Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Kweller Test Prep: Advanced Test Preparation


Weekend Course Syllabus

 Essay Homework


(4 pages double-spaced single-sided pages)

starting every Sunday on various topics.

You must PRINT your essays and write all of them in the spiral notebook we provide. Do not hand in messy or sloppy essays. We will not read them.

Hand in only clean, neat, essays with good handwriting.

Be responsible. Do not lose your spiral notebooks or forget to bring your homework to class.

To help us edit, please DOUBLE SPACE (SKIP LINES).

Only write on ONE SIDE of the paper so we can EDIT your essay in red.

USE at least TEN ADVANCED SAT VOCABULARY WORDS for your essay. You may refer to the vocabulary books/ sheets/ packets.

Write an essay or tell a story about each topic.

Do not spend more than 45 minutes to 1 hour per essay, which includes drafting time.

Create a portrait as you write and use SENSORY details (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell)

You may refer to your vocabulary packets and transition lists as you write these essays.

TIP: Draw five columns on a piece of paper with each column labeled one of the five senses. These include taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell.

This list will help you keep your thoughts straight when describing your essay.

Using your five senses, write down sensations and feelings you associate with your topic

Good Luck!


1.    Who is your favorite character from a book and why?

2.    What is the best thing you have ever written?

3.    Describe your best friend.

4.    Who do you admire or respect and why?

5.    If you could do one thing to make the world into a better place, what would it be?


6.    Describe your favorite school teacher.

7.    Describe the greatest thing you learned in school.

8.    What is your favorite school subject and why.

9.    Describe what you like the most about New York City.

10. If you could live in another state or country, where would it be and why?


11. What is your favorite color? Describe why.

12. Who do you want to be (professionally) when you grow up and why?

13. What mistake did you make that you learned a valuable lesson from?

14. What is the most favorite object you own? Describe its sentimental value to you.

15. Which friend has had the best influence on you? Describe the friend and cite examples.


16. Describe the most recent thing you did during your spare time.

17. Describe your favorite animal at the zoo.

18. Have you ever built anything from scratch? Please describe it.

19. Describe a typical Sunday.

20. Where have you travelled recently? What was the trip like?


21. What is your favorite activity at the park?

22. What do you wish to get as a birthday gift this year?

23. What do you think is the best invention ever?

24. What was the best movie you ever saw?

25. Describe your favorite character in a book or novel.


26. If you could discover a cure to any life-threatening disease, which one would it be and why?

27. Have you ever owned a pet? If not, which pet do you wish you owned?

28. Describe your favorite piece of clothing.

29. Why do you want to go to Hunter High School?

30. If you could choose any profession (such as becoming a lawyer, doctor, pharmacist, accountant), which one would it be and why?


31. If you could give money to any charity, which one would it be any why?

32. Describe the best vacation you ever went on.

33. Describe your dream house.

34. Describe a treasured belonging you carry with you every day.

35. Describe your favorite meal.


Congratulations! Your Essay homework is all done!

Essay Tips: How to Write a Descriptive Essay:

Descriptions can be objective or subjective depending upon the purpose of your essay:

-Objective description focuses on the object itself rather than your personal reactions to it. Here, your purpose is to present a precise, literal picture of your subject.

-Subjective description conveys your personal response to your subject and tries to get your reader to share that response. Here, your purpose is to choose words and phrasing which might indirectly reveal a response to your subject.

Description, in trying indirectly to convey your response, will depend upon figures of speech to sharpen your using subjective language. Simile, metaphor, personification, and allusion are essential tools for crafting subjective description.

Description, whether objective or subjective relies upon detail. Your aim in description is not to tell the reader something, but to SHOW it. Whether objective or subjective, you need to select details and words which convey your dominant impression. Your reader should be able to close his or her eyes and “see” your essay come to  life.

Structuring the Descriptive Essay:

I.  Arriving at the main idea: What are the details? In what order should the details appear so they support your thesis and narration/story/main idea? Should you move from a specific to a general description of the subject? Should you move from the least important to the most important feature? What is your thesis? Your purpose? Your audience? Specific details are important for the descriptive essay.

II. Selecting and arranging the details: As you move through the description you must keep aware of your use of descriptive words and work at maintaining the flow of your description. Keep in mind the overall movement of your essay. Tailor it to work with the flow by not focusing description that will distract the reader.

III. Formulating the thesis statement: Your thesis should convey your main idea while it also points in the direction your descriptive essay will take. The sequence of events is an essential consideration in formulating

your thesis.

Formatting the Essay: here, you orient your reader by stating your thesis and by using your main idea details to create a mood in which you will write the descriptive essay.

Body – here, you rely upon interesting details and logical sequencing for events and the use of chronology or transitions to keep your reader connected to the purpose of your essay.


The word “abstract” might remind you of modern art.  An abstract painting, for example, does not normally contain recognizable objects.  In other words, we can't look at the painting and immediately say "that's a house" or "that's a bowl of fruit."  To the untrained eye, abstract art looks a bit like a child's finger-painting--just brightly colored splotches on a canvas.

Avoid abstract language—it won’t help the reader understand what you're trying to say!


Abstract:  It was a nice day.
Concrete:  The sun was shining and a slight breeze blew across my face. 

Abstract:  I liked writing poems, not essays.
Concrete:  I liked writing short, rhythmic poems but disliked rambling on about my thoughts in those four-page elongated essays. 

Abstract:  Kweller Prep is a great program.
Concrete:  Kweller Prep really knows how to help us turn our thoughts into good stories and essays. Kweller Prep tutors always start class with a beaming smile and they teach each student how to become a great writer. 

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