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1 Argumentation Personal Statements SAT Essays Prepared by: The Russell Conwell Center, Upward Bound Program

2 The Objectives…  Understand and practice using three writing styles: Argumentation, Personal Statements & SAT.  Develop strategies for practice and editing their work.  Practice editing their own and others’ work.

3 Argumentation Writing Paragraph 1 : General introduction of the problem. Thesis statement which states your opinion. Paragraph 2-3 : History of the problem (including, perhaps, past attempts at a solution). Sources needed Paragraph 4-6 : Extent of the problem (who is affected, how bad is it, etc.). Sources needed. Copyright English Purdue An Argumentation Writing should include the following:

4  Paragraphs 7-8 : Repercussion of the problem if not solved. Sources needed.  Paragraphs 9-10 : Proof that your argument is sound.  Pull it all together by connecting your argument with the facts. Anticipate objections and make concessions.  Paragraph 11 : Conclusion: Restatement of thesis and summary of main ideas. Argumentation Writing

5 Personal Statements The personal statement is:  Used for applications to college & for some scholarship applications.  Evidence of your intellectual and creative achievement.  The only opportunity for the readers of your application to get a feel for you as a person and as a student.  Where you can put your academic record into the context of your opportunities and obstacles. Copyright Berkeley College

6 There is no one correct way to write a personal statement, but in general those who will read your essay are looking for two important things: HOW the essay provides evidence of your achievements that isn't reflected in other parts of your application HOW and WHY the events that you describe have shaped your attitude, focus, and most of all, your intellectual vitality. Personal Statements

7 SAT Writing 1. Print neatly because it is more legible. 2. It is the quality of what you write that counts not the quantity. 3. Remember basic writing structure: introduction, body, and conclusion. Your introduction should include a thesis statement, three supporting paragraphs that support your thesis, and finally, a conclusion to sum it all up.

8 4. Back up your argument. The best way to do this is by citing examples from books read, subjects studied in class, and news events. 5. Use your vocabulary. Do not however, go overboard. Make sure you actually know the meaning of the words you use. Copyright The Princeton Review SAT Writing

9 Editing  When editing, refer to the prompt/directions for the assignment to ensure that you understand the point of the writing.  Also ask yourself the follow questions: Do I clearly understand the position the writer has taken? Is the writer’s thesis clearly defined? Is the writer’s thesis further explained with examples and supported in the following paragraphs? Has the writer adequately defended their point of view?

10 Editing Practice  Follow the link and edit the essay on loyalty. Copy and paste the essay to a new Word document before you begin your editing. Print the document and begin your editing. Submit your corrections. Other assignment on the next slide: Please complete the following assignment:

11  At this cite you can access essay prompts and test your own writing.  The SAT prompts are located at the bottom of this page. Click your choice and copy/paste your topic and assignment to a new Word document and begin writing your essay.  Make sure to only allow yourself 25 minutes to complete the essay and once completed have someone read over your work.  Make the necessary revisions and print out your final copy for submission. sAT Writing Practice

12 Argumentation Writing Practice Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and complete the assignment that follows it: Many persons believe that to move up the ladder of success and achievement, they must forget the past, repress it, and relinquish it, but others have just the opposite view. They see old memories as a chance to reckon with the past and integrate the past and present. Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot I’ve Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation

13 Argumentation Writing Assignment Assignment: Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations. Use the site below for pointers on how to develop your essay  Read examples one and two on this site and edit (they are located at the end of the page).

14 Assignments  Please complete Edit Practice, Argumentation Writing Assignment, & SAT Writing Assignment.  Print out your assignments and turn them into Ms. Tamika Byrd or Mr. Terrence Seales.  Please be sure to include your name, the date, and the workshop title on each assignment.  Submission of these completed assignments will serve as proof that you completed this online workshop and it will count towards 1 of your required workshops for the semester.


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