Author’s Note: the following piece is a practice STAAR essay to “explain the importance of never giving up”. I have improved how I “show not tell” and worked on my introduction and conclusion. I really like how mine turned out and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!


Never giving up is essential to success. Giving up will always lead to defeat. It turns failing into failed. It turns losing into lost. Giving up nullifies all the work put towards a goal. Giving up removes any chance of improvement.
Thomas Edison spent years trying to find a strong enough material to withstand the heat in a light bulb. He experimented with hundreds of them before he settled on tungsten. If he had given up after all his failures, he would have never found his solution, and more importantly, he would have lost all his years of work. Edison had eliminated hundreds of materials that didn’t work, and therefore he was making progress.
Sometimes never giving up can be a matter of life and death. In May of 1940, at the beginning of World War II, swift German tanks swept through the French defenses, leaving their ally Britain alone and vulnerable in the war. Some British leader wished to sue for peace for better terms of surrender from the Germans. Instead, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, gave a famous speech to Parliament stating that they would “fight them on the beaches” and “never surrender”. The British ended up winning the war with the help of the United States. If they had surrendered and negotiated like many wanted to, the whole world might have fallen under the cruel reign of Nazi Germany.

Giving up will always lead to failure. If Edison had given up, we might still be using oil lamps. If the British had surrendered, we might be living under a Nazi regime. But perseverance, determination, and the courage to keep trying will bring success.