Students in F 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 my comment below as a model.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf2LQFG0lZs 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.”
- http://www.collegebasics.com/applying-to-college/admissions-essays/26-seven-ways-to-make-your-college-essay-stand-out.html They are simple steps, in which anyone can follow and BELIEVE in because we need to believe that we can do the steps without worrying about not having to. Even though this is for the writing part of the essay, it also applies to every other part of the test. The best step is #3. The reason is that too many people think that they are allowed to take themselves away from distractions easily, but in most cases it is the hardest thing. It focuses more on how to prepare yourself and relief yourself of the surrounding stress.
- https://owl.english.purdue.edu/sitemap/ This is a great website to use for a resource becuase there are plenty of options to look at. Also there are specific tabs about starting a college essay. It turns out Mr. Sullivan has this page linked from the right side tool bar of his blog, too.
- We need to have folks annotate these ones below: