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ACT ELA in the Classroom
Integrating Assessments, Standards, and Instruction

ISBN 9781138692190
Published July 26, 2016 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Bring ACT ELA prep into the classroom to enhance student learning! In this new copublication from Routledge and test-prep experts A-List Education, you’ll learn how the updated ACT exam is closely aligned with the Common Core, making it easy to weave test prep into your curriculum and help students hone the skills they need for college readiness. The book is filled with practical examples of how the Common Core State Standards are connected to specific sections, question types, and strategies applicable to the ACT, so you can simultaneously prepare your students for the test while improving their reading, writing, and language skills.


Table of Contents

About the Authors

Introduction and Overview

1. About the ACT






2. Alignment with Common Core ELA Standards



Key Ideas and Details

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity



Text Types and Purposes

Production and Distribution of Writing

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

Range of Writing



Conventions of Standard English

Knowledge of Language

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Progressive Skills

Special Topics


Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies

Reading for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Speaking and Listening

3. Reading Assignments

Choosing a Passage

Writing the Questions

Giving the Assignment

Sample Passage

Sample Questions

Answers and Explanations

4. Writing Assignments


Practice Tests


Expand the Assignment

Essay Assignment Summary

Appendix: All ELA Alignment Tables

How to Read the Tables

Reading CCR Anchor Standards

Reading Standards for Literature

Reading Standards for Informational Text

Writing CCR Anchor Standards

Writing Grades 11-12 Standards

Language CCR Anchor Standards

Language Grades 11-12 Standards

Progressive Skills

Additional Resources



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A-List Education is an educational services provider serving more than 50,000 students with tutoring programs across the U.S. as well as in the UK, Dubai, Switzerland, and China.


“The material in this book can act as a stand-alone ACT prep resource, or it can be incorporated into the instruction of an English class. With the revision in the ACT tests, teachers who were familiar with the older version will certainly benefit from this handy resource.” –Susan Jaroscak, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Maple Heights City School, Maple Heights, Ohio

“One of the best things about this book is its emphasis on the integration of instruction and test preparation with the Common Core Standards along with support for skills that are not directly tested but still relevant. I believe this triangulation of curriculum, standards, and testing is very important. This book will be a helpful resource as I work with high school English and math teachers to do curriculum mapping and pacing.”–Susan Gorman, Director of Student Improvement, Osawatomie Unified School District 367, Osawatomie, Kansas