《新SAT写作高分突破》全书的内容可分为三部分：第一部分是新SAT写作介绍，分别从“作文命题”、“作文评分”和“实例分析”3个部分细致分析了新SAT essay的设题方向和评分标准。第二部分用6个Chapter全面模拟了SAT essay的写作过程。由读到写，一步步引导学生从阅读、到分析、再到写作，实际体验SAT作文考试的全过程。章节中的每个lesson都配有同步练习，帮助学生复习、巩固所学内容。第三部分收录了6篇精选essay prompt，并提供了高品质范文。范文经资深语言专家打造、润色，逻辑合理，语言地道，是研习SAT essay的绝佳途径。
Chapter 1Read forAnalyzing
Lesson 1Identifythe Author’s Argument 16
Lesson 2IdentifyClaims while Reading 30
Lesson 3IdentifyEvidence while Reading 41
Lesson 4 NoticeSpecial Features while Reading 55
Chapter 2Lay aSolid Foundation in Your Introduction
Lesson 1Find theFocus for Your Analysis 68
Lesson 2OrganizeYour Introduction 74
Chapter 3BuildStrong Body Paragraphs
Read for Analyzing
Just as all writers write for a purpose, the same concept holds true for readers. Why do people read? Generally speaking, people read to get information, to entertain themselves, to analyze the author’s viewpoint within a text and/or to determine whether or not the means the author used to deliver his argument were effectively conveyed. When you take the New SAT Writing Test, you will be asked to read an argumentative/persuasive essay first. The sole purpose of reading the assigned essay is to make a rhetorical analysis. In other words, your job is not to agree or disagree with the argument, but to analyze the author’s methods. In order to become an analytical reader you must first learn to identify the parts of an argumentative essay. When you have fully mastered the structure and the purpose of the argumentative essay, you will then begin to be able to assess how successfully it was written.
Lesson 1Identify the Author’s Argument
The author’s argument, also known as the central idea of the essay, is a one or two-sentence declaration of what the author believes. The prompt itself can be a valuable resource: many times it reveals clues regarding the author’s argument. Once it is established, the rest of the text is the author’s attempt to convince the reader that the argument is sound and true. Through a set of claims supported with evidence, the author will use certain rhetorical strategies and persuasive elements to sway the reader’s opinion to his side. We will talk about these terms in greater detail in later chapters.
Why do we need to identify the author’s argument? There are two reasons. One, when you write your analysis, you need to demonstrate that you understand what the assigned passage is all about. Two, when you start to write your response, you need to give a lead, or a little background knowledge about the passage being discussed, and a link to your own thesis statement, which is about how the author effectively uses rhetorical strategies and persuasive elements to make that argument convincing.