Getting EOG Ready

This page is designed for students to provide tips for taking English Language Arts Benchmark and End of Grade tests. Before we cover test taking strategies and use the EOG preparation assessments we need to review the 8th grade reading Common Core Standards.

8thGrade ELA- Reading for Literature

Key Ideas and Details

Standard 1

·     I can state the main idea of the text, infer, analyze

Standard 2

·     I can identify the theme of the text

·     I can analyze the development of the theme as it applies to characters, setting, and plot

·     I can create an objective summary

Standard 3

·     I can analyze the effect of dialogue and events in the story to make a decision

Craft and Structure

Standard 4

·     I can use context clues to figure out the meanings of words as used in the text

·     I can analyze the effect of specific word choices

Standard 5

·     I can compare and contrast two or more texts

·     I can evaluate how the structure of the text helps me understand the meaning

Standard 6

·     I can evaluate how point of view affects the character and the audience

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Standard 7

·     I can analyze the similarities and differences among the text and its media version

·     I can evaluate the decisions made by the director or actors

Standard 8 (N/A)

Standard 9

·     I can analyze how a modern work of fiction draws from past literature

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Standard 10

·     I can read all types of literature on grade level independently and proficiently

8thGrade ELA- Reading for Information

Key Idea and Details

 

Standard 1

·     I can cite evidence from the text to support the explicit meaning of the text

Standard 2

·     I can determine a central idea by summarizing the text

Standard 3

·     I can make connections between two or more elements of the text (i.e. comparisons, analogies)

Craft and Structure

Standard 4

·     I can utilize context clues to determine meanings of unknown words

·     I can analyze the impact of word choices in text

Standard 5

·     I can analyze how the structure of a paragraph and certain sentences assist in developing key concepts

Standard 6

·     I can determine author’s point of view and purpose and their response to conflicting information

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Standard 7

·     I can evaluate the pros and cons of using print and non-print sources to present information

Standard 8

·     I can evaluate the author’s argument and claims to determine relevant and irrelevant evidence

Standard 9

·     I can analyze two or more conflicting texts and identify how they disagree

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Standard 10

·     I can read and comprehend nonfiction on grade level independently

Based on data derived from Benchmark data the RI: 1;4 and RL: 1;4 students need to develop greater proficiency. The ELA Test Preparation exercises will focus mainly on the two aforementioned standards.
 
 
General Test Taking Strategies
 
General EOG Test Taking Strategies:
Strategy #1: Read ALL answer choices before making a decision.
Strategy #2: Get rid of the answers you do not want right away by putting an "X" through them.
Strategy #3: Usually two answers are similar and sound like good options. You must either go back in the text to find the proper answer to make sure you choose the correct one!
Strategy #4: Look for key words in the questions and underline them with your pencil. These words can help you decide exactly what to look for in a reading passage.
Strategy #5: Never choose and bubble in two answers. One answer is correct and you must make a decision.
Strategy #6: Pace yourself and pay attention to the time. The EOG is a timed test, so you do want to make sure that you are working at a steady pace.
Strategy #7: Never, ever get tired and just give up. If you do, you will fail to earn an optimum score. 
 
 
 Sample Tests
 
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction offers practice EOG tests by grade level. These test are available through the follow link.
 
 
 
Use a Reading Strategy
  
Reading Comprehension Tips
 

EOG Reading Comprehension Test Tips

By Lindsay Haskell,

 

The EOG tests a student's abilities in various subjects, including reading comprehension.

Reading comprehension is an important skill students will need for the EOG (End-of-Grade) test, as well as for standardized tests they will take in the future such as the SAT and the rest of their academic careers. The reading comprehension section on the EOG typically involves reading a selection of text and answering questions based on the excerpt. Prepare for the EOG and improve your score using some simple techniques.  

1.   Read the Whole Passage

o  Some reading comprehension test strategies advise students that they do not need to read the entire passage to be able to answer the questions. While it may be possible to first read the questions and later go to the passage and try to answer each question, this is not the best strategy for the EOG, as it tends to ask questions about the main idea of an excerpt. Read the whole passage through at least once to get an understanding of the main idea, themes and arguments within.

Look at the Main Ideas and Structure

o  Ascertain the main idea of each paragraph. The best way to do this is by looking at the first sentence; this should tell you the topic or argument of the paragraph,and the rest should contain supporting details. By looking at the topic sentences, figure out how the whole passage is structured so you know what to look for in analyzing it. Is it in chronological order? Does each paragraph contain a point that supports an overarching thesis? Determining the structure will help you understand the passage's main ideas.

Visualize the Story

o  Reading fiction, if you have trouble with reading comprehension, it helps to constantly visualize the story you're reading. This includes the characters and the actions they're taking' it also includes sounds and smells. Visualization will help you understand the text by imagining the action.

Discerning Difficult Vocabulary

o  Some questions will ask you the meaning of a word used in a passage to test your vocabulary and your ability to understand words you don't know based on their context. Remember that some words have more than one meaning; it is imperative to look at the context in which the word is being used. Take advantage of the multiple choice system to test out each answer choice in the sentence in which the word appears, then pick the answer that makes the most sense in the context.

 
Using Context Clues
 
 
 
EOG Test Preparation Activities
The following EOG Test Preparation activities were developed by common core standards through the Schoolnet site. The first assessment covers the Common Core Standards RL:1-6 and RI: 1-8. The first assessment contains an assortment of readings accompanied by twenty questions. Please guide the students through each reading by using the strategies listed above.
 
 
 
The second ten question assessment covers Common Core Standards RI: 1-3.
 
 
 
The third ten question assessment covers Common Core Standard RI:1
 
 
 
The fourth ten question assessment covers Common Core Standards RI:4
 
 
 
Main Idea, Supporting Details, and Reflection Activities
 
After the students closely read the following two articles, ask them to list the (1) main idea, (2) all the supporting details, and then (3) state their agreement or disagreement with each supporting detail. They must support their evaluation of each detail. The following activities help students identify the main idea and supporting details.
 
 
 
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