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STAAR Reading Grade 7 2014 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 7
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 17 skills from
Grade 7
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

7.11.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
7.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
7.2.E: Reading - Vocabulary Development
7.9: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
7.12.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Procedural Texts
7.10.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
7.10.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
7.13.C: Reading - Media Literacy
7.10.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
7.19.A: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
7.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
7.8: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Sensory Language
7.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
7.2.A: Reading - Vocabulary Development
7.13.D: Reading - Media Literacy
7.7: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Literary Nonfiction
7.3.C: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Theme and Genre

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  • Q1
    Why does Luka mention Jesse Martin in paragraph 7?
    To suggest that Jesse be one of the sailors who helps Laura plan her trip
    To imply that Laura should wait until she is a few years older to sail alone
    To show that male sailors and female sailors are equally skilled at sailing
    To add support to his claim that young people are capable of sailing alone
    60s
    7.11.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q2
    Which of Maya’s statements is an example of stereotyping?
    Time passes quickly; every minute is one less minute to live.
    I think sailing around the world would be a fabulous idea, but when you are 18 and legally an adult.
    Even if Laura completes her schoolwork onboard the boat, she would miss the opportunity to work in a group and share her ideas with other students.
    I think parents and judges should make the decision because teenagers often make irrational decisions, especially when trying to obtain attention for a world record.
    60s
    7.11.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q3
    Both Luka and Maya agree that —
    teenagers should be trained to sail
    the ocean can be a dangerous place
    sailing around the world is not a good idea
    most teenagers can respond well to physical risks
    60s
    7.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q4
    Read the dictionary entry below. Which definition best fits the meaning of shadowing as it is used in paragraph 7?
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    Definition 2
    Definition 3
    Definition 4
    Definition 1
    60s
    7.2.E: Reading - Vocabulary Development
  • Q5
    In paragraph 10, Maya included examples in her argument most likely because she —
    thought the pressure to set a world record was not worth the trip
    knew that sailors need specialized training in order to respond to dangerous situations on a trip
    wanted to stress the potential for danger during the trip
    believed that the trip was scheduled to begin when the weather was most challenging
    60s
    7.9: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q6
    What idea is suggested by the information in each section of the table titled “FACT BOX: Laura Dekker”?
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    Laura had made other solo journeys in her boat.
    Laura was well prepared to attempt her voyage.
    Laura continued her education through online classes.
    Laura lacked formal training in sailing solo.
    60s
    7.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Persuasive Text
  • Q7
    The table titled “Current Records Chart” has been included in the selection most likely to —
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    support the court’s decision to deny Laura’s request for permission to sail around the world
    explain the differences between the trip Laura planned to take and the trips of other teenage sailors
    highlight the length of time Laura had in order to complete the trip and qualify for the world record
    show that other young people had already succeeded in setting sailing records like Laura wanted to do
    60s
    7.12.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Procedural Texts
  • Q8
    The author includes the description in paragraph 1 most likely to —
    illustrate the significance of what archaeologists hope to discover
    explain the tasks most commonly performed by archaeologists
    highlight the activities that take the most time for archaeologists to perform
    emphasize the difficulty archaeologists face when trying to locate ancient cities
    60s
    7.9: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q9
    In paragraph 5, the examples of lost cities suggest that a major role of an archaeologist is to —
    explain why real locations are mentioned in ancient literature
    find clues that provide a better understanding of the past
    locate written accounts of powerful cities that no longer exist
    create replicas of historical buildings based on satellite images
    60s
    7.10.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q10
    In paragraph 3, the author uses the example of the 3,000-year-old house in Tanis to —
    emphasize that satellite photography is powerful enough to find a single building
    prove that satellites are constantly taking photographs to locate ancient cities
    demonstrate that sites once thought to be fictional have been proved to exist
    suggest that previously discovered sites may be much older than originally thought
    60s
    7.9: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
  • Q11
    Parcak hopes that the use of modern technology in archaeology will —
    lead to more archaeological discoveries being used in movies
    one day allow archaeologists to find objects smaller than a meter in diameter
    help archaeologists better understand previous discoveries
    inspire more young people to become archaeologists
    60s
    7.10.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q12
    Read the dictionary entry below for the word mission. Which definition represents the meaning of mission as it is used in paragraph 2?
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    Definition 1
    Definition 2
    Definition 4
    Definition 3
    60s
    7.2.E: Reading - Vocabulary Development
  • Q13
    Based on the information in the selection, which of these would CyArk most likely digitally preserve?
    The Great Pyramid at Giza, an ancient pharaoh’s tomb in the Egyptian desert
    Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America
    Eagle, the American lunar module used by the first astronauts to land on the moon
    Lambert Glacier, the largest glacier in Antarctica
    60s
    7.10.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q14
    Which sentence from the selection suggests that the author thinks CyArk’s work is important?
    CyArk has documented locations across the globe.
    CyArk’s preservation process ensures that images of such sites will be available for future generations, even if the site itself is permanently lost.
    It’s difficult to imagine a more majestic American landmark than Mount Rushmore, with its imposing likenesses of former presidents carved in stone and rising dramatically above the land.
    In 2010, Cedarleaf learned that the tombs had burned to the ground.
    60s
    7.10.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
  • Q15
    Which emotion is the photograph most likely intended to evoke in the reader?
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    Disappointment in the condition of the monument
    Awe at a magnificent monument
    Excitement about visiting South Dakota
    Concern for the environment
    60s
    7.13.C: Reading - Media Literacy

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