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michigan merit exam 2008 2009 mme

Michigan Merit Exam2008-2009 mme

Teacher Prep Course


Lisa Guzzardo Asaro

Dr. Judith Dorsch Backes

Carrie Wozniak

online access to training materials

Pg. 2

Online Access to Training Materials


  • Module 5
  • Click on MME TAB
  • Click on TOOLBOX
mme overview

Pg. 3-11

  • MME Contributing Components
  • MME Exam 2007 Assessment Design
  • Score Categories and Scale Score Ranges, 2008
  • Stand Names by Subject
  • Performance Level Descriptors
  • Average ACT Scores for MI Schools
  • Student Reminders
act prep materials and online resources

Pg. 2

ACT Prep Materials andOnline Resources
  • Michigan eLibrary


  • Learning Express Library


www mel org

Pg. 2-3

  • Click on Tests and Tutorials
  • New User ID/Returning ID
    • User ID (write it down)
    • Password (write it down)
    • Verify Password
learning express library sign in
Learning Express LibrarySign-in

Pg. 3

Featured Resources

  • Learning Express E-Books.com
    • Academic Test Prep
      • ACT Exam Success
  • Learning Express’ ACT Exam Prep
act exam success table of contents

Pg. 5-66

ACT Exam SuccessTable of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction 1 (4)

CHAPTER 2 ACT Assessment Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies 13 (5)

CHAPTER 3 ACT English Test Practice 31 (23)

CHAPTER 4 ACT Math Test Practice 131 (27)

CHAPTER 5 ACT Reading Test Practice 203 (39)

CHAPTER 6 ACT Science Reasoning Test Practice 249 (48)

APPENDIX Additional ACT Resources 327

e books ela chapter 3 page 31
E-Books: ELAChapter 3 (page 31)

Overview: About the ACT EnglishTest

On the ACT English Test, you will have 45 minutes to read five prose passages and answer 75 multiple choice questions. These questions test two types of English skills: your understanding of the conventions of standard written English (“Usage and Mechanics”) and your knowledge of rhetorical strategies and techniques (“Rhetorical Skills”).

e books ela continued chapter 3
E-Books: ELA ContinuedChapter 3

The 40 questions about usage and mechanics cover:

  • punctuation (13%),
  • grammar and usage (16%), and
  • sentence structure (24%).

The 35 questions about rhetorical skills address:

  • general writing strategies (16%)
  • organizational techniques (15%), and
  • style (16%).
e books math chapter 4 page 131
E-Books: MATHChapter 4 (page 131)
  • Overview: About the ACT Math Test
  • The 60-minute, 60-question ACT Math Test contains questions from six categories of subjects taught in most high schools up to the start of 12th grade. The categories are listed below with the number of questions from each category:
      • Pre-Algebra (14 questions)
      • Elementary Algebra (10 questions)
      • Intermediate Algebra (9 questions)
      • Coordinate Geometry (9 questions)
      • Plane Geometry (14 questions)
      • Trigonometry (4 questions)
e book reading chapter 5 page 203
E-Book: ReadingChapter 5 (page 203)
  • The ACT Reading Test assesses your ability to read and understand what ACT considers college freshman level

material. The test is 35 minutes long and includes 40 questions.

  • There are four passages on the test, each

of which is followed by ten multiple-choice questions.

e book reading continued chapter 5
E-Book: Reading ContinuedChapter 5
  • The passages (each around 800 words) are identified by a heading that will tell you what type of text you are about to read (fiction, for example), who the author is, the date it was written, and might also give you more information to help you understand the passage.
  • The lines of the passage are numbered to identify sections of the text in the questions that follow.
e book science reasoning chapter 7 page 249
E-Book: Science ReasoningChapter 7 (page 249)
  • The most important thing you should know about this test is that it is not a science test, but instead a reasoning test.
  • Unlike tests that you may have taken in high school, the ACT Science Reasoning Test does not assess your knowledge of a particular science topic.
  • Rather, it is designed to test your ability to understand and learn scientific material.
workkeys 3 parts
WorkKeys: 3 Parts
  • The WorkKeys system from the ACT is designed to help students develop better workplace skills.
  • WorkKeys help students figure out how prepared they are for jobs that interest them and guides them to the education and training they need.


workkeys characteristics and skills
WorkKeys Characteristics and Skills
  • There are five levels of difficulty. Level 3 is the least complex and Level 7 is the most complex.
  • The levels build on each other, each incorporating the skills assessed at the previous levels.
  • For example, at Level 5, individuals need the skills from Levels 3, 4, and 5.
  • Examples are included with each level description.
workkeys act reading for information

Pg. 2-11

WorkKeys:ACT Reading for Information

PART ONE: Reading for Information

  • It is often the case that workplace communications are not necessarily well-written or targeted to the appropriate audience.
  • Reading for Information materials do not include information that is presented graphically, such as in charts, forms, or blueprints.

WorkKeys: ACT Reading for Information

PART ONE: Reading for Information

  • This test measures the skills people use when they read and use written text in order to do a job.
  • The written texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations.
workkeys act applied mathematics

Pg. 12-22

WorkKeys:ACT Applied Mathematics

PART TWO: Applied Mathematics

  • This test is designed to be taken with a calculator. A formula sheet that includes all formulas required for the assessment is provided.
  • While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help with the problems, they still need to use math skills to think them through.
workkeys act locating information

Pgs. 23-31

WorkKeys: ACT Locating Information
  • The WorkKeys Locating Information test measures the skill people use when they work with workplace graphics.
  • Examinees are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic.
  • They also must compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics
  • .
understanding the act writing prompt

Pgs. 2-7

Understanding theACT Writing Prompt
  • The ACT Writing Test
  • Prompts used for the ACT Writing Test
  • Sample ACT Essay Prompt
  • Anchor #1
  • Anchor #2 - #4
combined english writing scale scores
Combined English/Writing Scale Scores

Pgs. 8-9

Complete these steps to calculate your Combined English/Writing Score

  • Find your scale score for the English Test in the left column.
  • Find your Writing Test subscore at the top of the table.
  • Follow the English Test score row across and the Writing Test subscore column down until the two meet.
  • The Combined score is found where the row and column meet.
act and the persuasive essay


ACT and the Persuasive Essay

The Fast Food Essay

The Metaphor Graphic Organizer

fast food graphic organizer for your student s essay
FAST FOOD Graphic Organizer for your Student’s Essay

Pg. 11

  • Know Your Customers(B-C)
    • Do/Don’t
    • Scorer’s Instruction
  • Know Your Ingredients(D-M)
  • Know How to Put the Ingredients Together(N)
know your ingredients

Pgs. 13-18

1. POSITIONING(D) The student’s essay must take a position on the question

  • Show students how to rephrase the prompt
  • Select a position

2. EXAMPLES(E) Students must include excellent examples

  • Strong examples include specific events, dates, or measurable changes over time
  • Students must write about things that have happened in detail
  • Varity of examples is important too…how much ground students cover
know your ingredients continued

Pgs. 13-18


  • No matter what topics students decide to write upon the organization should be the same.

The Top Bun: Introduction Paragraph #1

  • The introduction to an ACT essay

has to do 3 things:

      • Grab the scorer’s attention
      • Explain your position on the topic clearly and concisely
      • Acknowledge the counter argument to the student’s position
      • Transition the scores smoothly into your three examples
know your ingredients continued1

Pgs. 13-18


  • Transition between Meat Paragraphs

(paragraphs #2–3 and #3-4)

The first meat paragraph dives right into its topic sentence, but the second and third meat paragraphs need transitions.

  • Help student with transition words like another or finally.
know your ingredients continued2


  • No matter what topics students decide to write upon the organization should be the same.

The Bottom Bun: Conclusion (Paragraph #5)

  • The conclusion of a student essay shouldaccomplish 2 things:
      • Recap the student’s argument
      • Expand the student’s position and look to the future
know your ingredients continued3

Pgs. 13-18



  • An ACT essay with a clear position and strong examples will not get a perfect score without the Special Sauce, so work with students to pay close attention to these 3 facets of their essay:
    • Variation in Sentence Structure
    • Word Choice
    • Grammar and Spelling
know how to put your ingredients together

Process and Pacing Chart

Pg. 19-23

on demand persuasive writing

Pgs. 24

On Demand Persuasive Writing

My position is...

Reason #1

Support ...

Reason #2

Support ...

Reason #3

Support ...

My counter argument is...

deconstructing the essay ipod graphic organizer

My Position:

Opposing Position:

Reason 1:

Reason 3:



Reason 2:

Deconstructing the EssayIPOD Graphic Organizer

Pg. 25

act persuasive writing scoring guidelines
ACT Persuasive Writing Scoring Guidelines
  • Student will use a 6 point, Persuasive Essay holistic rubric on the day of the test
  • Teachers can use a 6 point, Persuasive Essay analytic rubric instructionally with students before the test date
  • Student friendly rubric

Pgs. 28-29

Pg. 30

Pgs. 31

act writing comment and condition codes

Pg. 32

ACT Writing Comment and Condition Codes


  • Make and Articulate Judgment
  • Develop Ideas
  • Sustain Focus
  • Organize and Present Ideas
  • Communicate Clearly


  • Passage submitted cannot be scored
  • No valid English score
setting act score goals

Pgs. 33-34

Setting ACT Score Goals
  • English Test +
  • Mathematics Test +
  • Reading Test +
  • Science Reasoning Test+
  • =Total Score Goal divided by 4
  • =Composite Score Goal
college readiness standards

Pgs. 35-43

College Readiness Standards
  • English Scores 13-36
  • Mathematics Scores 13-36
  • Reading Scores 13-36
  • Science Reasoning Scores 13-36
    • Life Science/Biology
    • Physical Science/Chemistry/Physics
    • Earth Science/Space
  • ACT Writing
act persuasive writing anchor set
ACT Persuasive Writing Anchor Set

Pgs. 44-66

  • Scored Anchor Set
    • Have students read the student anchor essay
    • Have students read the scoring explanations for scores 1 – 6
    • Teachers use these sets to scaffold student instruction
deconstructing the essay ipod graphic organizer1
Deconstructing the EssayIPOD Graphic Organizer

Pg. 67

  • Use the anchor sets provided or find anchor sets online, and have students complete each IPOD component with information from the paragraphs
  • Students should do this for a scored 4, 5, and a 6
additional mme wrap around information

Pgs. 2-6

Additional MME Wrap Around Information
  • Math:39 multiple choice
  • Science:49 multiple choice
  • Social Studies:42 multiple choice

40 MINUTES for each part

mme math
MME Math
  • ACT Test Taking Tips for Math students

Pgs. 33-34

additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Oakland Schools Prep Materials...page 2
  • Characteristics of Complex Text as defined by ACT…page 3
  • Academic Vocabulary…page 4-5
  • Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II Bookmarks…page 6-7