This I believe . . .



Essay Guidelines
In a personal essay, write your own statement of personal belief. It should include self-reflections about your values, and state something you believe strongly.  Model your belief statement on the essays we have heard and read from the NPR collection. You may find “This I Believe” essay tips here: Essay Guidelines.
Review journal entries to find a possible topic for your essay.

Add your “This I Believe” essay here.

THE PROJECT:  Write an essay about something that you believe in fervently.

THE STEPS:  1. Reflect on the values that are meaningful to you, and define them on the Values Activity worksheet. 2. Complete the Important Moments activity by answering ten key questions about yourself. 3. Decide which b


My earliest remembered neighborhood . . .

What is the earliest neighborhood that you can recall? What do the people and houses look like? The streets, the scary places, the weird people. Describe the people and your neighborhood in rich detail, using imagery to bring to life the tactile feelings, the smells, sights, sounds, and tastes that you have experienced.

Transcribe your journal entries about the neighborhood by typing your memory in MS Word. Use your best grammar, punctuation and spelling. Have another friend peer-edit your writing by reading your memory. Then have that person suggest changes or point out problems they notice with the writing. Once you have a final version, copy and paste your memory here to this blog entry’s COMMENTS.

Script of Anne’s Diary


Review your role as a playwright and the elements of a dramatic script on page 324 of Connections. Screen the student video portraying the conflict between Mr. Dussel and Anne over the desk they must share.

Recall a favorite scene from the drama The Diary of Anne Frank. Write your own version of that scene. Be sure to include the important elements of the script (character list, setting, stage directions, dialogue) in your work to emphasize your understanding of the characterization of Anne Frank by the original.

Type your script in MS Word, then copy and paste to upload here. Your header should indicate that the assignment is “Diary script 1.”

Introductory Paragraph :: Argumentative Essay

downloadWorld history is replete with  tales of tyrants, despots, and so-called “butchers” of humans and human rights.  As part of our studies of the Holocaust , we examine genocide as part of our social justice debate.  You are writing about social justice in an essay having the theme “good men must do something to keep evil from flourishing.” A second essay asks that you argue whether sixteen is too young to drive an automobile, using source material in Connection. In your third essay you argue whether emotions and thoughts Anne Frank reveals in her diary are typical of all teenagers.  Is she a typical teenager? Why or why not?

Review your early writing on each topic.  Check journal entries, notes, etc.  Then please type, proofread, revise, and upload your introductory paragraph here. Be sure to give the essay title so that the reader may distinguish one essay from the other.