Writing an I Believe Essay requires a certain amount of introspection. You need to dig deep within yourself and find out what you believe in. This sounds simpler than it actually is. A lot of times people are not even aware that they have certain beliefs. It is only when some situation arises that they learn that they have such a belief. If you are not sure about your beliefs, try and make a list of your happiest moments in life. See if you can find some sort of pattern between all these moments. Most likely they will all relate to some common belief.
8) Audio Recording: Since the original This I Believe essays are broadcast on the radio, I wanted to add an audio element to this essay. We have a classroom set of Chromebooks, and I needed a web based tool where students could record the essays, so I found ! I contacted them on twitter, and once I let them know I was an educator, they extended the audio length to 30 minutes instead of three minutes. Bingo! Bonus: Students can also do this on their cell phones using the Audioboo app. I had students record the essays, and then use the embed code to paste the recording into their blog posts. Just like the examples we read for the mentor texts.
Appendix B: How to write your own This I Believe essay --
In conjunction with the First Year Summer Reading Program, for which all entering students were asked to read This I Believe: Life Lessons, we are sponsoring a This I Believe essay contest this fall. The contest is open to all students.