final portfolio reflection of progress made though the quarter

My E-portfolio

You can see all my homework on this website on the left column.

This portfolio includes
all my work for the quarter, including all Canvas assignments as well as any notes you have taken in class and at home.

Below are files about the two major essay we wrote this quarter, you can use them to show my progress in the final reflection/ portfolio tour. But there are other homework on the website that we did though the quarter and you can see what the teacher is trying to let us learn. You can also follow the syllabus attached below to prove I reach these abilities on my final portfolio tour.

Keep in mind the tips below

Directions and Tips: “Portfolio Tour” Essay

The Portfolio Tour is an essay modeled on William Zinnser’s “A Writer’s Decisions.” The essay explains/proves what skills you have mastered in 39a, commenting on quotations from your 39a writing to do so.

When discussing your skills, reference our 39A rubric. I, Dr. Lance, suggest you make the “Tour” a letter that you address directly to me, or to the director of 39A and the other instructors of 39A–who will be curious how well you’ve fulfilled the rubric we all share. You may, if you wish, argue for a grade.

This final draft of the Portfolio Tour should probably be about 1200-1500 words. This wordcount does not include any block quotations (i.e. paragraphs) from your previous writing, but it can include shorter quotations of phrases, sentences, even pairs of sentences. If the Tour is much shorter you won’t have time to develop your claims about your writing skills. If it’s much longer, I (Dr. Lance) will lose my patience while reading it. After all, as I decide your grade, I’m also reading your final drafts of your Major Assignments, as well your homework assignments, notes, drafts, etc.

You can re-use portions, or all, of the 500- to 600-word Midterm Portfolio Tour essay in the final Tour–no need to cite yourself. Be smart about it, though. If you’re adding what you’ve learned in Weeks 6-10 (new Tour material) to what you learned in Weeks 1-5 (as shown in your midterm Tour) don’t repeat yourself. How does the 2nd half of the quarter build on the first half? What’s new in the 2nd half? How can you form a unified thesis for the final? How can you organize your Tour to reflect that thesis?

More Tour Tips

This introductory essay 1) makes arguments about your progress in WR39A, especially in the Major Assignments; and 2) chooses from all of the writing you’ve included to find evidence for your arguments. The essay should include the following:

  • Arguments about the advancement of your writing skills through class participation and engagement, reading and writing homework, paper drafts and the revision process in all its stages, including conferences.
  • Supportive analysis of specific evidence taken from your own writing and the feedback you have received. Evidence will include quotations, screenshots and other images of your writing, and/or hyperlinks.
  • Your reasons for making the choices you made, and what you may have done differently; what you think you accomplished and what you’re struggling with.
  • Your responses to the class texts (Holland’s essays, food reviews from Gold, Arellano, etc.) and how these sources informed your own work and ideas.
  • Your plans for writing after WR39A–what you want to work on and how you want to develop your skills in WR39B, WR39C, and/or your other classes.

Beware: you should follow your instincts as well as your informed belief, not hubris or pathos. Consider what you did, what you could have done, what you believe you wanted to learn, etc. Remember that your arguments must be supported by the evidence of your own work–if these don’t reflect each other, than you’re not assessing your progress effectively.

  • As much as possible, explain the relationships between the different assignments you completed this quarter. For example, how did particular (RQ) or (W) exercises or (C)onference notes help you to develop and/or revise your major assignments? Your “Portfolio Tour” should not be a mere laundry list of things you did in this class—I already know what you were assigned to do. What I want to know from this document is how you made these tasks meaningful for yourself as a developing writer.
  • Don’t be afraid to discuss the negative aspects of your learning process as well as the positive. If you’ve experienced frustration, confusion, or failure, reflect on what caused the trouble and explain how you learned from it. And after only ten weeks in this class, you probably still have some things to continue working on—be honest about what skills you need to keep practicing.