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Ideas for Progress: Range 1–12

ACT Explore/ACT Plan/The ACT Reading

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

Score Range 1–12
Main Ideas and Author's Approach
  • locate details in a literary text that suggest the author's or narrator's intent
  • speculate about an author's or narrator's beliefs, motives, or thinking
Supporting Details
  • write, exchange, and answer a series of questions that examine significant details presented in a text
  • locate and discuss details presented in a text (e.g., who, what, where)
Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
  • use various strategies (e.g., timelines, event chains, discussion) to determine whether an event occurred and, if so, when it occurred
  • discuss an issue of interest, determining how past events affected the present
  • 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) that indicate cause-effect relationships
Meanings of Words
  • use various resources (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus) to explore connotations of familiar words or descriptive language
Generalizations and Conclusions
  • recognize generalizations about the main character in a literary text
  • combine several pieces of information to make a reasonable generalization about a specific character
  • make predictions about characters and events presented in a literary text, verifying or rejecting those predictions and making new ones as they read