Best Essays 2009
"To be honest," says Ponnusamy, "if you're thinking about the most selective of schools in the country and the most interesting thing in your life is your parents' divorce, you're not going to get in anyway.”But even if your life hasn't been filled with experiences worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, you can salvage an essay about a ho-hum subject by having a novelist's eye for detail.
For Greg Roberts, the admissions dean at University of Virginia, one of the most memorable essays he read was about a single at-bat in a high-school baseball game.
With early application deadlines upon us, guidance counselors, professors, and admissions consultants slipped Kathleen Kingsbury seven essays that helped get kids into top schools last year—and she examines exactly what they did right. These are a few topics on independent consultant Arun Ponnusamy’s list of what not to write about in your college application essay.
What you learned about poverty on your ,000 trip to Africa.
The essays were slipped to us by college professors, high-school guidance counselors, independent admissions consultants, and even staffers at student newspapers.
BONUS: Cut Through the “Stickiness” of Prior Beliefs is a somewhat interesting article that contains an terrific chart/infographic reflecting some recent research.“The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language” Skills Practice | Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion is from The New York Times Learning Network.Skills Practice | Persuading an Audience Using Logos, Pathos and Ethos is from The New York Times Learning Network.“I just felt like I knew him.”Roberts worries that students tend to be too conservative with essays and are afraid to take risks.“There are no wrong answers here, and the last thing you want is a dry or boring essay,” he says.We’re just beginning our Persuasive Essay unit in Intermediate English, and I thought I’d identify some relevant sites. Important Research For Writing Persuasive Essays A study finds that both experts and non-experts can be more persuasive when they express uncertainty.I’ll also be converting list into a more student-accessible post on our Intermediate English class blog. Writing for Justice • Persuasion from the Inside Out is an article by elementary school teacher Mark Hansen. He lays-out in detail a process he used to help his students write a persuasive essay. Other activities connected to it are: Read The BBC has another activity called Argue, Persuade, and Advise. Persuasion Map is from Read Write Think, but it can only be printed-out, not saved.Even though it describes them in the context of an elementary school classroom, I think several of his ideas could be adapted in other settings.I will be using a simple “I Wish We Could Change” organizer organizer he created.When I teach my persuasive essay unit, it’s always a bit tricky to guide students towards a topic that holds their interest and would make the world a better place.