FFL Essay Resources

Build literacy skills and character with our discussion and essay program

 resourcesFoundations for Life is a maxim-based discussion and essay program that helps prepare students for crucial tests, improves their reasoning and writing skills, and inspires them to reflect upon and express profound and enduring truths that will guide them in making ethical choices in their lives.

This free program offers you age appropriate maxims, classroom assignments, and tips on how to run your own local contest. All our materials enhance the reading, critical thinking and composition skills required by the SAT exam, state and federal standards, and No Child Left Behind proficiency testing.

  • Reflect – Students reflect on the meaning of selected quotations and apply their thoughts to better understand the world around them and their own lives.
  • Express – Students express in their own words the underlying wisdom of the quotations.
  • Commit – Students are encouraged to live more meaningful and effective lives by incorporating their new insights into their daily life.

Downloadable Resource Kits

Elementary School Kit – Downloadable ZIP file (16.8 MB)
Secondary School Kit – Downloadable ZIP file (10.1 MB)

Foundations for Life typically starts in the classroom as a discussion and writing assignment. But by holding a local essay contest (in the school, district or community), you give kids additional incentives to do their best. An essay contest is fun, engages the community and provides students with public recognition, which builds confidence and can even enhance college applications and resumes. CHARACTER COUNTS! provides all the free materials you need to get started. And our program is endorsed by the AASA, NAESP, and NASSP.