Wednesday, October 29, 2008

College Essay Prompts for World Literature

The personal essay helps colleges become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.

I. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.

II. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.

III. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.

IV. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.

V. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

VI. Topic of your choice.

Suggested length is 400-700 words.

Checklist for success:

_______ Catchy, unique title; intriguing, engaging lead; ending that wraps up the essay and leaves the writer something to think about

_______ Information and details, including specific, lively, & engaging language

_______ Tight focus on one idea, topic, or concept

_______ Personal meaning and relevance

_______ Sentence fluency, variety, and voice.

I will be using the SHHS writing rubric to evaluate your essay. Click here to view the rubric.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this. I'm teaching an 11/12 World lit course this year and wanted to spend a little time early in the semester on college writing. Your assignment and rubric are just what I need to get started. Thanks again!

Mr. B-G said...

Hi Mrs. Hood,

You're most welcome. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you were able to find something useful. I hope you and your students have a great year!

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