Real World Writing for Secondary Students: Teaching the College Admission Essay and Other Gate-Openers for Higher Education

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Real World Writing for Secondary Students: Teaching the College Admission Essay and Other Gate-Openers for Higher Education


Cooper, Mary Ann, The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education


Real World Writing for Secondary Students: Teaching the College Admission Essay and Other Gate-Openers for Higher Education by Jessica Singer Early and Meredith DeCosta 2012. 144 pgs. ISBN: 978-0807753866. $28.95 paper. Teachers College Press, Williston, VT. 1-800-575-6566.

The funny thing about writing is that some students lake to it like a duck takes to water. It's effortless for them, as easy as having a conversation with someone. Sadly, for many smdents. writing is a chore. It takes on the aura of expressing diemseJves in a foreign language. It has nothing to do with how intelligent a student is. Writing is a special art that needs to be taught if it docs not come naturally to an individual student. Men! World Writing for Secondary Students keeps it real for students as they approach one of the most difficult tasks in securing a place in the institution of higher education of tlieir choice.

College admission essays - that phrase is as scan' to potential college students as the phrase "some assembly required'' is to bewildered parents purchasing a birthday or Christmas present for their child. College applications are complicated, but. possible to complete without much ado, until the applicant reaches the last page and sees the word ,:essay" on a blank canvas. Suddenly, bright and articulate students are lost for words.

The authors of these books recognize that one of the most important platforms diat can be used to make a successful transition from high school to college is to leach real-world, gale-opening writing genres, And wriling a great college admission essay can be the difference between being accepted or rejected at any given school, this book describes a writing workshop for ethnically and linguistically diverse high school students where students receive instruction on specific features of the college admission essay. …

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