ACT Prep: Spring 2017 Lesson Plans & Resources
Work in SD MyLife on Career Activities. Work in TCA Test Prep
Read or work on I-Search Paper
Complete the SDMyLife Adventure is Calling Activity
Return to your Google Doc Reflection from last week.
---If you did NOT write the required 4-6 sentences for each question last week, finish that.
---Now that you have your scores back, complete this checklist:
1. Print a screen shot of your scores or print enough so that your name and your 4 subject area and composite scores show.
2. Documenting & Analyzing your Growth:
Answer these questions in your Google Doc Reflection
The numbers below pick up where you left off in your Google Doc:
#6.. Using your ACT folder, create a 3-column by 6 row table in your Google Doc that shows earliest subtest and composite scores for the 1st ACT you took back in September or October. Put the dates across the top of column 2 and 3. Put the Name of the Subtest and the word Composite in rows 2-6. (See image above!)
Answer ALL of these questions in COMPLETE SENTENCES.
#7. What was your highest subject area score? My highest... or Math was my...
#8. What was your lowest subject area score?
#9. In which subject area did you improve the MOST?
#10. In which subject are did you improve the LEAST?
#11. Was there any subtest where you did worse than the first time?
#12. In the English test, which sub-score was higher, Usage & Mechanics or Rhetorical Skills?
#13. In the Math test, which type of questions did you do the WORST on? algebra, geometry, and trigonometry
#14. Of the 4 scores (English, Math, Reading, Science), which was the score that most surprised you? Why?
#15. Of the 4 scores (English, Math, Reading, Science), which was the score that most disappointed you? Why?
#16. Will you plan to take the test again? If YES, why and what will be your goal score? If NO, why--what does your current score mean for you?
3. Print your Google Doc Reflection.
4. Staple your scores to your Google Doc Reflection.
5. Give both to me.
Complete Post-High Research Activity School comparison
In a Google Doc, write a ONE-PAGE double-spaced reflection that addresses these five questions. Type just your name and then number each question. I would suggest one short paragraph for each question. Do NOT answer Yes or No anywhere in your paragraphs. Write complete sentences! Paragraphs are never less than 3 sentences; shoot for 4-6 sentences for each response. Kudos to Mrs. Merkwan for writing the questions!
Growth occurs though REFLECTION!!
1. Did you finish all of the sections in the allotted time? If not which ones did you not finish and how many questions did you have left? On questions that you weren't able to get to because you ran out of time, did you fill in an answer choice anyway?
2. How did the test meet your expectations — Was it easier than you thought? Which section was easiest for you? Which was more difficult? Longer? Shorter? In other words, were you prepared?
3. Now that you have taken the test, what would you do differently if you were to take the test again? Address both before and during the test.
4. What section(s) did you feel you were the most prepared for? Least prepared for? WHY?
5. How did you feel physically taking the test? Did you get tired? Hungry? What would you do differently or what advice would you provide others who will be taking the test about preparing physically?
4/3: 5 days until the ACT
ACT Week Activity including pp.663-669
Where is your ticket?
View: 24 Hours To Test Time!
View: Best Test-Taking Strategies
View: Tips for the Day Before the Test
View: The New ACT: Changes You Should Know About
View: How to Cram for the ACT
View: 10 Tricks to raise your score
View: What to Pack for the ACT
Previous Days' Lessons:
This is it! Last official reading practices! Next week you'll move on to Science.
We'll do the last four separate tests today--on bubble sheets
Before you leave, turn in the sheet where you have been tallying times and scores.
How to Stop Running Out of Time on ACT Reading
Ten Tips to Quickly Improve ACT Reading Score from Magoosh
4. Today you'll practice Reading Improvement Strategies for the #1 problem students identify on the Reading subtest: NOT ENOUGH TIME!
ACT Speedreading Tip of the Day
How to Speed Read
1. Speedreading Activity
2. Another Speedreading Activity
Speedreading Practice #3
Speedreading Practice #5
1. Speedreading short sentences then answering questions
2. Speedreading longer sentences with questions
3. Speedreading even LONGER passages with questions
Do Timed Humanities & Science Passages & Questions
Monday 3/20--19 Days until the ACT!
