1. Introduce Laws of Life to students— encourage students to use the essay they will be assigned to reflect on values, character traits or principles that will help them live successful lives.
2. Pre-writing activity—depending on your curricular connection, have students define values and character traits that may be used as a basis for analysis of literature, historical characters, maximums/quotes, or their own reflection on Laws of Life.
3. Outlining—provide students example outlines for their essay that relate to your assignment. Have students draft their own outline by identifying main points and supporting information.
4. Drafting—working from their outline, have students draft their first narrative
5. Peer or family review—provide reviewers a judge’s rubric to work from and request formal review comments (constructive responses) for writers. Ask reviewers to affirm or question the clarity of the essay to identify a life-affirming Law of Life.