Instructor:      Kelly Maher

Room:              201

Phone:             504-838-2249

E-mail:             kmaher@pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us

Website:         https://sites.google.com/a/pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us/act-prep/ ; https://echo.newtechnetwork.org/

Course Purpose/Objectives:

If you are college bound, you will almost certainly be required to take the ACT Assessment. Almost all undergraduate colleges and universities require that prospective students take either the ACT or the SAT, and most students take both. During the first class you will take a diagnostic ACT test to assess your strengths and weaknesses. The course will then be tailored to your specific needs.


Topics include effective word usage, grammar, and reading comprehension for the verbal sections; techniques for the science reasoning section; and basic and advanced math concepts (including fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions) and algebraic and geometric concepts for the math section.




* Dulan, Steven W. McGraw-Hill's ACT. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Print.

Martz, Geoff, Kim Magliore, and Theodore Silver. The Princeton Review: Cracking the ACT. New York: Random House Inc., 2007. Print.


Postman, Robert. Preparing for the ACT English and Reading: All You Need to Ace the ACT. New York: Amsco School Publishing Inc., 2005. Print.


Postman, Robert. Preparing for the ACT English and Reading: All You Need to Ace the ACT. New York: Amsco School Publishing Inc., 2005. Print.


ACT Staff (2004). The Real ACT Prep Guide: The Only Official Prep Guide from the Makers of the ACT. Lawrenceville, NJ: Peterson’s Guides.


Course Materials:

Internet Resources: Links to all Internet resources available at: https://sites.google.com/a/pftsta.jppss.k12.la.us/act-prep/

Software: Microsoft Office 2007 Suite, Internet Explorer, and Windows XP Professional edition will be used.

Handouts: Additional handouts may be required. Instructor will provide information on obtaining this material.


Student Materials:

(Most work will be done on your laptop)

·         Binder with pockets

·         Scientific calculator

·         Loose-leaf

·         Folder with pockets

·         Pens (at least 1 black & 1 red)

·         Pencils

·         Colored pencils or markers

·         Highlighters

·         Baby wipes, tissue, or paper towels

·         TBA: Additional  project supplies may be announced as needed



Students will be graded according to the following school-wide learning outcomes: Content (weekly vocabulary assessments and the cumulative final exam*), Work Ethic (prompt completion of all class and homework, including the four diagnostic tests given throughout the semester), Written Communication (completion of diagnostic essay topics and writing exercises in the text), Collaboration (prompt completion of all group work), and Critical Thinking (higher order thinking skills).  While each SWLO is significant to the course, the most critical component is Work Ethic (the student’s effort). 


One PBL project titled “College Orientation” will be completed during the 2nd 9 weeks—in the month of November—and the scaffolding grades for it will vary in the SWLOs.


Grades will be determined using a standard percentage point evaluation as outlined below.

A          93%-100%

B          85%-92%

C          77%-84%

D         70%-76%

F          69%-0%


Course Policies:

Missed Classes: You are responsible for obtaining material, which may have been distributed on class days when you were absent. This can be done by checking the course calendar on PeBL or by contacting a classmate who was present. You shall have as many school days to make up an assignment or exam, as you have been absent.  Make-up tests will be coordinated with me upon returning.

Assignments: All major assignments and projects are due at the beginning of class on the date due. Late submission of projects and major assignments will be assessed a penalty of 50% work ethic per day. No major assignments or projects will be accepted more than two days late and at which time students will receive a zero in all grading categories No exceptions are made. Some assignments, including daily assignments and homework may not be accepted after the due date. Additional guidelines and expectations regarding homework and classwork assignments are outlined below.

Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on exam, paper or project; failure in course; and/or expulsion. For more information, refer to the Student Handbook.

Computers: Students will respect the computer equipment and each other, and will follow the “acceptable use policy” at all times.

Internet Use: Students are to use the Internet and other technologies only with permission and only for class assignments. Students will abide by the “acceptable use policy” at all times.


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