Writing Assignment Description:
Tenth-grade students at the Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, Massachusetts, as part of their English Language Arts class, created This I Believe essays. The format for This I Believe essays has a long heritage, beginning with a radio program in the 1950’s with that name, hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow. National Public Radio has continued the tradition of hosting famous and unknown citizens to write and orally present short essays that capture personal stories and personal beliefs, carrying on a tradition of celebrating narratives and promoting respect and appreciation for the beliefs of others.
The students in this classroom worked together, using models, peer critique and teacher critique, to craft these essays to share with the school community.
How This Writing Can Be Useful:
- Demonstrates a format that could be used in any classroom
- Excellent example of a real life experience expressed succinctly with an authentic voice
Common Core State Standards
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