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Topic: Writing/Expository and Procedural Texts

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Grade 9
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)


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  • Q1
    Katy wants to create a more effective thesis statement for her paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 4 and more accurately convey the thesis of this paper?
    Fearing life in the city, they chose a more rural existence in a big yellow school bus.
    This young couple lives in a uniquely converted school bus that they have affectionately named Rosie.
    Instead of a normal dwelling, they have chosen a vehicle-something quite rare, strange, and out of the norm.
    This couple didn't have to, but they decided that a bus is what they wanted to have.
  • Q2
    Katy's transition from the second paragraph (sentences 5-9) to the third paragraph (sentences 10-14) is weak. Which of the following could best replace sentence 10 and provide a more effective transition between these two paragraphs?
    What a joy it was to begin an eco-friendly project!
    Then the couple faced the task of turning the school bus into a home.
    Finding the bus on an Internet site had seemed like a miracle.
    It was time to begin all the hard work.
  • Q3
    Katy realizes that she left the following detail out of the fourth paragraph (sentences 15-22). Where is the most effective place to insert this sentence?
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    After sentence 22
    After sentence 21
    At the beginning of the paragraph
    This sentence is not relevant to the main idea of the paragraph and should not be inserted.
  • Q4
    Katy would like to add a quotation to the end of her paper to directly support the idea expressed in sentence 28. Which of the following could best follow and support sentence 28?
    "We both struggle with putting things where they go," Natalie said. "It's easy to find space to dump stuff on. I think every home has that."
    "We can cook full meals and people migrate between inside the bus, the backyard, and the campfire," commented Mike. "We've been blessed with this space and the chance to exercise this experiment."
    "Unfortunately, I do get attached to vehicles, so I think we do have to figure out what to do with it for about the next 30 years," Mike added.
    "And, honestly, between the hours of 11 A.M. and 6 P.M., we weren't able to live in here comfortably even with the AC," Natalie once admitted. "We burned one out, it was so hot."
  • Q5
    Alicia has not provided a thesis for her paper. Which of the following should come after sentence 4 to serve as a thesis statement for this paper?
    For example, your basic feelings can be attributed to how people perceive you to be holding your body.
    Interestingly, the entire concept seems to have been proved to work in reverse as well.
    However, you've probably already heard that people assess what you're feeling by observing your body language.
    In other words, the facial expressions and body postures you adopt can actually influence how you feel.
  • Q6
    Alicia needs to add the following detail to the second paragraph (sentences 5-10). Where should this sentence be inserted?
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    After sentence 6
    After sentence 5
    Before sentence 5
    After sentence 7
  • Q7
    Anika has written a weak thesis statement for her paper. Which of the following can replace sentences 4 and 5 and serve as a more effective thesis for this paper?
    Coober Pedy's interesting history includes miners, people living under ground, very hot weather, and media attention. All of this put together makes Coober Pedy an interesting place to me.
    The people who live in Coober Pedy love their special little city. All of these people have made a decision to live in a unique way.
    It isn't what you can see that makes this city amazing; it's what you cannot see. There are 3,500 people who call Coober Pedy home, and almost all of them live and work under ground.
    It isn't because it's abandoned that Coober Pedy is fascinating; it's because it only looks abandoned since people are really living under ground.
  • Q8
    Which of these ideas could best follow and support sentence 23?
    Today the people in this town get the vast majority of their water from under ground from a source 24 kilometers away that has to be pumped in via an underground pipeline.
    More than 150,000 people visit the small town each year, and a host of movies, including Kangaroo Jack, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Opal Dream, have been filmed there.
    Coober Pedy residents now make their livelihood in both the tourism industry and opal-mining industry, and this keeps most of the people working and able to provide for their families.
    Since February of 1915, many of the highest-quality opals in the entire world have been found in Coober Pedy; in fact, Coober Pedy is sometimes even referred to as the opal capital of the world.
