Saturday, November 21, 2009

Portfolio Checklist Fall 2009
English 201

On the cover page identify yourself by responding to the following:

Mailing Address
Phone Number
E-mail address
Course number and code

This page is followed by the narratives.
The portfolio is due between Dec. 2-3 via email:

The portfolio narratives (250 words minimum each)

1. The first narrative essay will look at the past semester of study, and the themes we looked at this semester the life of one of hip hop cultures well-known icons, Tupac Shakur and how his life is emblematic of a generation of youth in urban America.

2. The second narrative essay looks at the writing process and what you have been learning about yourself as a writer. Take two essays and talk about the planning, research and revision strategies you used. It helps to choose an early paper and compare to a later paper. Often you can more easily see the differences in your writing and a better example of mastery of certain concepts. Also discuss skills you need to improve and how you plan to address that. As a source use a grammar style book like Diana Hacker’s Rules for Writers. Read the section on revision; you can also cite examples from the video we will watch next week: Revision Strategies (The Write Course).

Besides the two essays, I also want you to include the Pidd essays, cyber-essays, and all the writing from Holler and Rose.

Additional narrative considerations for the portfolio essay: The second essay has students look at the writing process and discuss their own writing process: the topics chosen, the information used, revision strategies, writing as a process. This should include a definition of the difference between editing and revising and a value statement on the place for both in composition.

I am really interested in discourse about audience and how that shapes or determines how the writer approaches her topic.

I am also interested in discussion of the revision process, and whether or not seeing writing as a work in progress or a draft, liberates or stagnates the creative process. (Students are to use examples from their writing to illustrate these points.)

I'd also like students to think about and give at three specific ways how they have grown as writers and thinkers this semester. Each essay should be minimally 1-2 pages (250-500 words).

Grade Justification
What grade do you think you earned in the course? If you have a strong argument with proof: graded work. I will consider it.

Your essay and the attached copy of a completed grading sheet are the evidence.

Do you have any questions about writing or anything else?


Teacher Research
Can I use you writing in teacher research projects? I will give you full credit and inform you of its use. Indicate Yes or No. Please circle one.

In a third response, evaluate the semester: teacher, textbooks, assignments, methodology, etc. Please be frank and feel free to offer suggestions.

Just put a grade next to the assignments you have completed. I will put a grade next to the sections and assignments you do not have grades on. To pass the class, students have to have passing grades on all the essays, plus complete the portfolio essays and turn the portfolio in. For all revisions include the narratives each graded draft and the final draft with a passing grade. Put the passing essay on top.

The narrative essays are the introduction to your portfolio which is a collection of all your writing this semester.

James Baldwin's Autobiographical Notes paraphrase________________; Student Autobiographical Notes ___________________

Hurricane Katrina Paraphrase Assignment_________
The Message (Felicia Pride) Assignments_______________

Michael Eric Dyson's Holler Assignments: Logs___________ (how many?); Freewrites___________; Essay Exam_____________; Skit_______________; Reflection___________; Feedback from audience______________.

Stewart Pidd Essays
Sentence Punctuation_______
Pronoun Agreement _______

Grammar Exam part 1 ______ (50 possible)
List errors___________________________________________

In-class Essay Exam 1:
Pronoun Case: Midterm Essay Synthetica _________

Point of View _______
Be-Verb _________(paraphrase worksheet completed)________

In-Class Essay Exam 2: Possessives _______

Subject Verb Agreement _________

Hootenanny Replacement Essay based on the From the Censorship Package: My Rap Against Rap by Nathan McCall essay. We'll write the first drafts Nov. 23-24__________ . Students will develop templates based on their errors and evaluate this essay like they have been evaluating Stewart Pidd’s essays this semester. This essay is due Nov. 30. It is your final.

Nature vs. Nurture essay first draft: ___________ (Nov. 23)
Final draft: ____________ (Nov. 25)

In-Class Essay Exam 3: Parallel Structure_________
Multiple Choice Exam #2________ (Nov. 23-24)

Library orientation worksheet ______ (if applicable)

Cyber-Assignments: How many and which ones? Separate essays from freewrites

Student presentations on Scenes from Holler. Please include the scene you wrote, your reflections on the process and audience responses.

Extra Credit ______________________________________________
Students can submit a graded essay from another class if the teacher is agreeable.

Anything else? _______________________________________________________

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