Students initially write essays connected to an annual Character Education, Laws of Life theme. Participating public and private schools then send their top five essays to the district level for judging. The student essays are scored by a committee of readers and the top ten students in each division are then invited to participate in the speech phase of the competition. Once again a committee composed of community judges scores the presentations. The top four student finalists in each division are then invited, along with their parents and teacher to attend the annual banquet where the finalists are recognized and presented with their awards. The banquet is generally attended by the Mayor, members of City and County Government, and selected educational and community leaders. The winning students' presentations in each division are videotaped and can be seen on the School District website as well as on the Education Channel of local Cable TV.
2017-2018 Laws of Life Essay/Speech Competition Guide
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Laws Of Life
How to start
The chosen topic in the essay given below is the Laws of Life. In this particular topic we should always think of what will help an individual in living a rightful yet enjoyable life. Your introduction can start with a quotation about life because it will be a good opening sentence that will make your essay inspiring. In the example below a question is used as a transition to the next paragraph. The reality of life should also be stated in the introduction before jumping into the list of laws.
Example of introduction for a laws of life essay:
“In this world of chaos and misunderstanding we are always taught that we should always be loving and caring. We are always told how to act properly and how to be the perfect person the society wants us to be. It is a bit disappointing that we are living in the shadows of other people’s expectation. We do not have the freedom to act on our own because we thought that living up to other people’s expectation will fulfill us. We sometimes forget about ourselves and our own happiness.”
How to write thesis
he thesis states the main topic of the essay and it will be the basis of how the whole essay will flow. It is important to mention it in the first paragraph to let the readers know where your essay is going. The underlined sentence in the example introduction is the thesis.
Example of thesis for a laws of life essay:
“There are moments when I question myself if this life is really worth living. Should I always follow their laws to be happy or should I have a law of my own?”
How to write the body
The supporting details of your essay will be stated in the three part body of your paragraph. If you are going to make an enumeration of the laws of life in your essay you should explain it chronologically and based on what came first on your list. This will make the body of your paragraph easier to understand and remembered. The detailed example of the first, second and third part of the body is written below to serve as your guide in making your own body of the paragraph about the laws of life.
Example of body paragraphs for a laws of life essay:
Example: (1st )
“In order to be fulfilled in living we should always follow the five most essential laws of life. Being contented of what you have, having a goal, conquering your fear, stop living in other people’s expectation and living your life are the five essential laws of life for me. We should follow these laws in order to have a fulfilling and happy life. We should never forget that we are only given one life so we should make it the best life we ever had. We may have our next life but we never what awaits us at the end of the rainbow. It may be heaven, hell or something like this life but we are never sure of where we are going after death that is why we must live this life the way we want to.”
“The first law of life mentioned above is being contented of what you have. In order to live a happy life we should be contented of what we have and never ask more than what we can give to our self. We should lessen our expectations, that way we are less likely to be hurt. The second law is having a goal in life. It is important to be contented but contentment should be followed by a goal so that our life will not be stagnant. Our goals in life will keep us moving and motivated to improve more. Conquering your fear is the third law and it is an important part of living your life. When you conquered and face your fears you will be more able to focus on achieving and fulfilling your goals. Fears will only hinder us in growing that’s what it should be diminished. Fourth law is to stop living in other people’s expectation because if we will keep on doing things based on what the wants of the society we will end up achieving nothing. We should always remind ourselves that other people’s opinion matters but it should never affect our decision about our own happiness.”
“The last and final law is the most important one because it will really make a big change in our life if we will follow this last law. Living your life is such a simple phrase that will make you wonder why it is part of the five laws that I stated. We are living our lives and we all know that but that is a big misconception of everyone. Most of us just exist in this world while only some are living their lives. There is a very thin line between living and existing that people sometimes thought the two are just the same. Living your life is achieving goals, being productive and progressive while existing is just breathing the air around you and not knowing your plans in life. We should live our lives and by that I mean that we should have a plan and we should act on putting those plans into actions. It will be alright if you have not figured out your life yet but it will be better if you make yourself a better person and start making things that will make you a living person and not just an existing human.”
How to conclude
In writing a conclusion for your essay about the laws of life you should mention how the enumerated laws of life you wrote will help an individual in his or her life. The words you will use should be understandable especially by teenagers because most of the target readers of this kind of topic are the youngsters. The conclusion should be encouraging so your readers will be more confident in following the laws of life that you have stated.
Example of conclusion for a laws of life essay:
“It will be hard for us to follow those simple laws of life but it is important that we should start considering those laws to become better individuals. We will not be forever young and we will never know when our end is coming. The mentioned laws are just guidelines in order to live a happy and fulfilled life. We can start from small things like having a discipline to sleep early at night and wake up early the next morning. Those small achievements will motivate us more and will make us better individuals. It will also lessen our time for procrastination because when we are planning we will never include time for that. After following those simple laws of life we should also give yourself a reward or break to recharge our energy. The most important thing to remember is doing the things that will make you grow and happy, that is the law of life that we are all valid to have.”
Example of Outline
Title: Laws of Life
Thesis: The laws of life are necessary guidelines in order to be happy and fulfilled.
- Topic Sentence
- Thesis Statement
Importance of Laws of Life to an individual
The Laws of Life
- Contentment in Life
- Having a Goal
- Facing your Fears
- Stop living in other people’s expectation.
Importance of the Final Law of Life
- Summary of arguments and words of encouragement