Analyze sample statements of core beliefs for inspiration.

Through completing this prewriting assignment, you will reflect on models of belief statements to consider how to articulate your own for the 1.5 Narrative Essay assignment. Then you will select and refine your topic–the belief you will write about. Finally, you will brainstorm and organize ideas to develop your topic.Step 1: Thinking/Reflecting on Examples1) Analyze sample statements of core beliefs for inspiration. The following statements, written in response to the question “What Have You Learned About Life?” show examples of starting points for the kind of narrative essay about a core belief you will be writing. Notice any sentences that resonate with you. Consider how you can use them as examples in your own planning for your articulation of your own core beliefs.I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. – Age 9I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. – Age 14I’ve learned that although it’s hard to admit it, I’m secretly glad my parents are strict with me. – Age 15I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. – Age 39I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. – Age 42I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note. – Age 44I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. – Age 46I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Age 48I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. – Age 53I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. – Age 58I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. – Age 62I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. – Age 66I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several. – Age 75I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. – Age 82I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch—holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. – Age 85I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. – Age 92Step 2: Find Your FocusBrainstorm With Reflective Questions (from interview with
What are the significant events of your life? (ie: Births, deaths, major events that marked an important change or accomplishment?)What are the beliefs attached to those significant events? What was your takeaway from those important experiences?Try to make a list of 5-10 events with attached beliefs.For inspiration, see this animated videoReflect on your list of beliefs, and try to eliminate all but the one you feel the most strongly about. This is not to say that you don’t feel strongly about all of them; but try to identify the one about which you feel the most passionate. That event + associated core belief will be the focus for your self-reflective narrative essay.Once you have chosen one event with an associated core belief, spend some time capturing all the relevant details you can remember that contributed to the event leading you to the core belief. It may help you to use this blank sequencing worksheet Download blank sequencing worksheet. As you brainstorm, consider important points, details, images that help you connect how the event led to the belief.Organize Your Ideas into an OutlineUse your ideas generated from step two to develop a rough outline, which you will submit to confirm you are on the right track with this assignment.You may use this interactive graphic organizer template (Links to an external site.) to organize your ideas or you can use your own notes in a Word or .pdf document. Please do not upload .pages or Google docs here (they cannot be read in the software). Here are helpful links to convert Google docs and .pages content to Word or pdf:Google Conversions:,this%20case%20is%20Microsoft%20Word (Links to an external site.)..Pages Conversions: are some suggestions for each category of boxes in the template:Introduction: Introduce the belief with a hook detail and brief background information; the hook should be something that will draw in the reader from your sequencing planning sheet.Main Ideas: Include planning details here to explain the belief and how you came to it through the event. Chronological order is a good strategy, although not required, as long as the sequencing of your paragraphs makes sense to the reader.Supporting Details: Use vignettes (Links to an external site.)(“little stories”) that show your experiences with this belief and accompanying explanation as to the significance of that belief.Conclusion: Reflect! Where do you go from here? Do you have work to do on this belief (research, listening to others, educating others) so that they understand your position more? After writing this, do you still feel the same way? Might others interpret your beliefs differently? How so?If you use the template, save it as a PDF and upload it to submit your prewriting.