Period A’s Annotated Resources for College Essay Writing

Students in A Period class really enjoyed the creative delivery of this video’s content. Though I found it too much visualization at times, I was really impressed how effeciently they understood that writing is not a gift and is a skill that improves with patience and practice. Wow! That is a a great starting point for our work with learning personal narrative essay writing skills for application essays and supplemental pieces. This awareness also helps them summon past writing skills and embrace new skills because they are avoiding negative mindset scripts, such as “Oh, I can’t write.” Or the occasional, “Bad writing runs in my family.” After a productive first week, everyone is ready to take on the challenge of learning and fine-tuning our writing skills.

So here’s the fun part. While this post is a collation of our collective research, seniors will now review this prioritized annotated list, and then comment below what their favorite new skill or habit. Thus, limit your comment to 140 characters (including spaces). In fact, you can use Texting language and syntax; I say this in case you don’t realize yet that you are creating a future classroom Tweet! Again, you do not have to have a Twitter account. I already have one for class. You need to compose a Tweet using condensed language (higher order thinking exercise akin to poetry) and research on Google appropriate (#) hashtag. The best use of hashtags will most likely create the most connections on Twitter. When I Tweet your Tweet, I will reward an extra credit bonus point to a time management assessment for each favorite you receive on this. Two bonus points for ReTweets!  See the first comment below by 15wbd as a model.

  • Interestingly, the second best video comes from an English teacher in Seattle who operates a flipped classroom style approach for some topics, such as the college essay. He has many great videos on his YouTube channel, which I recommend. Nevertheless, I hope to have Suffield students employ more nuance language or poetic elements to help them create a powerful, or perhaps open-ended conclusion than suggested here, I do really appreciate the great description of student voice, the human face on your application. He extolls that voice involves the college essay writer to invest a sense of his/her” personality as well as an emotional commitment.”

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14 Responses to Period A’s Annotated Resources for College Essay Writing

  1. 15wdb says:

    #Seniors2015 Of all #collegeapp tips, #1 is being true to oneself & believing in oneself in my #collegeessay. thx @CollegeEssayGuy 🙂

  2. 15dem says:

    A great tip from this video would definitely be a timeline and a schedule to plan your writing out and canceling out distractions. That’d def help with my #collegeessay

  3. pnc491 says:

    #personalessay One idea I found interesting is that personal/college essay does not begin with a thesis or aim, rather, there is no fixed structure. The essay flows around the subject until arriving, without predetermined aim.

  4. Becs says:

    This video helps you understand that writing is a skill and not a gift. Anyone can improve their writing techniques. Don’t give up #collegeessay2015

  5. 15mfy says:

    I was able to take away a lot from this video. This video showed me that although you think you may not need writing later in life its most likely gonna appear so find strategies that help you become the best writer you can and your writing is only factored by the effort you put in to it. #lifewritingtips

  6. 15daf says:

    A great tip from this video is to plan out your goals. It will help you with a plan of attack #collegeessaytips

  7. 15apm says:

    Making a plan will help with your college essay!! #planahead #getitdone

  8. Marmaduke says:

    This video has a great visual aid that helps you understand his material mush easier. one great tip was to remove all distractions before writing. This is a very important habit to get into.

  9. marys says:

    A good tip for writing is to remove all distractions and technology. #collegetip #disconnect #nodistractions

  10. hbells says:

    Make a plan of attack for your college essay. Ignore your surroundings and write. The best essay is the one that expresses your personal life, values, and adventures… show them! #collegeessay #ignoredistractions #bepersonal

  11. 15MPK says:

    Set aside time each day to work on your draft.

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