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Ch 46: ACT Writing: Planning and Writing

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Review the essential elements in planning your essay for the ACT writing test. These videos and quizzes will help you get an edge on organizing your writing piece.

ACT Writing: Planning and Writing - Chapter Summary

These lessons will guide you through the process of planning your essay for the ACT writing test. Impress the reviewers with your well-organized writing piece after evaluating the following topics:

  • Brainstorming Techniques
  • Outlines
  • Effective Use of Rhetorical Skills
  • Sound Reasoning
  • Successful Sentence Structures
  • Consistent Point-of-View
  • Strong Arguments
  • Tone through Word Choice and Language
  • Audience Appeal through Logos, Ethos and Pathos

The lessons in this chapter remind you of basic organizational strategies, in addition to the importance of the rhetorical skill of style. You can also review revision techniques through this chapter, for guidance in fixing mistakes before turning in your test.

ACT Writing Objectives

The writing portion of the ACT test is sometimes optional. Please check with the college(s) of your choice to see whether it's mandatory. You'll be required to write your essay within 30 minutes for this exam. The section consists of a position statement, and you'll need to write an argument in support or opposition of the statement. You'll complete both your planning and essay in the test booklet. Make sure you fulfill the following objectives when writing your piece:

  • Organize your ideas logically
  • Express judgments by taking a position
  • Develop a position with logical reasoning and support
  • Maintain focus on the topic
  • Use clear language, written in standard English

Your writing score is the sum of two reviewers' comprehensive ratings, and can range from 2-12. Your writing score won't affect your ACT composite score, which is the average of the scores in the other four areas.

7 Lessons in Chapter 46: ACT Writing: Planning and Writing
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How to Write an Outline

1. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

2. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

3. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

4. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

5. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Coherence in Writing: Definition & Examples

6. Coherence in Writing: Definition & Examples

Have you ever wanted to make your writing more logical, unified, and consistent? What you are looking for is to improve the coherence in your writing. This lesson will give you tips and examples for making your writing more coherent.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

7. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

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