College Application Essays

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SWBAT write a well-organized and substantive college application essay.

Big Idea

Well-organized and substantive writing is essential for college readiness.

Lesson Overview and Note to Teachers

My classes are held in 100-minute block sessions.  The lesson below outlines Emergency Lesson Plans for a substitute since I was absent.  Students write two college application essays.

College Application Essays

100 minutes

Since I am absent today, students have 100 minutes to write two College Application Essays:

  • Identify a significant person who has had an influence on you and explain that influence.  Use specific details. 
  • Consider the books you have read in the last year or two either for school or for leisure. Please discuss the way in which one of them changed your understanding of the world, other people, or yourself.


Students submit the essays at the end of class, and the substitute examines the essays and verifies if each student completed both essays.

I will review student submissions and provide written feedback.