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Resources from This I Believe, Inc.

To assist faculty and staff members in their integration of This I Believe, the Office of First Year Initiatives can provide supplemental educational materials sent to us from This I Believe, Inc.  These materials are NOT to be posted online or reproduced.  Below is a description of each of the resources available from This I Believe, Inc. The Office of First Year Initiatives has also created an Integration Guide for This I Believe, and a list of what can be found in that guide is available here.  If you would like us to send you a copy of any of the resources from This I Believe, Inc. or our Integration Guide, please submit your request.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at


College Writing Curriculum

  • Introduction to teaching TIB
  • Exploration of a personal essay
    • Before writing the essay
      • Credo assignment and research exercise
      • Listening exercise
      • “I Believe in Music” discussion
    • Writing the essay
      • Assigning a belief statement
      • Audience awareness discussion
      • “What makes good writing” discussion
    • After writing the essay
      • Acting on your beliefs exercise
      • Audio essay assignment
      • Peer evaluation exercise
      • Discussion on revising your belief statement

Curriculum for Lifelong Learners

  • Outline for six-week course of 90-minute sessions each week
  • Optional personal credo assignment
  • Optional audio essay assignment

Facilitator’s Manual

  • Overview for facilitating a 2-hour discussion
    • Icebreaker activity
    • Principles of conversation
    • How to write, share, and discuss our beliefs
    • Reflecting on the process
  • General TIB info, including history of TIB, essay-writing guidelines, and quotes
  • List of supplemental resources

Teacher’s Guide

  • Discussion questions related to various essays, provided to help students as they read
  • General discussion questions, provided for in-class discussions and reflections
  • Terms and phrases used in essays, provided for vocabulary-building (though defining them could be an in-class discussion activity, or a homework assignment)
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