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English Composition I - ENGL 1113: This I Believe Invention Strategy

Resources to assist students in English Composition I research and write their essays.

This I Believe

This I Believe Invention Strategy


A belief is an idea that a person holds as being true. A person can base a belief upon certainties (e.g. mathematical principles), probabilities or matters of faith. A belief can come from different sources, including:

  • a person’s own experiences or experiments
  • the acceptance of cultural and societal norms (e.g. religion)
  • what other people say ( or mentoring).

A potential belief sits with the person until they accept it as truth, and adopt it as part of their individual belief system. Each person evaluates and seeks sound reasons or evidence for these potential beliefs in their own way. Once a person accepts a belief as a truth they are willing to defend, it can be said to form part of their belief system.

What are some of your beliefs? 


English Composition 1 students will be asked to choose one firmly held belief to be the topic across all three essays for the course.  Once you have chosen your belief/topic, this guide will help you find resources to write your essays.


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