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  1. Bellringer Copy down and read the following two sentences. Which do you like better? Why? 1A. Her eyes are a clear, deep blue color. 1B. Her eyes are as blue as a robin’s egg. Copy down and read the following two sentences. Which do you like better? Why? 2A. I went to the store. 2B. To the store I went. Now think about this: out of each pair, which sentences are more INTERESTING to read?

  2. AP Literature and Composition “It’s a Tropes and Schemes Tuesday!” October 23, 2012 Mr. Houghteling

  3. AGENDA • Tropes and Schemes • Creating Leads / Pair-Share. • Revising for impact.

  4. Bellringer Copy down and read the following two sentences. Which do you like better? Why? 1A. Her eyes are a clear, deep blue color. 1B. Her eyes are as blue as a robin’s egg. Copy down and read the following two sentences. Which do you like better? Why? 2A. I went to the store. 2B. To the store I went. Now think about this: out of each pair, which sentences are more INTERESTING to read?

  5. Examples from the samples… • “As she gently spoon-fed chicken soup to her husband, years of worry and exhaustion revealed themselves under her swollen eyes, across her ridged forehead and in her hollow cheeks” (Potts 1). • “But, it was their very absurdity that saved her, protected her and guarded her from the unknown evils of the universe” (Potts 2).

  6. Graphic Organizer Possibility

  7. The Week • Monday: Leads and college essays. • Tuesday: College Application Essay. • Wednesday: College Application Essay and Storytime. • Thursday: Literary Criticisms. • Friday: Playing with Literary Criticisms / “The Rose of the World.”

  8. Pair/Share • Review the two different leads you created last week. Share with your partner. • Partner’s questions: 1. Do you want to keep reading? Why or why not? 2. What worked in this lead? 3. What suggestions for improvement can you provide?

  9. Pair/Share—Revise for Impact • Now get your lead back from your partner. What can you change to make your lead more powerful? • Sentence revisions. • Count the number of words in each sentence. Are they all pretty close? • Look at the sentence structure of each sentence. Do all of your sentences start out the same way? • What kind of details do you need to add?

  10. Now what do I do? • Revise and develop your lead. • Begin drafting your college application essay.

  11. Types of Leads

  12. Tips for writing an effective essay: First of all, you need to keep in mind that colleges want you as a student and as a person. Because they need to know a bit about you, you must demonstrate your voice throughout your application essay. In other words, your essay should not read like a laundry list or encyclopedia. Rather, it should be MEMORABLE. You reader should be able to picture you behind the words. How to accomplish this?

  13. How to be memorable: • Specifics. Don’t simply talk about how you like to read. Talk about curling into a ball on your grandmother’s porch swing and delving into Breath Eyes Memory only to get up four hours later in the dark and covered in mosquito bites. -Proper nouns -Tell stories/memories that are unique to you • Write about something that you actually care about…as much as possible. You may not get to pick your essay topic, but you have full control over what happens in it.