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Reading Essential Skills
- Explain major ideas in messages.
- Identify/Use figurative language.
- Expand vocabulary in reading, writing, and speaking.
- Analyze details.
- Draw inferences, conclusions, and generalizations.
- Use knowledge of literary devices (allegory, figurative language, imagery, point of view, and symbolism).
- Identify author’s purpose/point of view.
- Read and comprehend both fiction and non-fiction.
- Recognize correct use of sentence structure.
- Determine correct use of subject-verb agreement.
- Identify correct use of pronouns.
- Use correct verb forms and tenses.
- Be a role model. Let your child see you reading.
- Subscribe to the local newspaper, or purchase the Sunday edition. The Sports section is a good place to look for similes, metaphors, and active language.
- Make sure that your child has a library card, dictionary, and thesaurus, and encourage their use.
- Ask your child to give a summary of what he/she is reading in school. Remember that students read in several subjects. Asking about a favorite subject will generate the best response.
- Before applying in person, ask your child to write a letter to the manager of a business inquiring about a job.
- Send for a brochure or catalog from a college or vocational school that interests your child. Read it together.
- Give your child a confusing piece of correspondence you have received. Decipher it together.
- Choose a book which has been made into a movie. After both you and your child have read the book, see the movie together and talk about the similarities and differences (The Bourne Identity, The Notebook, The Manchurian Candidate).
Algebra II Essential Skills
- Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and simplify radical expressions and expressions containing rational exponents.
- Add, subtract, multiply, divide, and simplify rational expressions, including complex fractions.
- Recognize the parent graphs of polynomial, exponential, radical, quadratic, and logarithmic functions and predict the effects of transformations on the parent graphs, using various methods and tools which may include graphing calculators.
- Use algebraic, interval, and set notations to specify the domain and range of functions of various types.
- Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities using various methods and tools which may include substitution, elimination, matrices, graphing, and graphing calculators.
- Solve quadratic equations by graphing, factoring, completing the square and quadratic formula.
- Graph a quadratic function and identify the x- and y-intercepts and maximum or minimum value, using various methods and tools which may include a graphing calculator.
- Given the graph of a polynomial function, identify the x- and y-intercepts, relative maximums and relative minimums, using various methods and tools which may include a graphing calculator.
- Identify whether the model/equation is a curve of best fit for the data, using various methods and tools which may include a graphing calculator.
- Enroll in Union’s Test Prep Classes for the ACT and SAT. Super Saturday and 8-Night Courses are available.
- Visit the ACT website www.actstudent.orgto take advantage of the free on-line practice tests that are available.
- Go to the ACT website www.act.org/path/parent/college to see the college planning checklist specifically designed for students in their junior year. This guide gives specific tips about test prep as well as college admissions and financial aid applications.
- Visit the student section of www.colleageboard.org to find information about planning for college and sign up for the SAT’s “Question of the Day” to be emailed to you each day.
- Visit the Union High School College and Career office for scholarship opportunities and admissions information.