Read through several sample essays using the link below. Print out an example of one or two essays that you are drawn to, and that surprise you in some way (i.e., one that makes you think, "This is not what I expected in a college essay!"). You will be close-reading and analyzing these pieces in class.
Bring this, along with prompts from the common application or schools to which you will apply, to class on your assigned day: (English 1020: August 30). (English 7: September 6).
Advice and Examples (This links to an excellent blog with both advice for writing essays and links to many examples. Since it is a blog, however, you cannot access it from a school computer.)
If you are using a computer at school, use this link: More Sample Essays
Click here for instructions on how to analyze examples: Analyzing Examples
Be sure your essay has smooth transitions. Check these out for suggestions: Narrative Transitions
And check yourself against the Creative Nonfiction rubric here: Creative Nonfiction RUBRIC
Degrees and Certifications:
I love teaching at Coronado High School and this is my ninth year here. As an undergraduate, I majored in English at the University of Arizona (go Cats!). When I decided to teach, I earned my M.A. in Education at the University of Colorado-Denver, and then, just for fun, earned an M.F.A. in Poetry/Formal Verse at Western State Colorado University. I try to keep up with my own writing and have published poetry, book reviews, and criticism. I love animals, and although I am without a dog right now (for the first time in 22 years), I have two awesome cats, Pierre and Pippin. I grew up near Chicago but have lived in the West since I was 20 years old (i.e., a long time). I welcome students and parents to contact me at any time with questions large or small.