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STAAR Reading Grade 3 2016 - 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)

Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories
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
Understand common prefixes and suffixes
Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
Understand how communication changes when moving from one genre of media to another
Use context to understand unfamiliar words
Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
Ask relevant questions, seek clarification, and locate facts and details about stories and other texts and support answers with evidence from text
Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
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
Explain how various design techniques used in media influence the message
Use text features to locate information and make and verify predictions about contents of text
Indentify and use antonyms, synonyms, homographs, and homophones
Describe the characteristics of various forms of poetry and how they create imagery

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40 questions
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  • Q1
    Which statement describes a main theme of the story?
    It is often possible to overcome your fears.
    It is helpful for people to work together.
    It is good to share the things you have with others.
    It is important to smile even when you are not happy.
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    Paraphrase the themes and supporting details of fables, legends, myths, or stories
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  • Q2
    Paragraphs 1 and 2 are important to the story because they —
    explain why Amy is afraid of lizards
    provide details about Amy’s job
    introduce Amy’s problems
    show how Amy solves her problem
    60s
    Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
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  • Q3
    Amy does not want to sit near Trent mainly because he —
    tries to talk to her during class
    wants to help her take care of the class pet
    wants to look at her list of scary things
    bothers and teases her
    60s
    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
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  • Q4
    In paragraph 10, the word speechless means that Amy —
    does not like to speak
    is not able to speak
    has too many things to say
    repeats things when speaking
    60s
    Understand common prefixes and suffixes
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  • Q5
    Amy picks up Ripley after Trent leaves the classroom because she —
    decides that Ripley does not look scary
    is curious to know what Ripley’s skin feels like
    is worried that Ripley will escape
    wants to follow Mrs. Reno’s instructions
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    Describe the interaction of characters including their relationships and the changes they undergo
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  • Q6
    Read these sentences from paragraph 15 in the story. Why did the author include sensory language in these sentences?
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    To show that Amy is too frightened to do anything
    To suggest that Amy feels too sad to continue her job
    To show that Amy is too excited to say anything
    To suggest that Amy feels too cold to think clearly
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    Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
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  • Q7
    What is the best summary of paragraphs 20 through 28 of the story?
    Trent is carrying Ripley but then wants to go outside for recess, so Amy asks Trent to set Ripley down. She thinks that Trent will put Ripley back into the terrarium, but Trent puts Ripley on the floor of the classroom instead.
    Trent takes Ripley out of the terrarium. Amy is afraid that Trent is going to harm Ripley, but Trent takes good care of him while Amy gets Ripley’s food ready.
    Trent wants to know why Amy has had so many chances to take care of Ripley. Amy thinks that maybe she will not have to take care of Ripley anymore, but Mrs. Reno decides that Amy and Trent can both feed Ripley.
    Trent wants a chance to feed Ripley, so Mrs. Reno says that he and Amy can do it together. Trent picks Ripley up while Amy gets Ripley’s food ready, but then Trent quickly puts Ripley down and runs out to recess.
    60s
    Sequence and summarize the plot's main events and explain their influence on future events
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  • Q8
    Based on the information in the story, the reader can conclude that Amy looks unhappy in the last picture because she —
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    wants to go outside with Trent
    wants to open the bag of crickets
    thinks Trent will hand her the lizard
    thinks the greens feel strange
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    Understand how communication changes when moving from one genre of media to another
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  • Q9
    Which sentence from the selection best helps the reader visualize what Clifford looks like?
    In some countries Clifford’s name isn’t even Clifford.
    This time when he drew more pictures, he made the dog as big as a house!
    Clifford’s image can also be seen on everything from puzzles to backpacks and clothes.
    She told Bridwell to think of a story that would match that picture.
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    Identify language that creates a graphic visual experience and appeals to the senses
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  • Q10
    In paragraph 2, what does the word support mean?
    Think about
    Take care of
    Listen to
    Feel proud of
    60s
    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
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  • Q11
    The author wrote this selection most likely to —
    amuse the reader with Bridwell’s funny ideas
    explain to the reader how to become famous
    teach the reader how to draw cartoons
    tell the reader about a popular children’s book author
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    Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
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  • Q12
    Bridwell first got the idea for his books about Clifford —
    while he was taking art classes in New York
    after he had written other books for children
    after he had a meeting with an editor
    when he was attending school as a child
    60s
    Ask relevant questions, seek clarification, and locate facts and details about stories and other texts and support answers with evidence from text
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  • Q13
    The character Emily Elizabeth in the Clifford books was named after Bridwell’s —
    daughter
    editor
    wife
    teacher
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    Ask relevant questions, seek clarification, and locate facts and details about stories and other texts and support answers with evidence from text
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  • Q14
    Which words in paragraph 7 help the reader understand the meaning of rejection?
    have not been accepted
    like doing it
    that do not include
    speaks from experience
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    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
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  • Q15
    The author included paragraphs 5 and 6 mainly to show —
    how Clifford has remained popular over the years
    that Bridwell found success in television and film
    why Clifford is loved by many children everywhere
    what plans Bridwell has for Clifford in the future
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    Explain the difference in point of view between a biography and autobiography
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  • Q16
    Why did Conner think he would not be able to play sports with Cayden?
    Cayden was interested in other activities.
    Conner and Cayden’s mother feared Cayden would get hurt.
    Conner and Cayden’s family lacked the proper equipment.
    Cayden has a disorder that affects his ability to move.
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    Identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts
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  • Q17
    The section titled “More Races” is mainly about the —
    brothers’ goals for the future
    amount of time spent with family
    cost of buying more equipment
    brothers becoming famous
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    Identify the details or facts that support the main idea
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  • Q18
    Read this sentence from paragraph 2. The sentence shows that Conner is —
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    honest
    determined
    curious
    patient
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    Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence
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  • Q19
    Read the dictionary entry. Which meaning of raise is used in paragraph 11?
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    Meaning 4
    Meaning 2
    Meaning 3
    Meaning 1
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    Use context to understand unfamiliar words
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  • Q20
    The author wrote this article most likely to —
    explain how two brothers found a coach to help them prepare for a triathlon
    encourage the reader to participate in triathlons
    tell the reader about the events included in a triathlon
    share information about two brothers who participate in triathlons together
    60s
    Identify the topic and locate the author's stated purposes in writing the text
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