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Ideas for Progress: Reading, Range 13–15

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 13–15 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 13–15
Key Ideas and Details Close Reading
  • scan a text to locate specific details (e.g., dates, specialized terms, facts)
  • draw reasonable conclusions about people and situations using evidence presented in increasingly challenging texts
Central Ideas, Themes, and Summaries
  • work with peers to create logical statements about the main idea of simple paragraphs
  • analyze how an author or narrator uses description, dialogue, and action to suggest relationships between characters in written or nonprint sources (e.g., films, ads)
  • read portions of a literary narrative, predicting how a person’s actions would likely impact a specific situation
  • use various strategies (e.g., questioning, role-playing) to determine plausible cause-effect relationships in increasingly challenging texts
Craft and Structure Word Meanings and Word Choice
  • explain how an author’s or narrator’s choice of words can shape a topic and affect a reader’s opinion
  • examine specific language in a text and propose plausible interpretations based in part on the reader’s viewpoints and experiences
Text Structure
  • determine which sentences in a text are essential to understanding the author’s or narrator’s intended message
  • identify the author’s or narrator’s reasons for including specific information in the text
Purpose and Point of View
  • speculate about an author’s or narrator’s values, motives, or thinking in increasingly challenging texts
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Arguments
  • locate evidence that verifies or contradicts a specific point made by the author or narrator
Multiple Texts
  • draw comparisons across texts and determine if they are fair (e.g., balanced and impartial) and appropriate