Roots and Affixes
Author's Purpose
Main Idea and Summary
Story Characters
Author Techniques

100

The word "copilot" means a second pilot in an aircraft. What does the prefix "co" mean?
What is with or together?

100

Jill ran up the hill with Jack. She was carrying a pail. Jack tripped over a rock and caused Jill to tumble down the side of the hill. She broke her arm and refused to talk to Jack for three weeks. Jack decided to make her a cake one day. He wanted to apologize. Jill accepted the cake and they were best friends once again. What is the author's purpose?
What is to entertain the reader?

100

What is the main idea of a manual for a cell phone?
What is to teach you how to use the cell phone?

100

Luke, a shepherd, circles the flock and scans for danger. This sentence shows that Luke is a) confused b) happy c) cautious d) impatient
What is c?

100

Poets use many different techniques. Rhyme Scheme is one of them. This is the...
What is pattern of rhyme in the poem?

200

The word autograph has the greek root "graph". Graph means...
What is write or draw?

200

Cookies are a necessary food item in your life. First, they taste amazing, like sweet nectar that warms your tummy. Second, they come in all kinds of flavors. Even if you are a picky eater, there is surely a type of cookie that will please you. Finally, cookies make you happy. If you decide not to eat cookies, you will be miserable and cranky for the rest of your life. Eat them now! What is the author's purpose?
What is to persuade the reader?

200

The main idea of a story can sometimes have a theme. Theme means...
What is the moral of a story?

200

In the story, The Three Little Pigs, the wolf is the antagonist who tries to eat the three innocent pig brothers. In real life, a wolf would attack a pig, not because he was evil, but because he was...
What is hungry?

200

Why does an author choose to use sensory words in fictional stories?
What is to help the reader make a picture in their head and use their senses to connect to the story?

300

Most songs have an interlude. This is a piece of music that connects a verse to the chorus. If "lude" means "tune", then "inter" means...
What is between?

300

Brushing your teeth is very important. Some do not know the proper way to accomplish this task. First, you put a dime size amount of toothpaste on a toothbrush. Brush the top right side of your teeth, in a circular motion, all over the teeth. After 20 seconds, switch to the top left side of your teeth and repeat. Repeat four more times with the rest of your teeth. When done brushing, rinse your mouth clean with water. Make sure to clean the brush as well! You're finished! You now have beautiful, clean teeth. The author's purpose is to...
What is to explain to the reader?

300

How are you going to write the main idea on the side of the reading passages on the STAAR Test?
What is group paragraphs together and write the main idea in five words or less?

300

In Darnell Rock Reporting, Darnell says his group of friends get in trouble often. How does this affect his decision to write an article supporting a garden for the homeless?
What is Darnell thinks that kids in trouble will see the homeless people making a better life for themselves, so the kids will too.

300

Figurative Language can be used in any type of writing. Similes are especially fun. Give me an example of a simile.
What is answers will vary?

400

The suffix -ment means "time". Knowing this information, what does "merriment" mean?
What is merry time, happy time, or a time when you are feeling merry?

400

The rabbit's long ears, which can be more than 10 cm (4 in) long, are probably an adaptation for detecting predators. They have large, powerful hind legs. The two front paws have 5 toes, the extra called the dewclaw. The hind feet have 4 toes. The author's purpose is...
What is to inform the reader?

400

What is the main idea of taking the STAAR Test?
What is to test how much you have learned in 5th grade Language Arts class and/or to test your reading comprehension?

400

In the tall tale, Pecos Bill, Bill is hesitant to allow Sue to ride his horse, Widow Maker. Why is that?
What is Pecos Bill does not want Sue to get hurt or does not trust her?

400

Watching a news story on the television and reading a newspaper are two different ways to find out what is happening in the world. What is a difference between these two types of media?
What is answers will vary?

500

The first Transcontinental Railroad was built in 1869. The railroad spanned the entire U.S. from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Trans- means...
What is across or beyond?

500

The three types of expository text are...
What are informational, procedural, and persuasive?

500

Give me a short summary of Darnell Rock Reporting. Be sure to include the beginning, middle, and end.
What is answers will vary?

500

If you are not sure about a character's personality and there is a question about that character, you should...
What is re-read to find out what the character is like?

500

Foreshadowing is when the author...
What is give you clues about what to expect in the rest of the story?