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STAAR Reading Grade 3 2015 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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

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Measures 18 skills from
Grade 3
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
Use context to understand unfamiliar words
Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
Identify the topic and locate the author's stated purposes in writing the text
Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories
Explain how various design techniques used in media influence the message
Understand common prefixes and suffixes
Ask relevant questions, seek clarification, and locate facts and details about stories and other texts and support answers with evidence from text
Describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery
Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
Use text features to locate information and make and verify predictions about contents of text
Indentify and use antonyms, synonyms, homographs, and homophones
Follow and explain a set of written multi-step directions
Understand how communication changes when moving from one genre of media to another

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  • Q1
    Read this sentence from paragraph 4. This sentence helps the reader know that the train company —
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    has too much food
    does not think Tama looks healthy
    wants to find a new home for Tama
    treats Tama well
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
  • Q2
    Throughout the selection, the author describes Tama as being —
    brave
    adventurous
    friendly
    clever
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
  • Q3
    Why did the train company decide to operate the station without workers?
    The train station was located in an area where people did not want to work.
    The people who came to the train station were there only to see the stationmaster cat.
    The train company was not earning enough money to pay people.
    The train company was unable to find a person who wanted the job of stationmaster.
    60s
    Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
  • Q4
    Tama has been given two cat assistants because she —
    needs more time to rest
    needs more time to eat
    is too famous to work
    is too busy to work
    60s
    Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
  • Q5
    The reader can tell that Tama is allowed to stay at the station because she —
    walks people to the train
    attracts more passengers
    cares for other cats
    sits inside the ticket booth
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
  • Q6
    In paragraph 7, the word promoted means —
    given a better job
    discussed by others
    required to work more hours
    finished with a task
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
  • Q7
    Which sentence shows that people are interested in learning about Tama?
    Tama has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles as well as on television shows and in video clips.
    From stray cat to famous stationmaster, life is sweet for Tama!
    She walks around the station in her uniform and greets passengers.
    She spent most of her time at Kishi Station.
    60s
    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
  • Q8
    In what way does Tama’s presence at the train station help the nearby town?
    People who come to see Tama want to move to the town.
    People in the town want to work at the train station.
    People in the town enjoy taking pictures with the visitors.
    People who come to see Tama often spend money in the town.
    60s
    Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
  • Q9
    The author wrote this selection most likely to —
    show the reader how cats are different from other animals
    explain why some stray cats like to be around people
    share an opinion about why cats make great pets
    inform the reader about a special cat that lives in an unusual place
    60s
    Identify the topic and locate the author's stated purposes in writing the text
  • Q10
    The details in paragraph 8 show that Adams believes that —
    sometimes doctors cannot make people laugh
    sometimes humor can help people heal
    patients should be required to joke with doctors
    doctors should be required to wear funny costumes
    60s
    Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
  • Q11
    Which words from paragraph 3 help the reader understand the meaning of excelled?
    in school
    at math and science
    like most kids
    performed well
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
  • Q12
    What is the most likely reason Adams opened his own hospital?
    He wanted to provide medical care to patients in the way he believed was best.
    He needed a place where he could treat patients while writing a book.
    He needed a place where he could teach medical workers how to make patients laugh.
    He wanted to work in a hospital that had an unusual name.
    60s
    Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
  • Q13
    How can the reader identify this selection as a biography?
    It tells about important events from Adams’s life.
    It explains details about a hospital Adams helped start
    It describes the training that doctors receive at Adams’s hospital.
    It tells about a book that Adams wrote.
    60s
    Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories
  • Q14
    The photographs are included in the selection to show —
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    different costumes Adams wears to amuse people
    how Adams trains people who work at his hospital
    different reactions people have when Adams wears a costume
    how Adams raises money for new hospitals
    60s
    Explain how various design techniques used in media influence the message
  • Q15
    In paragraph 10, the reader can use the suffix “-less” to know that the word effortless means —
    without having to try hard
    the process of trying hard
    a person who tries hard
    the result of trying hard
    60s
    Understand common prefixes and suffixes

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