RWS Final Essay


San Diego State University

Question Description

For this final paper, you will reflect on experiences, instances, or occurrences that you feel had a hand in shaping your identity. This will require you to spend some time considering what your identity is as you see it. You should choose one or two of the most significant of these instances and write an essay that describes the occurrence and discusses how you feel it has shaped your identity.

  • Your introduction should introduce the topic of identity to your reader and should include a thesis that states what occurrence you feel was a major factor in shaping your own identity.
  • Your body paragraphs should explain to your reader what your identity is and discuss the relationship between the occurrence and your identity.
  • You should conclude this essay with a discussion on the significance of identity and the shaping of identity.

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Length: 3 to 4 pages

Due Date: Thursday of Week 16

Genre: Reflective Personal Writing

Format: Times New Roman, 12-pt. font

Audience: For yourself

Purpose: To reflect on personal identity and how identity is shaped

Grading Rubric:

  • First paragraph introduces the topic of personal identity and clearly states 1-2 experiences that shaped their own personal identity 15 pts.
  • Body paragraphs effectively describe how the experiences worked to shape their personal identity to show thought and reflection 30 pts.
  • Conclusion paragraph describes the significance (personal significance or overall general significance) of identity and the shaping of identity 15 pts.

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