Are there any sites where one can read German essays? I'm learning to write essays and with my learning style I think I will learn a lot by reading authentic German written school essays and journal articles, generally writings in which ideas are discussed and shared. I'm tired of reading news websites where I find loads of information but no thought-provoking ideas.
I'm quite curious as I can't seem to find any sites where one can read such essays, neither in English nor in German. Maybe this is common practice to prevent plagiarism in the west?
Other interesting reading source; Non German written German compositions
I once asked my German writing class teacher if it's possible for me to get access to her former students' compositions since I imagined it'll be helpful to learn from their mistakes and maybe find cool phrases to use in my writing. Her reply was that she believed it won't help much because students in her class are urged to use only basic and simple sentences, thus the errors and phrases there might not meet my expectation. Now I would like to trouble you guys again as I want to know ,apart from the German written ones,if there's any source where I can find intermediate to advance compositions of German language learners. I thought of lang-8.com but is there any other place? For example this study http://journals.sfu.ca/CALICO/index.php/calico/article/view/479/356, it's mentioned that 349 of 2nd year students' essays were successfully scanned. Is there any way I can get my hand on those? Is it appropriate to e-mail the author and ask for it? Danke im Voraus