→ I believe that electronic readers are just as satisfying as a paper book.
→ I believe that saying No is difficult in our say Yes society.
Greetings North High students! And to the rest of you: welcome to our This I Believe Monologue project whereby students will write a 3 – 5 minute monologue about something that illustrates their credo for life. The monologue must be backed up with a true, personal story. Because it’s a high school theatre class, students will perform their work with a small group. Think cool performance art piece with lights, movement and sound.
So you have selected an appropriate belief statement for your monologue in Theatre class. Now you need to write that intro. Ummm, how should you start?
I am mindful of the Spongebob episode when he had to write the essay and spent all night, ending up with that beautiful calligraphied word, “The.” Yep, we know writing can be extremely difficult, and all the ideas in world can’t help when you have the dreaded writer’s block. But deadlines loom, and you absolutely need to get started.
Here are some tried and true ways to get that first paragraph out of your way. Remember, you can’t start your monologue with your belief statement, you need to warm up to it.
- Start with an interesting, yet relevant to your topic, statistic. It only takes 7 pounds of pressure to rip your ear off. The average talker sprays about 300 microscopic saliva droplets per minute, about 2.5 droplets per word. Be sure your statistic directly relates to your topic or we will not think much of your credibility. It’s like when you see the word “Free” but know you will really need to fork over some cash…
- Ask an intriguing question. Don’t select something lame [Do you have beliefs? Do you believe in butterflies?] Again, make sure your question is connected to your topic. Did you know that most people…
- Define a key word. Under no circumstances should you use the word credo or belief. We don’t want to be bored. Also, asking us to sit through a definition we already know is insulting. Heck, we know the definition of the word hero and can call up a ton of examples while you ramble on from dictionary.com. Define a key word that has multiple meanings. Cancer survivor: the agreed upon definition of the term is someone who has been cancer-free for five years. My definition: anyone who has kicked cancer’s ass, period. I can’t afford to wait five years to think in terms of survivor. Of course your word/term is relevant to your topic.
- Starting with a shocking statement is another tried and true way to begin your monologue. Sometimes the statement is surprising because it is disgusting. Sometimes it is joyful. Sometimes it is surprising because of who said it. “60 Seconds That Could Save Your Child’s Life.” Of course your story must be about whatever shocking statement with which you start your monologue…
- Tell us what Brad & Angelina would do. Most people are up on their celebs. If your topic is something celebs talk or tweet about, use them to start your monologue. Again, make sure it relates directly to your topic.
We will be posting more examples and methods to start your “This I Believe” monologue, so stay tuned.
What’s the best way to start your monologue? Don’t wait, tell us here & now!
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