22 pts. Google the following: “This I believe invitation”. View the first result. (6 points)



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This I Believe: Examining Others’ Essays NAME

Use complete sentences. 2 pts. per question /22 pts.



Google the following: “This I Believe invitation”. View the first result. (6 points)

  1. Describe the style or voice you should write your essay in, according to the invitation:

Note: While this guideline is very important, it does not mean you should write with incomplete sentences and improper punctuation.

  1. The authors state, “But we do ask you to confine yourself to affirmatives.” Put this idea in your own words.




  1. Describe two types of essays that the authors do not want for this type of essay.
    Describe each type in a sentence::

Below are the guidelines for writing a “This I Believe” Essay.


Using the back of this page, you will examine how two essays on ThisIBelieve.com follow the guidelines.

Tell a story: Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether and ground it in the events of your life. Consider moments when belief was formed or tested or changed. Think of your own experience, work, and family, and tell of the things you know that no one else does. Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny—but it should be real. Make sure your story ties to the essence of your daily life philosophy and the shaping of your beliefs.

Be brief: Your statement should be between 350 and 500 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. Also, rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief, because three minutes is a very short time.

Be positive: Please avoid preaching or editorializing. Tell us what you do believe, not what you don’t believe. Avoid speaking in the editorial “we.” Make your essay about you; speak in the first person.

Be personal: 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.

Read two essays of your choice on www.ThisIBelieve.com . Try a featured essay or a most-read essay first.



Title of First Essay:

  1. Name your beliefIn your own words, what is the belief that the author means to get across?


    Rewrite the sentence that most directly states the author’s belief in the essay.



  1. Tell a Story. Be specific” How has the author used real-life details instead of just abstract ideas?
    Give an example and explain the specific point of the example.



  1. Be personal” Rewrite two phrases that make the author’s voice unique.

In your opinion, what effect does this have on the essay, or what tone does it create?

  1. Be Positive” What would be a possible negative (“I don’t believe”) idea the author may hold but avoids stating in the essay?

Title of Second Essay:

  1. Name your belief” In your own words, what is the belief that the author means to get across?


    Rewrite the sentence that most directly states the author’s belief in the essay.



  1. Tell a Story. Be specific” How has the author used real-life details instead of just abstract ideas?
    Give an example and explain the specific point of the example.



  1. Be personal” Rewrite two phrases that make the author’s voice unique.

In your opinion, what effect does this have on the essay, or what tone does it create?

  1. Be Positive” What would be a possible negative (“I don’t believe”) idea the author may hold but avoids stating in the essay?


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