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Ideas for Progress: Reading, Range 24–27

To enhance their skills in each reading-related strand, students who score in the 24–27 score range on the ACT® college readiness assessment may benefit from activities that encourage them to do the following:

Score Range 24–27
Key Ideas and Details Close Reading
  • explain aspects or characteristics of people, objects, events, or ideas
Central Ideas, Themes, and Summaries
  • read between the lines of a challenging text to develop a reasonable interpretation of the central theme(s) or main point(s)
  • divide challenging texts into sections, determining the key points for each section
  • summarize one or more paragraphs of a complex text and evaluate the quality of the summary based on specific criteria (e.g., accuracy, suitability, succinctness)
  • read texts containing challenging sequences (e.g., flashback, flashforward), discussing how the order of events affects understanding of the text
  • explain how altering a series of events would likely change the outcome of a situation or the actions of the characters
  • identify stated or implied relationships between ideas and/or people and explain how those relationships develop over the course of the text
  • identify clues in a challenging text that suggest possible motives for and effects of a person’s actions
Craft and Structure Word Meanings and Word Choice
  • predict how changes to the wording of a complex text might convey a different tone or attitude (e.g., from persuasive to serious)
  • analyze figurative and technical language in the media, relating some instances to a personal experience
  • develop and use strategies for deciphering the meanings of words or phrases embedded in richly figurative, academic, or technical contexts
Text Structure
  • determine the primary purpose of specific sections of a text in relation to the text as a whole
  • explain how text structures (e.g., cause-effect, comparison/contrast) are used to achieve the author’s purpose(s) in complex texts
Purpose and Point of View
  • identify subtle evidence that conveys the author’s or narrator’s point of view in complex texts
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Arguments
  • interpret and integrate details in a complex text in order to verify or contradict a specific point or claim made by the author, narrator, or reader
Multiple Texts
  • connect details within and across literary narratives to make reasonable conclusions about a person, event, problem, or idea