Class Agenda #9 – Interpreting a This I Believe Essay

Circle Around The Room- Yesterday we whipped and shared something important to us (Family, Friends, Video Games, Food). Today I’m asking you to try and think of something else that’s important to you and share that. Challenge yourself.

Take Seats- Same Groups – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, TAKE OUT ELA HW

Timer- “Midnight Train to Georgia” – Gladys Knight and The Pips (1973, 4:23)

(COPY)-And DO THIS-  Prompt- Yesterday’s list included- family, chicken, mother, video games, music, being curious, myself, food, Netflix, pets, and diary.

Choose something important from this list and write down 3 anecdotes about it.

This should look like-


Anecdote #1 

Anecdote #2

Anecdote #3

We’re going to take 15 minutes to do this whole process.


Table share-

Share your partners


SLT- I can interpret the main points of a This I Believe Essay


  • Anecdote-
  • a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.
    “told anecdotes about his weekend”
    synonyms: story, tale, narrative, incident;
  • Context 
  • noun
    1. the circumstances that  form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.

      “the decision was taken within the context of planned cuts in spending”

      synonyms: circumstances, conditions, factors, state of affairs, situation, background, scene, setting
  • Main Idea- A main idea is important information that tells more about the overall idea of a paragraph or section of a text.

Mini- Lesson

  • SLT- I can interpret the main points of a This I Believe Essay

  • Step 1- What are the verbs and nouns in our SLT?
  • Step 2- What changed since yesterday?
  • Step 3- What do those Verbs and Nouns tell us?
New Verb!!



1.explain the meaning of (information, words, or actions).

This I Believe

  • What is the Main Idea of this essay?
  • How does the author support this main idea?
  • Interpret the essay. Basically means to explain the meaning of.

Class Work-

  • Read/ReRead This I Believe Essays
  • Highlight the Main Idea of each This I Believe Essay.
  • Practice Identifying Context and Anecdote.
    • Underline Context
    • Put *’s next to Anecdotes
  • Interpret the meaning of each essay in your Class Notebook.


  • HW Reminder– 
  • Homework starts tonight. 30 Minutes of Reading, 2-3 Sentence Reaction/Summary, 1 Page of Independent Writing 

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