- Review and synthesize for the midterm
- Focus: A-word vocabulary; punctuation; phrases & clauses; appositives; infinitives
- NB: College classes often feel like a sprint during the term. New skills are thrown at you too fast to process. Only when studying for the midterm or final do you begin to see the big picture—how it all fits together. Hopefully, as you review material this week, concepts and skills will finally click.
Do now, please: Record your week’s assignments on a to-do list (planner or app).
- 25 mins: Silently study vocabulary.
- Recommendation: A words, which most of you are weakest in
- NB: B, C, and MLK words will also appear on the midterm, but only as 1 or 2 questions a piece.
- Why: The ACT assumes and uses a variety of college-level words. So does college. Research suggests if you don’t recognize 95% of the words on the page, you will struggle to comprehend.
- Optional: Stretch
- 25 mins: Silently move these phrase vs. clause IXLs to 100
- Mandatory: Review appositives
- Mandatory: Review infinitives
- Mandatory: Review phrases vs. clauses
- 12–P.1: Is it a phrase or a clause?
- Why: Choosing how to punctuate (the next skill) requires distinguishing phrases from clauses.Moreover, using a variety of phrases will spice up your writing.
- 20 mins: Silently move these punctuation IXLs to 100
- Mandatory: Review comma, semicolon, and colon usage
- Why: Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of English. The ACT English section is guaranteed to ask you multiple questions on this.
- 20 mins: Loudly play Kahoot! on punctuation, phrases, clauses
- Why: Allow you and me to take a snapshot of mastery and trouble points. Listen to my explanations after problem questions—very similar questions will appear on the midterm.