One of the themes of this year for me, for you, is increasing independence. As such, I’m putting you in the driver’s seat for much of this process. In college, it’s unlikely that your professors will have interim deadlines for papers and projects. You will have to plan your time, hold yourself accountable, and seek the help you need. So let’s practice that with this project—there’s some symbolic resonance, no?
Sample Essay Read-aloud.
Choose one of the sample essays to read out loud. Non-readers should follow along with the paper in front of you. As you read look for the following. When the read aloud is done, discuss:
Where Are You?
The corners of the classroom have been labeled with numbers 1-4. Go to the corner that best represents your current status in regards to college essays. Use the following criterion:
Which phrase best describes your current situation in regards to college essay writing?
Pick a group of 3 students from your corner and form a support group. You will be working in/with your support group for many of the remaining College Essay Boot Camp tasks. After your group is formed, see me for a scheduling sheet (Handout: “Support Group Scheduling” - Docs Page) and a packet of helpful resources. You'll run through the following tasks:
Now get started on your schedule!
I will make photocopies of your group schedule, and provide each group member a copy.
HOMEWORK: Whatever you assign yourself based on your Support Group Schedule.
Lesson plans posted daily. Come here to see what you missed, find instructions, etc.