Writing Assignment Description:
The author gives a brief portrait of her life and motivation through unpacking the origin and meaning of her first, middle and last names.
The essay was sent as a part of a college application to Dartmouth College (where she matriculated on a full scholarship). She also read the essay to an audience of 1100 educators at the EL National Conference in San Diego, CA in 2015 as a keynote speaker for this annual conference.
How This Writing Can Be Useful:
- Elegant, poetic structure for sharing her personal story
- Clean and effective prose: no words wasted; no affectation; direct and moving message
- Confident personal voice
Common Core State Standards
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