Directions: Use the chart below to plan out your



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This I Believe Essay Outline/Planning

Directions: Use the chart below to plan out your This I Believe essay. You do not have to write your essay word for word, but you do have to make a general outline of what you are going to write.



Essay Element

Writing Plan

Introduction/Lead-In



Body Paragraphs



Belief Statement



Conclusion/Clincher



Narrative (Briefly outline the story you are going to tell):




Communal Relevance (Explain how you think the theme of this essay might be relevant to others):





This I Believe Essay Outline/Planning (Example)

Essay Element

Writing Plan

Introduction/Lead-In




  • Belief statement

  • Teaching

  • Poetry Club

  • Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB)




Body Paragraphs







Belief Statement



I believe in the transformative power of words.



Conclusion/Clincher




  • Words have the power to transform through confidence gained in finding a voice and sharing it.

  • My voice is my teaching, the sound is my students (corny but true?)




Narrative (Briefly outline the story you are going to tell):



Story: becoming sponsor of poetry club, and then becoming the creative writing teacher, has taught me how important words are. They help transform my students into confident and creative writers. This especially true of one student who graduated last year. She found her voice and her confidence in my classroom, and in doing so proved to me how important words and creation are.


Communal Relevance (Explain how you think the theme of this essay might be relevant to others):



I’m not sure about this part. I think that maybe my essay will end up encouraging people to write what they think and what they know…???



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