Connecticut Mastery Test Strands and Objectives




Strand A: Forming a General Understanding (The reader will demonstrate understanding of the text’s general content.)
Strand B: Developing Interpretation (The reader will construct an interpretation and/or explanation of the text and connect the text to outside knowledge.)
Strand C: Making Reader-Text Connections (The reader will connect or associate the text with one’s own life.)
Strand D: Examining
Content & Structure
(The reader will
elaborate on the text
and make judgments
about the text’s quality
and themes.)
Objectives:
  1. Determine the main idea (non-fiction) or them/lesson (fiction) within a written work.
  2. Identify or infer important characters, problems, settings, events, relationships and details within a written work
  3. Select and use relevant information from the text in order to summarize events of the text.
  4. Use information from the text to make a prediction based on what is read.
  5. Use context clues to determine meanings of unknown or multiple meaning words or figurative language.
Objectives:
  1. Identify or infer the author’s use of structure and organizational patterns.
  2. Draw conclusions about the author’s purpose for choosing a genre or including or omitting specific details in a written work.
  3. Use stated or implied evidence from the text to draw and/or support a conclusion.
Objectives:
  1. Make connections between the text and outside experiences and knowledge.
  2. Select, synthesize and/or use relevant information within a written work to write a personal response to the text.
Objectives:
  1. Analyze and evaluate the author’s craft, including use of literary devices (such as simile, metaphor, imagery, and personification) and/or textual elements (non-fiction).
  2. Select, synthesize, and/or use relevant information within a written work(s) to extend or evaluate the work(s).
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of author’s or character’s values, customs, and beliefs included in the text.
Taken from: Connecticut State Department of Education website (new Generation 4 CMT Reading Strands/Objectives)