Middle school students need guidance when writing essays. The "I Believe..." essay is a guide that gives students 3 step direction in creating their essay.
Step 1: Think About It (with questions about what to think about)
Step 2: Choose 5-7 Belief Statements (with examples and what to write about each)
Step 3: Write! (with descriptions of an introduction, the belief statements, and conclusion)
If your students need more direct organizational help try the I Believe... Reflective Essay Worksheet on this site.