Learning Station #2



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Learning Station #2

  • 11.2 a) Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge in ways others can view, use, and assess.
  • iPad Task:
  • 1. Read the prompt and the directions.
  • 2. Analyze the sample essay excerpts.
  • 3. Record on the iPad text-based rationales for the high score. (We become better writers when we are exposed to great writing.) 

SAT Sample Essay Prompt & Directions

  • You have twenty-five minutes to write an essay on the topic assigned below. Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
  • Many persons believe that to move up the ladder of success and achievement, they must forget the past, repress it, and relinquish it. But others have just the opposite view. They see old memories as a chance to reckon with the past and integrate past and present. Adapted from Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation
  • Assignment: Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
  • College Board Sample

Sample #1 1. Read the introductory paragraph and the body paragraph. 2. Record three textual-based reasons for its high score of a 6 on the notes column.

  • Without our past, our future would be a tortuous path leading to nowhere. In order to move up the ladder of success and achievement we must come to terms with our past and integrate it into our future. Even if in the past we made mistakes, this will only make wiser people out of us and guide us to where we are supposed to be.
  • This past year, I was auditioning for the fall play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." To my detriment I thought it would be a good idea to watch the movie in order to prepare. For two hours I studied Elizabeth Taylor's mannerisms, attitude, and diction, hoping I could mimic her performance. I auditioned for the part of "Maggie" feeling perfectly confident in my portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor, however, I was unaware that my director saw exactly what I had been thinking. Unfortunately, I didn't get the part, and my director told me that he needed to see "Maggie" from my perspective, not Elizabeth Taylor's.
  • College Board Sample

Sample #1 Continued 1. Read the final paragraph. 2. Record three textual-based reasons for its score of a 6 in the notes column.

  • I learned from this experience, and promised myself I would not try to imitate another actress, in order to create my character. Persevering, I was anxious to audition for the winter play just two months later. The play was Neil Simon's "Rumors," and would get the opportunity to play "Chris," a sarcastic yet witty role, which would be my final performance in high school. In order to develop my character, I planned out her life just as I thought it should be, gave her the voice I thought was right, and the rest of her character unfolded beautifully from there. My director told me after the first show that "Rumors" was the best work he'd ever seen from me, and that he was amazed at how I'd developed such a believable character. Thinking back to my first audition I was grateful for that chance I had to learn and to grow, because without that mistake I might have tried to base "Chris" off of someone I'd known or something I'd seen instead of becoming my own character. I utilized the memory of the Elizabeth Taylor debacle to improve my approach to acting and gave the best performance of my life so far.
  • College Board Sample

Sample 6 Essay #2

  • Memories act as both a help and a hinderance to the success of
  • someone. Many people advise you to learn from the past and apply
  • those memories so that you can effectively succeed by avoiding
  • repeating your past mistakes. On the other hand, people who get too
  • caught up with the past are unable to move on to the future.
  • Elie Wiesel's memoir Night perfectly exemplifies the double natureof
  • memories. Wiesel, a Jewish man, suffered heavily throughout the
  • Holocaust and Night is rife with horrific descriptions of his experience.
  • These memories help to spread the view of what life was like. Through
  • recounting these memories, Wiesel is able to educate world readers
  • about the atrocities committed in hopes that the same blatant violations
  • of human rights are never repeated again. Through reliving the
  • Holocaust through his writing, Wiesel was inspired to become proactive
  • in the battle for civil rights. Some would point to his peaceful actions
  • and the sales of his book and label him a success.
  • 1. Read the introductory paragraph and the body paragraph. 2. Record three textual-based reasons for its high score of a 6.
  • College Board Sample

Sample 6 Essay #2

  • Despite the importance of recounting such memories, Wiesel
  • acknowledges the damage that memories can also cause.
  • Following his liberation from the Auschwitz concentration
  • camp, Wiesel was a bitter, jaded man. He could not even
  • write Night until several years later. The end of the novel
  • describes Wiesel's gradual but absolute loss of faith
  • throughout the experience. His past experiences haunted him
  • for several years, rendering him passive. It was not until he
  • set aside his past that he could even focus on the future. Had
  • he remained so consumed with the pain and damage caused
  • in the past, he may never have achieved the success that he
  • has attained.
  • 1. Read the body paragraph. 2. Record three textual-based reasons for its high score of a 6.
  • College Board Sample

Sample 6 Essay #2

  • Overall, Wiesel's experiences exemplify the importance
  • of the past as a guide. Wiesel's past experiences helped
  • to guide him in later life, but it was not until he pushed
  • them aside that he could move on. To me this means
  • that you should rely on your past without letting it
  • control you. Allow your past to act as a guide, while
  • making sure that you are also living in the present and
  • looking to the future.
  • 1. Read the conclusion paragraph. 2. Record three textual-based reasons for its high score of a 6.
  • College Board Sample


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