|CW Writing Sample #1
1. Write neatly and on one side of the paper only.
2. You will have forty-five minutes in class to
complete your Writing Sample and one evening. Read the writing
prompts listed below carefully. You may choose a topic of your
own, select one of these or combine two or more of these into a single
essay. Organize your ideas before beginning to write and think
about the qualities of good writing we identified in class.
Remember the more specific and alive your writing is the more effective
it will be.
A. Write about a person who has had a
significant impact on your life. Describe or tell the story of a
specific moment with that person or show the reader that person doing
what they do well. Try to show the impact rather than just tell
it. Feel free to stretch the definition of significant impact (it
could be good or bad) or even of person (a dog? a cartoon
character? an imaginary friend?)
B. Write an essay about a challenge or obstacle you
have overcome. Try to show it as a story (how big the obstacle
appeared, how you worked your way through it, etc.). Remember the
art is in the telling. It does not need to be about a life
C. Write a story that illustrates one of your
greatest interests or a story about how you discovered this
interest. Include specific details that will make the story vivid
to the reader.
D. Write about an experience that has had a
significant impact on your life. (Feel free to stretch the
definition of experience and play with or explore the idea of impact.)