I Believe: The College Essay Meets Bull Durham

The following is a guest post written by Allison Karpf

When I taught at Ridgewood High School the first assignment I would give my English students was to write a poem in the format of the Bull Durham Credo. I had picked up this idea when I was teaching at Hillsdale High School in California while a graduate student in education at Stanford.

I gave the students the following prompt:


Assignment: Credo/I Believe Poetry*

In the movie Bull Durham Kevin Costner’s character is asked what he believes in. His answer provides us with a poetic format. By following the formula below, tell what you believe in.


I believe in the_________________________,
the____________________________________, _______________, ________________________.
But (something you don’t believe in, e.g. “but the novels of Susan Sontag are self-

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