PU TAI SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

TEACHER SU’s
SAT READING & WRITING

It might seem like a challenging test, but it’s all about developing good habits, recognizing what questions they’re giving you and moving on from there.

THIS WEEK’S HOMEWORK

(11th grade)

Friday Night, May 15th, 2018

  1.  Please complete the following worksheets: Success in Montreal, Software Sales, The Familiar Myth.
  2. Work on Martin Luther King essay as seen here. This will be collected as homework.

Friday Night, May 11th, 2018

  1. Essay Practice: Christophe Hitchens Lovely Stones
  2. Reading Theory 5, Level 11
  3. Essay Optional: Eric Klinenberg, Air Conditioning, Alexander the Great
  4. Reading Theory 2 Level 11, Reading Theory 2 Level 10
  5. Practice everything you can. 

Friday Night, May 4th, 2018

  1. Essay Practice:  Practice Essay 1, Practice Essay 2,
  2. Optional: Practice Essay 3, Let there be Night essay
  3. Optional: Please study the Complete Guide to SAT Grammar Rules (see below in “What to do after class”)
  4. Optional: Study Flocabulary Wordup Lists level 8
  5. Optional: Do the extra after-class material located in the middle of this site when you have time.
  6. Good Luck on your tests, have fun at home.

Friday Night, April 26th, 2018

  1. Writing Passages handouts. Everyone should have a copy. Ignore the handouts for the vocabulary matching, it has come to my attention that there are errors on it.
  2. Please study the Complete Guide to SAT Grammar Rules (see below in “What to do after class”)
  3. Study Flocabulary Wordup Lists level 8
  4. Do the extra after-class material located in the middle of this site when you have time.

WHAT TO DO AFTER CLASS

Practice and study on your own, or in groups. Make the best you can of yourself. Try the following tips:

SAT Grammar Booklet from Prepscholar

Begin studying the Complete Guide to the SAT Grammar from Prepscholar. It is the shortest guide that concisely tells you all the rules for the SAT Writing portion of the test. There are only 35 grammar rules that you need to remember for the SAT.

Listen to Podcasts

I strongly recommend podcasts to help improve your grammar skills and vocabulary. Begin with podcasts like 6 Minute Vocabulary, Extreme Vocabulary, and the All Ears English Podcast. This American Life, RadioLab, 99 percent Invisible are great choices for more advanced listeners. You can listen for free on Podbay.fm and Player.fm.
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Materials to read in under 3-4 minutes

Read 800-word articles and try to remember them in under 3-4 minutes. Retention is key. Start by trying the daily selected article at simple.wikipedia.org. Later on, start reading the daily SAT reading practice at Redmond Labs’ SAT Reading Dialy.

Invest your time

Spend at least 40 minutes every day practicing for your SAT test. Every day you should find articles to read, increase your vocabulary, and study your online grammar booklets. You can divide them into two 20 minute sessions.
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Increase your Vocabulary

If those words are hard and you can’t understand them, then its time to start with Vocabulary. Start with the Word Up Project’s word list from Kindergarten to 8th Grade.

Top scoring students will get a prize

Students that improve the most and students that are top will get prizes. If you’re going to give your best, then you deserve recognition.

THE COLLEGE BOARD’S

SAT ENGLISH OVERVIEW

BY THE NUMBERS

The SAT Reading and Writing test has a few requirements. Here are the numbers:

MINUTES FOR TEST

BREAKS (WITH ESSAY)

READING PASSAGES

READING QUESTIONS

WRITING PASSAGES

WRITING QUESTIONS

ESSAY

WORDS NEEDED

BE CONFIDENT IN YOURSELF

The SAT test is difficult even for American students. But there are a few things that you can be confident in. Many Taiwanese students, with a little guidance, can do very well and improve greatly. By the start of the 3rd year in high school, many Taiwanese students can easily score in the high 600’s to near 800 in the mathematics section, leaving a lot more room for error in the English portion of the SAT. That said, many students from English speaking private schools score very well on the SAT Reading, Writing, easily scoring near 500 to 600. In the essay portions, using established systems, many students can expect to score above 6/6/6 even with decently passable English writing skills.

The first step is always to have a dream for yourself. Imagine where you’ll be after you graduate from Pu Tai Senior High School. I’ll help map out and guide you there.

HAVE A DREAM OF WHERE YOU WANT TO STUDY IN THE USA OR OVERSEAS. MAKE THAT YOUR LIFE MAP.

ASK ME FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT. I'LL HELP YOU MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE.

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