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STAAR Writing Grade 4 2017 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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

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Measures 9 skills from
Grade 4
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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

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  • Q1
    What is the BEST way to combine sentences 2 and 3?
    She can’t wait to play Zoo Madness, so she skips through the introduction and gets right to the action.
    She can’t wait to play Zoo Madness because she skips through the introduction and gets right to the action.
    She can’t wait to play Zoo Madness, she skips through the introduction and gets right to the action.
    She can’t wait to play Zoo Madness, and she skips through the introduction, and she gets right to the action.
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q2
    Mitchell would like to add the following sentence to the second paragraph (sentences 6–12). Where is the BEST place to insert this sentence?
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    After sentence 6
    After sentence 8
    After sentence 9
    At the beginning of the paragraph
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q3
    Mitchell wants to help readers move from the fourth paragraph (sentences 16–23) to the fifth paragraph (sentences 24–26). Which sentence or sentences should Mitchell insert at the beginning of the fifth paragraph, just before sentence 24?
    Then Lauren hears a stomp and a huff.
    It’s a rhinoceros! Oh, no!
    The tiger is trapped and won’t be going anywhere.
    Uh-oh! Another animal is just around the corner.
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q4
    The meaning of sentence 33 is unclear. It can be clarified by changing it to —
    the voice
    the rhino
    her game
    her shoulder
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q5
    Derrick wants to further develop the central idea of this paper by adding a detail after sentence 3. Which of these sentences could BEST follow and support sentence 3?
    This is different and not the same as paying someone back.
    I had a friend who helped me when I had to clean out my garage.
    That means they’re doing something nice by helping another person who may be in need.
    Pay it forward today if you have an opportunity to do this.
    60s
    4.18.A: Writing - Expository and Procedural Texts
  • Q6
    Derrick has not used the most effective transition at the beginning of sentence 10. Derrick should change As a result to —
    To conclude
    Instead
    For example
    In other words
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q7
    What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 19?
    In 2003, at a drive-through coffee shop, the customers set a record it was in Connecticut.
    In 2003 the customers at a drive-through coffee shop in Connecticut set a record.
    In 2003 there were customers at a drive-through coffee shop in Connecticut that set a record at the shop.
    In 2003 the customers set a record in Connecticut, and it was at a drive-through coffee shop, which was there.
    60s
    4.15.C: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q8
    Derrick’s paper ends abruptly. Which sentence can be added to the end of this paper to close it more effectively?
    Say thanks!
    Pay it forward!
    It’s nice!
    I sure would!
    60s
    4.18.A: Writing - Expository and Procedural Texts
  • Q9
    What change should be made in sentence 1?
    Change took to had took
    Change city to City
    No change should be made.
    Insert a comma after vacation
    60s
    4.15.D: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q10
    How should sentence 5 be changed?
    Sentence 5 should not be changed.
    Change more perfect to perfecter
    Insert quotation marks at the end of the sentence
    Change the period to a question mark
    60s
    4.15.D: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q11
    What is the correct way to write sentence 8?
    Sentence 8 is written correctly in the paper.
    Lady Liberty was designed in France. Because she was made out of copper and steel.
    Lady Liberty was designed in France. And made out of copper and steel.
    Lady Liberty was designed in France and made out of copper and steel.
    60s
    4.20.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
  • Q12
    What change should be made in sentence 9?
    Change piece’s to pieces
    No change should be made in sentence 9.
    Change in 350 to she was in 350
    Change She to They
    60s
    4.15.D: Writing - Writing Process
  • Q13
    What is the correct way to write sentences 13 and 14?
    She was also a birthday present meant to celebrate America’s independence from Great Britain.
    She was also a birthday present she was meant to celebrate America’s independence from Great Britain.
    She was also a birthday present. Which was meant to celebrate America’s independence from Great Britain.
    She was also a birthday present meant to celebrate. America’s independence from Great Britain.
    60s
    4.20.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions
  • Q14
    What change should be made in sentence 15?
    Change revolutionary war to Revolutionary War
    Change they to it
    Change were to was
    Change French to french
    60s
    4.21.B: Oral and Written Conventions - Handwriting, Capitalization, and Punctuation
  • Q15
    What change needs to be made in sentence 18?
    Change country’s to countries
    Change In 1886 to It was in 1886
    No change needs to be made in this sentence.
    Delete most
    60s
    4.20.A: Oral and Written Conventions - Conventions

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