Please select from the following short essay sets:

First, I asked the students to underline the main idea and circle the three supporting ideas. Then we moved on to paragraphs 2, 3, and 4. Each of these paragraphs began with a statement that corresponded to the ideas in the opening paragraph. For example, paragraph two might say, "My mother works really hard. She has two jobs, and she always makes dinner for our family each night." Each of the paragraphs started in this obvious way, and the students circled the idea that related to the three ideas listed in the opening paragraph.

I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.

I am loyal and patriotic. I am the future of the United States of America.

I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.

I find Hermann Hesse’s book, Narcissus and Goldmund, intellectually exciting. After reading the book last year, I remember putting it down and sighing contentedly. I had, after a sleepless night, finally finished. What I reveled in was not the fact that I could sleep, but that I had come away with an inexplicable something. It was not an understanding which could be pinpointed and explained. Rather, it was a sense I felt in the depths of my soul. And yet, what delighted me more was that I knew that I had only begun to understand the book; that there remained countless messages which I could only sense but not grasp. Here, finally, I had a book which could be re-read. And every time I finished, I would come away with a new understanding of something I could not put into words.

Georgetown, Saudi International Relations

For students who think they won't be able to pay for the field trip, it is important to let them know that there are scholarships available. One way to do this is to include a box on the field trip form stating, "I need a scholarship." Many families are embarrassed or uncomfortable asking for money, though, so encourage students to turn in their permission slip even if they don't have the money. If they don't turn in money by the day of the field trip, then grant them the scholarship. Sometimes teachers may know which students have economic need, but given the current economic climate, there are more students who may need the support, and teachers may be unaware of the change in status. My experience has been that families don't take advantage of this process, and if a family doesn't turn in the money it is most likely due to need.

I do not lie, cheat, or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.

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My major social concerns all revolve around the future. In other words, I’m concerned about what prevents people from rising above their disadvantages. Specifically, I am most concerned with the handicapped, education, and crime.

• I plan to visit art museums when I am an adult.

The improvement in tolerance for students who went on a tour of Crystal Bridges can be illustrated by the responses to one of the items within the tolerance scale. When asked about the statement, “Artists whose work is critical of America should not be allowed to have their work shown in art museums,” 35 percent of the control-group students express agreement. But for students randomly assigned to receive a school tour of the art museum, only 32 percent agree with censoring art critical of America. Among rural students, 34 percent of the control group would censor art compared to 30 percent for the treatment group. In high-poverty schools, 37 percent of the control-group students would censor compared to 32 percent of the treatment-group students. These differences are not huge, but neither is the intervention. These changes represent the realistic improvement in tolerance that results from a half-day experience at an art museum.

Sample outline with links to examples from the Bucks Community College website.

PowerPoint tutorial introducing students to peer editing.

Unlike the normal academic, I do not want to find the final answer for everything. Throughout my life, I have always felt a sense of loss after succeeding in a long search. For me, it is not the ends I seek, but the means themselves. I am perfectly content to never find the final answer as long as I will always be able to find a better one.

Design of the Study and School Tours

Really useful info.....thank you

Overall, receiving a school tour of an art museum increases student tolerance by 7 percent of a standard deviation. As with critical thinking, the benefits are much larger for students in disadvantaged groups. Rural students who visited Crystal Bridges experience a 13 percent of a standard deviation improvement in tolerance. For students at high-poverty schools, the benefit is 9 percent of a standard deviation.

Article from Reading Rockets discussing the use of personal narrative in writing exercises.

Harvard, Unnoticed Accomplishment

We measured how school tours of Crystal Bridges develop in students an interest in visiting art museums in two ways: with survey items and a behavioral measure. We included a series of items in the survey designed to gauge student interest: