Have your students read the sample essays from the College Board and feel dejected?
For years, I assigned these sample essays, but my students never really learned anything. They read the higher-scored essays and immediately felt that they could never write at that level, especially in a timed situation. With this simple activity, students analytically read the sample essay and fill in the chart provided. This chart helps students see the organization of the sample essay and obtain insight into the different ways to analyze the text assigned.