On Demand Writing for Students: Coaching Yourself for the SAT, ACT, and AP Essays

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To Help You Understand Argument Construction

Bean, John C., et al. Reading Rhetorically. 2nd ed. New York: Langman, 2004. Print.

A great resource for improving your critical reading of nonfiction, this short text offers templates for writing various types of précis and shortcuts for offering concise summaries like the ones demanded of you on the ACT essay.

Lunsford, Andrea, et al. Everything’s An Argument. 5th ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2010. Print.

A treasure trove of sample arguments for analysis, this college-level textbook provides excellent chapters on logically constructing and developing arguments. This latest edition also features a substantial section on rhetorical analysis. Includes readings from the Internet that coincide with discussion questions that can serve as on demand writing prompts.


To assist with Your On Demand Writing

Angelillo, Janet. Writing to the Prompt: When Students Don’t Have a Choice. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 2005. Print.

This teacher text offers strategies for assisting students in writing on surprise prompts. It contains abundant samples of student work and how it was scored.

The College Board Online. 2005. “How the Essay Will Be Scored.” July 26, 2007. Web.

The College Board offers its 6-point scoring rubric as well as reassurance that the intention is to “reward students for what they do well.”

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