"This I Believe" Writing Project

Based on a 1950s radio series of the same name, TIB is an international project engaging people from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing the core values that guide our daily lives. Featured on public radio in the United States and Canada, these 500-word essays get to the core of one’s personal philosophy of life.


Values Activity Sheet.doc
Important Moments.doc
My Story - Memory Chart.doc
Writing Workshop - Creating Paragraphs.doc
Writing Workshop - Writing the Paragraph, A Basic Model.doc
Writing Workshop - Introductions.doc
Writing Workshop - Juicy Details.doc
Writing Workshop - Conclusions.doc


We're All Different Our Own Ways" by Joshua Yuchasz - Milford, Michigan
By all outward appearances, Joshua Yuchasz is a regular teenager. But his classmates still tease him about the thing that makes him different. Yuchasz believes it’s our differences that deserve respect.

A Duty to Family, Heritage and Country" by Ying Ying Yu - Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Ying Ying Yu has a maturity beyond her years. The 13-year old immigrant from China believes she has a duty to honor the sacrifices made by her parents, her ancestors, her teachers and her homeland.

America's Beauty Is In It's Diversity" by Alaa El-Saad - Austin, Texas
In sixth grade, Alaa El-Saad decided to start wearing a hijab, the religious head covering for Muslim women. Despite some trepidation, she found her classmates supported her choice. Now El-Saad believes being different is part of being American.

"Accomplishing Big Things in Small Pieces" by William Wissemann - Hastings on Hudson, New York
Growing up with dyslexia, William Wissemann learned how to break down words and sentences into smaller parts so he could understand them. As he got older, Wissemann found this skill useful for solving everything from Rubik's Cubes to life's tricky puzzles.

A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary—The Guinness World Records book fascinated Juliet Frerking when she was a child. Beyond the oddball accomplishments it listed, the book inspired Frerking to attempt feats in her own life that people told her were impossible.

Free Hearts and Minds at Work—In 1947, Jackie Robinson pioneered the integration of American professional athletics by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball. From an essay recorded in 1952, he discusses his fight against prejudice.

The Bird Who Broke Through the Window—Dylan always viewed himself as a spectator in life, until a surprising experience taught him that anyone, and everyone, can make a difference.

GabbyF_This I BelieveT.pdf
Giving Life
The Art of Story Weaving
Good Friends for Life
Find more "This I Believe" essays by young adults here.


As the final step in your writing process, you will publish your essay by recording it on Voice Thread. Here's how:
  1. Open your memoir in Microsoft Word and open a new document in Microsoft Power Point
  2. On the first slide, type, "This I Believe" and your name.
  3. Copy and paste your memoir into the Power Point; break it up so you have the introduction on Slide 2, the body on Slide 3, and the conclusion on Slide 4.
  4. Go to "File" and click "Save As."
  5. Type "This I Believe by Your Name" and choose JPEG as the file type.
  6. Click ok to allow multiple slides to be saved.
  7. Go to Voice Thread (voicethread.com) and log in using my name, ch18bps@birmingham.k12.mi.us, and password, eslisawesome.
  8. Click "Create."
  9. Choose "Upload" from "My Computer," and choose the file that has the JPEGS for your memoir.
  10. Use "Comment" to do the voice over and click "Record" to between.
  11. Change the title to your name.

Student Work