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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 change
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 this event. Some examples could include:
Firsts: Think of a “first” in your academic/professional career when you used your chosen skill, and describe that moment in detail.
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.
In 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 the Touchstone.
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.
Complete the reflection questions listed below.
B. Reflection Questions
DIRECTIONS: Below your assignment, include answers to all of the following reflection questions.
Consider the 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? (4-5 sentences)
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)