They write essays all the time.
(*Facepalm*) the thing is, the ACT’s writing section is different enough through the writing normally done in school that I see lots of students underperform in a way that is totally preventable. Typically “good” writers are receiving scores of 6 or 8 (out of 12), when they should be getting more numbers that are competitive.
Whilst it’s not always an grade that is 11th teacher’s “job” to do ACT/SAT prep or even to “teach to your test”, there is a problematic reality that if teachers do not get involved a little, most students will not fully grasp this knowledge and/or skills anywhere else. And therefore, my teacher friend, is worrisome.
Just what exactly’s going on, and which are the easiest steps an English teacher can take to help juniors become more ready?
Here are the biggest culprits:
1. The timing is more intense than school. It’s thirty minutes total, including reading the prompt together with brainstorm that is entire draft, and proofread process. That task may be daunting if students get writer’s block, have test anxiety, do not understand the prompt when you look at the heat for the moment, or struggle to wrestle their ideas into submission. Continue reading Simple tips to Help Juniors regarding the ACT Writing