Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Portfolio Checklist English 201 Spring 2012

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 only paper copies are the freewrites, perhaps reading logs, and this checklist completed. Do not give me your originals. Turn this checklist into me filled out to the best of your ability the day of final.

The portfolio narratives (These are essays. Each essay is minimally 250 words in length. Where necessary, essay 2, there should be a works cited page.)

1. The first narrative essay will look at the past 18 weeks of study, and the themes we looked at this semester such as gangs and violence via books and films: Yummy, Luis Rodriguez’s Always Running, Juvies, The Interrupters, and Sandra Cisneros’s House on Mango Street.

In your research papers you chose a person to highlight who has made it their life’s work to use their skills to better the lives of others in society. Talk about what you've learned and discovered this semester about writing and yourself, college and life, which have transformed or changed you.

What have you learned about the discipline you are studying here: reading and writing that you plan to carry forth into your lifelong pursuit of learning.

Please also comment on the texts and whether or not they were helpful in this process. You can also talk about the instruction, culture of the class and the teacher. You can also offer suggestions for future students, instruction and on the instruction.

2. The second part of the narrative 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.

Besides the two reflection essays, I also want you to include the Hootenanny essay, the letter to the Governor and any response from his office, a reflection on The Interrrupters and Juvies from the blog, the research essay and cyber-assignments.

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).

I have given you two essays that look at the revision process. Please include this in the reflection directly or as a part of the bibliography.

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