Reading! PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE
1. Look at your 2 previous reading scores (last fall and March 8) How much better does it need to be to reach your goal score for the ACT?
2. Did you try the strategy of saving the first passage (PROSE) for last?
3. Did you try the strategy of not bubbling every answer until the end of each passage or the end of the test?
4. Now that you have taken a practice reading test, review this video we watched BEFORE the test Three Ways to Increase Your Reading Score
4. Watch and TRY Using Your Fingers to Read Faster!
As we work our way through these activities today, keep adding to
THIS QUICKTOPIC POST
1. Fill out time chart for 4 passages. Use your fingers!
2. Complete a Prose and a Natural Sciences passage.
3. Assignment: pp. 358-365. Choose TWO of the reading passages to time and score!
After Lunch: Take and score ACT Reading Practice Test for baseline (Test #3 from McGraw Hill)
1. Introduction to the Reading Subtest
2. Reading Test Strategies
Three Ways to Increase Your Reading Score
4 Key Things to Know about ACT Reading Test
#1 Secret Tip from Supertutor
The Best 3-Step Strategy for the ACT Reading Test
Assignment: Take the Reading Practice Test ONE PASSAGE AT A TIME, recording the time it takes you to read and answer all questions for each. Record your time on each page of your book.
Register for the ACT
Go to ACT Registration Page
You can complete everything UP TO paying for it if you don't have credit card info today. You can do that part at home with a parent.
You will not be able to print your admission ticket until you pay.
Your admission ticket is a grade requirement for this class due by next week!
You will eventually be prompted to upload a photo. Use your infinite campus school photo.
Timed Practice: Remember the English test has 5 passages to complete in 45 minutes=9 minutes each passage.
You'll have 18 minutes to do Passage 1 and 2 from 2005-2006 ACT Exam.
For the ones you got wrong, view to understand why!
Correct Passage 1 (15 min)
Correct Passage 2 (14 min)
After lunch take final English practice test--45 minutes. I will correct them.
If your English scores are good but you want to make them even better
read THESE TIPS
Report and record practice test score(s) on worksheet in folder--
Go over practice1 test
Register for ACT
New packet (parallel structure, misplaced and dangling modifiers)
look at pp. 197-204
Assign: pp. 207 bottom (Strategies) through p. 221
Focus on Rhetorical Skills Questions:
1. Transitions on the ACT
**Transitions are the MOST COMMONLY TESTED rhetorical skill on ACT. Review this info!
2. Diction--Choosing the Right Word
3. Wordiness & Redundancy
4. View Rhetorical Skills Questions
Then complete packet with these practice Activities for Rhetorical Skills practice: (Topic 21: Avoiding Wordy Sentences, Topic 19 Choosing the Right Word, Topic 24 Coherence and Transitions, Topic 23 Unity in Paragraphs, Topic 25 Varying the Structure of your paragraphs, Revising Sentences in Paragraphs, Combining Sentences in Paragraphs).
Assign: Practice Test #2 pg. 328. Record on answer sheet. Time yourself and score the test!
Record practice test score
Collect the pronoun packets!
Take the 8 comma quizzes ( no names)
Score comma quizzes
Other Errors we Need to Address Quickly:
Read about Double Negatives
Practice Recognizing Double Negatives
View: ACT Idioms
All the ACT Idioms You will Need to Know
View: Cliche on the ACT
Do packet (Avoiding cliches & slang, Double Negatives, Faulty Idioms)
Go to SDMyLife, Method Test Prep, Lesson 38 (Homophones) and 58 (It's, Its)
Collect Pronoun Packet (Pro Ref & Shift, Pro Ant Agreement, Who/Whom)
ACT English Strategy handout
Intro to Commas on the ACT--Yay! Most of you just studied commas in English class!
View: ACT Bootcamp: Commas
View: ACT: 4 Major Comma Tips
View When to Use Commas on the ACT
View to Review: How to Correct Punctuation Errors
Killing Me with Commas Activity.
1. 14 Comma Rules-read through together
2. Now practice: Comma Quiz
3. Comma Usage Quiz: Click Start
4. Comma Exercises (3 pages stapled)
Correct comma usage packet
Timed Punctuation Quizzes with a focus on commas and comma splices
The Real ACT is 75 questions in 45 minutes. If you do the math, that means that you can spend very close to 6 minutes on every 10 questions. Let's practice today within that time limit using an ACT passage of 10 question.
4. Take ACT Comma Usage quiz at Quia
5. Another comma error tested on the ACT is Comma Splices. What is a comma splice? A comma splice occurs when a writer uses a comma between two sentences where there should be something stronger, like a period or semicolon. Comma splices can also be corrected by using a FANBOYS construction or by subordinating one of the two independent clauses.
Comma Splice: It's important to study for the ACT, it's the only way to do well.
Corrected with semicolon: It's important to study for the ACT; it's the only way to do well.
Corrected with period: It's important to study for the ACT. It's the only way to do well.
Corrected with subordination: Because it's the only way to do well, it's important to study for the ACT.
View to Review: ACT English Test Comma Usage Comma Splice
View to Review: How to Fix Comma Splices
Now Practice with Comma Splices
1. The Comma Splice
2. Comma Splice Quiz
3. Multiple Choice Quiz: Comma Splices
Assignment: Do English practice test on pg. 42! Time yourself! Score your test!
Collect the pronoun packets on Tuesday! Take the 8 comma quizzes on Tuesday!
Collect S-V Agreement and Who/Whom worksheets (3 total pages)
Right after S-V agreement, comes Pronoun Reference & Agreement!
View: Vague Pronoun Reference
View: Two Pronoun Errors You Need to Avoid on ACT
Practice: Pronoun Case: Nominative Case
Practice: Pronoun Case: Objective Case
Practice: SV Agreement & Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
Practice: Faulty Pronouns Exercise 1
Practice: Ignore the info at the top of this page. It's obviously the wrong info! Do this Who or Whom:
Practice: Broad Pronoun Reference
Practice: Read each pair of sentences here: Avoiding Vague Prounoun Reference--After you type in the answers,get my attention and I'll bring over a key to check your responses!
Practice: Vague Pronoun Reference
**Record all of the scores on these activities on the half sheet I provide.
For more practice log in to SDMyLife, Method Test Prep, Week 14, Lesson 54 on Pronoun Antecedent Agreement
Assignments outside of class: Complete Pronoun Packet (Pro Ref & Shift, Pro Ant Agreement, Who/Whom)
Take time to Read: Pronoun Agreement on the ACT
Take time to Read: Pronoun Case on the ACT
Monday 1/30--Skill and Drill
More Subject-Verb Agreement
View: ACT English Bootcamp: S-V Agreement
View: Vector ACT S-V Agreement
Go over the 5 practice exercises in S-V Agreement packet
Practice with the 6 S-V Agreement Practice tests in packet
Practice with pp 15-20 of Grammar & Writing for the ACT on S-V Agreement
Who/Whom Highlighted Rule Sheet
Who, Whom, Whoever, Whomever 2 sided quiz
Now log in to SDMyLife with your login card.
1. Click Go to ACT Test Prep
2. Scroll down to Week 12, Lesson 46
3. Click I understand box
4. Do the S-V Agreement/Who vs. Whom quiz
Take home Assignment: S-V Agreement (do both sides) and Who/Who
Previous Days' Lessons
Collect all of the verb tense, adj/adv practice activities
Introduce Subject-Verb Agreement
**The most tested grammatical rule on the ACT is Subject-Verb Agreement
Example: The owner of the bicycles ARE going to sell them. (IS is the correct verb)
View: Subject-Verb Agreement Rules and Tricky Scenarios
Review: S-V Agreement Rules
Review: S-V Agreement Rules
Read: Subject-Verb Agreement for ACT English: Tips & Practice
Handouts in class.
1. In the Practice Packet, go to the Let's Practice set of 20 questions on the 8th piece of paper in the packet (St. Dominic HS). In addition to choosing correct verb form, also record the Rule number!
2. Keep reading in the packet. Do Practice 1, 2, 3 & 4 on pp. 40-42.
Turn in grammar review (homophones, adjective/adverbs, verbs) packet. Did you write the sentences on the last page?
In class today, complete the assignments on
--Homophones (words that sound alike)
--Comparatives (more and most, or -er and -est)
Review ACT practice English scores.
Go through answer explanations.
