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Topic Development. There are three main skills being tested by these questions on the ACT:. To know how to sharpen the focus of a paragraph To delete a sentence to establish a purpose To add a sentence to establish a purpose. Tutorial #1: Know how to sharpen the focus of a paragraph.

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There are three main skills being tested by these questions on the act
There are three main skills being tested by these questions on the ACT:

  • To know how to sharpen the focus of a paragraph

  • To delete a sentence to establish a purpose

  • To add a sentence to establish a purpose


Tutorial 1 know how to sharpen the focus of a paragraph
Tutorial #1: Know how to sharpen the focus of a paragraph

  • Identify the focus of a simple essay, applying that knowledge to add a sentence that sharpens that focus or to determine if an essay has met a specified goal.


Tutorial 2 to delete a sentence to establish a purpose
Tutorial#2: To delete a sentence to establish a purpose

  • Delete material primarily because it disturbs the flow and development of the paragraph


Tutorial 3 to add a sentence to establish a purpose
Tutorial#3: To add a sentence to establish a purpose

  • Add a sentence or phrase to accomplish a fairly straightforward purpose such as illustrating a given statement.


Editing application
Editing Application

  • DIRECTIONS:

  • Some of the following sentences can be used to write a unified, coherent paragraph. Some prevent the paragraph from being unified by giving information that does not relate to the main idea.

  • Read the sentences carefully to decide in which order the useful ones should be written to tell a clear, interesting story. Then, in the space provided, write them in paragraph form.


  • Dickinson then realized that she probably would not be famous in her own lifetime.

  • When she was thirty-one, Dickinson sent four of her poems to a well-known writer, Thomas Higginson.

  • She continued writing.

  • After Emily’s death, her sister Lavinia found 900 poems in these little packets.

  • Dickinson wrote poetry from the time she was a girl.

  • Emily Dickinson in her later years wore nothing but white.

  • In 1862 alone she wrote 366 poems.

  • Emily Dickinson was an American poet born in 1831 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

  • She asked Higginson if her poems “breathed.”

  • It is difficult to get poems published today as well.

  • Dickinson organized all her poems in packets of four to six sheets each, folded and tied together with twine.

  • Herman Melville is another important writer who was not fully appreciated during his lifetime.

  • He wrote back saying that she had talent, but that her poems were a little strange and that magazines wouldn’t want to publish them.

  • Today, a hundred years after her death, Emily Dickinson is considered, one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century.

  • “The Belle of Amherst” was a one-woman Broadway show based on the life of Emily Dickinson.


Thinking exercise
THINKING EXERCISE famous in her own lifetime.

  • Now, go back and identify each sentence that you did not use and write those numbers below. Next to each number, write an explanation for why you did not that sentence.


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