6-12
Lesson
45-90 min.

Personal Statement

  • College and Career Resources
  • English Language Arts
  • Social Emotional Learning

Overview

Teach students how to craft a powerful and engaging Personal Statement for college admissions. In this activity, students will think about different ways they can tell their personal stories by capturing the audience’s interest and using narrative techniques to draft a compelling Personal Statement for college applications. Students will examine a sample personal essay, identify and reflect on the talents, skills, abilities and experiences that have shaped them and made them unique and draft their own personal statement. Students will then provide peer feedback on one another’s personal essays and gain a solid understanding of what makes a strong personal statement for college submissions.

Student Will Learn

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Communication
    • Creativity
    • Collaboration
    • Critical Thinking

Content Areas

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Growth Mindset

Objectives

  • Explain the purpose and audience for a personal statement
  • Examine a sample personal essay(s)
  • Identify and reflect on the talents, skills, abilities and experiences that have shaped them and make them unique
  • Draft a practice personal statement
  • Provide peer feedback on one another’s practice personal statements

Grade Levels

6-12

Suggested Time

  • 45–90 minutes (1-2 class sessions)