How to Craft the ACT Essay

How to Craft the ACT Essay

The 40-minute essay format demands persuasion and analysis. Students are provided with three perspectives on a topic and asked to "evaluate and analyze" the perspectives, "state and develop" your own perspective, and to then "explain the relationship" between the 3 perspectives and their own. Here's a sample from ACT.org Intelligent Machines Many of the goods and services we depend on daily are now supplied by intelligent, automated machines rather than human beings. Robots build cars and other goods on assembly lines, where once there were human workers. Many of our phone conversations are now conducted not with people but with sophisticated technologies. We can now buy goods at a variety of stores without the help of a human cashier. Automation is generally seen as a sign of progress, but what is lost when we replace humans with machines? Given the accelerating variety and prevalence of intelligent machines, it is worth examining the implications and meaning of their presence in our lives. Perspective One: What we...
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A Template for the SAT Essay

A Template for the SAT Essay

The new essay allows twice as much time to write (over the previous SAT essay), but demands much deeper analysis: The student is asked to read and analyze a 700 word fact-based passage and develop an essay describing how the writer builds the presented argument. All passages will have these things in common: Written for a wide audience Argue a point Express nuanced views on complex subjects Use logical reasoning and evidence to support claims Examine ideas, issues, or trends in the arts and sciences, or civic, cultural, or political life Excerpted from published works   The prompt will always ask how the author uses: evidence, such as facts or examples, to support claims. reasoning to develop ideas and to connect claims and evidence. stylistic or persuasive elements, such as word choice or appeals to emotion, to add power to the ideas expressed. The assignment is to craft an essay explaining how the author creates an argument to convince or persuade the reader. In...
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