McGraw-Hill's Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay

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McGraw-Hill Education, Jul 19, 2005 - Study Aids - 174 pages
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From the creators of the popular 5 Steps to a 5 program, expert tips on writing college application essays

In McGraw-Hill's Writing an Outstanding College Application Essay, two writing coaches show you how to craft an essay that will get you into the top college of your choice. Estelle Rankin and Barbara Murphy's hands-on instruction helps you plan and write well-constructed, engaging college application essays that really hold admissions officers' attention. They nurture an understanding of good writing and teach you to find your voice as a writer. Features include:

  • Using personal interviews to create unique essays
  • Planning and writing the first draft
  • Mining life experiences for topics
  • Tweaking the essay to fit different college applications
  • Samples of winning student essays

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Introducing the College Application Essay
Examining Your Life and Finding Your Passion
Choosing Your Topic

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About the author (2005)

Estelle Rankin taught AP Literature at Jericho High School and consults for College Board’s AP and pre-AP divisions.

Barbara Murphy taught AP English Language at Jericho High School and is a reader for the AP English Language and Composition exam. They are the creators of the McGraw-Hill 5 Steps to a 5 series.

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