw in the big puddle C A hiking journal can be as simple as a pocket sized spiral notebook with a pencil attached to it by a cord D it s a good idea to whistle talk in a loud voice that can be heard a long distance E Personalize your stick by adding designs with markers or paint 659310 The student is asked to determine the main idea of the passage and to identify evidence from the passage that supports this idea Part One Option A is the correct answer The details of the passage relate to different ways one can best experience the wonders of nature Options B C and D are specific details of how one can enjoy nature Part Two Options A and B are the correct answers These options identify specific things people can see while hiking that are examples of the wonders of nature Options C D and E do not relate to the main idea of the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 41
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-K.1.1.2 21. This question has two parts. Answer Part One and then answer Part Two. Part O...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS English Language Arts Grade 4 This English Language Arts Sampler is composed of 3 passages 23 multiple choice questions 4 selected response questions 2 text dependent analysis questions 12 standalone multiple choice questions and 3 mode specific prompts In this sampler the first passage is followed by a set of passage based multiple choice questions selected response questions and a text dependent analysis question The second passage is followed by a set of passage based multiplechoice questions selected response questions and a text dependent analysis question The third passage is followed by a set of passage based multiple choice questions Each question is preceded by the Assessment Anchor and Eligible Content coding The correct answer is indicated by an asterisk Each question is followed by a brief analysis or rationale Each text dependent analysis question is displayed with an item specific scoring guideline and examples of student responses with annotations at each scoring level The PCS Based PSSA may be administered in paper and pencil format or online As a result this sampler includes samples of short answer question responses passage based essay responses and mode specific prompt responses in both formats A sample online response is noted by the symbol PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 3
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  English Language Arts Grade 4 This English Language Arts Sampler is composed of 3 passages, 23...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Section 1 Directions On the following pages are the Reading passages and questions Directions for Multiple Choice Questions Some questions will ask you to select an answer from among four choices For the multiple choice questions First read the passage carefully Read each question and choose the best answer Only one of the answers provided is correct You may look back at the passage to help you answer the question Record your choice in the answer booklet Directions for Selected Response Questions Some questions will have two parts and will ask you to select one or more answers in each part For the selected response questions Read Part One of the question and choose the best answer You may look back at the passage to help you answer Part One of the question Record your choice to Part One in the answer booklet Only one of the answers provided in Part One is correct Then read Part Two of the question and choose the best answer or answers based on your answer to Part One If Part Two tells you to select two answers be sure to select two answers You may look back at the passage to help you answer Part Two of the question Record your answer or answers to Part Two in the answer booklet PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 4
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Section 1 Directions  On the following pages are the Reading passages and questions. Direction...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Directions for Text Dependent Analysis Questions The English Language Arts TDA question will ask you to analyze the passage and use evidence from the passage to write an essay For the TDA Essay Be sure to read the passage and TDA question carefully Review the Writer s Checklist to help you plan and organize your response You may look back at the passage to help you write your essay Write your essay in the appropriate space in the answer booklet If you use scratch paper to write a rough draft essay be sure to transfer your final essay to the answer booklet Be sure to check that your essay contains evidence from the passage to support your response Be sure to check your essay for errors in capitalization spelling sentence formation punctuation and word choice PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 5
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Directions for Text-Dependent Analysis Questions   The English Language Arts TDA question will...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS PASSAGE 1 Read the following passage about a young person s first day at a new school Then answer questions 1 9 Mystery Club by Maurissa Guibord As the school bus rumbled toward home Marisa thought about the reasons she didn t want to go to Penmark School First of all she d had to leave all her friends in California to come to Maine Second her family needed to move two weeks after the school year started so that Mom could start her new job at the medical center And third Well Marisa couldn t think of a third but she figured those two were enough for her first day Marisa stared out at the fields rolling by She sighed and reached into her backpack At least she had a good mystery to read But she hadn t even read a whole sentence from her book before a voice next to her made her jump Hey I ve read that one It s great Marisa turned to see a girl in a fuzzy purple sweater I m Shelly said the girl and she grinned so hard her gums showed Marisa felt herself smiling back I m Marisa she said We have the same homeroom right Shelly nodded Then she pointed to the book Marisa held I have to tell you she began No Marisa covered her ears with her hands Don t tell me how it ends Shelly laughed I was just going to say that I have the next one in that series You could borrow it Oh said Marisa Thanks Besides said Shelly you never give away the ending of a mystery That s one of the first rules of Mystery Club Marisa wasn t sure that she had heard right Mystery Club Shelly leaned across the aisle There s a bunch of us from school who like reading mysteries solving puzzles decoding messages that kind of thing Could I join Marisa asked Sure said Shelly But to become a member you have to solve a mystery PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 6
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  PASSAGE 1 Read the following passage about a young person   s first day at a new school. Then ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Marisa sat up straight in her seat I could try OK said Shelly I ll talk to the others Shelly didn t waste time The next day at school Marisa found a note on purple paper tucked into her history book Girls bathroom Find the message in the mirror This must be my mystery to find a hidden message thought Marisa That shouldn t be so hard In the girls bathroom Marisa looked at the mirror over the sink It looked like a plain old mirror with a stainless steel frame There wasn t any note stuck to it Well what did I expect Marisa thought A big sign written in red crayon This was a mystery after all She read the note again Find the message in the mirror Marisa tried to remember any mirrors she had read about in mystery stories Sometimes there was something behind a mirror She tried lifting it away from the wall but it was fastened tight and didn t budge Maybe the message was reflected in the mirror somehow Marisa peered into the mirror from every angle She could see the bathroom stalls the white speckled tile floor and the fluorescent lights on the ceiling But no message She looked again at the note and held both sides up to the mirror Nothing Think mystery she told herself What about invisible ink Marisa had heard of using lemon juice to write a message on paper then heating up the paper to make it show What could you use on a mirror Marisa couldn t think of a thing Marisa leaned her forehead against the mirror and sighed Her breath made a little cloud on the mirror and on it Marisa could see streaks and smudges where people had touched the glass She hadn t noticed those before Then she realized why she hadn t Because they d been invisible Excitedly Marisa breathed again on the mirror then again trying different spots Finally she clouded up the mirror in one corner An M then a C appeared Mystery Club Someone had simply written with a finger on the mirror It took a few breaths to uncover the message M C Library 3 00 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 7
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Marisa sat up straight in her seat.    I could try.       OK,    said Shelly.    I   ll talk to...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Hi Marisa said Shelly with her big grin as Marisa arrived exactly at 3 00 on the library steps Welcome to Mystery Club The others are inside Marisa smiled She thought of two reasons why she liked Penmark School Shelly and now Mystery Club There were probably more but those were enough for today 106904 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 8
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS    Hi, Marisa,    said Shelly with her big grin as Marisa arrived exactly at 3 00 on the librar...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS E04 A K 1 1 1 1 Which detail from the passage shows that Marisa likes Shelly A B Marisa rides the same bus as Shelly Marisa feels better about the school after meeting Shelly C Marisa and Shelly have read the same mystery book D Marisa and Shelly share the same homeroom 653777 The student is asked to select a detail from the passage that supports the inference that Marisa likes Shelly Due to her positive interaction with Shelly Marisa gains a positive outlook on her new school This outcome shows that Marisa likes Shelly Therefore option B is the correct answer Options A C and D are details from the passage but they do not support the given inference E04 A V 4 1 2 2 Read the sentence from the passage But she hadn t even read a whole sentence from her book before a voice next to her made her jump What does the phrase made her jump mean A She dove off B She stood up C She was amused D She was startled 653769 The student is asked to identify the meaning of the phrase made her jump Option D is the correct answer since it defines the meaning of the idiom and makes sense in the context of the sentence Options A B and C are not supported by information in the sentence PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 9
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS E04.A-K.1.1.1 1.  Which detail from the passage shows that Marisa li...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 A K 1 1 3 3 Which detail from the passage shows that Marisa has a sense of humor A B This must be my mystery to find a hidden message Well what did I expect A big sign written in red crayon C Find the message in the mirror D Think mystery 653776 The student is asked to identify a detail from the passage that supports the statement that Marisa has a sense of humor Option B is the correct answer since it reveals Marisa s sense of humor as she reflects on her actions Options A C and D do not support the given statement E04 A K 1 1 1 4 Why do Shelly and the rest of the Mystery Club most likely go to the library A They usually go to the library to read books together B They like to go to the library because it is quiet there C They know that Shelly s bus parks close to the library D They hope that Marisa will eventually go to the library 653774 The student is asked to infer why Shelly and the rest of the Mystery Club go to the library Option D is the correct answer since it shows the result of Marisa being successful in solving the mystery Options A B and C are not supported by information in the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 10
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.A-K.1.1.3 3.  Which detail from the passage shows that Marisa has a sense of humor  A.   B....
