McGraw-Hill's Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2005-08-09
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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From the creators of the popular 5 Steps to a 5 program, expert tips on writing college application essaysInMcGraw-Hill's Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay, two writing coaches show you how to craft an essay that will get you into the top college of your choice. Estelle Rankin and Barbara Murphy's hands-on instruction helps you plan and write well-constructed, engaging college application essays that really hold admissions officers' attention. They nurture an understanding of good writing and teach you to find your voice as a writer. Features include: Using personal interviews to create unique essays Planning and writing the first draft Mining life experiences for topics Tweaking the essay to fit different college applications Samples of winning student essays

Author Biography

Estelle Rankin taught AP Literature at Jericho High School and consults for College Board’s AP and pre-AP divisions.

Barbara Murphy taught AP English Language at Jericho High School and is a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. They are the creators of the McGraw-Hill 5 Steps to a 5 series.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introducing the College Application Essay
Frequently Asked Questions
A Discussion with the Experts
How to Use This Book
Examining Your Life and Finding Your Passion
Your Very Own Personal Interview
The Brainstorming Process
Using the Materials You've Discovered
Choosing Your Topic
A Sampling of Some Typical College Application Essay Questions
The Long and Short of It
Writing the Essay
Choosing the Best Subject for You
The First Draft
In the Beginning: Writing the Opening
Writing the Body of the Essay
Writing the Conclusion
Reading between the Lines
Responding to the Short-Answer Questions
Last, but Certainly Not Least
The Evolving Essay
Evaluating the First draft
For Example
Successful Essays with Comments and Suggestions
Risk Takers
Sparkling Bits and Pieces
Afterword 169

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