Seeking ACT-like Prose Fiction and Humanities Pieces
May 6, 2014 9:56 AM Subscribe
Hi all. I'm tutoring some students for the ACT, and wanted to find some good selections of prose fiction and humanities non-fiction to give them a sense of what they can expect on the reading section of the test. I had lots of ideas for prose fiction, but many seemed to involve something potentially confusing and controversial (abortion in Hills Like White Elephants, Tourette's Syndrome in Motherless Brooklyn, intersex identity in Middlesex) and most of the humanities writing I'm familiar with is high-level academic scholarship that is probably too dense for high school students.
posted by foxy_hedgehog to Education (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Two selections that I think good models are Flannery O'Connor's short story, "Everything That Rises Must Converge," and James Baldwin's essay "Everybody's Protest Novel." I have some more in mind but I'd like to get your suggestions. Please let me know if you can think of any good novels, short stories, and essays that might be accessible yet challenging and analytically rich for high school juniors.
If you're curious to see what I had in mind, here's an online sample test