I often use old university essays and suchlike to show my kids how they will have to write if they get there. It both encourages and discourages them when they see how much they have to write, and eventually understand that they only have a fortnight or three weeks at most to research, draft and produce a final version. They examine my essay on Sorely Maclean’s ‘Hallaig’ (2500 words) or my dissertation on Norman McCaig (6000 words) and tremble, then learn. I also use old History essays to show how long the bibliographies can be!
The chief learning objective here is to show them that they really should be producing even better essays when they have some nine (NINE!) months (MONTHS!) to produce two essays for their Int 2/Higher folios.
Which is why I was thrilled to find an essay from my old school magazine which I now use for W1 (Informative) and W2 (Personal) writing lessons. This is from 1975 when I was a young 16 year old with spots, a love of gliding and an unnatural (blush) ability to pull the Head Girls of each girls’ school we invited to our discos. (The ones where Brother O’Rouke used to prowl around pushing couples apart. ‘No close dancing!’ ) And buckets of cold water were lined up along the walls….. 😎
This is me writing at 16:
gliding lower sixth article Scanned but in a Word doc.