Paper 1

Real World Writing Assignment

Your assignment is to select one of these “real world” types of writing. Your paper can be about any topic of your choice and can be serious or humorous. In order to be successful with this style of writing, a student needs to decide what s/he wants to write and then read many, many examples of that genre. A student has to answer this important question: What have I read that is like what I am trying to write? Be certain that you read examples of what you are trying to write!!


W.11-12.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

W.11-12.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.11-12.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

L.11-12.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

College Application/Scholarship Essay: Getting into college (and getting the money to attend) is not a writing contest; the competition is more subtle than that. More important than how well you write is how well you illustrate who you are and whether a particular college is right for you. With the applicant pool ever increasing, most schools have little trouble filling their freshman class. This paper is designed to help you communicate something new and meaningful about yourself to someone who only knows you by your numbers.

Follow this link to see the University of Wisconsin writing prompts! Follow this link to see the Common Application Essay questions.

Examples: Fondy High Student Examples

PHOTO ESSAY:  Text written around a series of photographs where the photos are an integral part of the development of ideas.  Many coffee table books read this way. Many newspapers and magazines will have photo essays: the “year in review, the Olympics, someone’s life, the World Series, etc.


How-to’s: A kind of feature article that explains how to do something or how to make something. Some magazines, like craft and women’s magazines, are written at a level of detail where the reader should actually be able to do or make something by following the steps in the article. Others are written about how something is done or made, but not in enough detail for the reader to replicate the process.


How To Build a Sandcastle

How to Catch River Crabs

Slice of Life: This is for a type of topical writing where readers are capturing little bits of everyday life and writing about them. It’s what Dave Barry does and Craig Wilson does in USA Today. Many of these pieces have bits of personal narrative in them and they range from quite humorous to a more serious journey of thought. What they have in common is that they are about everyday life and how we live it together.


Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do

Dave Barry’s “Dog Spit and Baldness”

REVIEWS:  A review is something written to help a consumer make a decision about purchasing or viewing/reading/listening (to) something.  They often have some kind of rating system that the writer uses to help make a final evaluation. It is easy to study “how to write a review” because there are examples everywhere.  Some are very short while others present a lot of information.


Commentary: This is the writing that syndicated columnists do, the men and women on the op-ed page of the newspaper. It’s what Rick Reilly did for Sports Illustrated, and later ESPN, each week. Their job is to comment on what’s going on in the world. The writing ranges from reflective, to playful. They sometimes have a narrative base that the writer uses to make some point. Readers want to hear the writer’s voice in this kind of writing. This is also the writing style that is used when composing a letter to the editor.


John Greene “An Open Letter to Students Returning to School”

“That’s Outragous”

Teacher Conference DUE:  TBD
1 1/2 – 2 1/2 pages

4 underlined & labeled grammar skills

1 formal conference w/ teacher

2 peer edits