This document includes THREE separate writing prompts for the personal essay that is part of my college composition course. I typically offer all three options, but you could also choose one or two. It includes a prompt, guidelines for the assignment, and a focused rubric. Two of the essay prompts are based on highly anthologized model essays that you could include in your course. They are "Listening to My Father" and "Once More to the Lake." These assignments have all been tested with college-level students, and they all work very well.