Archive | October, 2015

Work on College/Personal Essay

5 Oct

Today we will be doing a Brainstorm worksheet for our next writing piece the college or personal essay.

We will also read a great example essay: Absolute Value.

You will have time to work on your writing piece or read your book.

12th Grade: 

We will be reading quotes from Henry David Thoreau Quotes.

Quick Write: Which is your favorite and why?

9th Grade: 

Skill: Epigraph– a quote before a piece begins that hints at themes and main ideas of the piece.


Personal Essay and College Essay Work

2 Oct

12th Grade: Our next writing piece will be the college essay Common App Questions

9th Grade: Our next writing piece will be the personal essay

Personal Essay Questions

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Complete this Essay Brainstorm sheet.

If you finish you will have time to do some reading.

Library/Computer Lab Assignment

1 Oct

Today we will be in the Library (period one will be in the computer lab)

During class complete the following assignment, type, print, and hand in by the end of class.

1. New Vocabulary Words: Define with part of speech

12th Grade: Brawn, Tout

9th Grade: Reprove, Cursory

2. Write a brief story (at least 50 words) using these words. Use the skill Sensory Imagery at some point.

3. Write a brief explanation (at least 50 words) of something you did this past week, without telling me what it is you did.  Use Showing Not Telling!

4.  Tell me about your Independent Reading Book

Title, Author, number of pages, why you chose this particular book

***If you finish early you may read your book.

Seniors Bring in College Essay Topics Tomorrow!