Essay Writing Prompt: How much freedom and supervision should parents give their children? Are parents today too overprotective? Or is “free range” parenting a kind of neglect? Explain why. Write a 5 paragraph persuasive essay, backing it up with textual details from the articles: “Are Modern Kids Coddled?” (Newsweek) and “Kids Solo Playtime” (NPR). You may also refer to our class text, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
Persuasive Essay Writing Prompt: Should the LAPD institute a gang injunction for gangs in the Echo Park area? Why/Why not? Do you think this would be effective tool in stopping gang activity in the city? Does this violate peoples’ civil rights? Write a argumentative essay, backing it up with textual details from the following articles/videos. You may also refer to our class texts, Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running and Elijah Anderson’s “The Code of the Streets.” Articles:
As you are working on your personal statements for next fall, consider the following college application essays, published by the New YorkTimes. Themes include students overcoming economic hardships, exploring notions of class, working and affluence. The key about these essays is that they all reveal young people emerging stronger because of their experiences.
All Juniors must complete a draft of the UC Personal Statement essay in May 2015. Students will revise these for their College Applications in the Fall.
Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?
Transfer Prompt: What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement.
Here are some helpful resources for writing your UC Personal Statement.