ACT Tips

Semicolons and strategies to support an essay

Semicolons

-Semicolons separate a series of phrases of clauses. (containing commas)

-Separate 2 independent clauses (conjunctive adverb present)

Examples:

;similarly,

;consequently,

;therefore,

;also,


4 Strategies to Support and Essay

-providing an interpretation of a statement

-clarifying a general statement with examples

-furthering an argument with information and logical reasoning

-quoting an expert on the issues

Effective opening, transitional, and closing sentences:

Opening-introduce the reader to the overall purpose of the paragraph/essay

Transitional- like the different ideas in a composition together, contributing to the development and flow of the essay

Concluding- summarize the ideas that are presented in the paragraph/essay