ACT Writing Prompts — ACT Practice 12

The traditional 5-day school week, modeled after the 5-day work week, has been in place for generations. However, some studies have indicated that a 4-day school week consisting of longer school days may be beneficial for students. During a 4-day week with longer days, students would be in class the same number of hours as a 5-day week, but still would enjoy three day weekends. Proponents of this view argue that students, not to mention school staff, would benefit from having one additional day off of school to do their work, participate in sports, or do other activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily have time for. On the other hand, others argue that a three day weekend would limit how much students learn each week and increase the amount they forget from week to week. In your opinion, should schools adopt a 4-day school week with longer hours each day?

In your essay, take a position on this question. You may write about either one of the two points of view given, or you may present a different point of view on this question. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.

Time Limit: 30 minutes



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