Name: ________________________

Your Personal Manifesto

The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous.  A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is a document that an organization or person writes that declares what is important to them.

A manifesto is a statement of principles and a bold, sometimes rebellious, call to action. A manifesto challenges assumptions, fosters commitment, and provokes change.

Humanities 8 has been all about investigating how humans make decisions to make sense of their world and about how to live a meaningful life. Now it’s your turn to articulate what this means for you.


Manifestos are powerful documents so you’ll want to use powerful language. This means making your words and sentences clear, concise and strong. Trade “I want to” or “I’ll try to” for “I will.” Switch out “I think” for “I know” or “I believe.”

Create statements based on beliefs, goals and wisdom. I believe… I want to… I know to be true…

Fewer words is better, even if you are creating a long-form manifesto.

Steps to Success

Step One: Affinity Mapping

Divide the quotations in your box into categories and give each category a title.  (ie. life, faith, school, ambition, work, friends, ethics, love).  Some quotations may belong to more than one category.  Spread them out so you can see them.  You should have a minimum of three categories.  Be thoughtful as you look at each quotation.  Why did you choose this quotation?  What part of you does it speak to?  Color code (or somehow annotate) your quotes so you can SEE how they connect.

In your visual journal, create a double page spread to record your affinity map.  Make sure that BOTH sides of BOTH pages are blank - so that you have lots of room to add ideas as we move forward.

Step Two: Fill it In

Where are there gaps?  About which topics do you have little or no quotes?  Fill in the gaps!  Search by topic for relevant quotations and copy them into your box.  You should add a minimum of two quotes per topic! Please be sure to include only quotations you can attribute to a source (no anonymous or unknown authors). Add the new quotations to your affinity map.

Add a minimum of two memories/events/takeaways/significant moments from grade eight learning to each category.

If you need more room, this is when you can write on the back of the page.

Step Three: Ideation Map

Choose four of the following questions: two from the section titled “Present” and two from the section titled “Future”. On a new page in your visual journal, generate specific examples from your life for each question (minimum of 5).  At least one of the examples should be from grade 8. Write in point form.  Generate as many ideas as you can: create a bank!



Step Four: Defining Your Vision

Go back to the affinity maps you made from your quotations in Step 1. Choose examples from your ideation map (minimum 3 per question) that align with the topics you chose in Step 1.   Add these examples to your affinity map from Step 1.

Step Five: Articulate your Beliefs (Part 1)

Create an outline for your “This I Believe” written assignment. Then, begin writing. In this part, the following criteria are required:

Step Six: Visualize your Impact (Part 2)

Decide on your approach (visual or audiovisual?). Go back to your ideation and affinity maps to harvest ideas. Draft the words. Move the words into your technology (you may use Adobe Spark, Google Slides, iMovie, or another technology - please speak to your teacher). In this part, the following criteria are required: