People may remember the great This I Believe broadcasts on NPR a few years ago (that are still available on their site).
Many of us have used them in class.
Lots of educators probably know this already, but it was new to me – there is a huge separate This I Believe website with zillions of essays and related curriculum for all age groups!
And if you can’t get enough teaching ideas from there, check out the You’ll Love the “This I Believe” Writing Project from Spark Creativity.
I’m adding this info to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.