Shared by Susan Naomi Bernstein
With inspiration from/credit to “Recursive Processes in Self-Affirmation: Intervening to Close the Minority Achievement Gap,” an article published in Science 17 (April 2009) by Geoffrey L. Cohen, Julio Garcia, Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, Nancy Apfel, and Patricia Brzustoski. Their research investigated the connections between writing, values affirmation, and school success. Also see “Writing Beyond Stereotypes” on Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition 5.9.11 by Susan Naomi Bernstein.
I have invited students to write in response to various versions of this prompt throughout the term as a touchstone for affirming their strengths and values as writers. Students may find this writing prompt especially valuable as preparation for any high stakes writing venture, including but not limited to: beginning a new semester; building resilience at midterm; undertaking revision and reflection for final portfolios; preparing for high stakes tests and assignments.