SAT Prep (Reading, Writing & Language, and Essay)

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0 Course Introduction 02:11

Picture of Course Introduction This short video provides a basic overview of what this SAT English course has to offer.

1 Lesson 1: Getting Acquainted with the SAT 15:17

Picture of Lesson 1: Getting Acquainted with the SAT This lesson introduces students to the structure of the SAT and helps students complete a diagnostic test.

1 Practice Exercises Lesson 1 02:48

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 1 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 1.

2 Lesson 2: Setting Goals & General Strategies 13:00

Picture of Lesson 2: Setting Goals & General Strategies This lesson helps students set reasonable goals for score improvement. It also introduces general strategies relevant to both the Reading and the Writing & Languages sections.

2 Practice Exercises Lesson 2 03:30

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 2 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 2.

3 Lesson 3: Reading - General Strategies Using PACER 11:17

Picture of Lesson 3: Reading - General Strategies Using PACER This lesson teaches students what to do prior to beginning a Reading section passage. It also explains the eight types of questions in the Reading section.

3 Practice Exercises Lesson 3 02:05

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 3 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 3.

4 Lesson 4: Reading - General Strategies Using PACER (Continued) 14:37

Picture of Lesson 4: Reading - General Strategies Using PACER (Continued) This lesson continues with the general reading strategies that were introduced in Lesson 3.

4 Practice Exercises Lesson 4 03:44

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 4 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 4.

5 Lesson 5: Reading -- Main Idea and Tone Questions 13:43

Picture of Lesson 5: Reading -- Main Idea and Tone Questions This lesson will teach students how to approach questions related to main idea and tone in the Reading section of the SAT.

5 Practice Exercises Lesson 5 07:59

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 5 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 5.

6 Lesson 6: Reading - Evidence and Vocabulary Questions 11:13

Picture of Lesson 6: Reading - Evidence and Vocabulary Questions This lesson teaches students strategies for approaching pairs of evidence-based questions as well as vocabulary questions in the Reading section of the SAT.

6 Practice Exercises Lesson 6 02:02

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 6 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 6.

7 Lesson 7: Reading - Inference and Author’s Choice Questions 11:17

Picture of Lesson 7: Reading - Inference and Author’s Choice Questions This lesson provides students with strategies for approaching inference questions and "author's choice" questions in the Reading section.

7 Practice Exercises Lesson 7 04:21

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 7 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 7.

8 Lesson 8: Reading - Graphic and Detail Questions 10:44

Picture of Lesson 8: Reading - Graphic and Detail Questions This lesson provides students with strategies for approaching graphic questions and "stated detail" questions in the Reading section.

8 Practice Exercises Lesson 8 03:38

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 8 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 8.

9 Lesson 9: Reading - Paired Passages 11:49

Picture of Lesson 9: Reading - Paired Passages This lesson provides students with strategies for approaching paired passages in the Reading section.

9 Practice Exercises Lesson 9 01:51

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 9 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 9.

10 Lesson 10: Vocabulary and Memory Palaces 09:38

Picture of Lesson 10: Vocabulary and Memory Palaces This lesson provides students with advice on studying vocabulary for the Reading and the Writing sections of the SAT.

10 Practice Exercises Lesson 10 02:59

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 10 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 10.

11 Lesson 11: Getting Acquainted with the Writing Section 12:00

Picture of Lesson 11: Getting Acquainted with the Writing Section In this first lesson focusing on the Writing & Language section (Section 2 of the SAT), students will review fundamental grammar rules regarding sentence structure.

11 Practice Exercises Lesson 11 02:21

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 11 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 11.

12 Lesson 12: Writing - Subject, Verb, Pronoun Agreement 11:53

This lesson reviews grammar rules involving subject, verb, and pronoun agreement.

12 Practice Exercises Lesson 12 03:27

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 12 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 12.

13 Lesson 13: Writing - Wordiness & Parallelism 06:43

Picture of Lesson 13: Writing - Wordiness & Parallelism This lesson focuses on two common issues in the Writing & Language section -- wordiness and parallelism.

13 Practice Exercises Lesson 13 03:15

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 13 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 13.

14 Lesson 14: Writing - Logical Comparisons 04:27

Picture of Lesson 14: Writing - Logical Comparisons In this lesson students will learn grammar rules related to logical comparisons.

14 Practice Exercises Lesson 14 02:16

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 14 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 14.

15 Lesson 15: Writing - Subjects vs. Objects & Passive Voice 11:03

Picture of Lesson 15: Writing - Subjects vs. Objects & Passive Voice In this lesson students will review sentence subjects and objects. They will also review passive voice and how to avoid related traps on the SAT.

