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ERIC Number: EJ904567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Write Your Ticket to College: A Genre-Based College Admission Essay Workshop for Ethnically Diverse, Underserved Students
Early, Jessica Singer; DeCosta-Smith, Meredith; Valdespino, Arturo
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v54 n3 p209-219 Nov 2010
This article describes a writing workshop that took place with 41 low-income, multi-ethnic 12th-grade students who received instruction on specific genre features for writing college admission essays. As a result, students improved the quality of their college admission essays and demonstrated greater confidence with this writing task. This workshop suggests the need to expand the language arts writing curriculum to include more real-world and authentic writing tasks and to demystify gatekeeping genres, such as the college admission essay, so ethnically diverse, underserved students can develop necessary writing skills to gain admission to colleges and universities. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A