The final portfolio should not only include samples of your best work, but act as an opportunity for you to talk about that work and your writing in general. If it helps, imagine that you have been asked to submit a portfolio of your writing for an internship/job application, and you must explain the significance of the work you present. The following questions are designed to help you guide the audience through your work:
- What does it mean to be a writer in your discipline?
- What do you think your writing strengths are?
- How has your writing evolved (or not) over the semester?
- How have each of these pieces developed since the last draft submitted?
- What do you still need to work on, and how do you plan to address those weaknesses?
You can write about these questions in any order that you wish, but I expect them all to be addressed. You should feel free to write anything else that you feel you need to tell your audience about the enclosed works or you as a writer.
You might also think of it as the director’s commentary option on a DVD. It’s a place to talk about who you are as an artist/writer, why you have made the choices that you made, and how you want your work to impact the audience.
Please, do not use the reflection as a course evaluation. I love hearing your thoughts on how to improve my teaching, but there is a time and place for that, and the reflection is not it. Use the space as an introduction to your work. Help your reader see what you want them to see about your writing and who you are as a writer.
Note: There is no word minimum, but I’d have a really hard time believing you could fully develop your ideas with examples and analysis in less than two pages.