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What is a Personal Essay?

What is a Personal Essay?

I always teach this unit assuming that students have no idea what a personal essay really is. The goal of today’s lesson is to introduce the personal essay and get students started with some very informal pre-writing. Start the class by showing at least five prompts from which students can choose to write two free writes or quick writes. If you are teaching to juniors in the Spring or seniors in the fall, they might appreciate writing an essay that…

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Personal Essay and College Application Essay Unit

Personal Essay and College Application Essay Unit

By the end of this six to thirteen-day unit, students will be well on their way to writing a finished copy of a college application essay. Additionally, by examining published essays, completing exercises, and participating in class discussions, they will they will have an understanding of the elements of a successful personal essay. If you prefer to have students write in class, because they have other work for homework or you would rather not assign homework, you could insert two…

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How to Kick-Start Your College Essay

How to Kick-Start Your College Essay

Sometimes the hardest part of writing a college admissions essay is just getting started. Here’s a quick exercise to get pen to paper (or keyboard to computer). Step 1: Think about yourself What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your best qualities? Are you a plugger? An intellectual? A creative type? Curious? Passionate? Determined? Step 2: Choose a positive quality you’d like to convey to the admissions committee Don’t pick an event or something you’ve done. President of the…

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Three Steps to a Great College Essay

Three Steps to a Great College Essay

You, in 500 Words or Less The college application essay is a chance to explain yourself, to open your personality, charm, talents, vision, and spirit to the admissions committee. It’s a chance to show you can think about things and that you can write clearly about your thoughts. Don’t let the chance disappear. Stand up straight and believe in yourself! The Essay Writing Process Okay, boot up your computer and let’s get to it. To write a college essay, use…

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What’s in a College Essay?

What’s in a College Essay?

Understanding What Colleges Are Looking for in Your Child The college essay writing gives your child a chance to communicate with the school on a more personal level. Other parts of your child’s application—grades, scores, and recommendations—show what your child has done. Your child’s college essay reveals who she is. It can be a strong voice in your child’s favor and a way to stand out from the rest. An Essay of Self-Analysis Self-analysis isn’t easy and it can be…

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Choosing a College Essay Topic

Choosing a College Essay Topic

What You Write About Says Something About You Underlying all essay questions is choice. The essay question may be direct and ask you to choose something about yourself to discuss, or it may be indirect and require you to write about something such as an event, book, or quotation. Why Your Choice of Essay Matters The college regards your choices as a way to evaluate your preferences, values, mental processes, creativity, sense of humor, and depth of knowledge. Your writing…

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Writing the College Essay Workshop Outline

Writing the College Essay Workshop Outline

Workshop 1: Finding the Right College Objective: Analyzing the colleges or type of colleges you would like to attend and figuring out what colleges’ value and are looking for in a student. (Student(s) must gather/bring materials on one – three colleges they would like to attend) •Review college brochures, website and view books. o Activity: review some college marketing publications and circle key words that resonate with you. Now underline any other buzzwords that reflect the qualities they are searching…

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