compound, complex or transition
Expository Extras!
Revising & Editing
Revising & Editing
Test Taking Strategies

100

The STAAR test can be intimidating, but we have prepared very well.
Compound (comma+fanboys)

100

What is the purpose of an expository essay?
To explain a topic.

100

What change, if any, should be made to this sentence: Your brain is responsible for controlling the muscles that you move intentional. a. Add a comma before for b. Change controlling to controling c. Change intentional to intentionally d. This sentence should not be changed.
c. Change intentional to intentionally

100

What resource can you use to help with editing(spelling words correctly)?
a dictionary

100

What is the duration of each day of the STAAR test?
4 hours

200

Finally, I will eat the sandwich I made.
Transition

200

How should you start each topic sentence?
With a transition word.

200

What change, if any, should be made to this sentence: It's main functions are to control your balance and to enable your muscles to work together. a. Change It's to Its b. Change are to is c. Change balance to balence d. No change needs to be made in this sentence.
a. Change It's to Its

200

The word because does not appropriately connect the two clauses in the following sentence: The young boy led his schoolmates in songs because rescuers worked to free them from the wreckage. Which word should replace because? a. if b. while c. although d. where
b. while

200

Name a few ways you can take brain breaks during the test.
Roll around your neck. Close your eyes for one minute. Roll your shoulders around. (**Cannot stand up!)

300

When I take the STAAR test, I will use the dictionary.
Complex (AAAWWUBBIS phrase + complete sentence)

300

Name some transition words you might use.
First, second, third, finally, another, therefore, however, etc.

300

What change, if any, should be made to this sentence: Your brain helps you breath, keeps your heart beating, and directs your stomach to digest food. a. Change breath to breathe b. Change beating to beeting c. Change directs to directing d. This sentence should not be changed.
a. Change breath to breathe

300

Which sentence in this paragraph should be deleted? How could a child be so brave? Why had a little boy risked his own life to save his fellow students? Where was the courageous boy's mother? When reporters questioned the young boy, he answered, "I was the hall monitor. It was my job to look after my classmates."
Where was the courageous boy's mother?

300

On day one of the writing STAAR, how should you pace yourself? What piece should you do first, second, third, etc?
1st: Read all of prompt page, and do pre-write on one blank page. 2nd: Complete the multiple choice section of the test, bubbling in the correct answers on your scan tron. 3rd: Go back and begin your rough draft. 4th: Revise and edit: use a dictionary & a thesarus! Last: In your BEST handwriting, write your final copy.

400

I love pizza, and I love fajitas.
Compound (comma+fanboy)

400

What can you refer to as an example in an expository essay?
A personal experience, a famous person's experience, something that happened to your friend or parent, etc.

400

What is the correct way to write these two sentences? The brain stem connects your brain to your spinal cord. Which connects to most of the nerves in your body. a. The brain stem connects your brain to your spinal cord, this connects to most of the nerves in your body. b. Connecting your brain to your spinal cord and then to most of the nerves in your body. c. Connecting your brain to your spinal cord. It connects to most of the nerves in your body. d. The brain stem connects your brain to your spinal cord, which connects to most of the nerves in your body.
d. The brain stem connects your brain to your spinal cord, which connects to most of the nerves in your body.

400

Which sentence could be added to the end of this paragraph to strengthen the introduction to this paper? During the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics, most people weren't watching the athletes. Instead they were watching the small boy who was walking next to the famous Chinese basketball player. The boy's entrance brought enthusiastic cheers. That's because nine-year-old Lin Hao was more than just a kid. a. He was a great kid. b. He was in school. c. He was a national hero. d. He was exceptionally cute.
c. He was a national hero.

400

What should you do the night before your test(s)?
Pack a water bottle, relax, and get a good night's sleep.

500

However, I couldn't go until I cleaned my room.
Transition

500

How should you conclude your expository essay?
Revisit the thesis. Summarize your main idea.

500

What change, if any, needs to be made to this sentence? With all its intricacies, the human brain is a sensative and delicate organ. a. Change intricacies to intracacies b. Change sensative to sensitive c. Change delicate to delacate d. No changes are needed.
b. Change sensative to sensitive

500

(1) Just a few months earlier, Hao had been at school on a typical day. (2) Without warning, the ground beneath him began to tremble. (3) Hao's school was at the very heart of an earthquake. (4) Windows shattered, and shelves toppled over. (5) Finally the whole building collapsed. (6) Hao somehow managed to climb out of the rubble and save himself. (7) He risked his life to pull two of his classmates to safety. The author would like to add the following sentence to this paragraph. Then, despite his own injuries, Hao went back into the ruins. Where is the BEST place to insert this sentence? a. After sentence 1 b. After sentence 2 c. After sentence 4 d. After sentence 6
d. After sentence 6

500

What should you do on the morning of your test(s)?
Eat a healthly breakfast, be on time to school, bring your water bottle and highlighter, and be ready to show your awesome-ness!