Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SAT May 2013 Countdown: 2

  • 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).
  • Check out The Critical Reader: Essay Tips

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 preposition)
  • Misplaced Modifiers (modifying phrases and clauses)
  • "Patterns": comparison, parallelism, list made of similar parts of speech
  • Conjunctions: coordinating, subordinating, correlative ; also relative pronoun clauses
Also checkout:

The Critical Reader: Complete SAT Grammar Rules or General Grammar Tips (updated 1/25/2013)

Improving Sentences
Improving Paragraphs
Identifying Sentence Errors

Monday, April 29, 2013

SAT May 2013 Countdown: 3

Before the Test

Monday, April 8, 2013

CollegeBoard, Reston, VA

I am in Washington DC for Spring Break and guess what I saw across the street from the cafe where I was having dinner?

CollegeBoard, Main Office
11955 Democracy Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5662
Phone: 571-485-3000
Fax: 571-485-3099

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Teacher Jennifer Goes to Washington DC!

Hi, I am spending Spring Break in Washington DC.  
Follow my trip on Twitter @USCitizenPod