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College Admissions Essay/Personal Statement: Writing Unit (2021-22 Edition)

Secondary Sara
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11th - 12th
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NOW WITH GOOGLE: Up-to-date for 2021-22 Common App & Coalition App. No changes were made in prompts from last year to this year.

College application essays are very different from other forms of writing done in school, and your students can’t do it alone! Help them increase their odds of admission with this lesson and writing set!

These materials teach students how to BOTH follow the rules AND stand out from their peers enough to leave positive impressions on unfamiliar readers.

(PS - You might also like my related blog post, 6 Ways to Help Seniors Write Admissions Essays.)

Go through the entire writing process:

• The lesson introduces students to what the essays are like, how to organize their application information, and especially how to analyze given prompts to understand both what the admissions people WANT and what the TRAPS are in each prompt.

• After a short review quiz, students are tasked to choose ONE prompt for a college (or the Common App) that they will complete, write a draft, and turn it in to you; use the rubric to fairly assess the essays for your gradebook AND give them practical feedback for revision (before they actually apply to a college).

• Depending on your needs, use any of the optional prompt organization, sample essay reading, editing, or research activities!

**Please see the PREVIEW for additional images and information!**

This EDITABLE download includes:

• Google Docs, Word, and PDF versions included

• Lesson & Guided notes

• Answer keys

• Rubric for grading (with CCSS standards)

• Student Self-Assessment/Peer Feedback page

• Read and compare 3 sample essays

• Editing & Revising activity

• Optional "Research My Dream School" activity

College Essays Graphic Organizer freebie

NOTE: This download will be UPDATED every summer to reflect any prompt changes for that year!


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