SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing

Course Description:

During our five (5) sessions, totaling nine hours, we will explore and learn testing strategies for the SAT’s critical reading and writing sections. These session topics include but are not limited to: writing the essay, identifying sentence errors, completing sentences, understanding the components of a paragraph and analyzing passage-based reading. In order to assess every section promptly and adequately, we will use a critical-learning approach. This means that every strategy we teach connects to every topic on the test. In addition to the strategies, this is a critical writing, reading, thinking and test-taking intensive course. The success of the preparation course is bilateral; the instructor provides useful concepts, frameworks, strategies, constructive criticism, and meaningful feedback while the student listens, actively participates, and diligently engages class-work and homework. Although the work is intensive, the course is also meant to stimulate critical thinking which requires a variety of creative activities to do so.

Critical Reading and Writing

-Italics indicate out-of-session reading

Session 1 – The Core and Voice of a Sentence

  • The Purpose and Function of a Sentence
  • Indirect Objects, Action Verbs, and Direct Objects
  • The Passive Voice Versus the Active Voice
  • Revising Prose
  • Thesis-Based Writing
  • Gerunds
  • Sentences Fragments
  • Run-On Sentences
  • Parallel Construction
  • Dangling Participles
  • Pronouns and Antecedents
  • 1st SAT Vocabulary List
  • 1st SAT Root-Word List

Session 2 – Thesis-Based Thinking

  • Thesis Statements versus Opinions
  • Assertive versus Lackluster Arguments
  • The Dialectic Process
  • The 25-Minute Essay Strategy
  • The Purpose and Function of a Paragraph
  • Transitions and Transitional Phrases
  • Analysis of Evidence
  • Thesis-Based Writing
  • Linking Verbs versus Active Verbs
  • Sentences with Prepositions
  • Appositives
  • Dashes, Parentheses, and Commas
  • Colons
  • Apostrophes
  • 2nd SAT Vocabulary List
  • 2nd SAT Root-Word List

Session 3 –  The Rhetorical Process

  • The Rhetorical Process
  • Author, Reader and Medium
  • Explicit and Implicit Rhetorical Devices
  • Metaphorical Representations
  • Themes, Symbols, and Motifs
  • Tone and Imagery
  • Identifying Textual-based Significance
  • Complex-Compound Sentences
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Compound Possession
  • Lay Versus Lie
  • Affect versus Effect
  • Further versus Farther
  • Redundancies
  • 3rd Vocabulary List
  • 3rd Root-Word List
  • Thesis-Based Writing

Session 4 – The Art of Analysis

  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical and Contextual Analysis
  • Logic
  • Inferences and Intellectual Speculations
  • Context Clues
  • Prompt Analysis
  • Verb Tenses
  • Who versus Whom
  • Modifiers
  • First, Second and Third Person
  • 4th SAT Vocabulary List
  • 4th SAT Root-Word List

Tutor Zone Methodology

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Why Tutor Zone

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