College Essay notes and resources

By numerous popular requests, I've included some links here about some of my college essay "best of suggestions":

-Want to see one?  a great model story/ "college essay."  (note:  the second page contains a "worst-ever" version that follows the same form, and the same story.  As you compare both, notice how the choice of details in the good one conveys curiosity, optimism, and humility.  Notice too how the "bad" version comes off as uncurious, pessimistic, and arrogant.)

-Introduction notes  to "Experience"/"personal narrative" prompts, including a brief appendix on the "7 traits of maturity", especially how to stand out from the pack by ephasizing "curiosity" above all!

-More notes on the "traits of maturity" and general suggestions for tailoring your MESSAGE...

-Notes about all 3 basic types of "Personal statements" and how to use your research about schools to write better essays, and make better college choices!

Link to my style guide appendix:  see Appendix, rule 6 for the "high/low diction" rule
and Part one, last rule for the importance of "I"!

And finally,
A fun valediction for past, parting seniors:  It's just a list of notes, but several students told me (after visiting from college: "It's all true."  They're my top ten (actually, 11) pointers for what every PWGD needs to do to get the most out of college, ANY college, once you get there.

Must-have links and resources for English 11

I've had a number of requests lately from students in English 11 who love all the guides and resources, and love that they're here on the blog, but would just like to have just the ones we need and put them all in one easy-to-find place.  Here they are:  just the "most important" resources that support what we're doing in the class.


The Usage guide

The guide that shows all the ways to combine a given piece of evidence and claim to make different memes.

The paragraph guides:
     The "basic" skills of IQ and "connecting" claims, evidence, and reasons"
     The advanced guide to a paragraph that "almost" works but makes logical mistakes.

The guide to our one-paragraph "literary encounters," including some examples of good models.

The checklist we premiered in February for editing our literary encounters.

Requirements for our Vocab assignment