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Ideas for Progress: Reading, Range 1–12

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 1–12 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 1–12
Key Ideas and Details Close Reading
  • locate and discuss details presented in a text (e.g., who, what, where, when)
  • recognize generalizations about the main character in a literary narrative
  • combine several pieces of information to draw a logical conclusion about a specific character
  • make predictions about characters and events presented in a literary narrative, verify or reject those predictions, and make new ones while reading
Central Ideas, Themes, and Summaries
  • determine what a literary narrative is generally about, organizing the text’s information into general statements that are supported by details from the text
  • use various strategies (e.g., timelines, event chains, discussion) to determine when an event occurred in increasingly challenging texts
  • locate evidence in a text that explicitly states why an event or a series of events occurred
  • search for patterns or clues (e.g., signal words like because or so) that indicate cause-effect relationships
Craft and Structure Word Meanings and Word Choice
  • use various resources (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus) to explore connotations of familiar words or descriptive language
Text Structure
  • identify the function (e.g., to inform, to elaborate on an idea, to give an example) of specific parts of a text
Purpose and Point of View
  • locate details in a literary narrative that suggest the author’s or narrator’s intent
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Arguments
  • recognize that an argument has several elements to it (e.g., premise or claim, supporting evidence, conclusions, assumptions)
Multiple Texts
  • understand that comparing relationships across texts can provide new insights about an idea or person, including important, unusual, or startling similarities or differences