Fiction
Figurative language
Infer
Context Clues
Organization Patterns
100

The main message the author wants you to take away from the story is a) Tone b) Main Idea c) Theme

THEME

100

Exaggeration

Hyperbole

100

She lost the state meet by 6 inches in the discus.  That upset her very much.  She started training hard daily and focused on perfecting her form.  She did this all year until the next state track meet.  What probably happened? 

She got better


TRUE STORY

100

Tadeo has spent the majority of the year talking in class.  Mrs. Douglas has told him that he is hindering the learning process for others in the class.  When scores came out, those close to Tadeo did not perform well on the test.  Tadeo's talking prevented the students from getting the information they needed to do well.  

Which sentence helps you understand what hindering means? 

Tadeo's talking prevented the students from getting the information they needed to do well.  

100

Most mobile phones sold today have an operating system that was either designed by Apple or Google. Apple makes the iOS operating system powering their iPhones and iPads. Google makes the Android operating system that can be found on many different mobile phones and tablets. Both of these operating systems allow users to connect to app stores and download applications. To launch these applications, users press small square buttons that appear on their home screens. One major difference between these two operating systems is that Apple makes all of its own hardware. That is to say, the iOS operating system only appears on products created by Apple. On the other hand, many different manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and LG use the Android operating system. Which one do you like better: Android or iOS?

Compare and Contrast

200

I have a long drive ahead of me.  I am expected to be there tomorrow by 9am to check in.  It takes me 23 hours to get there.  Right now, it is 12:00 noon.  What can you infer a) This person is organized b) This person is not going to make it on time c) This person doesn't want to go 

This person is not going to make it on time.  Leaving too late to get there in 23 hours to be on time. 

200

Moonlit meadow with shadows of gray and blue are lit by the dim stars 

Imagery

200

The dog was walking around the neighborhood for hours.  Finally it just stopped and laid down in someone's yard and started crying.  When the person came out, it growled at them.  Why did it growl? 

The dog is lost and is growling because the person is not its owner

200

Jezaih left here on Friday with a mullet hair cut.  When he returned on Monday, students were dumbfounded when they saw his hair was cut with curls on top. A lot of students had questions about what had caused the change in his hair.  Jezaih explained how he got a perm because he likes the curly look. 

Which sentence helps you understand the meaning of dumbfounded? 

A lot of students had questions about what had caused the change in his hair

200

Getting a new phone is a really cool feeling, but your phone can’t do much without applications. In order to get the most from your new phone, you need to download apps. To do this you will need a data connection. Some plans allow you to get data from your phone network. If your plan lets you to do this, you can connect to web services anywhere that your phone gets a signal. If your plan does not let you to do this, you will need to connect your device to a Wi-Fi network. Free Wi-Fi can be found at coffee shops, laundry mats, and other public locations. Once your phone is receiving data, go to the application store on the device. Use the search or browse functions to find fun, interesting, or useful programs. Once you have found an application that you want to try, click the button to download and install it on your device. Not all applications are free, so make sure that you know how much the app costs before agreeing to download it. Also, if you are under the age of 18, get your parent’s permission before downloading anything. You’ll like your new phone so much more once you have some cool apps.

Sequence.  STEPS

300

Aunt Lucy is coming tomorrow and I do not want to see her.  She is the meanest lady on earth.  I have to find a way to get out of this.  I could say I am going to the mall with friends.  I could simply hide.  Hmmm.  

What kind of conflict is this person having?  a) person vs person b) person vs self 

person vs self

300

She is an elephant

Metaphor

300

The Dougie Bussins got 73.94 percent passing on the second benchmark.  Since then, the class has had a lot of people get in trouble, miss school, and go to ISS.  What will probably happen on STAAR for those who have been in trouble and missing class? 

They will have a hard time doing well. 

300

Arianna likes to sing, dance, play instruments, and act in plays.  Many would say she is great at juggling all of her hobbies because she makes sure to fit all of them in to her schedule without any issues.  Her parents are proud of her ability to be multitalented.  

