STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide

STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
STAAR Punctuation Unit Test Using 2017 Punctuation Questions as a Guide
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This unit test is specifically for teachers who want to test their students on only the skill of punctuation with run-ons and fragments included. It contains a full length passage with 39 sentences, but it is not an all encompassing whole year test. At this point in the year, you have not had enough time to teach all of the skills required to be successful in writing by the beginning of April. Most likely, only about 40 to 50 percent of your students would pass a whole year assessment at this point.

Compare the answer key and types of questions below to the questions that wee asked on this year's Editing portion of the STAAR Writing Test, and you will see how closely aligned this unit test is to the way the questions were asked on STAAR this past year!

Helping the VAK Learners with SOLO vs. SILO Reading Answer Key
Editing with a focus only on punctuation with correct answer choices

1. B commas after introductory phrase/dependent clause
2. H apostrophe for singular possessive
3. C compound subject (no comma needed)
4. J singular possessive to plural
5. A comma after dependent clause
6. H comma after dependent clause
7. A comma after dependent clause
8. G compound predicate (no comma needed)
9. B contraction to possessive (they’re to their)
10. A fragment
11. C run-on (to a coordinating conjunction then a dependent with independent clause)
12. J run-on (to a dependent clause with commas in a series)
13. D remove comma (compound dependent clause)
14. F change question mark to an exclamation point
15. J no change (knowing the difference between singular and plural possessives)



ACTUAL 2017 STAAR Test Punctuation Related Questions

4th Grade
Question # Explanation Percent Correct on Test
#10 period to an exclamation point 70%
(What could be a more perfect present!)
#11 run-on to a compound predicate 68%
Correct: (Lady Liberty was designed in France and made out of copper and
steel.)
#12 singular possessive to plural (piece’s to pieces) 70%
#13 fragments (sentence and fragment missing subject) 54%
Correct: (She was also a birthday present meant to celebrate America’s
independence from Great Britain.)
#23 singular possessive (Zoeys to Zoey’s) 70%
#24 run-on (Zoey took on last look at the sandy mound, then the waves carried
her away again.) 60%

7TH GRADE
Question # Explanation Percentage Correct
#17 run-on (correct version contains commas in a series) 59%
Correct: (Furthermore, quite a few legal holidays, including Presidents’ Day,
Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day, are celebrated on Mondays.)
instead of (,they are celebrated on Mondays)
#18 comma after a dependent clause 70%
(According to websites,.....)
#19 delete a comma with a compound predicate 69%
Incorrect: (got behind of my homework, and had to....)
Correct: (For example, last week I got behind on my homework and had to spend the weekend catching up.)
#20 singular possessive (last week’s topics) 67%
#26 fragment (a sentence then a fragment missing subject) 68%
Correct: (When he surfaces, he usually has a heavy bag filled with hundreds
of golf balls that have mistakenly landed in the pond.)
# 30 comma needed after a dependent clause (If........,) 69%


9TH GRADE
Question # Explanation Percent Correct on Test
#12 fragment dependent clause had a period instead of a comma
(Although......,) 65%
#14 contraction (your to you’re) 78%
#15 two dependent clauses one missing a comma 59%
(At my previous school, where I was president of the eighth-grade class,......)
#17 coordinating conjunction joining two independent clauses with ,but 78%
#18 two sentences, both with dependent clauses followed by independent clauses
joined with a colon instead of a comma and f.a.n.b.o.y.s. 54%
(for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
Correct: In closing, I give you this solemn promise: if you elect me as
president of the sophomore class, I’ll give it my all.


10TH GRADE
QUESTION # Explanation Percent Correct on Test
#12 run-on Incorrect: (It attempted one shallow takeoff after another each time
it banged itself against the glass.)
Correct: (It attempted one shallow takeoff after another, each time
banging itself against the glass.) 75%
#13 colon needed to correct a run-on 74%
Correct answer: (The moral of “The Seagull and the Crow” was clearly this:
no matter how dissimilar two creatures might be, they will have opportunities to
help and support each other.)
#16 fragment Correct: In addition to electing leaders, voters get to say yes or no
to questions related to their local communities. 85%
(dependent and independent clause)
#17 Change period to a question with commas in a series 70%
Should your community raise its sales tax, impose a tax on sugary drinks, or
help pay for a sports arena? (Begin a question starters word list)




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