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Preparingfor theACTCCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum: https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12

Overview of The Three ELA SectionsThe English SectionThe ACT English section has five readingpassages with underlined sentences/phrases.Students must decide if the underlinedsentences/phrases are used correctly or if theyneed editing. The section has 75-question in45-minutes. It tests two broad content areas:The first is Usage and Mechanics (includingp u n c t u a t i o n , g r a m m a r, u s a g e , a n dsentence structure). Usage and Mechanicsrequires fine-tuned punctuation and grammarknowledge.-The second is Rhetorical Skills (includingstrategy, organization, and style). RhetoricalSkills focuses on comprehension of thepassage as a whole and the ability tomaximize the passage's organization andstyle.The Reading SectionThe ACT Reading section asks 40 questions in35 minutes. There are three single passagesand one set of paired passages. There are 10questions after each single or paired readings.The passages on the Reading section alwayscome from these four topic areas: humanities,social studies, natural sciences, and literaryfiction.-The five main types of questions on the ACTReading test the skills of understanding mainideas, locating details, and interpretingpurpose and voice. Students must keep a closeeye on what's directly stated, and interpret andanalyze implied meanings. There's not a hugeleeway for interpretation, though. Evenseemingly subjective questions will only everhave one 100% unambiguously correct answer.The Writing Section (Optional)The ACT Writing section has a 40-minute essay test that measures writing skills—specifically, those writing skills taught in high school English classes and in entry-levelcollege composition courses. The test describes an issue and provides three differentperspectives on the issue. Students are asked to (1) analyze and evaluate theperspectives given, (2) state and develop their own perspective on the issue, and (3)explain the relationship between their perspective and those given.CCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum: https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12

Preparing for the English Section1. Master Ohio’s Learning StandardsLanguage Standards 1-3 and Writing Standards 4-5 are critical to the skills needed on theEnglish section of the ACT. Mastering those in English classes will prepare students for theEnglish section of the ACT. The CCS curriculum resources can be used as tools for mastery.2. Practice with English Content OnlineHere are some great places to hone Grammar, Mechanics, Usage, and Rhetorical contentskills:-No Red Ink https://www.noredink.com/curriculum-Quill https://www.quill.org-The OWL at Purdue https://owl.purdue.edu/owl exercises/index.html-English Grammar https://www.englishgrammar.org3. Review Sample/Practice TestsSeveral online sites allow students to practice for the English section of the ACT:ACT Practice English Questions (ACT ce-test-questions.html?page 0&chapter 0Interactive Practice (Albert.io)https://www.albert.io/act-englishFull TestsACT Guide and Practice Test 2017-18ACT Guide and Practice Test 2016-17ACT Printable Practice Test 2015-2016 (Form 72CPRE)ACT Printable Practice Test 2014-15 (Form 67C)ACT Printable Practice Test 2011-12 (Form 64E)ACT Printable Practice Test 2008-09 (Form 61C)HelpfulArticles/BlogsWhat's Actually Tested on the ACT EnglishSection?A suggestion for managing time on ACTEnglishWorry about when you DO need a comma,not when you don'tThe Complete Guide to ACT Grammar RulesCCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum: https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12

Preparing for the Reading Section1. Master Ohio’s Learning StandardsThe Reading (Literature and Informational Text) Standards 1-10 and Language Standards 4-5 arecritical to the skills needed on the Reading section of the ACT. Mastering those in English classes willprepare students for the Reading section of the ACT. The CCS curriculum resources can be used astools for mastery. Of special note would be the Springboard Reading/Writing Workshops, theProgress to Success workbooks, CommonLit, and the AIR/ACT links at the Standardized TestingQuick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12 .2. Practice with Reading Content OnlineHere are some great places to hone Reading content skills:-CommonLit (Clever Portal)-NewsELA https://newsela.com-Edulastic https://edulastic.com-OpenEd https://www.opened.com/search-EdCite https://www.edcite.com-AIR/ODE Portal lies/-AchievetheCore cy-assessments3. Review Sample/Practice TestsSeveral online sites allow students to practice for the Reading section of the ACT:ACT Practice Reading Questions (ACT ce-test-questions.html?page 0&chapter 0Interactive Practice (Albert.io)https://www.albert.io/act-readingFull TestsACT Guide and Practice Test 2017-18ACT Guide and Practice Test 2016-17ACT Printable Practice Test 2015-2016 (Form 72CPRE)ACT Printable Practice Test 2014-15 (Form 67C)ACT Printable Practice Test 2011-12 (Form 64E)ACT Printable Practice Test 2008-09 (Form 61C)HelpfulArticles/BlogsWhat's Actually Tested on the ACT Readingsection?The 4 Types of ACT Reading Passages YouShould KnowDo ACT Reading passages in order of mostto least interestingShortcut: paragraph "main function"CCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum: https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12

Preparing for the Writing Section1. Master Ohio’s Learning StandardsWriting Standards 1,2, 4, and possibly 6 (if taking the ACT online) are critical to the skillsneeded on the Writing section of the ACT. Mastering those in English classes will preparestudents for the Writing section of the ACT. The CCS curriculum resources can be used astools for mastery. Of special note would be the Springboard Reading/Writing Workshops, theProgress to Success workbooks, CommonLit, and the AIR/ACT links at the StandardizedTesting Quick Link on the ELA 6-12 Webpage https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12 .2. Practice with Writing Content OnlineHere are some great places to hone Writing content skills:-CommonLit (Clever Portal)-NewsELA https://newsela.com-Edulastic https://edulastic.com-OpenEd https://www.opened.com/search-EdCite https://www.edcite.com-AIR/ODE Portal lies/-AchievetheCore cy-assessments3. Review Sample/Practice TestsSeveral online sites allow students to practice for the Writing section of the ACT:ACT Practice Writing Questions (ACT -essays.html?page 0&chapter 0Full TestsACT Guide and Practice Test 2017-18ACT Guide and Practice Test 2016-17ACT Printable Practice Test 2015-2016 (Form 72CPRE)ACT Printable Practice Test 2014-15 (Form 67C)ACT Printable Practice Test 2011-12 (Form 64E)ACT Printable Practice Test 2008-09 (Form 61C)HelpfulArticles/BlogsHow to Write an ACT Essay, Step by StepComplete Guide to ACT WritingACT Writing Guide with TemplatesCCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum: https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12

Overall Resources and Guides for theACTACT Online Test Prep ( p.htmlACT Page to Register for Online Test Prep/Question of the services/the-act/test-preparation.htmlAlbert Interactive Practicehttps://www.albert.io/homeACT Academyhttps://academy.act.orgPrepScholar ACT egiesACT Vocabulary: Words You Must KnowExactly How Long Should You Study for the ACT? 6 Step GuideShould You Guess on the ACT? 5 Guessing StrategiesHow to Get a Perfect ACT Score, by a 36 Full ScorerErica Melter’s The Critical Reader Bloghttps://thecriticalreader.comGreat TestPrep BooksCCS ELA 6-12 Curriculum: https://www.ccsoh.us/English6-12

ACT Guide and Practice Test 2017-18 ACT Guide and Practice Test 2016-17 ACT Printable Practice Test 2015-2016 (Form 72CPRE) ACT Printable Practice Test 2014-15 (Form 67C) ACT Printable Practice Test 2011-12 (Form 64E) ACT Printable Practice Test 2008-09 (Form 61C) 3. Review Sample/Practice