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1Grade 7 Literary Nonfiction Mini-AssessmentExcerpt from Nature by DesignThis grade 7 mini-assessment is based on an excerpt from the book Nature by Design by Bruce Brooks.This text is considered to be worthy of students’ time to read and also meets the expectations for textcomplexity at grade 7. Assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards will employ quality,complex texts such as this one.Questions aligned to the CCSS should be worthy of students’ time to answer and therefore do not focuson minor points of the texts. Questions also may address several standards within the same questionbecause complex texts tend to yield rich assessment questions that call for deep analysis. In this mini-assessment there are seven questions that address the Reading Standards below, and one constructed-response question that addresses Reading, Writing, and Language Standards. We encourage educatorsto give students the time that they need to read closely and write to the source. While we know ...