  • Q9
    Brianna realizes that she did not include a position statement in this paper. Which sentence could follow sentence 3 and serve as the position statement for her paper?
    Skin cancer is on the rise among young people, and teens should make some basic lifestyle changes to help slow this trend.
    Overexposure to tanning beds and natural sunlight has caused huge problems for men and women.
    There are many ways that people can begin to learn more about protecting their skin.
    Teenagers must stop lying in the sun, or they will be sure to experience grave consequences.
  • Q10
    Catherine would like to provide a more detailed thesis statement for her paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 3 and accomplish this goal?
    Instead, Baumgartner was high above Earth-24 miles to be precise-and jumped without a jet or spacecraft of any kind.
    Instead, Baumgartner, who was 24 miles above Earth at the time, jumped out of a capsule and proceeded to free-fall, traveling at speeds of more than 800 miles per hour.
    Instead, Baumgartner was 24 miles above Earth at the time, which is quite an amazing distance, and jumped, which is quite an amazing feat.
    Instead, Baumgartner was several miles above the beautiful, majestic Earth at the time that he decided to make a magnificent jump.
  • Q11
    Byron would like to add a sentence to the end of the first paragraph (sentences 1-5) to help transition into the ideas in the second paragraph (sentences 6-9). Which sentence can be added after sentence 5 to help accomplish this goal?
    Aside from the historical references mentioned above, Thonis-Heracleion was essentially forgotten-that is, until recently.
    But one day, as so often happens, everything changed, and it changed rapidly and excitingly and permanently.
    It was difficult to say whether the ancient city was real or had just been a figment of someone's imagination.
    Because no one could definitively prove that it had ever existed, people had trouble believing that it actually had.
  • Q12
    Byron has offered a weak thesis for his paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 9 and provide a more effective thesis statement for this paper?
    In the end it just happened to be the place and the city of Thonis-Heracleion.
    In time they realized that they had actually found what was a very ancient city.
    Before long they realized that they had found the city of Thonis-Heracleion.
    At first no one knew exactly what had been discovered, but there was plenty of curiosity.
  • Q13
    Which of these sentences could best follow sentence 13 and provide additional support for the main idea of the third paragraph (sentences 10-14)?
    The remains of more than 60 ships, at least 700 ancient anchors, gold coins, and bronze, lead, and stone weights indicate that the city was a major trading port in the eastern Mediterranean.
    In his research Goddio has collaborated with archaeologists, Egyptologists, historians, geologists, geophysicists, computer engineers, and others.
    The city was probably an important entry port for trade into Egypt before it sank into the Mediterranean Sea so many centuries ago.
    Some accounts suggest that both Helen of Troy and her lover, Paris, were stranded on the island for a period of time as they hid from her Greek husband.
  • Q14
    Byron would like to close with a relevant quotation that reiterates the main idea of this paper. Which of these could follow sentence 28 and best accomplish this goal?
    According to Damian Robinson, director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, "It is a major city we are excavating."
    "We are just at the beginning of our research," Goddio remarked. "We will probably have to continue working for the next 200 years for Thonis-Heracleion to be fully revealed and understood."
    Goddio writes, "I knew that I would never be able to undertake an exploration of this scope by myself, and so, in 1987, I founded the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), an independent organization supported by private patronage."
    "The statuettes allow us to examine their belief system and at the same time have wider economic implications," Oxford researcher Sanda Heinz commented. "These figures were mass-produced at a scale hitherto unmatched in previous periods."
  • Q15
    Joe would like to replace sentence 8 with a sentence that better articulates the thesis of his paper. Which of the following will accomplish this goal?
    Surfing requires people who are willing to think about the equipment, the waves, and their own personality traits.
    Surfing requires people who care about the materials used, waves seen, and variety of personality traits represented.
    Surfing requires just the right equipment, careful observation of the waves, and the patience to perfect a difficult skill.
    Surfing certainly requires specific materials, identified waves, and various personality traits.

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