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STAAR English I High School 2015 - Past Paper

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Grade 9
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 17 skills from
Grade 9
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

110.31.b.13.C
110.31.b.15.A
110.31.b.13.D
110.31.b.19
110.31.b.17.C
110.31.b.18.B
110.31.b.2
110.31.b.6
110.31.b.1.B
110.31.b.8
110.31.b.9.C
110.31.b.9.B
110.31.b.9.A
110.31.b.11.A
110.31.b.5
110.31.b.5.B
110.31.b.5.C

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  • Q1
    What is the most effective way to revise sentence 2?
    They enjoyed playing video games, bowling, and watching movies together.
    They enjoyed playing video games, while they also enjoyed movie watching and bowling.
    They enjoyed playing video games and watched movies together and bowling.
    They enjoyed playing video games, they bowled and watched movies together.
    120s
    110.31.b.13.C
  • Q2
    What is the most effective way to combine sentences 7 and 8?
    He used a wheelchair to get around, he communicated through a sophisticated computer system that responded to his eye movements.
    He used a wheelchair to get around and communicated through a sophisticated computer system that responded to his eye movements.
    He used a wheelchair to get around, which communicated through a sophisticated computer system that responded to his eye movements.
    Using a wheelchair to get around and communicating through a sophisticated computer system, he responded to his eye movements.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
  • Q3
    Danny would like to add the following detail to the second paragraph (sentences 6-16). Where is the most effective place to insert this sentence?
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    After sentence 9
    After sentence 11
    After sentence 12
    After sentence 10
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
  • Q4
    What is the most effective transition to add to the beginning of sentence 18?
    However
    Consequently
    In fact
    In the end
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
  • Q5
    Danny would like to add a relevant quotation to the end of the third paragraph (sentences 17-22). Which of the following could best follow sentence 22 and help support the ideas in this paragraph?
    "He hangs out with Cameron every weekend," Mack's mom noted.
    "High school has been just great," Mack commented.
    "I just felt like it needed to be done," Mack said, "so I did it."
    "Mack was nice to me and really funny," Cameron explained.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
  • Q6
    Danny ended his paper abruptly. Which sentence could be added after sentence 32 to bring this paper to a more effective close?
    Obviously, Mack and Cameron will be friends forever and will be sure to make a difference in many exciting ways.
    Isn't it hard to imagine a person in a wheelchair traveling that fast in a race?
    Mack and Cameron's story is inspirational, a reminder to the world that challenges can never stop true friendship.
    In conclusion, only time will tell how much these amazing runners will be able to accomplish if their friendship stays strong and their determination brings hope to others.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
  • Q7
    Julio did not write an effective thesis for this paper. He would like to delete sentences 4 and 5 and replace them with two sentences that better articulate his thesis. Which of the following should he use?
    Wind turbines aren't anything new. They have been around for a long time.
    This wind turbine is unique. It can produce both energy and water.
    A wind turbine may be the perfect answer. Experts believe this is true.
    People come up with new ideas. And new ideas mean creative solutions for all.
    120s
    110.31.b.15.A
  • Q8
    Julio's transition from the second paragraph (sentences 6-13) to the third paragraph (sentences 14-18) is weak. Which of the following could best replace sentence 14 and provide a more effective transition between these two paragraphs?
    We need something to assist with the serious water crisis we are facing.
    It's our job as young people to bring national attention to the crisis.
    Many people in the United States are unaware that such a crisis exists.
    Today there are people who are illiterate about this situation.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
  • Q9
    Which sentence can Julio add after sentence 17 to provide additional support for the ideas presented in the third paragraph (sentences 14-18)?
    I cannot imagine having to spend any portion of my day collecting the water that my family needs to survive.
    Some must travel great distances for water, carrying containers that weigh as much as 40 pounds.
    Women and children are the ones who typically have to bear this responsibility.
    Water has to be found that will meet all the family's needs for drinking, bathing, and cooking.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
  • Q10
    The meaning of sentence 22 is unclear. What is the most effective way to clarify the meaning of this sentence?
    Change 'This' to 'It'
    Change 'main' to 'primary'
    Change 'water' to 'it'
    Change 'them' to 'some analysts'
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
  • Q11
    What is the most effective way to revise sentence 26?
    The turbine produced up to 211 gallons of water per day, this was over a period of six months
    Because it had been over a period of six months, the turbine produced up to 211 gallons of water per day.
    It had been over a period of six months, the turbine produced up to 211 gallons of water per day.
    Over a period of six months, the turbine produced up to 211 gallons of water per day.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
  • Q12
    What change should be made in sentence 2?
    Delete 'hardly'
    Change 'placed' to 'places'
    Change the comma to a period
    No change should be made in sentence 2.
    120s
    110.31.b.13.D
  • Q13
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 8?
    Change 'come' to 'came'
    Change 'groceries' to 'grocery's'
    Change 'linners' to 'liners'
    Make no change
    60s
    110.31.b.19
  • Q14
    What is the correct way to write sentences 17 and 18?
    And most plastic bags, which are made of polyethylene derived from crude oil or natural gas, wasting nonrenewable resources.
    And most plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a product derived from crude oil or natural gas, they waste nonrenewable resources.
    And because most plastic bags are made of polyethylene, a product derived from crude oil or natural gas, they waste nonrenewable resources.
    The sentences are written correctly in the paper.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
  • Q15
    What change needs to be made in sentence 21?
    Change 'were blocking' to 'was blocking'
    Change 'devastating' to 'devestating'
    Delete the comma after 'sewers'
    No change needs to be made in this sentence.
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B

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