Thursday, March 10, 2011

SAT March 2011 Countdown: 2


Essay:

  • Read the Prompt

  • Read the Quote

  • Read the Prompt again.

  • Think for 1 minute (don't write).

  • Brainstorm. Focus, focus, focus your complementary examples and connect these specific examples to BIG CONCEPTS. Organize. (2 minutes)

  • Write (20 min)

  • Intro Paragraph:

  • Thesis plus preview of your examples (Think DEVIL'S ADVOCATE--knock out objection to your thesis in your intro).

  • 3 body paragraphs. Topic sentence plus 4-7 sentences of concrete detail.

  • 2 body paragraphs is acceptable, but not advisable--write as much as you can to demonstrate the mastery of your tipic.

  • Transition between paragraphs.

  • Conclusion.

  • LAST 2 MINUTES: Fix errors and upgrade vocabulary--(replace to be/to have with stronger verbs).


Writing Section (multiple choice)


The Fist of No Error (see above and sidebar)


  • Subject/Verb agreement (number)

  • Tense (verb tense and aspect)

  • Pronoun (number, case, antecedent)

  • Adjective/Adverb (modifiers; infinitive/gerund)

  • Diction (correct word ex: affect/effect;phrasal verb & correct prepostition)

  • Misplaced Modifiers (modifying phrases and clauses)

  • "Patterns": comparison, parallelism, list made of similar parts of speech

  • Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, correlative ; also relative pronoun clauses

Improving Sentences

Improving Paragraphs

Identifying Sentence Errors

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