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  1. College Application Essay • Good luck...

  2. Essay “Best of....” • I made the honor role every semester. • I made the horror role every semester.

  3. Essay “Best of....” • Activities: Cook and Serve for the homeless • Activities: Cook and Serve the homeless

  4. Essay “Best of....” • I was inducted into the National Honor Society ...Not creepy at all... • I was abducted into the National Honor Society

  5. Requirements • Introduction/Conclusion • Thesis (Focus) Statement • Body Paragraphs (at least two) • 2 page Min. 3 page Max. • First Person Language is ok

  6. Drafting: Introduction • Avoid overused or cliche introductions such as.... • Don’t introduce yourself (“Hello, my name is....”) • Don’t ask for permission to talk (“Please permit me to discuss my juggling routine...”) • Stay away from term paper intros. Don’t restate the topic or preview points.

  7. Drafting Introductions • Use a mysterious statement • An obscure quotation • A thoughtful question • a trivial observation • Someone else’s opinion/theory • A confession • A overly obvious statement

  8. Essay Endings • NOT a conclusion! It just resolves, it does not reach a point... • DO provide “closure”- a sense that you have provided the reader with bookends to your essay (full circle) • DO use final sentences and end suspense • DO use short, forceful sentences to end your essay

  9. Essay Endings- (Cont.) • DON’T address the admission committee or ask them to admit you • DON’T use words like “finally” or “in conclusion” • DON’T repeat or sum up in any way • DON’T end with a quote

  10. Questions? • Due Dates: • Prewriting: • Written Draft: • Typed Draft: • Final Draft: