So, to help with this problem, I have been introducing students to various G.O.'s that may be seen on our state test. I used a picture book that they are familiar with (Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon) for each of three separate minilessons on three consecutive days. Each day, I created a G.O. on chart paper with some missing information. I wanted students to study the G.O. and identify what it was showing us (was it a timeline, a story map, a cause/effect organizer, a character traits organizer, etc). Then, they needed to identify what information was missing and decide what would complete the G.O. Here are the charts I used:
I plan on reviewing these G.O.'s with other books they are familiar with, having them fill out their own while doing independent reading, and introducing them to even more G.O.'s before the test. The last thing I want is for them to freeze up if they see a G.O. they don't recognize. Ideally, they will be prepared with the "thinking" skills necessary to figure out any G.O. the test throws their way!
Do you guys have any tips for Reading test prep that you can share? My kiddos need all the help they can get, since many of them are ESL students or just students who do not come from print-rich environments at home. I would love to hear your ideas!