Effective Lead Contest; Brainstorming for Next Writing Piece

6 Oct

Mad Skillz Contest: Get a Point on Your Average!

To celebrate this week’s edition of Mad Skillz Monday, we will have a contest.  In your notebooks, using no more than 25 words (the fewer the better), write an Effective Lead for anything you did this weekend.     Try to make it as exciting as possible, using the least amount of words.  You will share your effective lead with a group of students. In that group you will select the best writing, revise it if necessary, and share it with the class.  The class will vote which they think is the most effective lead, and members of that group will receive a point on their average.

Personal/College Essay Brainstorming

The reason we bring up effective leads today is that your personal/college essay should have a great one.  You’re going to have to make your reader care about you right away, so an effective lead is a must!  Use the College Essay Brainstorm handout to gather ideas for your essay.  Think about things you value about yourself and others, as well as things you’d like to value/have in your life.

12th Grade: You will be using the essay question you are going to write for your college application.  Make sure you have your question, otherwise you will be answering one of the prompts below.

9th and 10th Grade: For your personal essay use any one of the following prompts:

Personal Essay Prompts:

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their essay would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

This essay will be our 3rd writing piece, which is due this Friday!


Reminder: Although we didn’t discuss it today, remember that the reading of the third section of our class book was due today. Be prepared!

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