Each summer the West Bridgewater Public Library will host a “This I Believe” essay contest for middle and high school students. Each year will focus on a different theme.
In honor of the Henry David Thoreau Bicentennial, the theme for the 2017 Summer will be a meditation on the words of Thoreau from his book, Walden, published in 1854:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Check here for all the exciting activities that celebrate the bicentennial of this great American philosopher:
WBPL ESSAY CONTEST DETAILS:
Submit via email to: email@example.com
Subject line: Essay Contest entry
In the body of the email include your name, your age, your school, your English teacher.
Maximum length: 750 words.
Deadline for submission: Friday, June 30, 2017
For some tips on how to write a winning essay see the following link:
Tips & Suggestions for Writing Your Essay from the Walden Woods folks:
- Make the essay personal. Make a personal statement or tell a story that provides insight into your own experiences and views. Use the pronoun “I.”
- Use “talk it out” or “rapid free write” activities to spark ideas.
- Pretend a journalist or interviewer has asked you to comment on the essay topic.
- Respond out loud, off the top of your head.
- Record your response or have a friend take notes about what you said.
- Alternatively, give yourself five minutes to write a response.
- Don’t stop to edit yourself. Just write.
- Analyze your response. What worked? What didn’t? Were there any particularly strong points or angles?
- Repeat the activity. This time, deliberately change your approach (try to answer the question a different way).
- Try an idea web or mapping brainstorm activity.
- Use a graphic organizer or make your own.
- Draw a circle or bubble at the center of a piece of paper.
- Write 1-3 words that capture the essay topic or theme inside the bubble.
- Think about words, ideas, memories associated with the theme.
- Write each in other bubbles surrounding the one in the center.
- Visit the “For Students” section of the Walden Woods Project website for inspiration. Read and discuss excerpts from Thoreau’s works.