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ACT Prep
ACT Prep:  English and Reading Tests, Science, Math
 
Mr. Roden: 325
Mr. Beal
Mr. Nail

Course Description:  The purpose of ACT Prep at Lebanon High School is to help college-bound juniors and seniors better prepare for the ACT examination. The course will provide an overview of the test, including: English, math, reading, science. Students will be given time to complete simulated ACT examinations. Copies of the ACT Prep Guide and access to online resources will be provided for each student.


This class is designed for juniors and seniors wishing to raise their ACT scores..

Contact Information: 

Mr. Roden:  I have no conference block, but you can email at croden@lebanon.k12.mo.us or the ISS room at 532-9144, ext. 1325


English Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO’s)

Test-Taking Strategies
1.    Students will be able to use specific strategies associated with common patterns and distracters found on the ACT English and reading sections.
2.    Students will be able to use helpful hints prior to and during the ACT exam to increase their success.
ACT English Prep
1.    Students will be able to analyze the basic rhetorical elements of writing.
2.    Topic Development in Terms of Purpose and Focus
3.    Organization, Unity, and Coherence
4.    Word Choice in Terms of Style, Tone, Clarity, and Economy

Conventions of Usage
1.    Students will be able to demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing.
2.    Sentence Structure and Formation
3.    Students will be able to demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
4.    Conventions of Punctuation

ACT Reading Prep
1.    Students will be able to comprehend and analyze reading passages to select appropriate answers to ACT formatted multiple choice questions that address the following skills and concepts:
2.    Main Ideas and Author’s Approach
3.    Supporting Details
4.    Sequential, Comparative, and Cause-Effect Relationships
5.    Meanings of Words
6.    Generalizations and Conclusions

Science Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO’s)

1. Students will be familiar with the format of the science-reasoning test, and understand the main focus of the test is the scientific process and not scientific content.
    a. Recognize that much of the specific scientific detail given in a passage will not be relevant to answering the question.
2. Students will be able to identify the steps in the testing taking process.
    a. Identify the three types of passages on the science-reasoning test.
    b. Each student will be able to choose and understand an appropriate pacing strategy for themselves.
    c. Each student will know how much time to spend looking at the diagrams and tables on data interpretation passages. 
    d. Know how to make helpful marks on the tables and or diagrams.
    e. Know what information to highlight when they look at the tables or diagrams.
    f. Know how much time to spend reading the experiments before going to the questions
3. Students will apply their knowledge about data interpretation passages to the test.
    a. Apply the general principles of how to approach data interpretation passages to the real ACT.
    b. Estimate from a table or diagram using interpolation and extrapolation
    c. Recognize what changes between experiments
    d. Determine “effects of” and “effects on” information in each experiment.
4. Students will apply the principles of how to approach research summary passages in real ACT tests.
    a. Recognize that the larger the sample, the more accurate the measure.
    b. Know how much time they will need to spend reading a conflicting viewpoint passage.
    c. Know how to read for the heart of the conflict.
    d. Recognize that neither viewpoint can be concluded as being correct just by the information provided in the passage.
    e. Identify the “effects of” and the “effects on” variables in an experiment and how that relates to an ACT passage.
5. Students will know what to do to psychologically prepare for the ACT.
    a. Know several relaxation techniques.
    b. Know how to mentally “warm up” for the test.

Math Essential Learning Outcomes (ELO’s)

Test-Taking Strategies
1.    Students will be able to use specific strategies associated with multiple choice mathematics questions.
2.    Students will be able to use helpful hints prior to and during the ACT exam to increase their success.
ACT Math Topics
1.    Students will be able to quickly recognize and solve problems that are pre-algebraic in nature.
     Topics include (measures of central tendency, percent change, proportions, and distance)
2.    Students will be able to use mathematic properties to simplify expressions.
     Topics include (algebraic expressions, radical, exponential, functions, and trigonometric expressions)
3.    Students will be able to solve equations.
     Topics include (one-variable, linear, systems, absolute value, quadratic, and exponential)
4.    Students will be able to recognize and correctly match graphs of various equations
     Topics include (linear, piecewise, absolute value, quadratic, cubic, conic, exponential, and logarithmic)
5.    Students will be able to use properties of polygons, circles, and three dimensional objects to solve problems
     Topics include (perimeter, area, surface area, volume, angle measure, and segment length)
6.    Students will be able to solve for angle measure using geometric or trigonometric properties
     Topics include (lines cut by a transversal, and angles of triangles, angles of rotation, and radians)


Attendance Policy:
“Students who are absent for more than six (6) class periods during the semester will not be eligible to earn credit for that course unless a waiver is granted through the appeals process.”


Late Work and Make-Up Policy:
 “When a student fails to meet designated due dates and deadlines relating to formative work during a unit of study, that student will receive a maximum of 75% of the points possible for any late work submitted on or before the summative assessment for that particular unit. Late work during a unit of study will not be accepted after the summative assessment for that unit has been given for and a zero will be recorded in the grade book for that work. A student will have seven calendar days after the deadline/due date of a summative project, paper, or other assignment to submit such work for a maximum of 60% of the points possible. After the seventh calendar day, summative work will not be accepted and a zero will be recorded in the grade book for that work. Teachers may use discretion when working with individual students who have verifiable extenuating circumstances beyond their control.”


Grades: Will be determined on a Pass/Fail basis.