Portfolio Instructions



Portfolio will consist of the following in this order

  • Letter of introduction
  • Essay #3, including the revision, all drafts, and peer critiques
  • A revision of essay #1 or #2, including the revision, all drafts, peer critiques, and instructor’s comments

Letter of introduction—

In your portfolio you are to include a letter addressed to me. The purpose of this letter—at least 750 words—is to share with me your assessment of your progress as a reader and writer. You and your writing process should be the central focus of this letter.

Take writing this letter seriously; it is an opportunity for you to reflect on what you have learned in the class and to self-assess—and it is the final writing assignment of the class. When I finish reading this letter, I should have a clear and specific sense of how you have progressed as a reader and writer, as well as what you have learned this past semester. I should also have a clear sense of how you chose the writing you have included in your portfolio and why you think each represents your best work.

This letter should be thoughtful, detailed, and analytical. Here are some specifics to consider—

  • Explain where you began this semester: what assumptions and background knowledge about reading, writing, and revising did you bring to the class? What were your strengths and weaknesses as a reader and writer at the beginning of the class?
  • Assess the gains you made this semester—what have you discovered about reading, writing, revision, responding to the ideas and writing of others (including, perhaps, the ideas and writing of those in your peer-review group)? What are the strengths and weaknesses I should notice in your portfolio (be specific and give examples for me to see)?
  • Assess the essay selection you made: Why did you choose to revise the essay you included (essays 1 or 2)? What revision choices did you make and why?
  • What do you want me to see and understand as I read your portfolio?
Check your syllabus or the assignment schedule carefully; the portfolio counts for 70% of your course grade and must be submitted at the last scheduled class period.

I will not accept late portfolios.

If you fail to submit a portfolio, you will fail the course.