Writing a Great ACT Essay

Regular $175.00
Member $157.50
June 21, 2021-June 25, 2021
1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Creative Nonfiction
13 to 17
Online—Live Meeting
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Week-Long (Youth or Intensive)
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Are you planning to take the ACT essay? Do you want help scoring higher? Then, this class was created for you. We'll take an in-depth look at the ACT essay, starting with breaking down what the prompt is asking you to do and what test scorers will be looking for. Next, we'll examine each of the three perspectives, focusing on strengths and weaknesses. Through group brainstorming and individual outlining, you'll develop a thesis and a solid structure. Then you'll write your essay within a time limit. Afterward, we'll read example essays so you can see how yours compares and find ways to take advantage of good strategies while avoiding common pitfalls.

All handouts will be provided as pdf files and we'll meet via Zoom online. There will be time for any questions you have and also limited instructor feedback on at least one of your essays. Through practicing, reading samples, and discussion, you'll leave with the confidence and skills you need to do your best on the ACT essay test!

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access the live meeting portions of this class, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. You will receive instruction on how to join your Zoom classroom approximately one week before your class is set to begin and then again on the start date of your class. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes will have supplemental Google Classroom pages. In order to access the Google Classroom page for this class, you will need a Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. You will be invited to join your class' Google Classroom page at least 24 hours before the start of the class. If we do not have a Gmail address on file for you, you will be contacted by a Loft staff member. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.