How to Do Your Best on the End of Grade Test!
By Marc Wood
Illustrated by: ______________
Children will learn proven life-long reading strategies through a fun and engaging story.
Includes fun and easy activities to promote good reading habit.
Whatever you want to be or where ever you want to go in life you will have to
read at some point in your journey. In order to experience true fulfillment and
success, you must accept the importance of learning how to read well.
“Good readers don’t just need to read well one time, good readers need to read well every time.” – EOG Whiz Kid
Good readers do not take a magic pill or
learn a cool trick in order to read well.
Good readers work hard and use multiple
strategies to understand content they read
for school, life, and pleasure.
Have you ever been so scared you fell out of bed?
Or wanted to hide by putting nachos on your head?
If so, you’re not alone! I’m afraid I must protest:
I too am terrified…
of a scary, super-long, stinky old test!
When Taking a Test
Great readers create good reading habit:
Always stop, think, and process before,
during, and after reading, especially when
taking a test.
Step One: Become a great pre-reader.
This test takes many forms and has many names.
It’s like a perfect storm that doesn’t play games.
Unfortunately, this test is one you must pass…
or else stay back in the same old class.
Pre-reading Tip #1
Be focused. Clear your mind of
anything other than the
passage. Close your eyes then
take five deep breathes before
beginning to read. Now imagine
you are taking the test relaxed
and with ease. Begin when you
are focused and ready.
I’m so worried! Should I hide by moving out West?
Or maybe to the moon, away from this huge pest?
Pre-reading Tip #2
Write down one of your
personal goals or dreams
somewhere on your paper.
Connect what you are doing
today with your future goals.
I’m sure you’ve heard… it’s called the END OF GRADE TEST!
Pre-reading Tip #3
Get organized! Good
readers have their
materials laid out neatly.
My teacher always says,
“You know any big test is usually not easy.
You’ll have to work hard, but there’s no need to feel queasy.
Pre-reading Tip #4
Good readers always preview a
selection before reading.
1) Read the title
2) Predict what the selection
will be about.
At the beginning of the year we planted reading seeds.
Now we’re keeping up the work by pulling out the weeds,
so by the end of the year we can stand tall and cheer!”
Pre-reading Tip #5
Do a picture walk. Glance over each
picture and ask yourself, “How does
this picture connect to the title?”
Plan. Strategies. Seeds. Weeds.
What does all this mean?
I must find out so I can beat this tricky EOG.
Pre-reading Tip #6
Determine if the selection is
fiction or nonfiction?
Fiction = fake
Nonfiction = not fake
Push-ups and sit-ups may do the trick…
How strong must I be for this info to stick?
Pre-reading Tip #7
Good readers try to predict the
author’s purpose for writing the
selection from the title, pictures,
genre, style, or font. It’s easy as PIEE!
Authors Write to…
I = Inform
E = Entertain
E = Explain
60 – 80 questions… Do I know how to bubble?
Or will my paper look like a giant pile of rubble?
Pre-reading Tip #8
Read all the questions first. This will help
you identify answers while reading. You can
also highlight, underline, or write down
important words from each question.
I’m scared to fail
and beginning to look pale.
It’s going to be tough and long.
What if I get too many wrong?
Step Two: Stay Focused During Reading
Good readers always stop, think, and process while
reading too. Don’t be overwhelmed! Find one or two
during reading strategies that work for you and stick
with them so you don’t get confused.
Score! An older kid just told me his plan:
“I just keep bubbling a-b-c.
Or sometimes, I’ll form the bubbles in the shape of a tree.”
During Reading Tip #1
Take notes. After reading a
paragraph, stop, think, and
process by writing down
key words or words you see
most often in order to
determine the main idea .
Sure, taking the test without trying would be nice,
but then again this kid has taken every grade twice.
During Reading Tip #2
After every paragraph stop and
think about what you just read.
Then write it down in the
margins. What’s the main idea?
What’s the character doing or
feeling? How’s the selection
changing from beginning to end?
Wait! I have another plan!
I’ll be sick, the day of the test, or better yet, I’ll forget to wake up.
Sounds great until my big brother tells me about dreaded make-ups.
During Reading Tip #3
While reading, highlight or underline words
you see most often, important words, or
words that have similar meanings . These
words will most likely appear in many of
the questions and answers.
Tick tock tick. I’m running out of time.
My choices are to give up, or cross that finish line.
Why not just take the challenge? What do I have to lose?
Sure it’ll be tough, but if I pass I’ll get to choose
from all the possibilities I could grow up to be
then take advantage of everything life can offer me!
