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?