ROUGH DRAFT - printed, with revision checklist (also printed)
Due: NAVY Monday, April 24
CARDINAL Friday, April 21
FINAL DRAFT - 2 hard copies
Due: NAVY Wednesday, April 26
CARDINAL Tuesday, April 25
Everyone must be prepared to present on the first day.
Due: NAVY Wednesday April 26 and Friday April 28
CARDINAL Tuesday April 25 and Thursday April 27
from This I Believe High School Writing Curriculum
Tell a story about you - Be specific. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Make sure your anecdote ties to your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your own personal beliefs
Be brief: Your statement should be 350-450 words. That's about three minutes when read aloud at your natural pace.
Name your belief: If you can't name it in a sentence or two, your essay might not be about belief. Focus on a core belief, telling the story of why this belief is important to you.
Be positive: Write about what you do believe, not what you don't believe. Avoid writing an opinion piece about civic or political issues. Avoid speaking in the editorial "we."
Be personal: Make your essay about you. Speak in the first person. Write in words and phrases that are comfortable for you to speak. We recommend you read your essay aloud to yourself several times, and each time edit it and simplify it until you find the words, tone and story that truly echo your belief and the way you speak.
(Tree Map, 75 pts)
Organize your writing according to the components of a "This I Believe" essay.
BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE. This map will help you the MOST.
Intro - hook and belief statement
Background/Context - sets up your anecdote
Anecdote - brief, focused story of a personal experience
Connect - connect the anecdote back to the belief. How did you get from the story to the belief?
Result - reflection, learning impact of the experience described in the anecdote - how has it affected your life?