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Units of Study -
Unit 1: SAT Practice
Unit 2: The College Essay
Unit 3: The College Process
Unit 4: Investigating Rhetorical Patterns
Unit 5: Narrative Non-Fiction
Unit 6: Speeches
Unit 7: Writing the Persuasive Essay
Unit 8: Analyzing Fiction
Unit 9: Life Beyond Morgan
The College Essay
UNIT 2 - The College Essay
A college essay must capture who you are.
Exceptional college essays are unique, a work only you could produce.
Exceptional college essays show the reader with specific captured moments who the writer is.
Participating in peer review, teacher conferences and writing workshop are important components of the writing process.
What is the purpose of the college essay?
What makes a college application essay exceptional?
What are effective strategies and rhetorical strategies for writing this essay?
How is the writing process used when writing the college essay?
How can a writer show rather than tell in an essay?
How does the college essay reveal something about you beyond the other components of the application?
Read college application essay examples on college websites, College Board, Teen Ink. Evaluate the essays and share your evaluations and the essays with your classmates.
View videos by college admissions officers and investigative journalists about the college application and the essay.
Actively read and annotate articles on college admissions.
Participate in the Public Interview and other topic idea exercises.
Participate in peer review, peer conferencing, teacher student conference, whole class writing workshops, turnitin peer editing
Revise essays for publication and class read a round.
Revised College Essay
Articles on College Essays:
1. NBC News "
Dreading Writing your College Application Essay? Tips From the Pros
" by Allison Slater Tate, July 26, 2016
7 Proven Tips for Successful College Application Essays
" - Money Magazine by Stephanie Kline Wassink, August 6, 2016
Business Insider "I Was an Ivy League Admission's Officer " Dec 8, 2015
Writing the Right College Essay- Wall Street Journal
Big Future College Essays
COMMON APPLICATION 2016-17- ESSAY TOPICS
5 Horrible Essay Topics
How to Write the perfect college essay for the common app 2013-14
(limit 650 words- enforced)
Going Beyond Cliche: How to Write a Great College Essay
10. New York Times Choice article
"Stuck on the Essay-Try writing a letter to an Imaginary roommate"
on finding a topic for the college essay
What 'Mundane Moments' from your life might make great essay material?
Daily Beast: The College Essay- How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay
Boston University: Write an Essay that Stands Out
How To Write Your College Essay- video
Carleton College Essay Tips
Common Application Essay -Tips for the Personal Essay Options on the Common Application
The College Admissions Essay: Finding a Topic
Advice on Whittling your Admissions Essay
College Application Essays as Haiku? For Some, 500 words aren't Enough
Juniors: In the Quiet of Summer, Start Your Essays
Tip Sheet: An Admissions Dean Offers Advice on Writing a College Essay
Wellesley College- Essay Tips
Quirky Essays A Window to Future Success
Seven Worst Types of College Essays- a slideshow
Conquering the College Essay
The Last and Definitive Word on Writing The Common Application Essay
10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay
Stanford Magazine: First Lines from Application Essays
28. Why Parents Should Butt Out of College Essays:
College Essays That Worked & Essays That Impressed the Colleges:
Hamilton College: Essays That Worked
Connecticut College: Essays That Worked
John Hopkins University Essays That Worked
Past Essays- Tufts
First Lines from Stanford University essays
Teen Ink College Essays
NPR chose two essays from Tufts Students
Admissions Essays - NPR
Listen to Ambar read her college essay.
Listen to Leah read her college essay.
Listen to Richard read his college essay.
Listen to Clayton read his college essay.
Listen to Leo read his college essay.
Still Searching for an Essay Topic? Try these Resources/Exercises:
College Essay Guy Brainstorm Objects Exercise
College Essay Guy Values Exercise
College Essay Guy Brainstorming PDF
100 Brave Interesting Questions- College Essay Guy
help on how to format text
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