Assignment Showcase: Portfolio Guidelines (Jessie Moore)

Nov 08 2006

Assignment Showcase: Portfolio Guidelines (Jessie Moore)

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Portfolio Guidelines (Due May 1, 2006; 50% of Overall Grade)

A Note About the Portfolio (From the Course Policies)

Your portfolio will include a reflective introduction and four projects—an annotated bibliography, a field research report, a rhetorical situation analysis, and a proposal. You will be working on these projects throughout the semester and will receive feedback on your drafts, but I will not grade your projects until you submit them in your portfolio. As a result, you will have the opportunity to revise your projects as you continue to develop your writing proficiency. You also will have the chance to select one project that you must include but that you do not want graded. Therefore, your grade will reflect your work on the three projects that you consider most reflective of your writing ability.

Required Components (Checklist)

Reflective Introduction

Annotated Bibliography (Draft)

Annotated Bibliography (Final Revised Version)

Field Research Report (Draft)

Field Research Report (Final Revised Version)

Rhetorical Situation Analysis Memos (Drafts)

Rhetorical Situation Analysis Memos (Final Revised Versions)

Proposal (Draft)

Proposal (Final Revised Version)

Project Reflections for Each Project

  • Annotated Bibliography Reflection
  • Field Research Report Reflection
  • Rhetorical Situation Analysis Memos Reflection
  • Proposal Reflection


You should use the Blackboard Portfolio system to submit your portfolio. We will discuss this system in class on Friday, April 21st, and I will hold a review session during our Open Lab time on Friday, April 28th.

Reflective Introduction and Project Reflections

Your reflective introduction should introduce the components of your portfolio and identify the three projects that you would like evaluated. You should explain why you have selected these three projects from the four required projects. You also should discuss what you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the three projects and what you would continue to revise if you had more time. Finally, you should indicate how you have developed as a writer over the course of the semester. Have you learned new strategies for writing or for managing writing projects? Have any aspects of your writing improved?

In addition, for each of the four projects, you should reflect on the revisions you made. What changes did you make between your draft(s) and your final version? Why did you make those changes? What informed your decisions about your revisions? Your can include these project reflections as part of your introduction or in the section of your portfolio that is specific to the project; in other words, you can include your project reflection on the project page in your portfolio (annotated bibliography project reflection on the annotated bibliography page, field research report project reflection on the field research report page, etc.).

Evaluation Criteria

Your portfolio points will be distributed as follows:

Introduction and Reflection 20 points
Does Not Meet Expectations

Minimal introduction to the portfolio and limited reflection on your writing

Meets Expectations

Introduces the portfolio components, but includes minimal reflection on your writing

Exceeds Expectations

Strong introduction to and reflection on your projects; well organized and polished

Three Graded Assignments (10 points each; See Project Criteria) 30 points
Potential Deductions

5 point deduction for each required component that is missing


I encourage you to visit the Writing Center (online or in person) for feedback on your portfolio projects. If you visit the Writing Center, remember to take your assignment guidelines, class notes related to the project, and your draft. Also keep in mind that the Writing Center operates on 30 minute sessions, so you should plan to visit about only one project during each visit. You can visit the Writing Center multiple times, though.


If you have questions about the portfolio or any of the projects included in it, please ask during class, see me during my office hours, or make an appointment to visit at another time. I am happy to meet with you to discuss your revisions and to offer additional feedback.


Date Homework/Preparation for Class In-Class Activities
F 4/21 Read Ch. 6 in McGraw-Hill Handbook Document Design; Discuss Portfolio Requirements
M 4/24 Revise your proposal draft.

Draft a Reader Response Request Memo.

Rd. Chapter 12 in A Meeting of Minds

Revised Proposal Draft and Reader Response Request Due; Revising and Editing Strategies
W 4/26 Revise your portfolio projects.

Draft your reflective introduction.

Rd. Chapter 13 in A Meeting of Minds

Revising and Editing Strategies
F 4/28 Revise your portfolio projects. Individual conferences (Optional); Open Lab
M 5/1 Revise your portfolio projects. Portfolio Due

This schedule is subject to change. Check Blackboard for the latest information.

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