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Juniors learn ACT strategies for statewide test

Students practiced the CHART method for reading comprehension in English teacher Rhonda Hill and volunteer Sarah Johnson’s session.

In an effort to prepare for the March 4 ACT, 70 Piedmont High students attended an ACT Blitz on Saturday, March 1, from 9 am to 1 pm. During the ACT Blitz, students rotated to four sessions: reading comprehension, English, science, and math.

Each 50-minute session was taught by Piedmont High School teachers and focused on question types and strategies to answering questions. English teachers Rhonda Hill, Kate McRae, and Brittany Stowell, math teacher Heather Schreiber, and science teachers Phil Apple and Amanda Starnes, and volunteer Sarah Johnson helped students navigate the different sections of the ACT.

Media coordinator Donna Helms has created an ACT Moodle page where students can access videos and other electronic resources. If a student could not attend the ACT Blitz, this would be a great resource for strategies.

Student and teacher response was very positive. Junior Lucas Stegall said, “I am glad that you offered this. I feel sorry for those who take the test and did not get the information.” Students stated that they learned many new strategies they will use on Tuesday’s test, such as the CHART method of reading passages and making sure to answer all of the questions – even if time runs short.

Students also enjoyed the time frame of the 50-minute sessions. Junior Sarah Speir said, “I thought the sections would go by really slowly, but surprisingly, they went by fast, and the information really helped.” Students were given 10 minute breaks between sessions with a breakfast and snacks provided. Business partners in the community, such as Harris Teeter in Monroe and Panera in Indian Trail, donated money or materials to feed the students.
According to Principal Jonathan Tyson, parents and students have requested ACT preparation, so this event met a need in the school community. Tyson said, “Our first ACT Blitz was a great success. Hopefully, the content-specific strategies that the students practiced during the blitz will help them as the take the ACT on Tuesday.”

Written by: Stacy Vickers, English Teacher
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 by Donna Helms

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