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Ideas for Progress: Range 16–19

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT English

To enhance their skills in each English-related strand, students who score in the 16–19 score range may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 16–19
Topic Development in Terms of Purpose and Focus
  • continue reading writers of various genres and imitating their work
  • write longer and more complicated essays, stories, reviews, etc.
  • state the main theme of or summarize essays they have written
  • revise essays by eliminating sentences or ideas that violate the essay's focus
Organization, Unity, and Coherence
  • recognize and experiment with more sophisticated organizational structures (e.g., comparison-contrast, cause-effect)
  • revise writing to delete illogical conjunctive adverbs
  • discuss the most logical place to add specific information in a draft essay
  • discuss the purpose and the importance of the opening paragraph for directing the rest of the piece
Word Choice in Terms of Style, Tone, Clarity, and Economy
  • revise writing to make it more concise and precise
  • discuss and model tone and style
Sentence Structure and Formation
  • experiment with writing more sophisticated sentences; check to ensure verbs agree with subjects and modifiers don't dangle
Conventions of Usage
  • revise sentences to ensure that each verb agrees with its subject when there is some text between the two
Conventions of Punctuation
  • use commas to set off parenthetical phrases