Final Class Portfolio

Due Tuesday, 12/4 by 5:00 pm no late work will be accepted.

the goals

The primary goal for this portfolio is for you to demonstrate that you understand the major learning objectives for this writing class. For you to show that, you will need to analyze your work in order to demonstrate ways you have grown as a writer, reader, and critical thinker. The final class portfolio is a large project is designed so that you can demonstrate and point to specific aspects of your work that show you have accomplished the goals of the class.

In short, you are to build an intertextual (Porter) argument for what you have learned drawing on your own work from the course and the course objectives.


A portfolio is a document that contains various pieces that you have written throughout the semester, drafts of documents, and other bits that may have inspired you to write (napkins that you wrote the initial ideas for your essays on, photographs that inspired your work, music CDs and more).

The point here is to allow you to show off the work you think you learned the most from in the class. It is also your opportunity to reflect on what you did in the class; as well as your final opportunity to revise essays you have worked on during the semester, it is weighted very heavily.

My aim with this course is to further develop your own literacy and rhetorical awareness—your ability to read texts critically and make meaningful connections to them through writing, especially in digital and networked environments. This class is designed so that you make several connections between how semiotic systems, literacy, literacy education, and rhetoric in specific circumstances all work. Now that this class is close to being done, you should understand that:

work we did

  • examined the nature of formal and informal education systems
  • looked at literacy histories
  • discussed audience, discourse communities, and powerful discourses
  • revised. a lot.
  • engaged in self reflective research
  • coded notes from research
  • read and analyzed academic articles
  • discussed the impact social and material infrastructure has on literacy acquisition
  • learned how to email a professor 

new work:

letter of Introduction for the entire portfolio

What this letter does: discusses your process of research for the entire class and makes connections between the goals of the class and your LWP projects. You will be writing new pieces for this portfolio, and the first of these is a letter of introduction for your entire portfolio that should frame all that you have learned throughout the entire class. Think of it as a final essay in a class that relying on your drafts and articles from the course as evidence. Stronger work here will rely heavily on sophisticated intertextual arguments to prove you have acquired course objectives through the literature of the class and using your work from the class as evidence to back your claims.

letter of Introduction for each LWP

What these letters do: discuss your process of research and how you went about writing this paper. Your letter of introduction is your chance to tell me what you were trying to do with your essay and whether you think you succeeded or not. You should explain why you made certain specific decisions in your essay, including why you chose to accept or ignore the specific recommendations of your peer reviewer, and how those choices affected your goals and product.

old work:

You should have a final draft of each LWP in the portfolio as well as your first draft for four drafts total. The final draft of each LWP should have an academic citation within the work, integrated and in a place that makes sense. You should know what you want to say and be able to integrate yourself into a conversation on a topic, not just prove that you have “read” the piece. File names should be consistant.

how to get started

  • First, decide if you want to make a digital or paper portfolio. If you decide on making a digital portfolio you are free to pick whatever site you want to build it on but I would recommend There are a ton of handy videos to help you build the site you need and besides, paper is so BULKY.
  • Second, as you collect both your first draft and your final draft, pay attention to the changes that you made. Pay attention to the patterns and changes you see across all six documents. Are there elements that got better? Problems that you still have that you might learn to fix as you mature as a researcher? Where can you locate them?
  • Components (portfolio must contain):
    • A splash page, with your name, date, course number, and section
    • Letter of Introduction for Entire Portfolio
    • Divided separate “pages”
    • Letter of Introduction for all Long Writing Projects
    • first drafts of all Long Writing Projects
    • revised and clean “final” copies of all Long Writing Projects


  • Technical Considerations
    • personalized blog, well organized and personalized in design such as photos and titles

Criteria for Portfolio Evaluation:

Delivery: 25 points

Do file names and page names make sense and have titles?

Is the digital portfolio personalized?

Does the sight navigation make sense?

Cover Letter: 50 points

Makes intertextual arguments?

Explanations of contents and analysis of your strengths and weaknesses

as a writer and how that has changed over the course of the class?

Description and reflection of your writing process?

Evidence of Revisions: 25 points

Did you work at revising beyond just the “sentence” level?

Are you aware of implications of your corrections?

How effectively did you use the peer revision process?

Approach over Time: 25 points

Were you innovative with your subjects?

What was your level of commitment to your writing projects?

Were you committed to seeing your project change and evolve during the semester?

Do you clearly identify the problem being addressed or main issue of your work?

Complexity of Thought: 50 points

Did you discover new things about your subjects in your writing process?

Did you make new connections?

How well did you frame your thoughts with those of others?

Did you bring something new to your topics, questions and research?

Were you able to recognize, respect, and analyze but, at the same time, be

critical of perspectives different from yours?

Use of Documentation and “Local” issues: 25 points

Do your sentences use correct sentence level constructions (Verb/Subject agreement, Variety of Sentence style) and minimal spelling errors?

Is your work in properly formatted in MLA style (margins, in text citations, Work Cited Pages, etc.)?


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