The main concern students have about the STAAR Reading is that they do not understand the question. Sometimes the students do not understand what the question is asking because of the way it is worded or the vocabulary within the question. But, most often, students do not understand how to approach the question in order to come up with the correct answer. Personally, preparing students for this test is a lot more than giving them a bunch of reading passages and multiple choice questions. Students need to understand how to analyze the questions and come up with their own answer before looking at the multiple choice options. Now, it is obvious, once the students look at the STAAR Reading, the multiple choice options will be there, but it is our job as educators to show our students how the multiple choice options are there only to validate their theories about the correct answer.
These questions and strategies are designed to be used as daily warm ups (1-2 questions per day), gallery walks, or station rotation for students. These are chunked mini-lessons that make understanding the question easier and more accessible for all learners including special education and English as a Second Language Learners.
Aside from presenting the questions, the only thing the teacher has to do is supply the reading passage—the questions will lend themselves to any type of reading passage found on the state assessment.