Enroll in ACT Reading with Dolphin STEM Academy
The ACT Reading Courses were developed by aligning Plato Courseware with the
topics that are assessed on the 2016 ACT Test. Each unit aligns to one or more topics
within the test. This course focuses on the study of different reading strategies for
reading selections from social studies, natural sciences, literary narratives, and
humanities. In this course, you will find a variety of lessons and activities to improve
your knowledge of these strategies.
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Examine the stages and key periods in the development of the English language
and learn how writers reflect on conflict in informational texts.
Investigate examples of cause and effect in literary nonfiction, and explore the
historical context of The Odyssey and the characteristics of the epic hero.
Analyze the themes and structure of The Odyssey, examine the effect of the epic
simile, and identify the characteristics of American Indian stories from early American history.
Understand how to analyze the historical and cultural significance of literature from the
Colonial period, rhetoric in speeches from US history, and seminal American texts
from the Revolutionary period.
Determine the main idea and point of view in Civil War texts, and investigate
connections and distinctions between important Civil War events.
Analyze Civil War documents that contain arguments for and against slavery, and
explore how to do a close reading of a nonfiction text.
Incorporate evidence from informative essays, analyze structure and technical
meanings, and evaluate structure and reasoning in texts.
Evaluate the function and features of informational nonfiction texts, and analyze
opinion, bias, and persuasive techniques in informational texts.
Explore the literary characteristics of realistic fiction, and understand how fiction can
revisit and recreate historical events.
Evaluate the role of scientific discovery and exploration in science fiction, and
evaluate points of view and structure.
Investigate the impact of word choice and structure, examine theme and setting, and
analyze literary elements.
Identify characters and settings, and examine key conflicts in novels.
Examine Charles Dickens’s narrative approach to considering one’s past in
A Christmas Carol, and apply that type of self-exploration to an investigation of your
past study, reading, and writing habits.
Explore how to do a close reading of a nonfiction text, and examine narrative and
persuasive essays to determine their characteristics and purposes.
Explore point of view in memoirs, and practice writing a short memoir.
Describe the relationship between arguments in literature and writing critically about literature.
Analyze literal and figurative meaning in poetry, evaluate the emergence of the
Revolutionary period in America, and analyze the poetry of that era.
Examine techniques for delivering a dramatic reading of a poem, important literary
features of drama, and the historical context, characteristics, and genres of Shakespearean plays.
Explore the characteristics of essays about plays, examine the historical and cultural
significance of transcendentalist literature, and evaluate the emergence of the realist
period and its literature.
Examine the emergence of the naturalist period and its literature, evaluate naturalist
literature, and analyze elements of structure and purpose in writing.
Explore the development of an “American language,” and evaluate the purpose of
code-switching in various settings.
Compare a drama to its film adaptation, and investigate as well as interpret a film
adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Speckled Band.”