Touchstone 1: Personal Essay
ASSIGNMENT: Describe a time in your academic or
professional career when you used one of the employability skills below.
The innovation skill, which helps you use strategies to develop your ideas and create
The communication skill, which helps you effectively write about information,
your ideas, and your perspective
The productivity skill, which helps you plan your time
and your writing
The technology skill, which help you use digital tools and devices to
document your writing efficiently and effectively
Write a 3-4 page narrative paper
(with an introduction, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion) that describes
Some examples could include:
Firsts: Think of a “first” in your
academic/professional career when you used your chosen skill, and describe that moment
Proud moments: Choose a moment when you felt proud about an accomplishment that was made possible by using one of the above skills.
Adversity: Describe a time when
you had to think or act quickly to overcome a challenge using one of the above skills.
your introduction, explain the scenario. In your body paragraphs, describe the
employability skill you used and how it was used in your specific event.
Describe the benefits or shortcomings of using this skill and how the skill contributed to your success; or alternatively, how it could have been utilized differently to achieve greater
success. In your conclusion, describe what you learned about yourself through the
experience and how you plan to utilize this skill in the future.
In order to foster learning
and growth, all essays you submit must be newly written specifically for this course.
Any recycled work will be sent back with a 0, and you will be given one attempt to redo
A. Assignment Guidelines
DIRECTIONS: Create a 3-4 page personal
essay in which you:
Explain the scenario you have chosen.
Describe the chosen
employability skill and how it was used in the scenario.
Describe the benefits or
shortcomings of using this skill and how it contributed to any success.
How could it have
been used differently to achieve greater success?
Describe what you learned about
yourself throughout this scenario.
Minimize mechanical and stylistic errors.
the reflection questions listed below.
B. Reflection Questions
DIRECTIONS: Below your
assignment, include answers to all of the following reflection questions.
early stages of your writing process. What brainstorming and prewriting activities did you
engage in to compose your narrative? How did they help you begin formulating your ideas? How do you anticipate that these steps will make the writing process more productive?
Consider the skill you chose as a topic. Why did you pick this particular
skill? What about it are you looking forward to exploring as you work on your later
assignments in this course? (3-4 sentences)
The following requirements must be met for your submission to be graded:
Double-space the outline and use one-inch margins.
Use a readable 12-point font.
All writing must be appropriate for an academic context.
Composition must be original and written for this assignment.
Plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited.
Submission must include your name, the name of the course, the date, and the title of your composition.
Submission must include your completed personal essay and reflection questions with the components described in the guidelines above.
Include all of the assignment components in a single file.
Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx.
Touchstone 1: Personal Essay