15 Practice Exercises Lesson 15 03:19

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 15 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 15.

16 Lesson 16: Writing - Modifier Placement 07:04

Picture of Lesson 16: Writing - Modifier Placement This lesson reviews the rules regarding modifier placement in sentences.

16 Practice Exercises Lesson 16 02:30

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 16 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 16.

17 Lesson 17: Writing - Transition Words 10:05

Picture of Lesson 17: Writing - Transition Words This lesson teaches students how to approach transition words within sentences as well as transition words as they appear between two separate sentences.

17 Practice Exercises Lesson 17 03:34

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 17 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 17.

18 Lesson 18: Writing - Graphs 09:33

Picture of Lesson 18: Writing - Graphs This lesson teaches students how to approach problems in the Writing & Language section that involve graphs, charts, and other graphics.

18 Practice Exercises Lesson 18 03:26

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 18 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 18.

19 Lesson 19: Writing - Apostrophes and Contractions 07:33

Picture of Lesson 19: Writing - Apostrophes and Contractions In this lesson students will learn how to use apostrophes.

19 Practice Exercises Lesson 19 03:17

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 19 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 19.

20 Lesson 20: Writing - Semicolons, Colons, Commas, and Dashes 11:05

Picture of Lesson 20: Writing - Semicolons, Colons, Commas, and Dashes This lesson teaches students how to answer questions related to the use of semi-colons, colons, commas, and dashes.

20 Practice Exercises Lesson 20 03:52

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 20 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 20.

21 Lesson 21: Writing - Diction 09:55

Picture of Lesson 21: Writing - Diction This section reviews words that are commonly confused on the SAT (and in daily life!).

21 Practice Exercises Lesson 21 04:01

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 21 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 21.

22 Lesson 22: Writing - Practice Section 09:18

Picture of Lesson 22: Writing - Practice Section This section puts the Writing & Language strategies together by walking through the answers to questions from one passage in Section 2.

23 Lesson 23: Getting Acquainted with the Essay 08:47

Picture of Lesson 23: Getting Acquainted with the Essay In this lesson students will get acquainted with the SAT essay by learning how it is structured and how it will be scored.

23 Practice Exercises Lesson 23 02:09

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 23 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 23.

24 Lesson 24: Essay - Ethos, Logos, and Pathos 09:11

Picture of Lesson 24: Essay - Ethos, Logos, and Pathos Students will learn about rhetorical devices and other persuasive techniques that they can apply to their SAT essays.

24 Practice Exercises Lesson 24 03:57

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 24 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 24.

25 Lesson 25: Essay - Ethos, Logos, and Pathos (Continued) 10:38

Picture of Lesson 25: Essay - Ethos, Logos, and Pathos (Continued) Students will learn about rhetorical devices and other persuasive techniques that they can apply to their SAT essays.

25 Practice Exercises Lesson 25 02:38

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 25 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 25.

26 Lesson 26: Approaching the Essay 11:26

Picture of Lesson 26: Approaching the Essay This lesson gives students concrete tips on how to approach the essay now that they have knowledge about how to conduct rhetorical analysis.

26 Practice Exercises Lesson 26 03:50

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 26 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 26.

27 Lesson 27: Essay Practice Demonstration 12:57

Picture of Lesson 27: Essay Practice Demonstration In this lesson, I will demonstrate how to structure a rhetorical analysis essay using the prompt of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

27 Practice Exercises Lesson 27 03:13

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 27 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 27.

28 Lesson 28: Reading Practice Demonstration 10:49

Picture of Lesson 28: Reading Practice Demonstration In this lesson we return to the Reading Section 1 (since it may feel like we covered it a long while ago). I will demonstrate how to read and annotate the passage.

29 Lesson 29: Practice Reading Question and Answer Review 07:16

Picture of Lesson 29: Practice Reading Question and Answer Review This section reviews the answers from the practice Reading passage in the prior lesson.

30 Lesson 30: You've Got This! 06:29

Picture of Lesson 30: You've Got This! This less provides students final strategies and advice for the week before test day.

30 Practice Exercises Lesson 30 04:28

Picture of Practice Exercises Lesson 30 These practice exercises review concepts from Lesson 30.

