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STAAR Reading Grade 3 2013 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 3
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 15 skills from
Grade 3
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
Use context to understand unfamiliar words
Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
Compare various written conventions used for digital media
Use text features to locate information and make and verify predictions about contents of text
Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories
Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
Locate and use specific information in graphic features of text
Understand common prefixes and suffixes
Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
Describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery
Indentify and use antonyms, synonyms, homographs, and homophones

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40 questions
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  • Q1
    Which detail from the selection suggests that Jessica is smart?
    She has become comfortable with the family dogs.
    She stayed afloat on the river.
    She spends time with other hippos.
    She figured out how to unlock a door.
    60s
    Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
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  • Q2
    Read this dictionary entry for the word free. Which meaning of free is used in paragraph 9?
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    Meaning 2
    Meaning 1
    Meaning 3
    Meaning 4
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
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  • Q3
    Look at the diagram below. Which sentence best completes the diagram?
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    Joubert knew how to make the milk Jessica needed.
    Joubert encouraged Jessica to play with his dogs.
    Joubert told Jessica’s fans about her on a website.
    Joubert discovered where in the river Jessica was born.
    60s
    Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
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  • Q4
    The reader can conclude that it is unusual for —
    people to fear large animals
    a hippo to live with humans
    a hippo to appear on TV
    mother hippos to have their babies in the water
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
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  • Q5
    The photograph best supports which idea from the selection?
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    Jessica sometimes seeks the company of other hippos.
    Jessica’s story has made her famous around the world.
    Jessica was on a special diet when she was a baby.
    Jessica’s size makes keeping her as a pet difficult.
    60s
    Compare various written conventions used for digital media
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  • Q6
    Which of these is the best summary of the selection?
    When a baby hippo was in danger, Tonie Joubert knew just what to do. Joubert named the hippo and let her stay in his house. When the hippo grew too large for the house, she slept on the back porch.
    Tonie Joubert found a weak baby hippo near his house and decided to take care of her. With Joubert’s help, the hippo grew big and strong. The hippo seems to like staying with Joubert, and she is treated like a member of the family.
    When Tonie Joubert found a baby hippo, he realized that she needed to be cared for. He fed the hippo a special kind of milk until she became healthy. The hippo became very large and began to break furniture in Joubert’s house.
    Tonie Joubert decided to keep a baby hippo he found lying next to a river. The hippo became friendly with the family dogs and now visits other hippos in the area.
    60s
    Use text features to locate information and make and verify predictions about contents of text
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  • Q7
    What does the word fortunate mean in paragraph 1?
    Happy
    Wise
    Lucky
    Proud
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
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  • Q8
    Which sentence best explains why Joubert was able to provide the care Jessica needed?
    He mixed egg yolks and cream and fed it to Jessica from a bottle.
    He knew the baby hippo was very young and weak.
    He carried the 26-pound animal into his house and named her Jessica.
    He had nursed many orphaned animals back to health.
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
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  • Q9
    According to the selection, the problem with having Jessica in the house was that she —
    broke things
    ate food that was not good for her
    wanted to be left alone
    bothered the family dogs
    60s
    Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
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  • Q10
    Which sentence best describes Judy and Stink’s relationship?
    They tease each other.
    They tell each other everything.
    They like to spend time together.
    They are jealous of each other.
    60s
    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
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  • Q11
    Look at the diagram below. Which event belongs in the empty box?
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    Stink knocks on Judy’s door.
    Judy makes a promise to Mom.
    Judy puts a cough drop in her mouth.
    Mom tells Judy to get dressed for school.
    60s
    Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
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  • Q12
    What lesson does Judy learn?
    It is difficult to fool your mother.
    It is difficult to go to school on a rainy day.
    Mothers expect their children to do well in school.
    You can still have fun on a rainy day.
    60s
    Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories
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  • Q13
    Which sentence best shows that Judy is upset with her brother?
    “Just go to school without me.”
    She was down in the dumps.
    Judy stuck out her cherry-red, no-mumps tongue at Stink.
    “Well, you’ll have to call me it at school ’cause you don’t get to stay home.”
    60s
    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
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  • Q14
    Read the dictionary entry below. Which meaning best fits the way straight is used in paragraph 1?
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    Meaning 2
    Meaning 4
    Meaning 3
    Meaning 1
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
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  • Q15
    Why does Judy put her head under the pillow?
    She wishes she could stay in bed.
    She feels like she has the mumps.
    She wants to look at her dictionary.
    She does not want to listen to her brother.
    60s
    Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
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  • Q16
    Why does Judy call her brother a name at the end of the story?
    Stink tells Mom that Judy took the cat’s temperature.
    Stink wants to stay home with Judy.
    She wants Stink to be afraid of her.
    She is angry that Stink ruined her plans.
    60s
    Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
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  • Q17
    What can the reader conclude about Judy?
    She thinks it is fun to stay home from school.
    She has had the mumps before.
    She is usually dressed for school before her brother.
    She has difficulty understanding mystery books.
    60s
    Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
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  • Q18
    William Tappenden started making potato chips at home and selling them to grocery stores because he knew that —
    people were tired of buying chips that never stayed fresh and crispy
    people liked fried potatoes but wished they could be sliced thinner
    people would like to buy chips without having to go to a restaurant
    people could get chips only if they made them from their own potatoes
    60s
    Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
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  • Q19
    When Crum learned that the customer was pleased with the batch of crispy fried potatoes, he most likely felt —
    curious
    surprised
    thankful
    bothered
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
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  • Q20
    What is the section titled “An Accidental Success” mainly about?
    Why someone complained about some fried potatoes
    Why someone wanted to make the first potato chips
    How restaurants first came to serve potato chips
    How the first potato chips came to be made
    60s
    Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
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