As Auld Lang Syne plays tonight, it is time to think about our basic beliefs and goals for the coming year. One twist on the haggard new year's resolution essay is This I Believe curriculum provided to accompany National Public Radio's essay series.
The project began in the 1950s as a radio program with famous journalist Edward R. Murrow. Murrow described the show's purpose: "to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization."
In the midst of war and economic strife, you and your students can enjoy the challenge to consider "the common meeting grounds of beliefs." You can share popular This I Believe essays with your students by reading from the books This I Believe and This I Believe II
Students can also listen to essays read aloud by their authors. Then, the site has essay-writing tips, a printable poster and brochure, and entire curriculum for teaching middle, high school or college students to write their own This I Believe essays. There is also an educator database where you can search for essays on any topic.