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 A K 1 1 3 5 Which detail from the passage best shows that Marisa is good at solving problems A B She enjoys reading mystery books She is able to figure out the message on the mirror C She makes a new friend on the first day of school D She knows how to write a secret message using lemon juice 653775 The student is asked to select the detail from the passage that supports the statement that Marisa is good at solving problems Option B is the correct answer since Marisa has solved a mystery Options A C and D do not support the given statement E04 A K 1 1 2 6 What is the best summary of the passage A Marisa does not want to go to Penmark School She meets a girl on the bus that she thinks is going to tell her how her book ends Marisa finds two reasons to like Penmark School B Marisa moves from California to Maine Her mom is starting a new job at a medical center Marisa finds a secret code on the bathroom mirror She likes to read mystery books when she rides the bus C Marisa is upset about going to a new school On the bus she meets a girl who also likes mysteries After solving a mystery Marisa is welcomed into the Mystery Club She is beginning to like her new school D Marisa finds a note in her history book challenging her to find a message on the mirror in the girl s bathroom She looks at the mirror She tries to look behind the mirror She studies everything she can see in the mirror Finally she fogs up the mirror and finds the message written there 653767 The student is asked to identify the best summary of the passage Option C is the correct answer since it provides the main events of the entire passage in the correct order Option A contains only details from the passage without giving main events Option B contains events in an incorrect order Option D contains events from only one section of the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 11
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.A-K.1.1.3 5.  Which detail from the passage best shows that Marisa is good at solving probl...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 A K 1 1 2 8 This question has two parts Answer Part One and then answer Part Two Part One What is the central theme of the passage A Friendship starts as a mystery B Moving makes it difficult to develop friendships C D Friendship begins with having things in common Reading books together creates friendship Part Two Which two details from the passage support the answer in Part One Choose two answers A Hey I ve read that one It s great B Don t tell me how it ends C At least she had a good mystery to read D E We have the same homeroom right Finally she clouded up the mirror in one corner 659271 The student is asked to identify the theme of the passage and select details from the passage that support this theme Part One Option C is the correct answer Marisa and Shelly begin their friendship by realizing that they both like reading mystery books and that they share a homeroom Options A B and D are not supported by information in the passage Part Two Options A and D are the correct answers since they tell what the girls have in common Options B C and E do not support the theme from Part One PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 13
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.A-K.1.1.2 8.  This question has two parts. Answer Part One and then answer Part Two. Part O...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION E04 E 1 1 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response Writer s Checklist for the Text Dependent Analysis Question PLAN before you write Make sure you read the question carefully Make sure you have read the entire passage carefully Think about how the question relates to the passage Organize your ideas on scratch paper Use a thought map outline or other graphic organizer to plan your essay FOCUS while you write Analyze the information from the passage as you write your essay Make sure you use evidence from the passage to support your response Use precise language a variety of sentence types and transitions in your essay Organize your paper with an introduction body and conclusion PROOFREAD after you write I wrote my final essay in the answer booklet I stayed focused on answering the question I used evidence from the passage to support my response I corrected errors in capitalization spelling sentence formation punctuation and word choice PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 14
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION E04.E.1.1 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club...
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION SCORING GUIDELINE Item 9 Assessment Anchor E04 E 1 Evidence Based Analysis of Text Specific Assessment Anchor Descriptor addressed by this item E04 E 1 1 Draw evidence from literary or informa onal texts to support analysis reflec on and research Score Point 4 3 Descrip on E ec vely addresses all parts of the task demonstra ng in depth analy c understanding of the text s E ec ve introduc on development and conclusion iden fying an opinion topic or controlling idea related to the text s Strong organiza onal structure that e ec vely supports the focus and ideas Thorough analysis of explicit and implicit meanings from text s to e ec vely support claims opinions ideas and inferences Substan al accurate and direct reference to the text s using relevant key details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Substan al reference to the main idea s and relevant key details of the text s to support the writer s purpose Skillful use of transi ons to link ideas E ec ve use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s to explain the topic and or to convey experiences events Few errors if any are present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present do not interfere with meaning Adequately addresses all parts of the task demonstra ng su cient understanding of the text s Clear introduc on development and conclusion iden fying an opinion topic or controlling idea related to the text s Appropriate organiza onal structure that adequately supports the focus and ideas Clear analysis of explicit and implicit meanings from text s to support claims opinions ideas and inferences Su cient accurate and direct reference to the text s using relevant details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Su cient reference to the main idea s and relevant key details of the text s to support the writer s purpose Appropriate use of transi ons to link ideas Appropriate use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s to explain the topic and or to convey experiences events Some errors may be present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 18
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION SCORING GUIDELINE Item  9 Assessment Anchor  E04.E.1   Eviden...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point Descrip on 2 Inconsistently addresses some parts of the task demonstra ng par al understanding of the text s Weak introduc on development and or conclusion iden fying an opinion topic or controlling idea somewhat related to the text s Weak organiza onal structure that inconsistently supports the focus and ideas Weak or inconsistent analysis of explicit and or implicit meanings from text s that somewhat supports claims opinions ideas and inferences Vague reference to the text s using some details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Weak reference to the main idea s and relevant details of the text s to support the writer s purpose Inconsistent use of transi ons to link ideas Inconsistent use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s to explain the topic and or to convey experiences events Errors may be present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present may interfere with meaning 1 Nonscorables Minimally addresses part s of the task demonstra ng inadequate understanding of the text s Minimal evidence of an introduc on development and or conclusion Minimal evidence of an organiza onal structure Insu cient or no analysis of the text s may or may not support claims opinions ideas and inferences Insu cient reference to the text s using few details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Minimal reference to the main idea s and or relevant details of the text s Few if any transi ons to link ideas Li le or no use of precise language or domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s Many errors may be present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present o en interfere with meaning Categories within zero reported separately BLK blank No response or wri en refusal to respond or too brief to determine response OT O task topic LOE Response in a language other than English IL Illegible PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 19
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point  Descrip on  2      Inconsistently addresses some parts of the task demonstra ng pa...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION STUDENT RESPONSES E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 20
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION STUDENT RESPONSES E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4 9.  When Shel...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 Continued PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 21
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4  Continued   PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampl...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response effectively addresses all parts of the task demonstrating an in depth analytic understanding of the text The student analyzes both explicit meanings But to become a member you have to solve a mystery and implicit meanings if they find that Marisa is worthy and good enough they have another member and friend from the text effectively supporting the main idea solving a mystery and making friends Substantial accurate and direct references to the text they all love mystery and When Shelly offers to have her be in the Mystery Club Marisa is excited support the explanation of the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club The student uses a strong organizational structure including an introductory statement that supports the focus and ideas expressed in the response Precise language dedication worthy fond is effectively used to explain the topic and convey events Few errors in sentence formation grammar usage and conventions are present The student confuses there with their but this does not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 22
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  The response effectively addresses all parts of the task, demonstrating an in-depth, analytic ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response Solving the mystery is important to both Marisa and the Mystery club members Marisa is a new student in the school She doesn t have many friends yet So she is just sitting on the bus by herself reading a mystery book But then Shelly asks if she wants to join Mystery Club Since marisa is new she needs to find friends who like the same things she likes like mysteries That s why she gets excited Marisa wants to get into the club so she can get some friends who love mysteries But to get in Marisa needs to solve the mystery of what s written in the bathroom mirror because Shelly told her To become a member you have to solve a mystery So that s why solving the mystery is important to Marisa so that she can make friends with the other kids in the club Solving the mystery is important to the members of the Mystery Club because they need Marisa to prove that she is good at solving mysteries They probably only want members who are good at solving mysteries because it s the Mystery club So it s almost like a test to see if Marisa should be let in If she failed the test she wouldn t know where the Mystery Club meets so she wouldn t go the library That is why solving the mystery is important to Maris and to the members of the Mystery club The response effectively addresses all parts of the task demonstrating an in depth analytic understanding of the text The student thoroughly analyzes explicit and implicit meanings from the text Since marisa is new she needs to find friends who like the same things she likes like mysteries They probably only want members who are good at solving mysteries and it s almost like a test to see if Marisa should be let in The response employs a strong organizational structure focusing on Marisa first then on the Mystery Club members The student discerns and discusses one of the main ideas of the passage that solving the mystery has implications for Marisa and the club members by analyzing relevant key details she is just sitting on the bus by herself reading and If she failed the test she wouldn t know where the Mystery Club meets Transitions So Since But If are employed skillfully to link ideas Few errors are present and those that are marisa do not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 23
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 3 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 24
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  3 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response adequately analyzes the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club thus demonstrating sufficient understanding of the text The student analyzes both explicit and implicit meanings from the text to support the main idea solving a mystery and making friends Direct reference to the text make more friends like Shelly and come at 3 00 to the library is provided to support the explanation Additional relevant details examples or quotes would strengthen the analysis The student employs an appropriate organizational structure by first explaining the importance of solving the mystery to Marisa and then explaining the importance of solving the mystery to the members of the Mystery Club The response also includes an introductory statement explaining the importance of solving the mystery to Marisa and the club members The ideas are grouped in a logical order and the concluding statement is related to the topic and purpose Appropriate use of language and transitions e g so then Now is evident throughout the response Minor errors in sentence formation the first sentence is over coordinated spelling excepted shool and conventions do not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 25
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response adequately analyzes the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the m...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 3 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 26
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  3 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response adequately addresses all parts of the task analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club demonstrating sufficient understanding of the text There is clear analysis of explicit and implicit meaning from the text she is in a new school and wants to make some friends and they don t want her to join if she can t solve a mystery to support ideas and make inferences There is sufficient reference to the main idea solving mysteries and making friends as well as sufficient text reference e g finding the message hidden in the fog Better use of relevant key details would strengthen the analysis The response employs an appropriate organizational structure first discussing Marisa then the club members that supports the focus Appropriate use of transitions and precise language is employed throughout the response There are spelling errors secrete but they do not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 27
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response adequately addresses all parts of the task  analyzing the importance of solving th...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 2 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response The response addresses some parts of the task demonstrating partial understanding of the text There is more focus on the importance of solving the mystery to Marisa than on the importance of solving it to the members of the Mystery Club The student includes a weak reference to the main idea solving a mystery and making friends as well as other text references You will have to solve the mystery and if you don t you will not be in the club and she would be better friends with Shelly However the analysis of explicit and implicit meanings from the text to support claims ideas and inferences is weak The response would be strengthened by clear reference to the main idea and an explanation of relevant key details to support the writer s purpose thus demonstrating analysis A weak organizational structure is present The response lacks an introduction and the ideas within the body are not developed There is inconsistent use of precise language throughout the response Inconsistent use of transitions links ideas weakly Errors are present in sentence formation e g the opening sentence is a run on as well as in usage would of never and spelling the spelling of Marisa is inconsistent throughout the response The errors that are present sometimes interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 28
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  2 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 2 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response It is important because Marisa wants to get a new friend So Shelly ask her to join And she did but she has to solve a mystry first So Marisa solve the mystry by breathing on the mirror so she can read the secrete message so she can join the Mystery Club It is important for the members of the Mystery Club so they can get more people to join there club That is why it important that Marisa solve the mystry of the secrete message The response inconsistently addresses the task demonstrating a partial understanding of the text The organizational structure is weak as is the development both of which contribute to a controlling idea only somewhat related to the text the idea that solving the mystery will help Marisa and the club members become friends There is weak inconsistent analysis of explicit and implicit meanings from the text the idea that solving the mystery represents a test which Marisa must pass is not addressed The response uses transitions inconsistently and there is little in the way of precise language to convey events Errors in sentence formation the fourth sentence is over coordinated usage Shelly ask her there club and spelling mystry interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 29
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  2 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 1 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 30
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  1 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response minimally addresses part of the task the student touches on the idea of being friends with Shelly demonstrating an inadequate understanding of the text Minimal reference to the main idea solving a mystery and making friends is evident and the response does not demonstrate analysis of the text References to the text could I join are insufficient and disconnected Some details provided are inaccurate Marisa wants to go to the Mystery Club because her best friend was going or not text based if it was a dance club or a party club and therefore do not support the explanation There is minimal evidence of an organizational structure The response lacks an introduction and conclusion The ideas within the body are not developed and lack focus and coherence The response lacks precise language or vocabulary drawn from the text Some transitions are employed First Next Then Last however they neither clearly link ideas nor support the explanation Errors in sentence formation grammar and usage are present PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 31
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  The response minimally addresses part of the task  the student touches on the idea of being fr...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 1 9 When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club she is immediately interested and asks Could I join In order to join Marisa first has to solve a mystery Write an essay analyzing the importance of solving the mystery to both Marisa and the members of the Mystery Club Use evidence from the passage to support your response The response addresses part of the task the student vaguely connects the Mystery Club with notions of friendship demonstrating inadequate understanding of the text There is virtually no evidence of an organizational structure or strategy Analysis of the text is lacking and there is only insufficient reference to the text marissa breathed on the mirror and then she could read it and main idea Marissa join the mystery Club with shelly Transitions So if are employed in a haphazard fashion Many errors are present often interfering with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 32
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  1 9.  When Shelly tells Marisa about the Mystery Club, she is imme...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION E04 E 1 1 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response Writer s Checklist for the Text Dependent Analysis Question PLAN before you write Make sure you read the question carefully Make sure you have read the entire passage carefully Think about how the question relates to the passage Organize your ideas on scratch paper Use a thought map outline or other graphic organizer to plan your essay FOCUS while you write Analyze the information from the passage as you write your essay Make sure you use evidence from the passage to support your response Use precise language a variety of sentence types and transitions in your essay Organize your paper with an introduction body and conclusion PROOFREAD after you write I wrote my final essay in the answer booklet I stayed focused on answering the question I used evidence from the passage to support my response I corrected errors in capitalization spelling sentence formation punctuation and word choice PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 42
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION E04.E.1.1 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s or...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 43
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler   January 2015  43
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 44
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler   January 2015  44
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 45
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler   January 2015  45
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION SCORING GUIDELINE Item 22 Assessment Anchor E04 E 1 Evidence Based Analysis of Text Specific Assessment Anchor Descriptor addressed by this item E04 E 1 1 Draw evidence from literary or informa onal texts to support analysis reflec on and research Score Point Descrip on 4 E ec vely addresses all parts of the task demonstra ng in depth analy c understanding of the text s E ec ve introduc on development and conclusion iden fying an opinion topic or controlling idea related to the text s Strong organiza onal structure that e ec vely supports the focus and ideas Thorough analysis of explicit and implicit meanings from text s to e ec vely support claims opinions ideas and inferences Substan al accurate and direct reference to the text s using relevant key details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Substan al reference to the main idea s and relevant key details of the text s to support the writer s purpose Skillful use of transi ons to link ideas E ec ve use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s to explain the topic and or to convey experiences events Few errors if any are present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present do not interfere with meaning 3 Adequately addresses all parts of the task demonstra ng su cient understanding of the text s Clear introduc on development and conclusion iden fying an opinion topic or controlling idea related to the text s Appropriate organiza onal structure that adequately supports the focus and ideas Clear analysis of explicit and implicit meanings from text s to support claims opinions ideas and inferences Su cient accurate and direct reference to the text s using relevant details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Su cient reference to the main idea s and relevant key details of the text s to support the writer s purpose Appropriate use of transi ons to link ideas Appropriate use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s to explain the topic and or to convey experiences events Some errors may be present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 46
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION SCORING GUIDELINE Item  22 Assessment Anchor  E04.E.1   Evide...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point Descrip on 2 Inconsistently addresses some parts of the task demonstra ng par al understanding of the text s Weak introduc on development and or conclusion iden fying an opinion topic or controlling idea somewhat related to the text s Weak organiza onal structure that inconsistently supports the focus and ideas Weak or inconsistent analysis of explicit and or implicit meanings from text s that somewhat supports claims opinions ideas and inferences Vague reference to the text s using some details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Weak reference to the main idea s and relevant details of the text s to support the writer s purpose Inconsistent use of transi ons to link ideas Inconsistent use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s to explain the topic and or to convey experiences events Errors may be present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present may interfere with meaning 1 Nonscorables Minimally addresses part s of the task demonstra ng inadequate understanding of the text s Minimal evidence of an introduc on development and or conclusion Minimal evidence of an organiza onal structure Insu cient or no analysis of the text s may or may not support claims opinions ideas and inferences Insu cient reference to the text s using few details examples quotes facts and or defini ons Minimal reference to the main idea s and or relevant details of the text s Few if any transi ons to link ideas Li le or no use of precise language or domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text s Many errors may be present in sentence forma on grammar usage spelling capitaliza on and punctua on errors present o en interfere with meaning Categories within zero reported separately BLK blank No response or wri en refusal to respond or too brief to determine response OT O task topic LOE Response in a language other than English IL Illegible PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 47
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point  Descrip on  2      Inconsistently addresses some parts of the task demonstra ng pa...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TEXT DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION STUDENT RESPONSES E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 48
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  TEXT-DEPENDENT ANALYSIS QUESTION STUDENT RESPONSES E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4 22.  Write an...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 Continued PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 49
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4  Continued   PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampl...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response effectively addresses all parts of the task demonstrating an in depth analytic understanding of the text The student analyzes the text This tells me that there are many exciting things to see on a hike effectively supporting the main idea The author of the passage organizes the article so that you first get excited about hiking and then he tells us how to keep track of our hikes and to make a hiking stick Substantial accurate and direct references to the text For example he says and For example if you mark the paper along the top and bottom of the notebook support the explanation of the importance of the author s organizational structure The student has a clear organizational structure including an introductory statement ideas grouped in a logical order and a concluding statement related to the topic and purpose Precise language directions and steps in order is effectively used to explain the topic and convey ideas There is a sentence construction error in the fourth sentence Few errors in grammar usage and conventions are present Errors present do not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 50
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response effectively addresses all parts of the task, demonstrating an in-depth, analytic u...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 51
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 4 Continued PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 52
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  4  Continued   PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampl...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS The response effectively addresses all parts of the task demonstrating an in depth understanding of the text The student analyzes explicit and implicit meanings from the text telling us that we ll see wonders of nature when we hike To help us understand he tells us what a hiking journal is and then gives us step by step directions on how to make a nice cover for our journal and He uses steps by numbers so we can make a good hiking stick effectively supporting the main idea to make people want to go hiking and make some things to have when hiking Substantial accurate and direct references to the text we ll see wonders of nature when we hike he tells us what a hiking journal is and then gives step by step directions on how to make a nice cover He uses steps by numbers so we can make a good hiking stick support the main idea The student has a clear organizational structure that effectively supports ideas an effective introduction and transitions ideas grouped in a logical order and a conclusion related to the main idea and purpose The response contains only one error in spelling ourselfs and precise control of language sentence formation grammar and usage is demonstrated PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 53
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  The response effectively addresses all parts of the task, demonstrating an in-depth understand...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 3 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response The author s organization of the passage helps the reader understand the tasks by using pictures and putting the steps in order First the author helps the reader by using pictures to show you how your journal or hiking stick should look like The pictures help you understand what he is writing about in the directions For example so you know where to put the jingly bells if you want to scare animals Second the author helps the reader by putting steps in order Without the steps being in order you might not be able to make a hiking stick right or cover your book right For example if you don t mark your paper right like in step 3 you probaly wont be able to fold it right And you end up with an ugly cover In conclusion those are the ways the author helps the reader understand the tasks The response adequately addresses all parts of the task demonstrating sufficient understanding and analysis of the text There is a clear introduction helps the reader understand the tasks by using pictures and putting the steps in order development The pictures help you understand what he is writing about in the directions and Without the steps being in order you might not be able to make a hiking stick right and conclusion those are the ways the author helps the reader understand the tasks There is an appropriate organizational structure that supports the focus There is sufficient reference to the main idea and relevant details from the text The author helps the reader by using pictures to show you how your journal or hiking stick should look like and if you don t mark your paper right like in step 3 There is an appropriate use of transitions to link ideas both between and within paragraphs First Second Without the steps being in order and In conclusion Some errors are present in punctuation wont vs won t and spelling probaly the errors present seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 54
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  3 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 3 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 55
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  3 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 3 Continued The response adequately analyzes how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks thus demonstrating sufficient understanding of the text The student analyzes both explicit and implicit meanings from the text to support the main idea organizing the passage so that takes us through the steps one by one and showing us what the steps look like Direct reference to the text since the steps are in numairicle order we can make it in a way that won t be wrong we can know if it s right because there are pictures is provided to support the explanation Additional and or more specific relevant details examples or quotes from the text would strengthen the analysis The student employs an appropriate organizational structure consisting of a logical order of instructions from the passage with an introductory statement transitions First Next And last Finally and conclusion The response features errors in usage your s and spelling numairicle and rong however they seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 56
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  3  Continued   The response adequately analyzes how the author   s...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 2 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response The author s organization of the passage helps the reader The first part tells you about hiking and wants us to go hiking The second part tells how to make a cover for your hiking journal The author uses numbers to tell what order to do stuff in and we can decorate however way we want The last part helps you make a walking stick so you can balance and scair away bears I like to go hike but I don t like bears The response inconsistently addresses some parts of the task demonstrating partial understanding There is weak analysis of the text The author uses numbers to tell what order to do stuff to support the development The response lacks relevant details from the text make a walking stick so you can balance and scair away bears The response has a weak organizational structure The first part The second part and The last part and lacks a conclusion relevant to the main idea There is limited use of precise language and domain specific vocabulary drawn from the text to explain the topic The response contains some errors in grammar however way we want and spelling scair but most errors do not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 57
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  2 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 2 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response The response inconsistently addresses some parts of the task demonstrating partial understanding of the text There is weak analysis of the text Each thing the author wants us to do is in it s own section If you don t follow the directions it might be bad that only somewhat supports the main idea There is weak reference to a relevant detail And there are pictures so we know what it looks like when its done but even this is somewhat disconnected The response has a weak organizational structure with a simple introduction and no conclusion The response employs simplistic transitions between ideas There is some use of precise language and vocabulary drawn from the text to explain the topic For example Hiking Journal Hiking Stick The response contains errors in sentence formation a sentence fragment at the end of the first paragraph and a run on sentence at the beginning of the second paragraph usage it s and its and capitalization Some of these errors interfere with meaning GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 58
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  2 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 1 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response This brief response minimally addresses part of the task demonstrating inadequate understanding of the text The response lacks development or a conclusion merely providing a single idea The other author puts evry idea in there own litte secshuns so you can do the project and know what part too do furst There is no analysis of the text and support for the claim is not relevant Be sure to ask an adult for permission before staring this project Vocabulary is not drawn from the text and many errors are present in grammar usage and spelling GO ON PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 59
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  1 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 E 1 1 Response Score 1 22 Write an essay analyzing how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Use information from the passage to support your response steps that the auther wants you to do are in number order so you do them in order If you don t do the steps in order you could mess up If you dont fold the paper the rite way you woodent be able to make a cover for your diarie The response minimally addresses the task of explaining how the author s organization of the passage helps the reader to understand the tasks Minimal reference to the main idea is evident and the response does not demonstrate a true analysis of the text References to the text are insufficient If you dont fold the paper the rite way you woodent be able to make a cover for your diarie Minimal evidence of an organizational structure is present there is no introductory statement or conclusion and only one simplistic transition is employed to connect the ideas If you Many errors are present in spelling capitalization usage and punctuation PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 60
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  E04.E.1.1   Response Score  1 22.  Write an essay analyzing how the author   s organization of...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS PASSAGE 3 Read the following passage about a house in Pennsylvania designed by an important architect Then answer questions 23 29 Fallingwater by Brooke Mulatto A waterfall swirls beneath it Huge boulders rest at its feet Forests surround it and wild animals live near it It s not a mountain it s a house Its name is Fallingwater An architect named Frank Lloyd Wright designed Fallingwater in 1935 Edgar Kaufmann owned some land in Pennsylvania where he wanted to build a cabin Wright went to this spot to begin designing Kaufmann s home He fell in love with a waterfall that tumbled over the land He decided that he would build the house on top of it How could someone build a house on top of a waterfall Before that time most big buildings were made of stones or bricks A stone bridge over a river has to be built as an arch or it will fall down under its own weight Wright wanted the new house to go over the waterfall but he didn t want a high curved arch He wanted low straight lines In the 1930s architects were just experimenting with a new way to build skyscrapers Using steel and concrete the architects could make strong but light buildings So the new skyscrapers could be taller than ever Wright used this same technique for Fallingwater He chose four natural boulders to anchor the house to the ground Stones were used for the walls To support the floors that went over the waterfall he used concrete reinforced with steel rods The water could rush through its usual pathway beneath the home Boulders and Tree Stumps There are other unusual things about Fallingwater For instance what do people usually sit on in front of a fire in the living room Nice comfy chairs and sofas If you lived in Fallingwater you could sit on a boulder There is also a table made from a tree stump This house doesn t have ordinary walls either Wright used clear glass everywhere he could If you re inside Fallingwater you can turn around in a full circle and see all the trees birds and animals outside It s almost as if you re not in a house at all Why would anyone want to build a home that had boulders as chairs see through walls and a waterfall beneath it When he was young Wright worked on his uncle s farm To get through the long days Wright began to study the trees bugs animals and birds That took his mind off how hard the farm work was Nature became an escape for Wright and he grew to love it When he was older he wanted his buildings to look and feel like a part of nature That is why at Fallingwater you can sit on a boulder at the fireplace look out in any direction and see the forest and hear the music of the stream beneath your feet 102242 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 61
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  PASSAGE 3 Read the following passage about a house in Pennsylvania designed by an important ar...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS E04 B K 1 1 1 23 According to the passage what was special about the buildings that Wright designed A They used bridges with high arches B They contained comfortable chairs and sofas C They were often modeled on his uncle s farm D They seemed like they are part of nature 564953 The student is asked to determine what was special about the buildings that Wright designed Option D is correct since all of Wright s buildings contain elements of nature Options A B and C are not supported by information in the passage E04 B V 4 1 1 24 Which sentence uses the word anchor as it is used in the passage A B Hope of success was the anchor that kept the athlete going It is best to anchor the shelf to the wall with screws C The anchor was too heavy for the sailor D Matt s grandmother was the anchor of his family 564946 The student is asked to determine which sentence uses the word anchor in the same way as the passage Option B is the correct answer since this sentence uses the meaning to fasten the same meaning of the word anchor that is used in the passage Options A C and D do not use the word in the same way PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 62
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUESTIONS E04.B-K.1.1.1 23. According to the passage, what was special about t...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B V 4 1 1 25 Read the sentence from the passage To support the floors that went over the waterfall he used concrete reinforced with steel rods What is the meaning of the word support as it is used in the sentence A hold up B decorate C show off D clean 564955 The student is asked to determine the meaning of the word support In the given sentence the word means to hold up This meaning makes sense in context since concrete with steel is a strong material and would maintain the floor built over the waterfall Options B C and D do not make sense in the given context E04 B C 3 1 1 26 Read the sentences from the passage If you lived in Fallingwater you could sit on a boulder There is also a table made from a tree stump Which point is the author making with the information in the sentences A Wright succeeded in bringing nature to the inside of Fallingwater B Wright believed the furniture in Fallingwater should last for a long time C Wright brought items from his uncle s farm to use in Fallingwater D Wright thought that Fallingwater should be unusual so people would like it 564952 The student is asked to determine why the author makes a statement Option A is the correct answer since the boulder used as a chair and the stump used as a table allow the visitor to see how Wright was able to make nature a part of the interior of Fallingwater Options B C and D are not supported by information in the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 63
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-V.4.1.1 25. Read the sentence from the passage.    To support the floors that went over t...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B V 4 1 2 27 What does the phrase music of the stream mean in the last sentence of the passage A the crackling of the fireplace B the boulders crashing into the water C the noise of animals walking in the forest D the sound of the moving water 564947 The student is asked to interpret the meaning of the phrase music of the stream Option D is the correct answer since the moving water of a waterfall or stream creates sound like music Options A and C do not relate to the stream Option B does not have the positive connotation of music E04 B K 1 1 3 28 Based on information in the passage why did Wright most likely build Fallingwater over a waterfall A B He wanted the water to block out the other sounds of the forest that surrounded the house He wanted others to be able to hear the pleasant sound of water rushing beneath the house C He wanted farmers to be able to bring their animals to drink the water D He wanted visitors to see different birds take baths in the water 564954 The student is asked to explain why Wright most likely built Fallingwater over a waterfall Option B is correct since the passage states that he loved the waterfall The passage also refers to the waterfall as the music of the stream Wright most likely enjoyed the sound the waterfall made and wanted others to be able to hear it flowing under the house Options A C and D are not supported by information in the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 64
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-V.4.1.2 27. What does the phrase    music of the stream    mean in the last sentence of t...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 B C 3 1 3 29 Why is a heading included in the passage A to indicate a new topic for the reader B to show the reader the location of Fallingwater C to define a key term for the reader D to prove to the reader that Wright was famous 564950 The student is asked to interpret the function of the heading in the passage Option A is the correct answer since the heading Boulders and Tree Stumps indicates the new topic of the interior features of Fallingwater Options B C and D do not address the function of the heading in the passage PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 65
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.B-C.3.1.3 29. Why is a heading included in the passage    A.  to indicate a new topic for t...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Acknowledgements Mystery Club copyright 2008 by Highlights for Children Inc Columbus Ohio Excerpt from Trekking the Trail copyright 2000 by Linda White Reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith Fallingwater copyright 2005 by Highlights for Children Inc Columbus Ohio PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 66
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Acknowledgements    Mystery Club    copyright    2008 by Highlights for Children, Inc., Columb...
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS SECTION 2 Directions On the following pages are the Language questions and the writing prompts Directions for Multiple Choice Questions Each question will ask you to select an answer from among four choices For the multiple choice questions Read each question and choose the best answer Only one of the answers provided is correct Record your choice in the answer booklet Directions for the Writing Prompt Review the Writer s Checklist to help you plan and organize your response Read the writing prompt carefully Write your response in the appropriate space in the answer booklet PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 68
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  SECTION 2  Directions  On the following pages are the Language questions and the writing promp...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STANDALONE MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS E04 D 1 1 1 30 Read the sentence The president of our club _____ is known for giving long speeches said only a few words before our club activities began Which word correctly completes the sentence A that B which C whom D who 663078 Students are asked to evaluate each answer option to determine which relative pronoun correctly completes the sentence Options A and B may be attractive to some students but when used in the sentence the relative pronouns that and which incorrectly change the intent of the sentence to suggest that the club and not the president is known for giving long speeches Though option C whom indicates a person its placement in the sentence is incorrect Option D is the correct answer because who is the relative pronoun that correctly completes the sentence E04 D 1 1 3 31 Read the sentence My brother stayed home even though he _____ have gone outside to play with his friends Which word correctly completes the sentence to show that the brother was able to go outside but decided not to A must B might C could D would 657320 Students are asked to analyze each answer option to determine which modal auxiliary correctly completes the sentence to show that the brother was able to go outside but decided not to When used in the sentence options A and B do not convey the appropriate meaning of the sentence Likewise option B suggests an uncertainty about whether the brother went outside Option D uses the conditional modal would which would demand an additional if clause for the sentence to make sense Option C is the correct answer because the modal auxiliary shows that the brother could have gone outside but decided not to PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 69
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  STANDALONE MULTIPLE  CHOICE QUESTIONS E04.D.1.1.1 30. Read the sentence. The president of our ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 D 1 1 4 32 Which sentence is written correctly A The moose has large brown two antlers B The moose has two brown large antlers C The moose has large two brown antlers D The moose has two large brown antlers 653714 Students are asked to evaluate each sentence to determine which sentence has adjectives that are ordered correctly Options A B and C do not correctly order the adjectives according to conventional patterns Option D is the correct answer because the adjectives are listed in the correct order amount two size large and color brown E04 D 1 1 5 33 Read the sentence As for me I enjoy watching the dark clouds under the window during those cloudy afternoons in late spring Which underlined word is not used correctly A for B under C during D in 663088 Students are asked to determine which part of the sentence has an error in a prepositional phrase Each answer option has a potential preposition error for in option A under in option B during in option C and in in option D Option B is the correct answer because the preposition under is being misused PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 70
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.D.1.1.4 32. Which sentence is written correctly  A.  The moose has large brown, two antlers...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 D 1 1 6 34 Read the information The Ohio River _______________ Choose the words that complete the sentence A flowing very quickly B for rafting and fishing C D runs through Pennsylvania along with the Beaver River 654926 Students are asked to review each answer option to determine which words correctly complete the sentence Options A B and D do not turn the information into a complete sentence Option C is the correct answer because it correctly completes the sentence E04 D 1 1 7 35 Read the sentence I no there is one road that goes through the park What change needs to be made to correct the error A Change no to know B Change there to their C Change one to won D Change road to rowed 652810 Students are asked to review the frequently confused words to determine which change corrects the error The changes suggested in options B C and D would create errors Option A is the correct answer because it corrects the misuse of the frequently confused word no PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 71
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.D.1.1.6 34. Read the information. The Ohio River _______________. Choose the words that com...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 D 1 1 8 36 Read the sentences 1 Carpenters receive important training to help them do their jobs 2 Carpenters might find their jobs more difficult without _________ Which word correctly completes sentence 2 A it B one C those D them 663089 Students are asked to review each answer to determine which word correctly completes the sentence Options B C and D are not correct answers because each of the pronouns does not agree with the antecedent training Option A is the correct answer because the pronoun it refers to and agrees with the antecedent training E04 D 1 2 1 37 Read the sentence Giant pandas live in the mountain ranges of central china Which underlined word should begin with a capital letter A pandas B ranges C central D china 653178 Students are asked to evaluate each underlined word to determine which word should begin with a capital letter Though options A B and C may be attractive students who successfully apply capitalization rules will confirm that the names of animals and general descriptions of place and location do not need to be capitalized Option D is the correct answer because china is the name of a country and should be capitalized PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 72
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.D.1.1.8 36. Read the sentences.  1  Carpenters receive important training to help them do t...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 D 1 2 2 38 Read the sentence Elk herds have been spotted in nearby Winslow Hill Mr Henson read aloud from the paper Which change corrects the mistake in punctuation A Add a comma after Hill B Add quotation marks after Mr Henson C Add a comma after read D Add quotation marks after paper 655778 Students are asked to review the possible changes in the sentence to determine which change corrects the punctuation error Options B and D use quotation marks incorrectly Option C introduces a comma error Option A is the correct answer because it adds the comma missing after Hill E04 D 1 2 3 39 Read the sentence Andy liked the idea of gardening during the cool mornings of summer but he disliked getting his hands dirty Where should a comma be added A after Andy B after gardening C D after summer after but 655935 Students are asked to evaluate the answer options to determine where a comma should be added to the sentence Options A B and D introduce a comma error Option C is the correct answer because a comma is needed before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 73
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.D.1.2.2 38. Read the sentence.    Elk herds have been spotted in nearby Winslow Hill    Mr....
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04 D 2 1 1 40 Read the sentence The Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club Show featured several items Choose the most specific words to replace the words several items in the sentence A many types of gems B a variety of rocks C different kinds of stones D over thirty brilliant diamonds 655622 Students are asked to analyze the answer options to determine the most specific words to replace the underlined words in the sentence Although option A is more specific than several items it does not identify the type of gems Likewise options B and C suggest replacing several items with a variety of rocks and different kinds of stones but the options do not reveal the types of rocks or stones Option D is the correct answer because it states the number of items over thirty what the items are diamonds and describes what the items look like brilliant E04 D 2 1 3 41 Read the paragraph 1 The eye is made up of many parts 2 The iris is the colored part and lots of folks say that green eyes are the coolest of all 3 The round dark center of the eye is the pupil 4 The pupil gets smaller when a person is in a bright place and larger when a person is in a dark place Which sentence has informal language and should be revised A sentence 1 B sentence 2 C sentence 3 D sentence 4 655216 Students are asked to analyze each sentence to determine which sentence has informal language that should be revised Options A C and D do not contain informal language Option B is the correct answer because it contains informal language lots of folks say that green eyes are the coolest of all that should be revised PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 74
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS E04.D.2.1.1 40. Read the sentence. The Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club Show featured...
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Section 3 Directions On the following pages are the Opinion Informative Explanatory and Narrative Prompts Writer s Checklist for the Opinion Writing Prompt PLAN before you write Make sure you understand what the prompt is asking you to do Think about your task and your audience Think about the topic your opinion on that topic and what you want to write Organize your ideas on scratch paper Use a thought map outline or other graphic organizer to plan your essay FOCUS while you write State your opinion on the topic Support your opinion with details examples and reasons Use a variety of sentence types Organize your paper with an introduction body and conclusion Use transitions to connect your ideas PROOFREAD after you write I stayed focused on the topic I used reasons and examples to support my opinion I corrected any errors in capitalization spelling sentence formation punctuation and word choice PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 76
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Section 3 Directions  On the following pages are the Opinion, Informative Explanatory, and Nar...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt You will have at least 30 minutes to plan write and proofread your response to this prompt Your class has signed up to send letters to students in a different country Your teacher has asked your class to think about the best way to do this Some students think the class should write handwritten letters and send them in envelopes Other students think the best way would be to use a computer and send letters electronically How do you think your class should send letters to students in a different country Write an essay for your teacher that states your opinion about the best way for your class to send letters to students in a different country and explains why Be sure to use details and reasons to support your opinion Turn the page to begin writing your response 656803 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 77
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Opinion Writing Prompt You will have at least 30 minutes to plan, write, and proofread your re...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt Final Copy If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 78
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt continued Final Copy After you have checked your work close this test booklet so your teacher will know you are finished PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 79
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS OPINION WRITING PROMPT 4 POINT MODE SPECIFIC SCORING GUIDELINE Assessment Anchor E04 C 1 Text Types and Purposes Specific Anchor Descriptor addressed by this item E04 C 1 1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts suppor ng a point of view with reasons and informa on Opinion Scoring Guidelines Score Point Description 4 Sharp dis nct opinion introduced developed and concluded with evident awareness of task purpose and audience E ec ve order and organiza onal structure that support reasons and evidence Substan al and relevant content that demonstrates a clear understanding of the purpose Thorough elabora on with clearly presented reasons that are consistently supported with facts and details E ec ve transi ons that connect opinions and reasons Established and consistently maintained formal style with e ec ve control of language domain specific vocabulary stylis c techniques and sentence variety Consistent control of sentence forma on Few errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present do not interfere with meaning 3 Clear opinion introduced developed and concluded with general awareness of task purpose and audience Logical order and organiza onal structure that support reasons and evidence Adequate and relevant content that demonstrates an understanding of the purpose Su cient elabora on with clearly presented reasons that are supported with facts and details Clear transi ons that connect opinions and reasons Established and maintained formal style with appropriate control of language domainspecific vocabulary stylis c techniques and sentence variety Adequate control of sentence forma on Some errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 80
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  OPINION WRITING PROMPT  4  POINT MODE  SPECIFIC SCORING GUIDELINE Assessment Anchor  E04.C.1  ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point 2 1 Nonscorables Description Vague opinion introduced developed and concluded with limited awareness of task purpose and audience Inconsistent order and organiza onal structure that somewhat support reasons and evidence Inadequate vague content that demonstrates a weak understanding of the purpose Underdeveloped and or repe ve elabora on that is inconsistently supported with facts and details Inconsistent limited transi ons that somewhat connect opinions and reasons Inconsistently maintained formal style with limited control of language domain specific vocabulary stylis c techniques and sentence variety Inconsistent control of sentence forma on Errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present may interfere with meaning Minimal evidence of an opinion introduced developed and concluded with li le awareness of task purpose and audience Minimal order and organiza onal structure Minimal content that demonstrates li le or no understanding of the purpose Undeveloped opinion with li le support may be a bare list Minimal transi ons that may or may not connect opinions and reasons Ine ec ve formal style with li le control of language Minimal control of sentence forma on Many errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present o en interfere with meaning Categories within zero reported separately BLK blank No response or wri en refusal to respond or too brief to determine response OT O task topic LOE Response in a language other than English IL Illegible PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 81
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point  2  1  Nonscorables  Description     Vague opinion introduced, developed, and concl...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS OPINION WRITING PROMPT STUDENT RESPONSES Opinion Writing Prompt Final Copy If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 82
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt continued Final Copy Response Score 4 A sharp distinct opinion we should send them by computer is introduced developed and concluded with evident awareness of task purpose and audience There is an effective order that supports the reasons and evidence make sure it s perfect easier to read faster Substantial and relevant content demonstrates a clear understanding of the purpose spell check email address The response has thorough elaboration with clearly presented reasons that are consistently supported with details A formal style is established and maintained There is consistent control of sentence formation and there are few errors in grammar usage spelling and punctuation After you have checked your work close this test booklet so your teacher will know you are finished PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 83
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Opinion Writing Prompt  continued  Final Copy  Response Score  4 A sharp, distinct opinion    ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt Online Final Copy Your class has signed up to send letters to students in a different country Your teacher has asked your class to think about the best way to do this Some students think the class should write handwritten letters and send them in envelopes Other students think the best way would be to use a computer and send letters electronically How do you think your class should send letters to students in a different country Write an essay for your teacher that states your opinion about the best way for your class to send letters to students in a different country and explains why Be sure to use details and reasons to support your opinion My class has signed up to write letters to students in other countries We are deciding if it would be best to email them or handwrite them I think we should send them through the computer First it takes a lot of time to write letters We have to write them over and over so they are perfect If we wrote them on the computer we could just make changes to our first copy Imagine the time this would save Next be sending it through the computer we would save money Sending a letter costs money We would have to buy stamps for every letter If we did this over the year it would cost too much money Using computers to send letters would be free Last we could send a lot more letters back and forth We woudnt have to wait for mail That would be nice to receive so many more letters Therefore we should use computers to send out letters because it takes time saves money and send more letters Response Score 3 There is a clear opinion introduced I think we should send them through the computer developed and concluded Therefore we should use computers with general awareness of task purpose and audience There is a logical organizational structure that introduces the opinion supports the reasons and evidence and concludes by restating the opinion There are clear transitions that move the reader through the response First Next Last and Therefore as well as if statements b y sending and That would The writer establishes and maintains a formal style with appropriate control of language domain specific vocabulary stylistic techniques and sentence variety There is adequate control of sentence formation and few errors in grammar usage spelling and punctuation PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 84
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Opinion Writing Prompt Online Final Copy Your class has signed up to send letters to students ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt Online Final Copy Your class has signed up to send letters to students in a different country Your teacher has asked your class to think about the best way to do this Some students think the class should write handwritten letters and send them in envelopes Other students think the best way would be to use a computer and send letters electronically How do you think your class should send letters to students in a different country Write an essay for your teacher that states your opinion about the best way for your class to send letters to students in a different country and explains why Be sure to use details and reasons to support your opinion I think we should hanwrite out letters to a difrent country If we hanwrite them the kids from a difrent country will get to see out writing and they will come in the mail We will first write out letters in the class We will each check our letters in class We will each check our letters for mistakes We will write a final copy We will then put them in a envlope and send them It will take along time to get there The students will be happy They will see how we write I hope they will write me back I can t wait for a letter Response Score 2 The writer states the opinion that we should hanwrite out letters The response contains inadequate content that demonstrates a weak understanding of the purpose There is a sense of order to the response as the student writes the letter checks it mails it and then waits for a response however transitions and a conclusion are absent There is limited control of language repetitive use of We will and the response lacks stylistic techniques The response has errors in grammar usage spelling and punctuation hanwrite difrent envlope along vs a long PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 85
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Opinion Writing Prompt Online Final Copy Your class has signed up to send letters to students ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Opinion Writing Prompt Final Copy Response Score 1 There is minimal evidence of task purpose and audience awareness in this brief response The topic is stated I think we shold send letter on a coputer There is minimal content that demonstrates little understanding of the purpose and the opinion is undeveloped The response is simply a bare repetitive list is faster get them faster will be faster Many errors are present in grammar usage spelling and punctuation If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 86
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Opinion Writing Prompt Final Copy  Response Score  1 There is minimal evidence of task, purpos...
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Writer s Checklist for the Informative Explanatory Writing Prompt PLAN before you write Make sure you understand what the prompt is asking you to do Think about your task and your audience Think about the topic and what you want to write about it Organize your ideas on scratch paper Use a thought map outline or other graphic organizer to plan your essay FOCUS while you write Stay focused on the topic Support your ideas with specific details and examples Use a variety of sentence types Organize your paper with an introduction body and conclusion Use transitions to connect your ideas PROOFREAD after you write I stayed focused on the topic I used specific details to support my ideas I corrected any errors in capitalization spelling sentence formation punctuation and word choice PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 88
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS  Writer   s Checklist for the Informative Explanatory Writing Prompt PLAN before you write     ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Informative Explanatory Writing Prompt You will have at least 30 minutes to plan write and proofread your response to this prompt Think about an activity you like to do or would like to try This activity could be done indoors or outdoors with a group or alone Some people like to play games or sports Others like to do an art or music activity What is one activity you like to do or would like to try Write an essay for your teacher that describes one activity that you like to do or would like to try Be sure to use details and examples to explain your ideas Turn the page to begin writing your response 666548 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 89
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS INFORMATIVE EXPLANATORY WRITING PROMPT 4 POINT MODE SPECIFIC SCORING GUIDELINE Assessment Anchor E04 C 1 Text Types and Purposes Specific Anchor Descriptor addressed by this item E04 C 1 2 Write informa ve explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and informa on clearly Informative Explanatory Scoring Guidelines Score Point Description 4 Sharp dis nct topic introduced developed and concluded with evident awareness of task purpose and audience E ec ve order and organiza onal structure that develop a topic Substan al and relevant content that demonstrates an understanding of the purpose Thorough elabora on with clearly presented informa on that is consistently supported with facts examples and concrete details E ec ve transi ons that connect ideas and concepts Established and consistently maintained formal style with e ec ve control of language domain specific vocabulary stylis c techniques and sentence variety Consistent control of sentence forma on Few errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present do not interfere with meaning 3 Clear opinion introduced developed and concluded with general awareness of task purpose and audience Adequate order and organiza onal structure that develop a topic Adequate and relevant content that demonstrates an understanding of the purpose Su cient elabora on with clearly presented informa on that is supported with facts examples and concrete details Clear transi ons that connect ideas and concepts Established and maintained formal style with appropriate control of language domainspecific vocabulary stylis c techniques and sentence variety Adequate control of sentence forma on Some errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 92
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point Description 2 Vague topic introduced developed and concluded with limited awareness of task purpose and audience Inconsistent order and organiza onal structure that somewhat develop a topic Inadequate vague content that demonstrates a weak understanding of the purpose Underdeveloped and or repe ve elabora on that is inconsistently supported with facts examples and details Inconsistent limited transi ons that somewhat connect ideas and concepts Inconsistently maintained formal style with limited control of language domain specific vocabulary stylis c techniques and sentence variety Inconsistent control of sentence forma on Errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present may interfere with meaning 1 Minimal topic introduced developed and concluded with li le awareness of task purpose and audience Minimal order and organiza onal structure Minimal content that demonstrates li le or no understanding of the purpose Undeveloped wri ng with li le support may be a bare list Minimal transi ons that may or may not connect ideas and concepts Ine ec ve formal style with li le control of language Minimal control of sentence forma on Many errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present o en interfere with meaning Nonscorables Categories within zero reported separately BLK blank No response or wri en refusal to respond or too brief to determine response OT O task topic LOE Response in a language other than English IL Illegible PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 93
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point  Description  2      Vague topic introduced, developed, and concluded with limited ...
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Informative Explanatory Writing Prompt continued Final Copy Response Score 4 A sharp distinct topic is introduced The student wants to be a professional soccer player The response is developed with substantial and relevant content that demonstrates an understanding of the purpose of informing the reader about an activity There is an effective organizational structure its popular all over the world its a team sport and you can play indoors or outdoors Ideas and concepts are connected with effective transitions When I lie awake at night so one day but even more important So that s my The writer establishes and maintains a formal style with effective control of language vocabulary and sentence variety Consistent control of sentence formation is demonstrated Few errors in grammar usage spelling and punctuation are present and these do not interfere with meaning After you have checked your work close this test booklet so your teacher will know you are finished PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 95
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Response Score 3 A clear topic is introduced horse back riding with general awareness of the task describing the activity to try and audience teacher The writer introduces two ideas get my horse ready and go on a trail ride to create an organizational structure There is adequate relevant content for each idea using facts examples and concrete details 30 dollars saddle The writer provides specifics on how he or she would get my horse ready saddle on get on hold the rains tell my horse to walk and what he or she would do on the trail ride walk on the trails go for an hour run Clear transitions move the reader through the response If Then After Next At the end and connect the ideas Appropriate control of language vocabulary and sentence variety is demonstrated There is adequate control of sentence formation and some errors in grammar usage spelling and punctuation however errors do not interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 97
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Response Score  3 A clear topic is introduced     horse back riding     with general awareness ...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Informative Explanatory Writing Prompt Final Copy Response Score 2 There is a topic introduced camping with my family The response somewhat develops the topic of camping through a description of hiking and although swimming is mentioned in the introduction there is no development of that part of the content There are a few details hiking boots birds bear however there is little development of any of the ideas beyond We will run from the bear if he chases me There are a few transitions One day would will if If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 98
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Informative Explanatory Writing Prompt Online Final Copy Think about an activity you like to do or would like to try This activity could be done indoors or outdoors with a group or alone Some people like to play games or sports Others like to do an art or music activity What is one activity you like to do or would like to try Write an essay for your teacher that describes one activity that you like to do or would like to try Be sure to use details and examples to explain your ideas I wold like to learn to play piano I wold want to play piano becuse it is fun and hard I become famos one day My friend plays the violin She practices a lot Thats why I want to play piano Response Score 1 There is a topic introduced learn to play piano There is minimal content with undeveloped writing in this brief response The ideas are not connected as the writer talks about piano being fun and hard jumps to becoming famos one day and then includes the fact that My friend plays the violin The response demonstrates simple sentences and many errors are present in spelling and punctuation PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 99
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Writer s Checklist for the Narrative Writing Prompt PLAN before you write Make sure you understand what the prompt is asking you to do Think about your task and your audience Think about the subject and the story you want to write Organize your ideas on scratch paper Use a thought map outline or other graphic organizer to plan your essay FOCUS while you write Stay with the same point of view Use descriptive details in the story Include dialogue if appropriate Use a variety of sentence types Tell your story so it has a clear beginning middle and end PROOFREAD after you write I stayed with the same tone and point of view I used descriptive details in my story I corrected any errors in capitalization spelling sentence formation punctuation and word choice PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 100
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Narrative Writing Prompt You will have at least 30 minutes to plan write and proofread your response to this prompt People help each other in many ways Sometimes people need help finding something or someplace Sometimes people need help completing a task or a chore Think about a time when you needed help Consider who helped you and what this person did to help you Write a story for your teacher about a time when someone helped you Make sure your story has a beginning middle and end Turn the page to begin writing your response 663093 PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 101
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS NARRATIVE WRITING PROMPT 4 POINT MODE SPECIFIC SCORING GUIDELINE Assessment Anchor E04 C 1 Text Types and Purposes Specific Anchor Descriptor addressed by this item E04 C 1 3 Write narra ves to develop real or imagined experiences or events using e ec ve techniques descrip ve details and clear event sequences Narrative Scoring Guidelines Score Point Descrip on 4 Dis nctly established situa on theme that orients the reader and introduces the narrator and or characters E ec ve narra ve pa ern that sequences events and provides a conclusion Thorough elabora on that e ec vely supports the storyline E ec ve use of narra ve techniques to develop experiences and events E ec ve use of transi ons Precise control of language that conveys experiences and events using concrete words phrases and sensory details Consistent control of sentence forma on Few errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present do not interfere with meaning 3 Clearly established situa on theme that orients the reader and introduces the narrator and or characters Narra ve pa ern that generally sequences events and provides a conclusion interrup ons to the sequence may occur Su cient elabora on that supports the storyline Adequate use of narra ve techniques to develop experiences and events Clear use of transi ons Adequate control of language that conveys experiences and events using concrete words phrases and sensory details Adequate control of sentence forma on Some errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present seldom interfere with meaning PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 104
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Score Point Descrip on 2 Vague situa on theme that inconsistently orients the reader and introduces the narrator and or characters Weak narra ve pa ern that inconsistently sequences events and may or may not provide a conclusion Weak elabora on that somewhat supports the storyline Limited use of narra ve techniques to somewhat develop experiences and events Inconsistent limited use of transi ons Limited control of language that conveys experiences and events using limited concrete words phrases and sensory details Inconsistent control of sentence forma on Errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present may interfere with meaning 1 Nonscorables Minimal evidence of a situa on theme Minimal sequencing of events that may or may not establish a narra ve pa ern Minimal elabora on that may or may not support the storyline Minimal use of narra ve techniques Minimal use of transi ons Insu cient control of language words phrases and sensory details Minimal control of sentence forma on Many errors may be present in grammar usage spelling and punctua on errors present o en interfere with meaning Categories within zero reported separately BLK blank No response or wri en refusal to respond or too brief to determine response OT O task topic LOE Response in a language other than English IL Illegible PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 105
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Response Score 4 There is a distinctly established situation of the rainy day race to school that orients the reader and introduces the narrator and characters John Sarah and Mark There is an effective narrative pattern that sequences events setting the scene beginning the race the climax of the fall and the resolution which provides a conclusion There is thorough elaboration that effectively supports the storyline There is effective use of the rain throughout the response cold rainy day wet air rain hit our faces Transitions effectively move the reader through the response This day We started Then There is precise control of language that conveys experiences using concrete words phrases and sensory details rain felt like little beebees smacking us Consistent control of sentence formation grammar usage spelling and punctuation is demonstrated PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 107
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Response Score  4 There is a distinctly established situation of the rainy-day race to school t...
PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Narrative Writing Prompt Final Copy Response Score 3 A situation is clearly established night fishing that orients the reader and introduces the narrator me and characters Ben and Travis There is a narrative pattern that generally sequences events and provides a conclusion We even made it back in time for curfew Sufficient elaboration supports the storyline a lake right down the street from our house worms on the ends of our lines Adequate narrative techniques develop the experiences and events My pole wouldn t cast Travis said What s Wrong There is adequate control of language to convey the experiences and events using concrete words cast and phrases They worked to fix it for me Adequate control of sentence formation grammar usage spelling and punctuation is demonstrated in this response If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 108
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Narrative Writing Prompt Final Copy Response Score 2 There is a vague situation in which the dog spills breakfast that inconsistently orients the reader and introduces the narrator and characters Mary and Jack the dog There is weak elaboration that somewhat supports the storyline There is limited use of narrative techniques including dialogue Mary yelled stop to Jack While the events are sequential there is limited use of transitions Then Errors are present in grammar usage spelling punctuation and sentence formation If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 109
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PSSA ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Narrative Writing Prompt Final Copy Response Score 1 There is minimal evidence of a situation in this brief response There are events but they are out of sequence and lack detail The response mentions the friend helping the narrator falling off the bike the friend returning and then the narrator hitting the bump Sensory details are absent There is minimal if any use of narrative techniques Many errors are present in grammar usage spelling and punctuation If you need additional space please continue on the next page PSSA Grade 4 ELA Preliminary Item and Scoring Sampler January 2015 GO ON 110
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