Writing a Creative Personal Essay
This course is based on the high school curriculum from thisibelieve.org.
Click on the picture above to hear the whole essay.
This is the type of essay you will be writing!
You will choose one writing prompt to write about on your blog. For a reminder on how to post to your blog, go back to Section 1 and review the video or paper instructions.
Click the link below and see the 6 different writing prompts.
Remember, you are writing personal essays, so you should be focusing on your own belief or insight.
Many of our beliefs come from wise words we have heard from others: our parents; our grandparents; our aunts and uncles; our teachers; our friends. In this section, you will be reading and listening to other people's quotations to help you identify what you believe about your own life.
Think back to some of the "words of wisdom" you have heard in your life that have affected what you believe. You could interview your parents or other significant people in your life; ask them, "What is the most important message or belief you have for me as I become an adult and move forward with my own life?"
Now, review the quotes linked below for more beliefs.
From the quotes you heard from the significant people in your life, plus the quotes you read, choose 3 different sayings that you have found to be true in your own life. Post these three sayings on your blog. Then, write a minimum of 100 words about one of these sayings. This writing can be any type of writing -- a reflection, a story, a series of questions.
In this section, you will go to the "This I Believe" website and listen to at least 3 of the 5 chosen essays (linked below). You will then explore some essays on your own and choose one to share. You should post a link to your chosen essay on your blog and write one paragraph (minimum 50 words) about why you think this is a good essay.
Keep in mind some of the elements that make a good personal essay:
Getting started is one of the hardest things about writing.
In this section, we are going to look at great beginnings and learn some strategies to hook your audience into reading or listening to your "This I Believe" essay.
You have now worked multiple times on coming up with ideas about personal essays. Check out your blog and see how many different things you have created!
Now, it is time to write a rough draft of your "This I Believe" essay. You will work with your instructor directly on your rough draft, second draft and final draft.
But, before you start, carefully read the tips and instructions in the guide below. It will really help you get started and do the job right. If you're ever looking for inspiration, listen to a few more essays on thisibelieve.org. There is also a feed on the right side of this course moodle that is constantly updated with new essays from thisibelieve.org.
Just like the writers you've heard on the radio version of "This I Believe," you are going to record your own voice reading your final essay. Once you have completed your final essay and uploaded it, you may begin work on recording it.
This is your final assignment. Once it is uploaded, you have successfully completed this course!
To record an audio file, you will use a software called Audacity. If you do not have a copy of Audacity on your computer, you can download it for free at the Audacity website. Click here to download the free software.
Once you have the Audacity software, watch the tutorial below for how to record your essay and how to save it and upload it to this moodle.