MAXCourage Essay Guidelines

For the culminating activity of the program each student is expected to write an essay on the topic of “Courage in My Life.” The process of writing and editing the essay ties all the pieces of the Curriculum together – reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. Upon submission a panel of judges comprised of local authors, professors, journalists, educators, and members of the community will read each of the essays and choose at least one essay from each school, based on the writer’s ability to demonstrate his understanding of the virtue of COURAGE. These chosen essays are published in an anthology titled The Courage of Children: Boston and Beyond.


How have you experienced courage in your life?


Essays will be evaluated on the students' ability to find and express their own voices in a formal essay. Though the students’ stories vary widely, the common theme of courage unites them all.


Essays should generally be 550 words or less. There is no minimum word count.


Each student is expected to write an essay on the topic of “Courage in My Life”. Please submit all essays. Occasionally, privacy issues lead a student and/or teacher to withdraw a particular essay or to submit an essay anonymously.


Each essay should include the following heading in the upper right hand corner of every page:

Line 1: the student’s name (we prefer first name, last initial)

Line 2: the teacher’s name

Line 3: the school’s name


Please refrain from using any computer graphics. Winning essays are accompanied with a photograph of the author. Please refer to previous editions of The Courage Children: Boston and Beyond.


Any students who are selected for publication will be required to submit a release form and a photograph.  Instructions regarding these materials will be given in the selection announcement on March 5th.   

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum