english language arts
Note that the two questions are closely related, as they both focus on the central idea of the text. In addition, this set of questions reinforces the emphasis on citing evidence, for to be successful with Part B, it is essential that the student reflects on the evidence that he or she used to determine the central english language arts idea in Part A. The scoring of these questions is more rigorous as well: students will either receive two points (for answering both questions correctly), or one point for answering Part A correctly. Clearly, this differs from past scoring procedures, where a student could answer any question correctly and receive credit. In this case, by only awarding points for Part B if the first part is accurate ensures that the student "not only made an inference to determine the central idea but also supported that inference with textual evidence".
Another sample question poses a vocabulary word:
Part A: What does the word "regal" mean as it is used in the passage?
Here, students must identify which choice most accurately describes the meaning of the word. As a follow-up, then, students are asked to go one step further: