Portfolio Blog Assignment

English 101: Learning Portfolio Blog Assignment

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The portfolio blog serves as a take-home final exam. You will create a personal blog on which you post your major assignments and a self reflection. Remember that the portfolio blog counts for 20% of your grade in this course.

Read Chapter 30 and pgs. 544-545 in Writing Today. The purpose of the portfolio is for you to have the opportunity to review the work you have done this semester and reflect on it and on your progress as a writer and a critical thinker.

PURPOSE

1.     Demonstrate your achievements as a writer and critical thinker during your first year of college writing.

2.     Enable assessment of your work as a writer and critical thinker.  This includes your own self-assessment as well as assessment by your instructor.

3. Display your work for the public in general.

Strong portfolios are built through a process of collection, selection, and reflection.  In other words, the portfolio is more than just a showcase of your work; it is a location in which you make judgments about how best to present yourself as an academic “composer,” and in which you provide reflective writing that helps you and your readers better understand how the portfolio was developed.

The portfolio blog will have five parts. It will have a letter of critical self-assessment. And it will have each of your four major papers. In addition, you will introduce each paper with a statement about your experience in writing it.

            1. Letter of critical self-assessment

The page or post of your Portfolio blog is a letter introducing yourself to your readers and offering a critical self-assessment of your work as a writer during your first year of college.  A portfolio is more than the sum of its parts; its real value lies in its ability to demonstrate the meaningful connections between its parts. Your reflective letter is your opportunity to articulate and deepen your readers’, and your own, awareness of those connections.
 

Audience and tone.  Address your letter to the Instructor and other possible readers. The tone of your letter should be moderately formal. In other words, assume that you are addressing faculty, but don’t feel you have to take a highly formal or distant tone. Write in the first-person singular (“I”).  Be as candid and specific as possible.

Structure.  The structure of your letter should be clear and simple.  This is not an academic essay, so you don’t need a thesis.  If you wish, you may answer each of the questions in order.

Content.  It’s fine to address topics not included in the following questions.  However, do be sure that your letter, at a minimum, provides a full and detailed response to each of the following questions.
a. Which was your favorite paper? Did you like it because you did well on it? Or did you enjoy writing about the subject? What other reasons might you have for choosing it as your favorite?

b. During your first year at college, what writing skills have you acquired that you will carry forward into future classes?  Among these skills might be ways to draft and revise; come up with ideas; formulate a thesis; organize, use evidence; and seek out feedback.  Explain exactly how you acquired each skill you mention.
 
c. During your first year at college, what writing skills have you realized you need more work on?  How will you get the ongoing support you need?  Explain exactly how you plan to improve each skill you mention.
 
d. How is writing and/or critical thinking relevant to you as a student moving into your major?  How might one or both these abilities be relevant to you after you graduate?
 

2. Memoir

In this section of the portfolio, write a page about a problem you encountered in writing your memoir, how you discovered the problem, and how you went about solving it.  Look at your invention and planning notes, drafts, and revisions. 

Then include your final graded paper or revise it for the blog.

 

  1. 3.      Profile

 

In this section of the portfolio, write a page about a problem you encountered in writing your profile, how you discovered the problem, and how you went about solving it.  Look at your invention and planning notes, drafts, and revisions. 

Then include your final graded paper or revise it for the blog.

  1. 4.      Literary Analysis

 

In this section, write a page about a problem you encountered in writing your Literary Analysis of a film/novel. Did you have trouble determining which film/novel to analyze? Did you have trouble identifying an interpretive question? Did you have trouble determining the features of an effective film/novel that related to your interpretive question, rather than simply retelling the story?  How did you solve these problems?  Did you encounter problems with your research?  Describe the process you used to solve this problem.

Then include your final graded paper or revise it for the blog.

 

  1. 5.      Rhetorical Analysis

In this section, write a page about a problem you encountered in writing your Rhetorical Analysis of a famous speech. Did you have trouble determining which speech to analyze? Did you have trouble identifying the ethos, logos, and pathos in the speech? Did you have trouble determining the features of an effective speech instead of just summarizing it? How did you solve these problems?  Did you encounter problems with your research?  Describe the process you used to solve this problem.

Then include your final graded paper or revise it for the blog.

 

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