DUE DATES- ON TIME
DUE DATES- LATE (-10%)
LINK TO SLIDES FROM CLASS (if that format is easier for you to follow!)
Starter- This is Water, by David Foster Wallace (10 min video, 15 total)
GOAL = Refined 2nd draft of at least one college essay.
Which phrase best describes your current situation in regards to college essay writing?
Narrative Structure- Straightforward, linear story.
GOAL TODAY = Lots of brainstorming and ideation
Even if you already have an essay, I can tell you that so many students throw out the drafts they have midway through this semester to start again. My goal here is to give ALL of you many ideas to return to and to start with, and to make sure that ideas that you have are unique and specific to YOU.
Create a brainstorming document! If you prefer to do this by hand, grab some paper. Here we go.
Brainstorm 1: Core Values Exercise
Brainstorm 2: I Love + I Know
Spend one minute making a random list of things you love. If you have a partner nearby, set a timer and speak your list aloud while your partner writes down what you say. Examples: I love ... the ocean. I love ... the way clean laundry smells. I love ... physics. I love ... my grandmother's pupusas, etc. Then switch roles, and you write while your partner makes their list. Here's a video of me doing this one.
After you've done that, spend one minute making a list of things you know a lot about. (Examples: I know a lot about ... board games ... World War II history ... constructed languages, etc.) Again, if you have a partner, take turns talking and writing. Write them here:
Brainstorm 3: Feelings and Needs
Walk through the handout.
Brainstorm 4: Essence Objects
Spend at least five minutes naming 10 "essence objects." These are tangible things that represent memories, moments, relationships, or values that are important to you. Briefly say why each one is meaningful (Ex: "The beads on my desk were hand-painted by my friends for my daughter and they represent the love from my community.")
Here are 20 questions to help you brainstorm (again, you can write them below):
Reading Model Essays
Lesson plans posted daily. Come here to see what you missed, find instructions, etc.