This I Believe Assignment Sequence

TIB Assignment Sequence

Rubric for TIB 3a 

Rubric for TIB 3b

Rubric for TIB 3c 

Shared by Karen Henderson

This assignment sequence we work on for about a month at the end of the semester. I use the This I Believe essays as models and ask students to write their own. I subsequently publish a hardbound book of student essays each year, which is my way of making the audience more authentic. Not every student chooses to be published, and it’s just an option not mandatory. The revision process comes from forcing them to think of the “one paper” as three separate papers, starting small, expanding, and then editing back. It does take quite a long time, but it allows me to model and scaffold learning, and the students do a lot of group work, so they see how their classmates’ papers come alive and become really nice writing. It’s a great way to end the semester, and I hope it changes their attitudes toward revision and group work.

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4 responses to “This I Believe Assignment Sequence

  1. Hi, perhaps I missed something, but it seems that your link for the TIB Assignment Sequence is the same link as the Rubric for TIB 3c. It would be great to have the correct info! Thank you!

    • EB

      Molly — you’re absolutely right. I will work on fixing that tonight and email you when it’s done. Thanks for catching that!

      • Thank you for the quick response! I just heard about TIB from a fellow writing instructor so was thrilled to read on CBW of others using it. I appreciate it!

  2. EB

    FIXED! Thank you again for finding that. 🙂

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