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STAAR Reading Grade 5 2017 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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

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Measures 14 skills from
Grade 5
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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

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  • Q1
    The author wrote this article most likely to —
    provide information about a new tool used on the International Space Station
    share the history of the International Space Station
    persuade people to learn about the International Space Station
    describe some of the dangers on the International Space Station
    60s
    5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q2
    The details in paragraph 5 support the main idea that R2's design —
    works better in space than in a factory
    causes it to be too heavy to complete certain tasks
    took years for scientists to plan
    helps it accomplish certain kinds of tasks
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q3
    Read this quotation from paragraph 9 of the article. Which detail from the article supports this idea?
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    They will grasp and hold onto handrails as the robot moves through the space station.
    Since its hands are shaped like human hands, R2 can use human tools to complete tasks traditionally performed by astronauts.
    Astronauts will also appreciate the fact that the robot can perform its duties without constant supervision.
    In the future humanoid robots will be astronauts’ eyes in space, going places considered too difficult or unsafe for astronauts to explore.
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q4
    Which text feature provides information about R2’s abilities
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    The caption of the first photograph
    The title of the article
    The subheadings
    The caption of the second photograph
    60s
    5.11.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q5
    What is the best summary of paragraphs 4 through 6?
    R2 is a humanoid robot built to help astronauts on the space station. It weighs 330 pounds and cost $2.5 million to build, but astronauts like the fact that it will give them more time to rest.
    Scientists have built a special humanoid robot called R2 that looks and moves like a human. GM and NASA worked together to create a robot that could complete simple jobs.
    Scientists at NASA and GM have developed a humanoid robot called R2 for space missions. R2’s body has features that help it move like a human and complete tasks independently.
    R2 is a new humanoid robot that will help astronauts on the space station. Its arms can hold 20 pounds, and its fingers apply 5 pounds of force to pick things up.
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q6
    What is the most likely reason the author included the information in paragraph 10?
    To support the idea that businesses should work together on inventions
    To describe the next stage for the humanoid robot
    To explain what robots of the future will be required to do
    To highlight the effectiveness of using humanoid robots in space
    60s
    5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q7
    According to the article, the annual event began when —
    a local family wanted to prove they could win an award
    people came to the town to seek employment
    neighbors gathered at a local fruit far
    a frost ruined a crop of cherries at a local fruit farm
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q8
    Look at the dictionary entry. Which definition best matches the way the word shot is used in paragraph 8?
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    Definition 2
    Definition 4
    Definition 1
    Definition 3
    60s
    5.2.E: Reading - Vocabulary Development
  • Q9
    Which sentence best states the main idea of the article?
    The pit spit, which features many eager participants, will be taking place again at the Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm in Eau Claire.
    Although last year’s cold weather kept the cherry harvest small, this year the harvest will be ideal for the pit spit.
    A truck driver from Chicago was the champion of the pit spit in Eau Claire in 2012.
    Many members of the Krause family will be participating again this year at the pit spit.
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q10
    Based on the information in the article, what can the reader infer about the contest?
    The contestants are required to grow the cherries that are used in the event.
    People from the town enjoyed the event only when it was a small neighborhood gathering.
    The contestants need to have participated in a similar event in the past.
    Some people travel from places outside the city to participate in the event.
    60s
    5.11.E: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q11
    The reader can tell that the speaker is experienced at spitting cherry pits because she —
    identifies the number of times she has practiced over the summer
    states that she has spit a pit in her yard
    reveals that there is a bowl of cherries in her kitchen
    provides several suggestions about the best way to prepare for the activity
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
  • Q12
    What is one important effect of the rhyme scheme of the poem?
    It creates a rhythm that emphasizes the quick actions in the poem.
    It helps the reader visualize the problem the speaker experiences.
    It helps explain what spitting a cherry pit sounds like.
    It focuses the reader on the most important words in the poem.
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
  • Q13
    Which line from the poem best helps the reader understand the meaning of launch?
    Aim for the fence
    Round your lips
    One more tip:
    Backbone straight
    60s
    5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
  • Q14
    What is most likely the reason the poet compares spitting cherry pits to playing baseball?
    To explain that less time is required for spitting cherry pits than for playing baseball
    To show the reader that some activities are more interesting than others
    To show that spitting cherry pits is just as much a team sport as baseball
    To help the reader relate a well-known activity to an activity that might be unfamiliar
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
  • Q15
    Which message is expressed by both the article and the poem?
    Some activities can be appreciated simply for the fun of them.
    It is important to be a polite and kindhearted winner.
    Even if you do not succeed right away, you must keep on trying.
    A great talent is often shared by family members.
    60s
    5.19: Writing - Persuasive Texts

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