The writing portion on the ACT is optional, but people recommend students to take it anyway in case they chose to go to a college that wants to see a writing score. The writing portion is timed, allowing only thirty minutes for students to answer a persuasive prompt . When testing is over the prompts are sent to the ACT grading center and are graded by a six-point rubric.
I know that if I took it a few years ago and had to refresh my memory, then high school teachers would probably have to do the same. I write this for the teachers because I know how it feels to be a student who stresses about the quality of their future.
With only thirty minutes to answer an unpredictable prompt, construct an idea, brainstorm, and compose, you start to wonder if it's possible to make a perfect score. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I wasn't exposed to a lot of persuasive writing when I took the writing portion, so I made an average score. Now that I'm much more educated in writing, I the know methods and skills I wish I had. Share this with your students.
- Practice and accept that you can't predict your prompt.
- Develop an outline to follow (use about five-ten minutes)
- Develop a brief counter argument to be ethical and use rhetoric to diminish the counterargument.
- Signpost through topic sentences.
- Remember sentence fluency and paragraph unity.
- Make sure it's organized and developed. Correct any grammar, mechanics errors, and misspelling.
If anybody knows any more tips please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll make a new post highlighting them and giving credit to you. Thanks!