Record scores for English Practice Test. Put score sheet in folder.
On a sticky, record 5 (five) numbers that you still don't understand after reading the explanations. I'll tally those and we'll go over the questions most identified as causing problems.
Today's Focus: Adjectives & Adverbs, Homophones, Verb Tense
Adjectives and Adverbs
ACT Tips on Adjectives and Adverbs
Adjective or Adverb?
Good vs. Well
Most Commonly Tested Homophones on ACT: There/Their/They're, It's vs. Its
Irregular Verbs on ACT
Verb Tenses on ACT
Assignment: Worksheet packet
Find 45 minutes this weekend to do the practice ACT English test in book on pg. 42-53. Try to simulate test conditions if possible!
1. Your grade for this assignment will be to show me completed and scored test.
2. No one sees your score but me. Our only goal is to work to improve, so be honest as you are correcting so we can get a clear understanding of where you are at now and what you need to work on.
AFTER YOU FINISH TAKING THE ENGLISH PRACTICE TEST...
3. Turn to and read pg. 96 in prep book: "Scoring Your Practice Test."
4. Use the English Scoring Key on pg. 97 to score your practice test. Follow the instructions to complete Step 1 and Step 2 on pp. 97 and 98, recording your RAW score.
5. Then turn to pg. 100 and read Step 4. Use the English column on the Conversion Table to determine what your scaled ACT score would be.
6. Go back to the Bubble Sheet where you recorded your answers and write your SCALED ENGLISH score in the Score box on the GREEN side of the Bubble Sheet. DON'T get stressed if your score isn't where you thought it should be. That's why you're here!! :-)
7. Finally, turn to pg. 108 and read the paragraph on Reviewing Explanatory Answers. All of the ANSWERS to the test you just took are on page 109-137. Go back to EACH of the questions you missed and read the explanations of the right and wrong answers.
Remember: Practice makes PROGRESS NOT perfect! You CAN improve your score with practice, practice, practice!
Turn in Scavenger Hunt
View tutorials on the ACT English Test & Answer 3 built-in review questions for each
A. What to Expect on the ACT English Test (3:36)
B. Managing Your Time on the ACT English Test (2:47)
C. Test Taking Strategies on the ACT English Test (3:45)
D. Punctuation & Grammar on the ACT English Test (5:26)
IMPORTANT ACT ENGLISH TIPS: Remember the ACT is a STANDARDIZED PREDICTABLE Test!
1. There will be 5 passages on this test. DON'T spend more than 1 1/2 minutes on each passage and no more than 30 seconds on each question!
2. 40 Questions (53%) are Usage & Mechanics
10 Punctuation Questions (13%)
12 Grammar/Usage Questions (16%)
18 Sentence Structure Questions (24%)
3. 35 Questions (47%) are Rhetorical Skills (strategy, organization and style)
12 Strategy Questions (16%)--Does the writing do what the author intended
11 Organization Questions (15%)--
12 Style Questions (16%)
Take English practice test
The test is 45 minutes with 75 QuestionsLesson Plans for ACT Prep
If you are not prepared to PRACTICE and take & score tests to improve EVERY single day, this isn't the class for you!
Discuss Calendar (subject to change but we will notify you well in advance!)
Review Course Expectations
Getting to know the ACT
Pre-test: What Do You Know About the ACT Kahoot
Fill out Course Survey
Peruse the Official ACT Prep Guide
Log in to wiley.com
Read about ACT Scoring
Explore at ACT site and complete the Scavenger Hunt
Create an ACT Web Account
Assignment: Read through pg. 33 for Wednesday. We will take and score our first English practice test on Wednesday.
Expectations Reminders--You MUST be committed to practice and improvement! No cell at the real ACT.
No cell in here.
Method Test Prep at SDMyLife or Here
Free Practice Tests HERE
English Test Resources
English ACT Test Preparation Tutorial at Sophia
ACT Grammar Review
ACT Reading Review
Reading Test Resources
Reading ACT Test Preparation Tutorial at Sophia
Writing Test Resources
Writing Test Preparation Tutorial at Sophia
Math Test Resources
Math Test Preparation Tutorials at Sophia
Science Test Resources
Science Test Preparation Tutorials at Sophia