Which group of words helps you understand the meaning of juggling? 

 she makes sure to fit all of them in to her schedule without any issues.

300

Not all bugs slither and crawl. A bug can also be an error in a computer program. When a computer tries to read a program with a bug in it, the bug will affect the computer in one of two ways: the computer may process the error and continue running the program. In this case the bug only has a small effect on the computer; however, if the computer cannot process the error, then the bug will cause the computer to freeze and crash. This will require the user to restart the program or the computer. Bugs are pesky to computer programmers and users.

Cause/Effect

400

We have studied the elements of a plot, and the part that reveals the main characters is a) exposition b) rising action c) climax

EXPOSITION

How can a story go any further than the beginning if you have no idea who the main characters are?

400

That girl is as fat as an elephant

SIMILE

400

The students in Mrs. Douglas's class, the ones who have been here, have been doing a lot of IXLs, coming to tutoring, and working really hard trying to improve their scores from the second Benchmark.  What will likely happen for them on STAAR? 

They are going to do better than they did on the second benchmark. 

400

Eve has been very aggressively going after her AR points for the year.  Her goal is to be an AR MILLIONAIRE.  She has been persistently checking out books and testing them in Mrs. Douglas's classroom.  All of her efforts will pay off.  

Which sentence helps you understand what persistently means? 

Eve has been very aggressively going after her AR points for the year

400

. Computer viruses are scary. If an attacker gets control of your computer, they can snoop through your files, steal your sensitive information, and even use your computer’s webcam and microphone to spy on you. But just because there are scary things on the Internet, doesn’t mean that we should stay off of the Internet. Instead, practice safe habits such as installing virus protection. Virus protection will not protect you against all attacks, but it may stop the most common ones. It also helps to keep your software up to date. Software updates close security holes. By installing updates from software providers, you will have a stronger system. Perhaps the most important thing that you can do is to be smart about how you browse. Don’t click on suspicious links and don’t open attached files unless you are expecting them. The Internet can be a dangerous place, but you’ll be safer if you take a few precautions. Happy browsing!

Problem and Solution

500

We are in a mall surrounded by aliens.  It is four in the afternoon and the sun has already gone down for the day.  

What can you get from this sentence? a) conflict b) plot c) characters d) setting

SETTING

They are in a mall

It is four in the afternoon

They are surrounded by aliens

500

Moonlit wings reflect the stars that smile at my journey

Personification


500

A student lies to his parents about what has been happening in school.  He tells them that he is doing his AR reading, but when the report cards come out, he has failed.  He tells his parents that Mrs. Douglas is lying not him, so his parents call the school to set up a meeting with Mrs. Douglas.  What does Mrs. Douglas most likely bring to the meeting.  

PROOF THAT THEIR SON IS THE LIAR!!! HAHAHAHA

500

Greg has turned into a fossil of a man.  Lately he is forgetful and he has been sleeping a lot.  I know he is under a lot of pressure at work too. The stress in his life has made him look and act a lot older. 

Which sentence helps you understand the meaning of fossil? 

The stress in his life has made him look and act a lot older.

500

 Computer viruses are scary. If an attacker gets control of your computer, they can snoop through your files, steal your sensitive information, and even use your computer’s webcam and microphone to spy on you. But just because there are scary things on the Internet, doesn’t mean that we should stay off of the Internet. Instead, practice safe habits such as installing virus protection. Virus protection will not protect you against all attacks, but it may stop the most common ones. It also helps to keep your software up to date. Software updates close security holes. By installing updates from software providers, you will have a stronger system. Perhaps the most important thing that you can do is to be smart about how you browse. Don’t click on suspicious links and don’t open attached files unless you are expecting them. The Internet can be a dangerous place, but you’ll be safer if you take a few precautions. Happy browsing! 

What is the AUTHOR'S PURPOSE of this passage? 

PERSUADE

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