Personal Experience Assignment

For this assignment you will write about a personal experience you have experienced or are experiencing related to Erikson’s psychosocial stages in Chapter 12 (Identity vs. Role Confusion) or 14 (Intimacy vs. Isolation).

It is <u>very</u> important that you do <u>not</u> choose an experience that is painful or overly personal. I do not want you to explore a topic that may cause psychological distress for you. Here are some topics that would be appropriate to explore, assuming you feel comfortable doing so:
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<li>Education/career plans as you entered college or after a first career</li>
<li>Entering or dissolving relationships as a young adult</li>
<li>Identity (gender, sexual, cultural, religious, ethnic, etc.)</li>
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Once you have determined your topic:
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<li>Connect the personal experience to your chosen stage</li>
<li>Explore what you learned (or are learning) from the experience</li>
<li>Explain how has studying lifespan development helped you understand the experience</li>
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Formatting is as follows:
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<li>5-8 pages (including cover page and reference page…so, 3-5 pages of actual content!)</li>
<li>Your paper must contain an introduction, thesis (what you plan to discuss/argue), and a conclusion</li>
<li>12 point font</li>
<li>One inch margins</li>
<li>Double-spaced</li>
<li>APA formatted (use the paper template in this module, not the current event template)</li>
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3 references are required (1 can and should be the textbook, the other 2 must be peer-reviewed articles. See the library guide in this module for details on how to find these articles)

As always, 60% of your grade will be based on content (did you address prompts above?), 20% of grade will be based on organization and style, and 20% of grade will be based on APA formatting/mechanics/grammar.

Don’t forget – anything written in your paper that is someone else’s idea/work/research etc. must be cited within the paper and the reference must be included at the end of the paper on the reference page. Complete the Plagiarism Tutorial in Module 0 if you are not sure how to do this.

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