Reading Speak; College Essays

25 Oct

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9th  Grade:

Fill out this Class Participation Self Evaluation to give yourself an idea of how you will be evaluated on class participation at the end of the quarter.

Reading Speak. Read the 3rd Marking Period of Speak (up to page 137). In your notebook, write 10 bullet points of important events in the story. Give a quote and page number to support your answer.

12th Grade:

Skill: Reflective Narrator

-A reflective narrator does not merely recount the events of a story, they look back and analyze them.  He/she may explain the significance, question actions and event, think about what he/she would do if it happened again, discuss lessons learned, or detail what was going through his/her mind during the event. They compare then to now. They play the “what if” game.

Read this article on reflective narrators. Try to incorporate a reflective narrator into your college essay.

Skill: Epigraph

A quote or statement before the beginning of a piece of literature that highlights a main idea or theme in the piece to follow. It can be used to draw a reader’s attention to a certain idea or concept, or to help set the mood of the piece.

Classic Examples:

Behind every great fortune there is a crime. — Balzac
(from The Godfather by Mario Puzo)

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me? — Paradise Lost, X, 743-45
(from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. — Charles Lamb
(from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

More examples

College Essay Requirements:

  • -Choose any of the Common App Prompts (or one your school requires)
  • -650 Word Maximum
  • -Typed copy due at beginning of class Monday

Skills to consider:

  • -Effective Lead
  • -Sensory Imagery
  • -Showing Not Telling
  • -Using Stronger Words
  • -Reflective Narrator
  • -Writing in the Present Tense
  • -Epigraph
  • -Anecdote
  • -Rule of Threes
  • -Using Specific Details
  • -Bookending
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