Sophomores: This I Believe Essay
I’ve frequently been moved by This I Believe segments. Your task is to create your own This I Believe essay. My favorite weekly program from National Public Radio was discontinued (the series actually continues on something called The Bob Edwards Show, but it’s no longer on Morning Edition) a few years back. For years, starting in 1951 with Edward R. Murrow (click and listen!), all sorts o’ folk have shared their passions with listeners.
The best way to get started on this assignment is to listen to several essays. The This I Believe website is quite user-friendly. Before you begin writing, please read through these guidelines, and do your best to abide by them.
A few of my favorites:
The Making of Poems
Finding Freedom in Forgiveness
Inviting the World to Dinner
Coolness to the Pizza Delivery Dude
Combating the Tyranny of the Positive Attitude (Not really a favorite, but related to this CI Post earlier in the year.)
Freshmen: StoryCorps Recording
StoryCorps has recently usurped This I Believe as my favorite series. It’s just plain beautiful to listen to these stories. Information about StoryCorps may be found here. Better yet, just start listening!
The first few on this page exemplify why I LOVE StoryCorps.
Though many of the stories are so poetic that you’ll need some Kleenexes, there are others that are just run-of-the-mill and merely pleasant to hear. Such as this one about sanitation partners, or this one about a school custodian, or this one about youthful mischief.
Some are miraculous and uplifting, such as this one about a robbery.
And if you really want a tearjerker.
OK, ENOUGH! I must stop listening and hyperlinking to these stories! I’ve
wasted spent over an hour doing such! Though I do feel rejuvenated after having wasted said hour in this fashion.
You must record/edit your StoryCorps project. Perhaps you know a relative, friend, mentor, or acquaintance with a story. Or perhaps interviewing someone will muster-up an interesting story. Or perhaps you have a great story to share. The options are nearly endless.
You’ll notice that most of the StoryCorps examples are around 2 minutes in length, so that should serve as your target. As far as recording said stories, I’ll leave the options up to you. Many in the class are much more familiar with how to record and edit audio than Mr. Earhart. But I’ll happily embark on a journey of digital-audio editing, or we can kick-it (Why am I in love with hyphens today?) old school with a tape recorder and dual cassette decks.
The above projects are due on February 6th for B Day Folks and on February 7th for A Day Folks. And, YES, you will have to read your This I Believe Essay or play your Story Corp project in front of the class on those days.
Captain Obvious Rubric:
Great projects get a great grade.
Good projects get a good grade.
OK projects get and OK grade.
Crappy projects get a crappy grade.