ACT READING SECTION

 

The Reading section of the ACT has four passages. You will be asked 40 questions to be answered in 35 minutes. There are various types of questions that will be asked:

  1. Main Idea questions that ask about the passage as a whole.books-2337525_1920
  2. Inference and writer’s view questions that ask you to understand something that isn’t directly stated in the passage.
  3. Detail questions that ask about specific parts of the passage.
  4. Vocabulary-in-context questions that ask about a word as it is used in the passage.
  5. Function questions that ask about the purpose of a specific part of the passage.

To tackle all of this, you just need to be quick and methodical. Below are some tips to help you approach this section of the ACT.

 

THE ACT ENGLISH SECTION

libraryOn the ACT, there are three ‘English-related’ sections: English, Reading and Writing. As you prepare for the test, you should keep a few things in mind that will help you get a higher score. Let’s look at the English section today.

WRITING IN NATURE

pine-273826_1280On a clear day last month, I took a group of young writers outside. With paper and pen in hand, we spread out to write—one went into a small wooded area, a few sat in the grass, another climbed up a large oak, and a couple of them sat at tables under trees.

Nature is a good place for a writer—young or experienced—to begin. To get you started on your outdoor writing adventure, here are some ideas.

WHY WRITING IS IMPORTANT

Posted on January 16, 2017

adult-1850177_1280Writing well is an important skill when your English essay is due. It’s also important if you wish to pursue a career in journalism, editing, or content writing. However, writing well has many benefits, and a list from Marquette University tells us what makes writing so important.

 

HOW AN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IS CHANGING A PERUVIAN COMMUNITY

group“The goal of my job,” Carlos says, “is to help a community that is heavily dependent on its environment but don’t understand what or why things are happening around them. One of the projects I have launched in my community is a free education program by way of environmental videos and lectures, where I coordinate the screening of science documentaries.”

FILM ADAPTATIONS OF LITERATURE–PART TWO

Posted on January 7, 2017

the_jungle_book_poster_key_artWe might find that our “books-to-read” list is getting long or our child’s patience with reading is getting short. Reading is essential to a solid education and to becoming a strong writer, but we can give our young readers (and ourselves) a “break” without losing all the benefits of reading a book.

TIPS FOR TRAVELING IN A COUNTRY WHERE YOU DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE

drawingNot knowing the language of a country that you’re visiting is not unusual. Many people love to be in new countries and experience new cultures, and traveling is an invaluable addition to one’s education—but we can’t simply pick up a language in a few weeks or even months. However, we shouldn’t let these language barriers prevent us from exploring the world around us.

IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH GRAMMAR BY LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Posted on December 31, 2016

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Learning a foreign language draws our focus to the mechanics of language: grammar, conjugations, idioms, and sentence structure. If we want a better hold of English and we want to improve our reading and writing skills, we should remember the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

 

TIPS FROM A LINGUIST: HOW TO BE A BETTER WRITER

Posted on May 2, 2016

Writing well can be challenging, and the work is sometimes intimidating. In an effort to make the process easier for all of us, Eric Barker of Time reached out to Steven Pinker to talk about the rules and science behind good writing.

 

WRITING IDEAS

Posted on April 23, 2016

Finding a topic isn’t always easy. There are many strategies for comingup with ideas based on a particular subject—brainstorming, freewriting, and mapping are all great ways to think of ideas for an essay.

 

FILM ADAPTATIONS OF LITERATURE

Posted on March 25, 2016

Nothing can replace reading a great book. But watching a good film adaptation might be wizard of ozthe next best thing.

It’s also a great way to write about literary elements such as theme, plot, and character without reading a book. When crunched for time—or when your “books-to-read” list has grown too long—watching a movie can provide a fabulous source for writing and critical thinking. Just as we write literary analysis, we can write film analysis.

However, watching a film adaptation can either be a great experience or a letdown. How many times have you heard or said “The book was better”?  To help you choose a film for you or your child to watch, here are list of great movies adapted from young adult and children’s books.

 

PUNCTUATION HABITS OF AUTHORS

Posted on March 9, 2016

Ernest Hemingway loves the period. Jane Austin loves the comma. Meanwhile Cormac
McCarthy ignores everything but the comma, period, and question mark.

 

STUDY FINDS THAT HOMESCHOOLERS GET MORE SLEEP; SUGGESTS A LATER START IN THE MORNING FOR TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS

Posted on March 7, 2016

Study finds that homeschoolers get more sleep; suggests a later start in the morning for traditionalarmal high schools

In a recent study, researchers determined that teenagers who are homeschooled benefit from healthier sleep habits than those who go to private and public schools. The findings of the study provide additional evidence of teens’ altered biological clocks and support an argument for starting traditional high school later in the morning.

 

AN EXCELLENT SOURCE FOR LITERATURE

Posted on March 6, 2016

A website simply named “American Literature” has a lot to offer. The site consists of lists like “Short Stories for Middle Schoolers” and a page of “American Literature Classics Library.”reading