During Reading Tip #4
Context clues – These clues can really help
you out while reading, but you must be a good
detective to find them.
If you don’t know what a word means, look at
nearby words and pictures to help you
determine the meaning of the unknown word.
No point in complaining, and no sense in being scared.
Time to focus on the tools that’ll help me be prepared.
During Reading Tip #5
Reading is rereading, and that’s o.k.: Rereading
doesn’t mean you are not smart : It means you’re a
Good readers reread because they need to let what
they just read sink in: They have to process it.
After every paragraph or stop and ask yourself what
you just read. If you can’t say what you just read,
then READ IT AGAIN. It’s that simple!
Well tomorrow’s the big day. Am I ready? Do I have a solid plan?
Am I one year closer to being all that I can?
Step Three: Be Thoughtful After Reading
These next tips will help you seal the deal. Again
just be sure to stop, think, and process after
This is the moment you have been waiting for…
GO answer the questions!
Think positively. I mean, how hard can it be?
Anyway, it’s way too late to pack up and flee.
Time to settle down and get some rest
so I am ready to try hard and do my best.
After Reading Tip #1
Prove you are right by pointing to,
underlining, highlighting, or circling
your answers in the selection. This
strategy works best for answers you
can find easily in a selection.
You will need to reread certain parts
of the section in order to make sure
your proof answers the question.
As I walk out my door mom says to me once more,
“Just use your strategies!” As if I haven’t heard that before.
You may begin After Reading Tip #2
For really hard questions that seem to
have two right answers, be a detective to
pick the correct one. Look for words you
see most often or words from the question
that are similar to words in the selection .
The best answer will always have more of
the selection or paragraph supporting it.
I’m in my seat and waiting.
Here comes the test and answer sheet.
In a few hours I’ll be stating:
“I faced this quest without defeat!”
Closing my eyes I shun away any silly schemes.
I can do this - it’s not as bad as it seems.
After Reading Tip #3
Use what you know to figure out what you don’t, just
make sure what you know is accurate and connects
to what you need to answer. Experts and great
readers always use their background knowledge .
After Reading Tip #4
Talk to the question: Good readers always take their time and
talk to the question in order to understand what or how it wants
them to answer. Try rereading, chuncking, or restating the
question so you can understand what it wants you to figure out.
Now the waiting game begins. I anxiously wait for my score.
Did I grow enough to earn a place through my new teacher’s door?
I did it! I passed! And it wasn’t half bad.
Do you want to hear an awesome strategy that’s nothing like a fad?
If you want to find the answers you need
stop, think, and process before, during, and after you read.
Oh and don’t forget the other strategies you learned from the past -
they help you gain confidence, focus, and don’t go to fast.
MY FRIENDS! Look!
It’s math! Its reading!
It’s EOG Wiz Kid!
You know, I hear there are many more tests looming behind other school walls.
But have no fear! If you get scared, you know who to call.
More Before, During, and After Reading Strategies
Before Reading Strategies
•Number your paragraphs
•Identify any paragraphs that are already numbered as they will likely have a question
related to them.
•Good readers will also restate each question by determining what each question is
During Reading Strategies
•Prefix and suffix connections
•Make connections to the text while reading
•Stop, think, and write after reading the width of your four fingers.
•Don’t skip through the text… read everything on every page!
After Reading Strategies
•Confirm your predictions. Were your predictions right or wrong before reading the
selection? Wrong predictions are o.k. as long as you know they were wrong.
•Cross off any wrong answers then circle the best one.
•Don’t forget to check your work… make sure each answer matches each question better
than all the other answer choices.
Helpful Ideas to Help Students Apply These Strategies in Their Lives
It Takes Three Weeks to Create a Habit so do the following…
• Practice makes perfect. Please don’t force or teach all these Strategies all at once or the day
before the test. Children need to practice these strategies all year long.
• This same outline pertains to any book as well.
• Use this book as a teaching tool. Go through the strategies with your child or students.
• Let students make an EOG crown.
• Create a comprehension test.
• Make a family feud, jeopardy, or smartboard game
• ESL parents can teach from this…. Because they don’t need to know how to read English they
need to make sure their children are using good reading habit.
• If you think these strategies are to easy... then great... you are on your way to become a more
• If you feel like you are doing these strategies and they are not working then look at what you are
reading in more detail ask yourself what is holding you back from reading better.
• Make connections… why are you good at football? Apply that mentality to reading.
• Play the reading game… not underlining little words and Underlining importants that connect to
• Grade for reading habit – Double the score for any reading assignment. Students should always
be underlining, proving their answer, writing in margins, and crossing off wrong answers.
• Play good reading habit bingo
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." — Colin Powell