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STAAR Reading Grade 5 2016 - Past Paper

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Grade 5
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 15 skills from
Grade 5
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
5.12.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
5.12.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.11.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
5.2.E: Reading - Vocabulary Development
5.14.D: Reading - Media Literacy
5.8: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Sensory Language
5.19: Writing - Persuasive Texts
5.11.E: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.11.C: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.7: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Literary Nonfiction
5.3.A: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Theme and Genre

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  • Q1
    What is the author’s primary purpose in writing the letter?
    To explain why dogs are better behaved if they are used to being around people
    To suggest that many dog owners do not give their pets an opportunity to exercise
    To share information about a potential volunteer opportunity at the Medway dogpark
    To convince the town council that the citizens of Medway would benefit from a dogpark
    60s
    5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q2
    The word minimize in paragraph 6 means —
    reduce
    encourage to take action
    settle
    change on a regular basis
    60s
    5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
  • Q3
    How does the author try to convince people that the entire community will benefit from a dog park?
    He mentions that dog owners should have a fence around their yard for their dog.
    He includes the advantages of a dog park for people who do not have pets.
    He restates the fact that the town has a law requiring dogs to be leashed.
    He proves that most dog owners feel that their dog is safer on a leash.
    60s
    5.12.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q4
    How does the comparison in paragraph 5 support the author’s main argument?
    It explains that spending time at a dog park can have a positive effect on the behavior of dogs.
    It suggests that people should avoid approaching a dog they have not met before.
    It demonstrates that most dog owners prefer to have their dogs behave in a friendly way.
    It reveals that most dogs act in a similar way when encountering new people or animals.
    60s
    5.12.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q5
    Which sentence from the letter contains an example of exaggeration?
    Few things make dogs happier than running.
    However, there is one thing our town cannot go on without.
    I walk my beagle daily, and I often see other people out walking their dogs.
    I really enjoy going to the local library and playing at the local baseball field.
    60s
    5.12.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q6
    The author argues that a dog park would be good for dog owners because it would —
    provide them with assistance for dog training
    provide them with a place to talk with one another
    prevent them from walking their dogs on the street
    offer them an outdoor area to sit and relax
    60s
    5.12.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q7
    Why is paragraph 6 important to the author’s argument?
    It explains that the author has a plan for creating the park.
    It suggests that the author’s dog is familiar with the meadow in the park.
    It shows that the author has experience caring for dog parks.
    It proves that the author has found willing volunteers.
    60s
    5.12.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q8
    What is the main idea of the section titled “A Prickly Feast”?
    People and animals eat parts of the cholla cactus.
    The cholla cactus attracts bees because of its pollen.
    People sometimes roast the buds of certain types of cholla cactus.
    The fruit of the cholla cactus is quite juicy.
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q9
    According to the article, rainwater is stored in the cholla cactus’s —
    flowers
    stems
    spines
    roots
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q10
    The author included the information in paragraph 1 to help the reader —
    identify the ways in which animals survive in the desert
    understand the kinds of plants that live in sandy soil
    learn about people who live in extreme conditions
    visualize a hot desert region
    60s
    5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q11
    What do the subheadings in the article help the reader understand?
    Many animals live in severe environments.
    There are many different types of cholla.
    The author is knowledgeable about desert animals.
    The cholla can be used for different purposes.
    60s
    5.11.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q12
    Why does the cactus wren “like thorns in all directions”?
    They help keep intruders away.
    They prevent the baby birds from moving around in the nest.
    They are a source of food for the young hatchlings.
    They offer cool shade from the desert heat.
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
  • Q13
    In lines 1 through 13, the poet contrasts the wren’s behavior with that of other desert animals to show that the wren —
    copies the actions of other animals
    makes noises that are more pleasant to listen to
    worries about the needs of other animals
    feels comfortable in the heat of the desert
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
  • Q14
    Look at the dictionary entry for the word entrance. Which definition best fits the way entrance is used in line 25?
    Question Image
    Definition 2
    Definition 4
    Definition 1
    Definition 3
    60s
    5.2.E: Reading - Vocabulary Development
  • Q15
    The photograph below the title represents which part of the poem?
    Question Image
    Lines 1–7
    Lines 8–13
    Lines 14–22
    Lines 25–30
    60s
    5.14.D: Reading - Media Literacy

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