Assignment: Personal Analysis Essay

Personal Analysis Essay Introduction

This module will ask you to practice the stages of the writing process.  You will develop an essay about your personal experiences as a student, to be finalized by the end of this module.

The path to higher education is occasionally rocky: everyone encounters unexpected challenges and moments that require resolve to overcome. This essay will ask you to examine your particular educational journey so far–what led up to where you are currently, and what your current educational goals are.  You will also plan for success techniques that will ensure you’re able to reach the point you define as your goal.

The thesis for this essay will identify your educational goals and anticipate the way you’ll prepare for succeeding in this goal.  The thesis will be supported in the body of the essay with evidence demonstrating why you hold this goal and what has led you to the point where you are now.

Assignment Details

Look for the Try It pages along the way to help you complete the Personal Analysis Essay.  The Try It activities will engage you in each step of the writing process.

The final essay will be 500–750 words long.  It will include a thesis statement that is supported by evidence.  It will be well-organized, and display evidence of careful application of the writing process.


In order to successfully complete this assessment, a submitted essay must reach “Meets or Exceeds Expectations” in all categories.

Criteria Ratings
Topic & Thesis Statement Meets or Exceeds Expectations

  • essay topic has been personalized to refine the assignment prompt
  • contains a clearly identifiable thesis statement that drives the essay content
Approaching Expectations

  • essay topic is a generic answer to the assignment prompt
  • contains a thesis statement that relates to most essay content
Does Not Meet Expectations

  • essay topic does not match the assignment prompt
  • does not contain a thesis statement, or thesis statement does not relate to most essay content
Evidence Meets or Exceeds Expectations

  • sufficient and varied evidence provided to justify the thesis statement
Approaching Expectations

  • insufficient evidence provided to justify the thesis statement
Does Not Meet Expectations

  • no evidence provided, or evidence does not justify the thesis statement
Organization Meets or Exceeds Expectations

  • contains a clearly identifiable introduction, body section, and conclusion
  • follows a logical pattern of development
  • applies transitions effectively
Approaching Expectations

  • contains an introduction, and/or body section, and/or conclusion
  • has a pattern of development, but needs further attention to paragraphing
  • insufficient use of transitions
Does Not Meet Expectations

  • missing introduction, body section, or conclusion elements
  • no clear pattern of development
  • little to no use of transitions
Editing and Proofreading Meets or Exceeds Expectations

  • evidence that higher-order editing concerns have been identified and addressed
  • evidence that lower-order proofreading concerns have been identified and addressed, though minor patterns of error might remain
Approaching Expectations

  • higher-order editing concerns may not have been addressed
  • lower-order editing concerns may not have been addressed.  Significant patterns of error remain.
Does Not Meet Expectations

  • fundamental issues with higher-order editing concerns present in draft
  • fundamental issues with lower-order editing concerns present in draft