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Examining ACT Essay Examples

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We spend a lot of the time speaing frankly about most of the essential components of a ACT style that is good essay. In this episode we’re going to take a look at some sample essays that were authored by actual students as a result to an ACT style prompt. Furthermore they certainly were graded by actual teachers and evaluated regarding the ACT Rubric, so just a reminder the Rubric will probably consider seven indicators when it comes to ACT within their understanding of task, position, complexity, development, organization, sentences and word grammar and choice. So why don’t we take a look at those essays and discover how they compare well in the scale.
Let’s take a good look at example essay number 1, go directly to the bonus materials and download it. It scored an 11 which means one teacher gave it a five plus one teacher gave it the maximum possible points, which was a six. I’m going to read through the initial paragraph to you but, it could be required for you to definitely get it printed out in front of you. Alright so that it starts, ‘The perennial problem facing schools in the country today is dropout rates. This stubborn blight has refused to go away despite of a variety of methods enacted by schools to eradicate it. In a certain school, two of those methods have now been proposed-either offering free tutoring or offering a wider variety of classes. Even though basic notion of free tutoring sounds attractive, the clear answer lies in offering a wider number of classes, which ultimately encourages students to stay in school.’ This essay goes on to give ample support of facts about why it is vital to give a wider variety of classes and in addition really hummers home a strong counter argument that shows why free tutoring just won’t work. Let us have a look at how it measures up to some of the key indicators that we have discussed earlier. We’re going to lump several of those indicators together only for easy sake since they really go in conjunction. So let’s talk about how it did with ‘task and position.’ This essay did a really solid job of setting within the task, showing a knowledge from it and then taking a position that is strong. Very clearly the essay states, ‘The solution lies in offering a wider variety of classes, which ultimately encourages students in which to stay school.’ They’re not straddling in the fence, they tell you what it is they are going to prove which they is going with ‘the offering a wider selection of classes,’ and gives the reason why. The real reason for this is that ‘it ultimately encourages students in which to stay school.’
Alright why don’t we take a good look at ‘Complexity and development.’ So listed here is in which the readers are really looking for you to show a global view that you have considered various different viewpoints and then supported it with specific examples. Therefore we’re likely to take a look at three spots in this article where this writer does indeed a job that is great. The initial put the writer tops is, ‘the reason that is biggest behind students dropping away from school just isn’t inability but apathy. what my not brighten those paths is tutoring that is free. This method hinges on the belief that is erroneous bad grades lead to dropping out.’ So the reason I pulled this put is a very great example is that this writer presents an extremely interesting premise, instead of just saying we usually have a wider number of classes me correct the prompt actually. since it provides motivation, this writer variety of is out on a limb and says ‘well let’ Instead of stating that ‘the problems with schools is dropping out due to inability’ which will be what suggested I’m going to venture out there and say it’s actually apathy. Therefore it suggests an interesting premise which really is great complexity there. Another neat thing that this essay does is ‘Although the idea of free tutoring sounds attractive, offering a wider number of classes to attract students of every stripe is thus the preferred method.’ So here we have that counter argument. Like we said in the counter argument episode is the way to create that strong counter argument so it introduces this idea ‘although the idea of free tutoring sounds attractive,’ but then it goes ahead and dismisses it.
Finally the essay says ‘The encouragement produced by an interesting class often spills into other classes as well. when a student is interested in a course, he is encouraged to exert effort harder.’ Here an example is had by us. Now I think this example could be a little little more specific by referring to a specific student or perhaps specific classes and perhaps this is exactly why one of many scorers gave it a five in place of a six. But it is a great backup, it’s good support to exhibit that offering a wider variety of classes will actually encourage students in which to stay school, so very strong complexity, very development.

Organization wise essay number a person is solid, it’s logical, it introduces the counter argument also it really expands regarding the arguments that it’s making.

The one very nice benefit of this can be that essay no. 1 is a great exemplory instance of using natural transitions. Therefore we talked concerning this in an early on episode, but let me reveal just a really solid example. In essay writer the event that you glance at the end of body paragraph no. 1 it ends with the sentence, ‘Furthermore, their grades improve various other classes because of this, brightening their paths to graduation.’