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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.
Here is a link to a Word Document version of the information posted below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8cIlM350HC8LW9md2NrLS1PdDQ/edit?usp=sharing
The Final ePortfolio
The final ePortfolio is a place to showcase your best writing and all that you have learned this semester. Put together with Pace’s ePortfolio platform, it will feature 3 pieces of revised writing (possibly more if you choose) and a reflection.
What Makes Up a Final Portfolio?
Title: Your final portfolio must have a creative title. My/The Final Portfolio is not an acceptable title. Think about what you want readers to focus on in your work or something that describes the work that you are presenting in your portfolio to help you come up with one.
Table of Contents: If the order in which your reader should be reading the contents is unclear, please make a table of contents.
Reflection: (to be further discussed at a later time)This is one of the most important pieces of your portfolio. It is the place where you tell readers about your work and about who you are as a writer and as a member of your discipline. It also gives me insight into the ways that you have revised your pieces, since I may not be able to tell by simply looking at a piece. In fact, often times, an outstanding analytical reflection paper can help bolster weaker writing. You should use this as a place to talk about why you included specific pieces, how these pieces and your writing in general evolved (if you think it did), and your writing strengths and weaknesses at this stage in the game. Closer to the end of the semester, I will give you a list of questions to help prompt your thinking.
The reflection letter is NOT a course evaluation. Don’t mistake talking about your growth (or lack thereof) as a writer with talking about the awesomeness/awfulness of this class. Saying “Professor P. was a terrible teacher” won’t really help an audience understand who you feel you are as a writer or what you think your portfolio offers readers.
And since students always ask, I will tell you in advance that there is no page minimum technically, but I’d find it hard to believe that anyone could do a sufficient job in less than 2 pages. If you’re really thinking about the “why” and “how,” odds are that you will need several pages, and I am willing to read as much as you’d like to write.
You can place the reflection anywhere in your portfolio that you so choose– beginning, end, middle—as long as you’ve given thought to why that place is the right place for it. You might also choose to write a large whole-portfolio reflection and a smaller reflection on each piece of writing.
Contents: The contents of the portfolio should be pieces of writing that reflect your best work and/or the work that means the most to you. All pieces must be revised from the last drafts turned in, as well. Use the ePortfolio to display who you have become as a writer.
There are some basic guidelines to follow, however. You must include:
- Cover letter
- Abstract of research paper
- Research Paper
- Choice of: Rhetorical Analysis or Twitter Observation paper
- Optional: anything else that you have written in this course that you want to include. Your choice to include extra work or not will not harm your grade in any way.
Again, everything in your portfolio must be significantly revised from the last draft that you turned in, and it should be polished for an audience.
What Does a Final Portfolio Look Like?
For this class, you will need to create a portfolio page using ePortfolio, which can be found on Blackboard. You will also need to set the “sharing” or “privacy” settings to “Logged In Users” or “Public” in order for me to see it. If it is not correctly set, then I will have to assume you didn’t turn it in, and you will fail the class. We will review the ePortfolio system in class. The best way to learn how to put them together, however, is to simply play around on the site.
Additional information about ePortfolios can be found on this site: http://www.pace.edu/ctlt/eportfolios/faq