We spent last class listening to and discussing our various This I Believe examples and tried to determine the features for this particular style of writing. While we agreed that these essays fit a loose category of personal essay, we also noted that their only real common feature these examples shared was their variety — that is, we saw how the genre of the This I Believe essay responded differently to the individual genre / writing situations of their respective authors.
As a quick list, we listened to:
Tarak McLain “Thirty Things I Believe”
Anne Donahue “ Some Things to Know About Your Mother”
Martha Leathe “Telling Kids The Whole Truth”
Eve Birch “The Art of Being a Neighbor”
Luis Urrea “ Life is an Act of Literary Creation”
For Tuesday’s (9/16) class, then,
Draft your own “This I Believe” essay. Shoot for two pages (550 words). Remember, a draft is a draft is a draft, and that a draft’s purpose is to be “rough.” Allow the draft to be as crappy and unsatisfying and clunky and clumsy as it needs to be at this early stage in the composing process.
- Post your working Draft to this (class) TIB Working Draft Page.
- Post your draft to your own blogsite on your own TIB Working Draft Page.
- Bring four (4) hardcopies to class.
For Thursday’s (9/18) class
Revise your “This I Believe Essay” based on the feedback and discussion in class.
Prepare a list of three + (3+) questions/concerns about the essay for the class to consider and respond to.
- Post the list to our section’s list page. (no need for hardcopies)
- Post Your revised working draft to this (class) TIB Working Draft Page as a reply to your working draft post (i.e. keep the two (2) drafts next to one another)
- Post your draft to your own blogsite on your own TIB Working Draft Page
- Bring 2 hardcopies of your revised draft to class.
*** As you revise, bear our ad hoc criteria in mind: