Introduce your theme (s) and why you chose this topic. State clearly what your paper is
going to be about. Make sure to highlight your topic sentence. You are expected to
elaborate on this area (s) of your life throughout the paper.
Reflect back on your life story and early childhood experiences. Include details that are
only pertinent to your theme. When you introduce an idea, ask yourself: How does it
relate to my topic sentence? What am I trying to show? This is a good place to introduce
and show how have you dealt or been affected by the theme(s) in your life.
Who are you now in relation to the issue(s) you introduced earlier. How are you dealing
with this issue(s) now compared with how you dealt with it in the past? What are some of
the current event(s) that are impacting the issue(s) presented? Are there any changes to
how you view yourself now?
What techniques or coping skills from Becoming Aware textbook that you might use to
deal with the issue(s) that you presented earlier? What would you do differently now to
enhance the quality of your life in regard to this issue(s)? What are your goals, hopes and
visions of yourself? In other words, if you were to re-write your life story,