Oregon Department of Education

CCSS Toolkit: ELA/Literacy Claim 1 Sample Summative Items (9-11)


CCSS Toolkit

Claim 1: Students can read closely and analytically to comprehend a range of increasingly complex literary and informational text.



These sample items have been provided by Smarter Balanced as preliminary examples of the types of items that students might encounter on the summative assessment. Each item includes a reference to the target standard(s) it addresses, the student text, and evaluation rubrics, where appropriate.

SR = Selected Response     CR = Constructed Response     ER = Extended Response     TE = Technology Enhanced     PT = Performance Task    


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Grade 11

An Old-Fashioned Girl (SR) The Open Window (SR) Excerpt from The Hound of the Baskervilles (CR)
Excerpt from A Journey to the Center of the Earth (TE)
The Discontented Pendulum (CR)
The Discontented Pendulum (SR) Excerpt from A Journey to the Center of the Earth (SR)
A Cold Greeting (CR)
Barbara Frietchie (CR) Pride and Prejudice (CR) Mending Wall (CR)
An Old-Fashioned Girl (CR) A Cold Greeting (CR)
Barbara Frietchie (SR)
NASA Gives Public New Internet Tool To Explore The Solar System (SR) President Kennedy Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 (SR)
Lincoln: His Own President (CR)
NASA Gives Public New Internet Tool To Explore The Solar System (SR) EPA Radon Guide (SR)
NASA Gives Public New Internet Tool To Explore The Solar System (CR) President Kennedy Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 (CR)
Susan B. Anthony speech, Second Treatise of Government by John Locke (CR)
Estuaries (CR)
President Kennedy Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 (CR) Estuaries (CR)