FIGURE C-3 Article “Swimmer completes Manhattan marathon” used in NALS.

during a swim. Only one reference to food is contained in the passage, and it does not use the word “ate.” Rather, the article says the swimmer “kept up her strength with banana and honey sandwiches, hot chocolate, lots of water and granola bars.” The reader must match the word “ate” in the directive with the only reference to foods in the article.

Prose Level 2. Prose literacy tasks at level 2 required a person to locate a single piece of information in the text, compare and contrast easily identifiable information based on criteria provided in the question, or integrate two or more pieces of information, when distractors were present or when low level inferences were required.

Sample Prose Item (Level 2): Swimmer Article: Locate Fact with Distractor

Task: Use the article “Swimmer completes Manhattan marathon” (see Figure C-3 above) to answer the following question.

At what age did Chanin begin swimming competitively?

Acceptable responses are underlining or circling age or the sentence containing the age in the article.



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