STAAR Reading 1
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STAAR Reading 4
STAAR Reading 5

Before reading a paired passage, read the ______ first so you have an idea of what to look for in the text.

What is questions. 


Identify the type of figurative language used here: She was as bright as the sun.

What is a simile?


First person or third person point of view:

I hopped on my bike and rode to the store to buy my mom a quart of milk.

What is first person?


Identify the type of figurative language here:

The boy was tall like a giant.

What is a simile.


Text Structure

Many birds depend on the horseshoe crab for survival.  Horseshoes lay their eggs on the beach and bury them in the sand.  If the water is rough, many of the eggs get pushed into the open.  The birds eat these eggs.

What is cause-effect.


When reading a question, pick out the ____ ____ and highlight or circle them so you understand what the question is asking you.

What is key words.


When answering questions, it is important to highlight or underline your _______ _______ to prove your answers.

What is text evidence.


Which point of view?

When they had finished eating, they all went to the backyard to watch the fireworks. Jessie smiled, and her brother smiled back at her.

What is third person objective?

The narrator knows none of the character's thoughts.

The author's purpose for writing an advertisement for a water park is __________.

What is to persuade?


After you read each story, take a short ______ to give your eyes some rest and to re-energize your brain.

What is break.


What is the author's purpose:

A handbook teaching people how to build a birdhouse

What is inform?


Identify the type figurative language used here:

The tree reached for the sky, trying to touch the stars.

What is personification?


Wind whistles in your ears and blows the leaves all around you.  The smell of fall is in the air.  

This is an example of a poet using ________ _______.

What is sensory language or sensory details.


When you use prior knowledge and evidence from the text, this is called a/an_____________.

What is an inference?


What POV?

Trey looked out the window. The rain was still pouring down. He threw his baseball glove on the couch with a sigh. The thunder cracked and his phone dinged. Trey picked up the phone. It was a message from his cousin: The game is cancelled because of the weather. Trey didn't reply to the message. He threw the phone back on his bed and rubbed his temples. The rain pattered on the roof. 

What is third person objective?

The narrator knows none of the character's thoughts.


Identify the type of figurative language used here:

The children were roses grown in concrete gardens, beautiful and forlorn.

What is a metaphor?


When a questions asks you about a certain paragraph or other part of the text, it is important to go back and _____ that part of the text before answering the question.  Sometimes you need to _____ the part several times.

What is reread.


Identify the figurative language, tell what two things are being compared and explain what it means:

The detective listened to her story with a wooden face.

What is metaphor.

The detective's face was wood, the detectives had no expression as they listened to her.


What is the author's purpose?

We thought the game was over. The buzzer rang and we thought that we had lost, but then the referee blew the whistle. A foul was called and now Derrick had a chance to win the game for us. He stepped up to the free-throw line. The stadium, though filled with people, was completely silent. Everyone was still. Derrick dribbled the ball a couple times. He squared up on the line. Sweat beaded on his forehead. All eyes were on Derrick.

What is to entertain?


ALWAYS pick an answer choice that you can go back and prove with _________  __________.

What is text evidence.


To help you understand a text better, you can use the text evidence and your background knowledge to infer a character's ___________.

What is traits or feelings.


What is the text structure of the following paragraph?

Dr. Miller doesn’t want the tigers to vanish.  These majestic beasts are disappearing at an alarming rate.  Dr. Miller thinks that we should write to our congress people.  If we let them know that we demand the preservation of this species, maybe we can make a difference.  Dr. Miller also thinks that we should donate to Save the Tigers.  Our donations will help to support and empower those who are fighting the hardest to preserve the tigers.  We owe it to our grandchildren to do something.

What is problem/solution?


Identify the point of view of the following paragraph:

Red looked across the prairie. He didn't see anything concerning. He wondered why Texas Joe had hollered like that. Texas Joe turned to him. The ghost that Texas Joe had just seen was gone. Texas Joe swatted at the air. Now he felt crazy. "You have to believe me, Red. It was just here,"said Texas Joe. Red scowled at him in disbelief. "What was just here, Joe?" he asked. Red was angry with Texas Joe for disturbing his sleep for no apparent reason.

What is 3rd person omniscient?

The narrator knows all of the character's thoughts.


Setting: Where and when is the story taking place?

The swings and slides were abandoned.  So abandoned that she could hear her head pound, like little hands clamoring to escape prison.  On a nearby bench, she saw an afternoon paper—the crossword halfway complete—and she sat next to it, grateful for its lifeless company.  The wind blew and sent the leaves swirling and brushing up against her boney, exposed ankles. She tightened the scarf around her neck and pulled it up so that her mouth was covered, looked at her watch, and waited.  Waited. Waited.  When she finally saw him through the harsh darkness, she was too tired to get up.

What is a park in the winter at night?


Sentence stems

The reader can tell - 

The reader can infer - 

The reader can conclude - 

These sentence stems require a reader to make an _____________.

What is inference

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