This is a 2 page word document that outlines my requirements fro my students' semester reflection essay project.
I ask for six paragraphs, giving detailed requirements for each paragraph, the font, font, size, heading, and due date.
I gave students one class period to write and one class period to type.
I actually had no complaints and a couple students even thought it was fun. The essay project is a reflection of their behavior in my class as well as their opinions.
It seems students had no problems talking about themselves. :-)