This is a review that I give to my students every year to help them review all the academic vocabulary that they will need to know before their STAAR Reading test. Knowing all these terms is a first step to doing well on the test.
This product includes academic words and literary terms that are frequently seen on the STAAR test. I have included terms associated with fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama and vocabulary.
I have used this review of literary terms for years in my classroom. I hand it out to students in January every year. I copy it on colored paper so that it is hard to lose or throw away. I frequently have a “pop review” (if you have it you receive extra credit.) I do this to encourage the students to carry it with them at all times. I pass it out at STAAR information night to all the parents. I encourage the parents to make flashcards with the students to make sure they know all these words.
It is important to tell the students that knowing these words will help them pass the test. These words will likely appear in both questions and answer choices. I make sure they understand that the test will not ask them to find a metaphor, but that if they don’t know what the word metaphor means, they will likely not understand what the question is asking.
I also use the words to play review games with the students during tutoring and right before the test.
I hope this review will help your students pass the test too!