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STAAR Writing Grade 4 2015 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 4
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 8 skills from
Grade 4
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

4.18.A: Writing - Expository and Procedural Texts
4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
4.15.D: Writing - Writing Process
4.22.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Spelling
4.20.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
4.21.C: Oral and Written Conventions - Handwriting, Capitalization, and Punctuation
4.20.A: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
4.22.C: Oral and Written Conventions - Spelling

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  • Q1
    The central idea of Roland’s paper is weak. Which of the following could replace sentence 3 and provide a better central idea for this paper?
    For my paper I would like to tell you that you should definitely and for sure get a hedgehog this time.
    Because you would like to try something that isn’t very normal, get a hedgehog.
    Everyone likes to try different things, so this time don’t do the same thing again and get a hedgehog.
    Instead of choosing a traditional pet, such as a dog, a cat, or a guinea pig, you might want to get a hedgehog.
    60s
    4.18.A: Writing - Expository and Procedural Texts
  • Q2
    The word contained is not the right word for sentence 6. Which word would better help describe the outside of the hedgehog?
    covered
    included
    wrapped
    colored
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q3
    Roland needs to use a more appropriate transition at the beginning of sentence 8. Which of the following should replace For example?
    In fact
    Therefore
    However
    After that
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q4
    Roland would like to add a sentence to the beginning of the fourth paragraph (sentences 11–14) to introduce the ideas in this paragraph. Which of the following would be the BEST sentence to add just before sentence 11?
    There are many reasons why hedgehogs make great pets.
    A hedgehog is a hard pet to care for
    The hedgehog will be the perfect companion for you.
    Hedgehogs don’t shed, bark, or scratch the furniture.
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q5
    Which sentence should Roland add to the end of his paper to bring it to a better close?
    For people who don’t think that they want a hedgehog for a pet, we can talk about another unusual animal next.
    I’m going to look on the Internet to find a hedgehog breeder right now.
    And it seems like the perfect time for me to close this paper by saying that hedgies are great!
    If you’re in the market for something unusual, this little animal could be the perfect pet for you!
    60s
    4.18.A: Writing - Expository and Procedural Texts
  • Q6
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 6?
    Delete the quotation marks after the comma
    Change the comma to a question mark
    Change eagerly to eager
    Make no change
    60s
    4.15.D: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q7
    What change should be made in sentence 13?
    Change stired to stirred
    Change instructed to instructing
    No change should be made in sentence 13.
    Change the comma after lumps to a period
    60s
    4.22.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Spelling
  • Q8
    What is the correct way to write sentence 20?
    Otherwise, the pancakes would stick to the surface then we would have a big mess to clean up.
    Otherwise, the pancakes would stick to the surface. And have a big mess to clean up.
    Otherwise, the pancakes would stick to the surface, and we would have a big mess to clean up.
    The sentence is written correctly in the paper.
    60s
    4.20.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
  • Q9
    What change should be made in sentence 22?
    Change didn’t to did’nt
    Change spreads out to spread out
    Sentence 22 should not be changed.
    Insert a comma after pancake
    60s
    4.21.C: Oral and Written Conventions - Handwriting, Capitalization, and Punctuation
  • Q10
    What is the correct way to write sentences 24 and 25?
    My father was very clear about this he told me how long to wait before trying to flip the pancakes over.
    My father was very clear. About how long to wait before trying to flip the pancakes over.
    My father was very clear about how long to wait before trying to flip the pancakes over
    My father was very clear about this. How long to wait before trying to flip the pancakes over.
    60s
    4.20.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
  • Q11
    How should sentence 29 be changed?
    Change correct to correctly
    Insert a comma after bubbles
    Change scraped to scrapped
    Change taught to teached
    60s
    4.20.A: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
  • Q12
    What change needs to be made in sentence 36?
    Change takes to take
    Change that to this
    Change then to than
    Insert a comma after patience
    60s
    4.15.D: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q13
    What is the BEST way to combine sentences 6 and 7?
    Ghetti learned how to carve his friends’ names into pencils, which he would then give to his friends as gifts.
    Ghetti learned how to carve his friends’ names into pencils after he would give the pencils to his friends as gifts.
    Ghetti learned how to carve his friends’ names into pencils, he would then give the pencils to his friends as gifts.
    Ghetti learned how to carve his friends’ names into pencils that would then give the pencils to his friends as gifts.
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q14
    What is the BEST way to revise sentence 9?
    One day he decided that he would carve into the tip of a pencil where he carved a miniature sculpture.
    One day he decided to carve a miniature sculpture into the tip of a pencil.
    One day he decided to carve into the tip of a pencil, he would carve a miniature sculpture.
    The sentence does not need to be revised.
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q15
    Kenny realizes that there is a sentence in the third paragraph (sentences 11–18) that does not belong. Which sentence should Kenny delete from this paragraph?
    Sentence 13
    Sentence 14
    Sentence 12
    Sentence 17
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process

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