Please find below links to Anthologies of Winning Personal Essays from the Turning Points Essay Contest for 2015 & 2016.
As I mentioned, one of the things English 10 students at CPA have accomplished over the past three years is establishing a record of excellence, which is demonstrated by winning top prize for the past three years, and sweeping the podium the last two years in the grade 9/10 division of the contest in the Atlantic region.
Before we start writing our own, it’s fun to look at the kind of work students just like you have been able to create following the steps and the process we will use over the next few weeks. Today, we’ll spend some time “visiting” with grade 10 students’ winning memoirs as a source of inspiration and direction (what “should” I write about? what can I write about? what is WORTH writing about?).
Remember, no one is required to enter the Turning Points Contest- doing so is strictly voluntary, and there are no additional points for doing so in terms of your mark towards your course grade. However, for some of you who will invest yourself in doing your best, it’s worth considering.
Winning essays come with a cash prize, an award presented at a public ceremony and recognition that you can include on university applications and resumés. Think about it.
Today, we’re going to begin the process that will lead us to writing and publishing our first original piece of writing this semester.
To complete today’s steps, you will need:
2 sheets of paper/2 pages in your writing notebook
something to write with
Following the steps outlined in our lesson in class, feel free to use the following to support yourself in collective a rich bank of ideas that will aid you in creating a memorable and effective memoir that includes all the key ingredients we’ve identified in our genre study to date:
Autobiographical (deals with a specific time or moment in your life, not your whole life)
So What? (piece reflects and clearly communicates what you learned about how to live, grow as a person)
Imagery (using rich, descriptive language that activates readers’ sensory imagination in relatable moments that create ❤️)
Metaphor (using a figurative comparison to help capture your “so what?”
Be ready to talk about your plans with a classmate tomorrow before we start working on a rough draft.
IRP: Inferring Entry is due for tomorrow’s class. Don’t forget to submit your work for this to google classroom. Lots of details there- git’er done!
IRP: Justify your April Novel vid, due tomorrow in Google Classroom.
FOR MONDAY, April 10- you should have completed 4/7 for the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes, as well as the critical thinking questions distributed in class. We will debrief together. Remember that we are closing in on needing to be able to 4/7 a poem as part of a test/exam experience. Push yourself! Not too long from now, you’ll need to be able to manage this with limited time- maybe 30-35 minutes of a 75 minute class period to complete a test.
For Reading Day tomorrow, you will need BOTH your March and April novels. If you don’t bring both, you will have to complete our next entry based on your April selection, and you may have a tougher job as a result. Also, if you have your own laptop or tablet to build a presentation with, bring it with. I will have some tech in class, but if you have your own, you’re sure to have tools to build our next entry.
Today our focus will be on developing/deepening our use of a strategy effective readers constantly during and after reading to appreciate and understand what they read. Below you’ll find a number of digital resources to support you in developing and submitting your second IRP entry to Google classroom for our ongoing portfolio project.
For this entry, you will need:
Your copy of either Girl Soldier (Grace Akallo & Faith McDonnell) or Long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah).
Interested in the full article about Melida (the Colombian girl in the video above)? Read it here:
Your completed entry for this task is due in Google Classroom no later than the start of class on Friday, March 31. If for any reason you need assistance, it’s your job to email me to arrange time for extra help BEFORE IT IS DUE. Looking forward to seeing how you apply this strategy to the memoir we shared during February!