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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‚Äôs 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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