Directions for Common App Essay Assignment

English IV and AP are at different points in the writing process, but the end goal is this: on FRIDAY of this week, ALL seniors will hand in a TYPED, DOUBLE-SPACED essay of 250-500 words (usually about 2 pages) based on your choice of the Common App prompts (I’ve posted them word-for-word below in case you need to see them again).

English IV, this will be your FIRST of TWO drafts. The first is worth 20 points and the second is worth 40.

AP, while you’re of course encouraged to write multiple drafts of your essay, you only need to turn in ONE. It’s worth 30 points.

Prompts From The Common App (
 1.) Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2.) Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  3.) Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4.) Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  5.) A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  6.) Topic of your choice.

Additional Directions from the Common App:

Please write an essay of 250 – 500 words on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed [above], and attach it to your application before submission. Please indicate your topic by checking the appropriate box. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses,grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. NOTE: Your Common Application essay should be the same for all colleges. Do not customize it in any way for individual colleges. Colleges that want customized essay responses will ask for them on a supplement form.

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