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What books to read to garner examples for the SAT Essay?

LightSourceLightSource Posts: 745- Member
edited July 2010 in SAT Preparation
I've decided to start reading some classics to not only pick up strong examples for possible SAT Essay Prompts from literature, but also help my CR score go up. Which books would give me characters/situations to draw upon for the strongest and most relevant examples to use for possible SAT Writing Prompts? Some I've already decided on (these books are also generally applicable for learning common SAT Vocabulary):
-To Kill a Mockingbird
-Great Gatsby
-1984
-Of Mice and Men
-Lord of the Flies
Any other exceptionally good ones?
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Replies to: What books to read to garner examples for the SAT Essay?

  • dipoledipole Posts: 270Registered User Junior Member
    Ok before I recommend a book, honestley, this isn't the best way to go about vocab learning. I'm not sure if you have heard this before, but it is really just slow and inefficient, so you should really try and go through direct hits and the PR hit parade. Both are solid. But if you are adamant about your methods, try catch-21
  • LightSourceLightSource Posts: 745- Member
    I'm not using them for vocab, that was just a side note. I already have Direct Hits and don't plan on getting anything else.
  • dipoledipole Posts: 270Registered User Junior Member
    Oh sorry I just assumed that was the reason, I didnt even read ur thread, my mistake... Anyway, if u need essay help go see "how to write a 12 essay in 10 days" or something like that in the best of sat section.
  • hobbithillhobbithill Posts: 984Registered User Member
    Tale of Two Cities
    put something of shakespeare up in there
    do the Ursula Le Guin books / Philip K. Dick books count as good examples?
  • onimpulseonimpulse Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
    Brave New World is a good one.
  • peachasopeachaso Posts: 334Registered User Member
    Lol I didnt really like Brave New World...

    My recommendations would be:
    the Iliad + Odyssey
    Machiavelli - The Prince
    More - Utopia
    Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

    Im not too sure they will be that helpful to SAT essays, but they are pretty good reads that (if you can somehow weave them in) will probably impress the readers
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