I'd also like to thank the teens who showed and participated, I had a lot of fun and they were highly interactive.
As I was describing how to use literary references on the SAT essay, I asked each student to select a book that they had studied in English class and liked. Ben said, "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Nelle Harper Lee, published in 1960 during the civil rights movement in America.
It is the PERFECT literary reference for ANY SAT essay. No kidding - and you do not even have to read the book. Read Sparknotes.com commentary on the moral character of Atticus Finch and his regard for the deep seated good of mankind. The 1962 movie adaptation starting Gregory Peck is awesome & will give you all that you need to know to use this classic as a reference to the humanistic essay that you will be forced to write for the SAT (& it is available for free in the library).
- Read all 8 essay statements and questions in the BBP.
- Outline responses that will match all of them.
- Prepare polished sentences with literary references ahead of time, to be memorized and included in your essay.
Quoting a noble statement from Atticus Finch or simply describing his character as one of your key supporting points is brilliant; thanks Ben, generations of SAT students will be grateful for your insight.
I have learned that the best thing about being a teacher is learning from my students; "When you teach, you learn twice."