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CW Writing Sample #1
Name: _________________ 

Date:  _________________


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 threatening event.

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.)