A Space for Ideas for “This I Believe”

I would like to create a space that would help students in my EWW class come up with interesting 3 minute presentations of a modified version of “This I Believe”, based on the NPR webpage/ podcast.  This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 125,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, have been archived here on the website, heard on public radio, chronicled through  books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. Here are some examples: Be Cool to the Pizza DudeThe Strange Blessing that Brought Me Home among others.

1. Your first job would be to scroll down “Explore” of theThis I Believe website and read three essays of your choice and to post a comment on one here below.

2. Students can start by making 6 second vine videos of what their message is ( vine homepage ). What do you believe in, in six seconds?

3. Reflect on the videos that we’ve watched,Presentation Zen and  “Life after Death and Powerpoint” 

. Be careful of font (no serifs), layout, the story.

4. Here are some research tools available on the Web in case you need some sort of research for  the “This I Believe” presentation. For example, somebody last year did a presentation on “English Education in Japan” and some research was necessary.

Wolframalpha, Google Scholar, and Instagrok

5. Here is another video of “This I Believe”, done by a teenager, and a playlist of others:

6.Alternative assessment: If you are totally freaking out about standing in front of a crowd, you could try first by recording your voice on podcast.

Podbean – publishing your podcast

7. Go back to the questionnaire distributed in class.  Please comment below, if you’re having any problems coming up with topics.  survey of This I Believe