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Write Your College Admissions or Personal Essay

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Jackson Pearce Classes: Love Writing
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In this course, students will select a topic, develop, write, and edit their college admissions essay! This course is taught by an award-winning published author, who is also a college counselor.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Advanced Level
Follows Teacher-Created Curriculum
8 lessons//8 Weeks
ย Week 1
Lesson 1
Pick a Topic!
In our first class we'll cover what colleges are looking for in admissions essays, how to choose a topic to write about, and how to select the prompt you're going to tackle. We'll cover topics that work as well as those that feel overdone, and what admissions readers are thinking as they read your essay. We'll also do a quick brainstorming activity!
ย Week 2
Lesson 2
Be Specific
We'll discuss basic storytelling techniques to make our essays stand out, as well as the power of using literary devices like imagery, metaphor, and symbolism in our essays. We'll also cover why avoiding general statements is crucial!
ย Week 3
Lesson 3
Think Structure
We'll discuss the structure of an essay, the power of a thesis statement, and how creative you can get with a college admissions essay. We'll look at a few examples of essays that play with structure, and examine why they work!
ย Week 4
Lesson 4
Find Your Voice
We'll discuss the importance of finding your voice as a writer, and why voice is so essential in a college essay. We'll look at a few different voices in examples, and complete a short activity on developing your writing voice. For homework, students will turn in their first draft of their essay for feedback!
ย Week 5
Lesson 5
Introductions are more important than ever
This week we'll discuss the power of a good introduction, and how to take an average introduction and make it shine.
ย Week 6
Lesson 6
Writing is Rewriting
We'll talk about large-scale editing strategies-- and how to edit without becoming frustrated about the whole thing!
ย Week 7
Lesson 7
Writing is Rewriting (part 2)
More specific edits! Copyediting, reading it backwards, having friends and family read it. Students will also submit their second draft for feedback the following week.
ย Week 8
Lesson 8
Supplemental Essays
This week we'll wrap up by discussing some of the common additional essay or short answer questions college may ask for-- like "why did you select this major" or "why do you want to attend this specific college?"
This class is taught in English.
  • Students will conceive, develop, write, and edit their college admissions essay under the guidance of a private college counselor.
  • Students will receive feedback on their admissions essay.
  • Students will learn skills to create additional admissions essays for future applications!
Emma K. Ohland has been telling stories since before she knew how to write them down. She grew up in the middle of a cornfield in Indiana, but her imagination often carried her away to other worlds. When sheโ€™s not writing, reading, or smelling books, she enjoys traveling, crocheting, D&D, and snuggling with her rescue greyhound. She is the award-winning author of Funeral Girl as well as her upcoming novel Here Goes Nothing, and her work is featured in the short story anthology Out There.

Before publishing, she was an admissions officer of a top 50 university where she read and made decisions on over 5,000 student applications. In addition to writing books, she is also a private college counselor where she helps students gain admission by crafting strong personal narratives utilizing storytelling techniques. Her students have been accepted into top schools such as the UCs, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, UT Austin, Northeastern, and more.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Homework
Frequency: 1-2 throughout the class
Feedback: as needed
Details: Students must turn in a first and second draft of their essay for feedback from the teacher.
Grading
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Grades, write-ups, or certificates of completion are available upon request.
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Georgia Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education
Nelson Dean M.Ed.
Master's Degree in Education from Lehigh University
Tiffany Schmidt M.Ed.
Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from Davidson College
Tracy Banghart
Bachelor's Degree in English from The University of Georgia
Jackson Pearce
Bachelor's Degree in English from Agnes Scott College
Anna Dodds
Hello! My name is Jackson Pearce, and I'm the owner of Love Writing-- an organization dedicated to inspiring kids to love writing, reading, and all things language arts.

After teaching on Outschool by myself for three years, I decided to bring in...ย 
Group Class

$31

weekly or $247 for 8 classes
1x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 14-18
2-6 learners per class

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