Advanced Comp: Examining College Essays

The Documents below are designed to help you understand the processes and practices that guide a strong college admission essay. Typical prompts used in these essays are…

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

 2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

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9th Lit: Extra Credit Shakespearean Sonnet Project

Notes: Sonnets

Point Value: 30 points in the writing domain.

Due Date: Monday, January 11th.

Criteria: Your sonnet must have all of the following criteria.

  • Must describe an ironic situation (4 points).
  • Must satisfy the criteria for a Shakespearean Sonnet (12 points).
    • 14 lines
    • Proper Rhyme Scheme – ABABCDCDEFEFGG
    • Iambic Pentameter – 10 syllables per line
  • Must include at least 3 of the following rhetorical devices. Please make these devices stand out (12 points).
    • Alliteration
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Metaphor
    • Simile
    • Allusion
    • Personification
    • Imagery
    • Oxymoron
    • Pun
    • Hyperbole
  • Must be typed on blog (2 points)

9th Literature: Julius Caesar

For our reading of Shakespeare we will follow the protocols below:download

  • In order to receive full participation credit, students must reach at least 10 participation points during this week.
  • Students will receive one point for answering or raising a good discussion question.
  • Students will receive two points for reading an assigned part of the play.
  • Students can lose points for classroom disturbances.

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Advanced Comp: Understanding Comics Jigsaw Mini-Project

Step One: Be sure that you know all of the graphic novel terms provided in your previous notes. A supplemental guide to these terms can be found here.

Understanding Comics (The Invisible Art) By Scott McCloud

Step Two: Create a poster that addresses the following questions for you group’s assigned chapter. Please do so in complete sentences.

  1. What are the 3 biggest ideas of the chapter? What quotes does McCloud use to explain them? Write at least 3 sentences explaining each big idea.
  2. What three graphic novel terms are most important for this chapter?
  3.  Which individual icons, shown in this chapter, are most connected to these big ideas?
  4. Which panel is most important to your understanding of the chapter? Draw it on your poster.
  5. Thinking about the real world, choose a big idea and use a historical or popular allusion to explain it further

Due halfway through the period on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Which concept from your chapter has most effected The Silence of Our Friends so far?

Advanced Comp: Album Critique Project

Written Criteria (35 writing points):

  • The student’s criticism must be at least 3 paragraphs in length (12 points).
  • Article must include a distinct paragraph arrangement that guides the audience’s reading and thinking about the album (5 points).
  • Article must include a distinct opinion of the work’s overall artistic value (3 points).
  • Article must include two MLA styled quotes to back opinions and prove research (5 points).
  • Article must include at least two MLA Works Cited Page Entries (5 points).
  • Criticism is between 500 and 1200 words.

Language Criteria (15 Language Points):

  • Article must be grammatical clean (5 points).
  • Article must not use any Dead Words (5 points).
  • Article must capture the wider picture of the album’s significance, be written engagingly, and add personal style to the topic (5 points)

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