Apply what you have learned. Reflect on your progress. Demonstrate your writing competence.
Revised versions of all of your projects 300-500 word summary of: The changes you made to each project What you’ve learned about writing
The portfolios are graded holistically. Brief evaluation of strengths and weaknesses. The portfolio may help balance your grade in the course.
Quality and Thoroughness of Revisions ▪ Did you address each issue mentioned in your grade sheet and proofread each document carefully? General “sheen ▪ Do the essays in your portfolio represent A, B, C quality work? ▪ Are you prepared for the writing tasks ahead of you?
It is not necessary to work with the same group if you’d rather work alone. Do not start a new project.
Compute your revisions with the following formula: Percent of Revision Needed: 50 – Grade Received multiplied by 2. So, if you scored a 40, the percent of revision you’d need to score an A would be 20%. The lower you scored on your original essay, the more changes you should plan to make for your portfolio version.
You will receive an F. Even if you scored highly on your essays, the point of the portfolio is to revise and improve them. Consider adding more sources, fine- tuning some sentences, and adding more examples.
Plan to spend considerable time reviewing your portfolio. Consider these two areas: Global Concerns ▪ Focus, Organization, Development Lower Level Concerns ▪ Grammar, Mechanics, Style
What are some things you have learned about writing this semester that will help you improve your essays?
Will readers understand my reasons for writing? Have I provided the specific examples, concrete language, careful reasoning, and supporting evidence that they need? Have I provided enough background? Can I make my manuscript more enjoyable to read by incorporating more images and metaphors, by offering more creative examples? Have I clarified the credibility of my sources? Have I provided sufficient evidence for my claims?
Have I used any terms or concepts that need clarification? What additional examples or concrete, sensory details can I provide to help readers understand my message? Can I revise any passages to make them less emotionally charged and more sympathetic to my readers' feelings about the matter? Are any of the examples and illustrations unnecessary, given the audience's level of knowledge? Are any examples and illustrations redundant?
Is the tone appropriate, given my intended audience and purpose? Do I sound like an informed expert, an inquiring scholar, a technocrat, a concerned citizen, a crank? Is this the voice I really want? Would presenting a different persona allow me to convey my meaning more effectively? Am I presenting a consistent voice throughout the text? If there are variations in the tone of the document, are they intentional and effective?
Does my introduction hook my readers' interest? Does my document accomplish what the introduction promises? Throughout the document, have I offered my reader a deductive overview of my purpose and forecast any organization?
Could I use a picture, a graph, or a table to visually represent my meaning? Can I make my work more scannable by using headers, bullets, or lists?
Take PRIDE in your work and put some energy into it. Remember, the idea is really show off your new skills as a writer. Apply what you’ve learned!