As of March 2016, the SAT Essay requires students to closely examine an argument essay, noting the effectiveness of an author’s use of specific rhetorical devices. In this full-hour lesson with optional extension writing activity, students will read an argument essay from a university professor on the topic of whether students should be given cash awards for academic work.
After reading the two-page argument essay (full text from source included with permission), students are given a handout of short-answer guiding questions, requiring them to dig back into the text as they identify specific literary devices and rhetorical tools. A detailed answer key is included to not only ease grading, but also help guide class discussion of the answers.
Finally, this lesson includes an optional writing task, with an essay prompt modeled after the College Board’s SAT Essay question format and a grading rubric based on the 4-3-2-1 standard.
This 6-page product includes:
• Eye-pleasing illustrated handout of author’s original argument essay (2-pg. PDF)
• Student handout of guiding questions (1-pg. PDF)
• Detailed answer key (1-pg. PDF)
• Optional essay writing assignment based on the SAT essay prompt model (1-pg. PDF)
• SAT essay grading rubric based on the College Board’s grading scale (1-pg. PDF)
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