STAAR Stem Questions for Poetry

STAAR Stem Questions for Poetry

While working on poetry this week with teachers, I compiled a list of STAAR stem questions from the 3rd Grade STAAR test.  (It’s interesting that there are a lot of questions about “the speaker”.)

  • The speaker in this poem is someone or something who —
  • Which words help the reader imagine the speaker’s experience?
  • The poet uses these lines mainly to show — (can be an example of the speakers feelings or actions)
  • How does the speaker feel throughout the poem?
  • What is the speaker doing in the poem?
  • The poet titled this poem “____” most likely because —
  • What is the main message (or theme) in the poem?
  • Which word best describes the feeling that the poet creates in this poem?
  • These lines best support the idea — (an idea or feeling presented in the poem)
  • Lines _ through _ are included in the poem because they —
  • Lines _ through _ are important to the poem because —
  • This poem is an example of (narrative, humorous, lyrical, concrete, free verse) poetry mostly because it —
  • Why does the poet use the exclamation points (or some other kind of punctuation) in the first stanza?
  • Which of these lines from the poem rhyme?

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