This course covers material for the English portion of the SAT, including:

  • General test-taking strategies that relate to all sections of the SAT
  • Strategies and practice problems for Section 1 of the SAT (Reading)
  • Strategies and practice problems for Section 2 of the SAT (Writing & Language)
  • Strategies for writing the SAT essay (rhetorical analysis essay)

 

Overall Structure of Course:

  • 4 lessons regarding general strategies
  • 9 lessons for the SAT Section 1 (Reading)
  • 12 lessons for the SAT Section 2 (Writing & Language)
  • 5 lessons for the SAT essay

 

This course will fully prepare students to take the SAT by providing:

  • 30 lessons with engaging videos that teach new content
  • 30 lesson worksheets that accompany each lesson
  • Practice exercise worksheets for Reading, Writing & Language, and Essay lessons
  • Individual videos reviewing all practice exercise worksheets

 

General Strategies

These lessons answer students’ important questions about test-taking including the following:

  • Should I guess?
  • How many questions should I attempt?
  • How is the test scored?
  • What should my goal be for a score?
  • How is the test structured?
  • How can I effectively study high frequency vocabulary for the test?
  • What should I do right before test-day?

 

Reading (Section 1)

These lessons teach students how to approach the Reading section of the SAT by addressing the following:

  • How to read actively to better comprehend the reading passages
  • How to spot and approach the eight different types of questions that follow the reading passages
  • How to eliminate incorrect answers and isolate correct answers
  • How to prioritize your time in the section
  • How to pace yourself

 

Writing & Language (Section 2)

These lessons teach students how to approach the Writing & Language section of the SAT by addressing the following grammar topics and providing practice problems for each one:

  • Subject-verb-pronoun agreement
  • Verb tenses
  • Modifier placement
  • Diction
  • Punctuation
  • Parallelism in sentence structure
  • Transition words
  • Active vs. passive voice

 

SAT Essay

The SAT essay asks students to explain how the author of a short piece of writing builds an argument to persuade the audience. In other words, students are asked to write a rhetorical analysis essay. The lessons regarding the SAT essay will teach students the following:

  • How to efficiently and effectively read and annotate the essay passage
  • How to analyze the author’s use of ethos, logos, and pathos
  • How to find rhetorical devices and other persuasive techniques in the passage
  • How to connect the author’s evidence and reasoning with the author’s purpose
  • How to organize the essay into effective paragraphs and clear sentence
  • Teacher: Tara
  • Areas of expertise: English Language Arts
  • Education: Bowdoin College, Suffolk University Law School
  • Interests: Reading, writing, walking, being with my family
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I am an English teacher from Boston and I am blessed to share my love of reading and writing with my students every day. I love helping students prepare for the SAT because the test is an important step in the college preparation process.

Lesson 1 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review the basic structure of the SAT and general strategies related to scoring, guessing, and timing (among others).

Lesson 2 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies related to goal-setting and general techniques for approaching the SAT.

Lesson 3 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review test-taking strategies related to Section 1 (Reading). It reviews the structure of Section 1 as well as how to read all five passages for the best possible comprehension.

Lesson 4 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review how to annotate in the Reading section.

Lesson 5 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies and vocabulary related to Main Idea and Tone questions from Section 1 (Reading).

Lesson 6 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies and vocabulary related to Evidence and Vocabulary questions from Section 1 (Reading).

Lesson 7 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies and vocabulary related to Inference and Rhetoric questions from Section 1 (Reading).

Lesson 8 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies and vocabulary related to Graphic and Stated Detail questions from Section 1 (Reading).

Lesson 9 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies related to Paired Passages in the Reading section.

Lesson 10 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies related to memorizing high frequency SAT vocabulary lists.

Lesson 11 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review the parts of speech in a sentence, which will be key to success in Section 2 (Writing & Language).

Lesson 12 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review grammar issues related to subject-verb agreement.

Lesson 13 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review grammar issues related to "wordiness" and "consistent lists."

Lesson 14 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review grammar issues related to logical comparisons within a sentence.

Lesson 15 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review how to find the subject and an object in a sentence.

Lesson 16 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review proper modifier placement.

Lesson 17 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review questions related to transition words.

Lesson 18 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review strategies related to graphics questions in Section 2.

Lesson 19 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review grammar rules related to apostrophes.

Lesson 20 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review grammar rules related to semicolons, colons, dashes, and commas.

Lesson 21 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review common diction problems that will be tested in Section 2.

Lesson 23 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review general strategies related to the SAT essay.

Lesson 24 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review rhetorical devices and other persuasive techniques.

Lesson 25 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises provided additional review of rhetorical devices and other persuasive techniques.

Lesson 26 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review general strategies for approaching the SAT essay.

Lesson 27 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review how to structure the SAT essay.

Lesson 30 Practice Exercises

These practice exercises review the last things to remember prior to test day.

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