September 23, Author: Robert Kohen The ACT recently changed the format of the optional essay, debuting the new essay on the September exam. From September on, all essay prompts will require you to not only respond to a specific question, but to also read and address three unique perspectives on the question. Unfortunately, the ACT has only released a meager two sample prompts for you to preview.
Restate the first point of view. State your thesis AND include the type of examples you will use. Introduction with a transition 2 — 4. Details about your example 5. Introduction to your example with a transition 2 — 4.
Use a concluding transition word, mention the examples you used and state that they clearly support your thesis 2. A Zinger just like a hook, except it is used at the last sentence of the entire essay Sample Prompt Educators debate extending high school to five years because of increasing demands on students from employers and colleges to participate in extracurricular activities and community service in addition to having high grades.
Some educators support extending high school to five years because they think students need more time to achieve all that is expected of them.
Other educators do not support extending high school to five years because they think students would lose interest in school and attendance would drop in the fifth year. In your opinion, should high school be extended to five years?
In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your position. Some people think that high school should be five years instead of four years long. Others contend that extending the length of high school will not be beneficial for students.
Schools should not change the four-year schedule because an additional year will cost too much money, students will lose motivation, and a fifth year would be stressful. Introduction with a transition. Details about your example. In schools across the country, students are already suffering from budget cuts, and an extra year would simply compound the problem.
No matter how much a fifth year might help, to take away from the existing budget would lead to fewer supplies to go around, larger class sizes, and further under-compensated educators.
In short, no matter how enjoyable a fifth year may be to teenagers, schools simply cannot afford it. Introduction to your example with a transition. College sounds fun and exciting, and high school is the hurdle standing in the way. High schoolers want to live in dorms, eat in a dining hall, and sleep in to noon.
To deny them of that opportunity for an entire year would decrease the likelihood of them following through with that dream. It is tempting to require a fifth year of high school to help teenagers develop life skills that are beneficial in the job market, but colleges provide that help without the added stress of attending a school that is determined based on geography alone.
High school students across America feel marginalized within their schools because they cannot find friends who have the same interests. College allows for personal and creative freedom that leads to self-assurance and general satisfaction. The process of advancing through high school as a springboard into advanced studies may not be perfect, but extending the journey could be disastrous.
Any issue that a high school currently faces will not get any better by adding a fifth year. Everything from violence to drop-out rates to lack of interest in extracurricular programs will be exacerbated by the implementation of a fifth year of high school.An ACT-authorized prep book, with three practice tests, each with an optional writing test, plus access to hundreds of additional questions online.
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Go to chapter ACT Writing Test Practice Flashcards About The Course The ACT writing test is an optional writing component on the ACT that tests essay-writing and related skills. The ACT essay plan below has been modified from our ACT Essay Tips article to fit the new ACT Writing Test.
The template includes three sections: planning, writing and revising. If you practice using this template to write ACT essays, you'll get much faster and (probably) more precise. The essays have been typed exactly as each student wrote his or her essay, without corrections to spelling, punctuation, or paragraph breaks.
Practice using sample essay 1. . For additional Writing Prompts to practice with, you also might want to consider purchasing the most recent Official ACT Prep Guide, which includes four additional official essay prompts.
While you'll see many different topics asked about on the ACT essay section, there is in fact only one ACT Writing Prompt (and three types of perspectives.