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STAAR Reading Grade 3 2014 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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

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Measures 17 skills from
Grade 3
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Ask relevant questions, seek clarification, and locate facts and details about stories and other texts and support answers with evidence from text
Use context to understand unfamiliar words
Compare and contrast the settings in myths and traditional folktales
Compare various written conventions used for digital media
Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
Indentify and use antonyms, synonyms, homographs, and homophones
Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
Identify the topic and locate the author's stated purposes in writing the text
Use text features to locate information and make and verify predictions about contents of text
Locate and use specific information in graphic features of text
Describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery

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  • Q1
    Millan earned the nickname “El Perrero” because he —
    enjoyed watching wild dogs on the ranch
    liked to clean and brush the family dogs
    wanted to train dogs for famous people
    hoped to move in order to train dogs
    60s
    Ask relevant questions, seek clarification, and locate facts and details about stories and other texts and support answers with evidence from text
  • Q2
    Which words from paragraph 9 help the reader understand the meaning of expand?
    new location
    swim and hike
    is so big
    to the mountains
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
  • Q3
    What is one theme presented in the selection?
    Finding a personal interest is difficult.
    Making friends can take a long time.
    Watching others is the easiest way to learn.
    Focusing on a goal can lead to success.
    60s
    Compare and contrast the settings in myths and traditional folktales
  • Q4
    The photograph included in the selection shows readers that Millan —
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    thinks it is best to walk dogs in the street
    sometimes trains more dogs than he can handle
    keeps a lot of dogs as his own pets
    has fun when he takes care of dogs
    60s
    Compare various written conventions used for digital media
  • Q5
    In paragraph 2, roamed means —
    wandered
    hid
    worked
    learned
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
  • Q6
    Millan believes it is important for dog owners to —
    show their dogs that they are in charge
    watch how other people control their dogs
    teach their dogs unusual tricks
    speak quietly to their dogs
    60s
    Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
  • Q7
    With which statement would the author most likely agree?
    Millan has a special talent for dealing with all kinds of dogs.
    Millan understands that some dogs are too difficult to train.
    Millan is disappointed that he was not able to train dogs for the movies.
    Millan wants to give all people the chance to own a dog of their own.
    60s
    Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
  • Q8
    Look at this chart. Which detail from the story belongs in the empty box?
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    Jenny makes a drawing in her notebook.
    Jenny remembers watching a filmstrip.
    Jenny tells Beth she wants to make a movie.
    Jenny and Beth shake hands with each other.
    60s
    Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
  • Q9
    Read this sentence from paragraph 15. This sentence shows that the students in the class were —
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    excited about Mrs. Pike’s news
    nervous about collecting cans
    curious about the details of the contest
    eager to go to lunch
    60s
    Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
  • Q10
    Read this dictionary entry. Which meaning most closely matches the word admitted as it is used in paragraph 22?
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    Meaning 1
    Meaning 2
    Meaning 3
    Meaning 4
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
  • Q11
    Read these sentences from paragraphs 28 and 29. These sentences show that Jenny —
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    will do what is needed in order to win
    likes to encourage her friends to participate in school activities
    knows that Beth will not keep her promise to remain friends
    believes that Beth will make a good movie director
    60s
    Identify whether the narrator or speaker of a story is first or third person
  • Q12
    Read the following list. Which detail from the story belongs in the blank?
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    She can earn an award for her movie.
    She can make new friends in class.
    She can choose who she wants to be the actors.
    She can draw pictures to use in the movie.
    60s
    Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
  • Q13
    What is the best summary of this story?
    Jenny’s teacher tells the class that she has exciting news. Jenny starts to draw a picture in her notebook. Her teacher then tells the class about a cancollecting contest. Jenny and Beth like the idea.
    Jenny is happy when her teacher tells the class about a contest. The whole school will collect empty tin cans to sell to a scrap-metal dealer. The class that collects the most cans will win the contest.
    Jenny’s class will collect cans for a contest at their school. The student who collects the most cans will win the contest. Jenny and her friend Beth are both determined to win.
    Jenny wants to be the director of the class movie. She says she has always wanted to direct a movie and thinks she will be good at it. She asks her friend Beth if she would like to be in the movie.
    60s
    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
  • Q14
    Jenny decides that she shouldn’t argue with Beth because she —
    thinks that they can both make a movie
    does not want to make Mrs. Pike angry
    does not want to lose Beth as a friend
    wants to share the role of director
    60s
    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
  • Q15
    Why does Jenny start drawing in her notebook when Mrs. Pike says that she has news for the class?
    Jenny does not like being told what to do.
    Jenny is too busy thinking about the contest to listen.
    Jenny is too upset with her best friend Beth to listen.
    Jenny thinks the discussion will not be interesting.
    60s
    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo

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