Friday, October 31, 2008

College Essay Comment Instructions

I would like your college essay comments to answer the following five questions:

I - Describe your personal reaction to the story. How do you feel after reading it? What do you remember? What images do you see? What concepts or ideas are in your head? What did you learn about the author?

II - Was the title creative and unique? Did the lead grab your attention? Did the ending successfully "wrap up" the essay's ideas and leave you with something thoughtful to think about?

III. What was your favorite part of the story? Pick a line that you liked, copy and paste it into the comment box, put quotes around it, and explain what it was about it that stood out to you.

IV - Find one thing about the essay that you found distracting or problematic. This could be anything from improper use of dialogue, misused words (your vs. you're, it's vs. its, their vs. there), run-on sentences, sentence fragments, subject/verb agreement, simple word usage, boring verbs, etc.

Everyone's essay can be improved in some way. Help each other become stronger writers by identifying something that could be done better.

V - What is one piece of advice that the author might use to make his or her final revisions by Thursday, Nov. 6? This should be phrased constructively (try doing ------- , consider --------) or inquisitively (what do you think would happen if you -------------?)

Comments should be five paragraphs (3 to 5 well-written sentences per question). Your comments should appear below the story you are responding to. When asked to choose an identity, use your Google/Blogger ID.

Comments not posted according to these instructions should be deleted.

I would like each of you to respond to three essays.

* Please copy and paste your comments into a Word document that I can check on on your computer on Monday, Nov. 3rd. Your classmates and I thank you for your valuable feedback.

Three comments = a "check"
Two comments = a "check minus"
One or no comments = zero credit

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