PROVIDING AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE FOR STANDARDIZED TEST PREP USING RELEVENT, REAL WORLD PROMPTS
We all teach students to analyze, synthesize, and construct an argument. Here, you can engage in real world conversations with your students, encourage them to find their voices on the topic via classroom discussion and debate, and then a formal essay. You can format your essay in a way that more closely mimics the actual look and wording of the ACT in order to increase transfer, particularly for struggling students.
You can use the ACT rubric found on the ACT website, or you can use your personal writing rubrics and revise them to assess the concepts that the ACT is looking for.
For struggling writers, scaffolding the writing process first is necessary, and allowing students to write on topics they feel confident about can help increase confidence.