Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Knowing Your Audience/Cliche Essay Types - Section 3: Cliche Essays: a Study in Generalities


While the students found Bauld's descriptions of these essays entertaining, they also recognized the fact that they would likely write the same sort of essays.  I could tell in their nervous laughter and comments about his depictions that there was some confusion regarding how to write the essay.  So, asking after each section how the topic could be written so it is not cliche ended up being very helpful.  The basic lesson was showing versus telling for many of these; for example, in the "trip" essay, writing a narrative about a moment well, with unique observations and strong tone, will show the learning experience more than just coming out and saying it.  We talked about this type of thing for every one of them.  I think they get it, but it will be helpful when we look at models if I refer back to these "types" of essays and ask which one it might fall under, so they can see how these topics can be very good essays if approached in a personalized way (in the future, I think I will combine the modeling with the cliche part so they see these concepts right away rather than having to wait for another lesson).

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Knowing Your Audience/Cliche Essay Types

Unit 15: Writing the College Essay
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT to recognize the importance of considering the audience reading an application before constructing the document.

Big Idea: College admissions officers read thousands of applications in search of personality and authenticity.

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