ACT Essay Checklist

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ACT Essay Checklist

1. The Introduction

Did you

○ start with a topic sentence that paraphrases or restates the prompt?

○ clearly state your position on the issue?

2. Body Paragraph 1

Did you

○ start with a transition/topic sentence that discusses the opposing side of the argument?

○ give an example of a reason that one might agree with the opposing side of the argument?

○ clearly state that the opposing side of the argument is wrong or flawed?

○ show what is wrong with the opposing side's example or position?

3. Body Paragraphs 2 and 3

Did you

○ start with a transition/topic sentence that discusses your position on the prompt?

○ give one example or reason to support your position?

○ show the grader how your example supports your position?

○ end the paragraph by restating your thesis?

4. Conclusion

Did you

○ restate your position on the issue?

○ end with a flourish?

5. Overall

Did you

○ write neatly?

○ avoid multiple spelling and grammar mistakes?

○ try to vary your sentence structure?

○ use a few impressive-sounding words?

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