You need this download if you want your students and staff to better understand how to create and answer ACT-like reading questions. The download DOES NOT include the book (Connections by James Burke), but it does provide a worksheet for creating ACT reading questions related to Chapter 2 of the book. Go ahead and check out the book so that you can realize why every teacher should read it in order to be allowed to teach. Why? Because if you can help students make connections, then they learn better. And if you can make those connections WHILE also practicing the ACT, it's a glorious day in your school.
I used this with 9th graders, so the "I Can" statements are based on that class. You can adjust those or skip that part. The important part is to use the ACT reading test cheat sheet in order to create the perfect questions using the perfect text -- one that ties science, social studies, business, English, and more together.
As a staff day, this would be perfect for creating ACT practice together. It sounds weird, but if you get each department to take a paragraph and four questions, you'll suddenly have an interesting, relevant ACT practice test for your students.
When I revised our English 9 curriculum to reflect our school's desire to boost test scores without teaching to the test, this is what I used to create the ACT reading tests you'll see offered here. My Catcher/Rebel unit has sold a lot of copies because people want those tests. Why not volunteer to lead a staff day or give this assignment to students and then sell the questions on this site? Or go ahead and use a different book. You'll have the forms ready to go, along with the base questions to use.
Besides cultural literacy and the Great Works of the Western World, there's nothing more exciting to me about education than being able to make meaningful connections. Please, check out the book first. Read Chapter 2 (or any other), and then you'll realize what's been missing from the curriculum at your school. You'll want to discuss it with teachers from other departments. You'll want to run integrated classes with other teachers. You'll want to help students learn the way humans actually learn.
If you homeschool, you must have this book and this download. Your child will understand more than the kids whose school districts won't adopt a learning program that integrates the curriculum, plus you'll be able to create ACT practice tests. Sure, you can find a book of practice tests, but those don't teach anything along the way or help you understand the test itself.
Staff and administrators: who wants to be the hero that brings this to the table? And Doctor Professor, do you have anything like this in your teacher training programs?
Oh yeah, it's also a Google Doc, so make a copy, share with the staff, and have everyone work on the document at once...sorry, coach.
UPDATE: I found the document from my class to provide sample questions and answers. Not perfect, but not too bad for freshmen, either. You could use the questions to make your own test on the book. Just get a copy and number the paragraphs.
Here's a link to the book. This site will sometimes delete my links, so it's available at Amazon and your local library.