Thousands of teachers around the world—in every U.S. state and more than 50 countries—have embraced This I Believe as a powerful educational tool. Many have told us that our project was the most enriching writing assignment they have given in many years of teaching.
If you have used This I Believe in any educational setting, we would love to hear from you.
Resources for Using This I Believe with Students
To help teachers guide students through exploring their beliefs and composing personal essays about them, we offer the following tools.
These educational curricula were designed to help educators guide students in the writing of a This I Believe essay appropriate for inclusion in school writing portfolios. The curricula help students understand the concept of belief, explore their own values, and craft them into a well-written essay. The Middle School and High School curricula have recently been updated to include state-specific core standards reports for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.
These curricula are available for purchase at the This I Believe Store, along with several other documents that have been prepared for houses of worship and community groups.
- Middle School Curriculum (PDF)
- High School Curriculum (PDF)
- College Curriculum (PDF)
- Lifelong Learners Curriculum (PDF)
Brochure and Poster for Use in the Classroom
Download this free brochure and poster to promote This I Believe activities happening in your classroom. The three-page brochure measures 8.5 by 11 inches and features tips for writing one’s own This I Believe essay. The poster measures 11 inches by 17 inches and is ideal to hang in classrooms. Both documents are best printed in color. For best results, these documents may be printed at your local print shop.
Top 100 Essays USB Drive
We have assembled on one 8 MB USB drive 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow’s radio series of the 1950s! This one-of-a-kind item can be plugged into a computer or downloaded to a mobile device in order to listen to a wide variety of inspiring beliefs of people from all walks of life. Perfect for classroom use!
Audio recordings feature original authors reading their This I Believe essays. Included in this collection are:
• Isabel Allende
• Muhammad Ali
• Bill Gates
• Temple Grandin
• Penn Jillette
• Helen Keller
• Elie Wiesel
This I Believe on Your Campus
Executive Producer Dan Gediman is available to visit your school to discuss the This I Believe project, radio series, or books. For more information, please contact us.
If you have questions about using This I Believe with your students, please visit our Educator FAQ page for answers.