Students will be taking EOG Benchmarks in English I next week. As a former SAT and ACT tutor I am extremely qualified to coach students in test-taking strategies. Today, we practiced multiple-choice strategies on a real test passage. See the passage and the questions here: Art in America EOG
1. Students read “Art in America,” by Maggie Anderson. Students annotated the passage as they read.
2. Students answered six multiple-choice questions about the passage.
3. We reviewed answers as a group. As we reviewed, students created an “EOC Tip Sheet” which they will continue to add to throughout the year.
- Read the directions for hints about what’s important in the passage.
- Annotate the passage as you read.
- To find theme, look at the end of the passage.
- Beware of “bittersweet”: this choice is frequently used by the test-makers. Don’t pick it unless the tone is very bitter and also a little sweet.
- If it’s not in the passage, it’s not an answer! Don’t let the test-makers trick you into thinking you didn’t understand the passage–because you did! They put in answers about things that were not in the passage to trip you up.
- Avoid overly insulting answers. Multiple-choice tests are politically correct.
- If you don’t know what a word means, figure it out by looking at the word in the context of the passage.
4. In some classes we resumed Bingo.
5. Students received a reading calendar for To Kill a Mockingbird: calendar tkam 10. Follow this calendar to see when chapters and visual journal entries are due.
HW: Read TKAM through Ch. 4 by tomorrow. Do entries in your visual journal (but not for chapter 1). All late work is due tomorrow unless I have told you otherwise!
Prepare for the EOG Benchmark by taking practice sets here:
Textual Analysis (Reading) Practice
Composition (Grammar) Practice
Absentees: Complete the practice questions for “Art in America” by clicking the link above. Print out the TKAM reading calendar and put either the Honors or Standard calendar in your binder.