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Defining the Self in College Application Essays

by Alice Pencavel Objectives for Students:  To connect observations of their external world with the nuances of their inner world. To garner a deepened understanding of how the senses inform good writing. To generate material students can use for college application essays. Guiding Questions:  Who are you in relation to your environment? What is “self”?…

I Am Good Vibes

I AM GOOD VIBES is an anthology of personal narrative essays and one collaborative poem by the seventh-grade students of Washington Heights Academy. The title comes from a warm-up activity wherein all students participated in completing the prompts, “I am…,” “I was…,” “I’m afraid…,” and “I hope…” thus illustrating their hopes and fears and examining…

Unexpected Greatness

I am from the Bronx. I grew up about 15 mins away from Van Nest Academy in the Pelham Parkway. When I was in 7th grade, college to me was only a dream. I didn’t know how realistic of an option it was at that time, but I held that thought dear to my heart…

The College Application Essay as a Descriptive Narrative

By Amina Henry  In this essay-writing lesson, T&W writer Amina Henry helps students generate ideas and practice writing the college application essay.  Grade: 11th–12th  Genre: Personal Essay Download: The College Application Essay as a Descriptive Narrative Common Core State Standards (Refer to the ELA Standards > Writing > Grade 11–12): ELA-LITERACY.W.11–12.2.D: Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary,…

UNCOVERING STUDENTS’ STORIES

TEACHING ARTIST VOICE By Vanessa Mártir Most private colleges and universities require a personal narrative essay as part of the application process. I tell my students that the essay is the gate. Their statistics get them to the gate—GPA, SAT and/or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, etc.—but what gets that gate to open (and grant them…

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