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Course Portfolio- UWRT 1101

Students will believe that they possess intellectual authority in proportion as they see their teachers readiness
to take them seriously, to look for serious, enlightening discourse from them, and to join with them in probing
issues through talk and writing.

-C.H. Knoblauch and Lil Brannon, Rhetorical Traditions and the Teaching of Writing


You will create your portfolio in Weebly (public) or Google Sites (private). The purpose of your portfolio is
to demonstrate the work you have done this semester in the course in a variety of genres, writing styles,
and for different purposes, and most importantly to consider how that work reflects your identity as a
scholar and writer. Your portfolio will be composed of elements:

I. Artifacts (pieces of writing/composition from throughout the semester)
a. Informal (journal, day-to-day), Process Work (drafting, notes, interviews), Revision Work
(feedback youve received and given), Polished Drafts, Letters to the Instructor

II. Reflections of artifacts

III. A final reflective letter (you will receive this assignment later in the session)

You will select the artifacts for your portfolio. Digital work can be embedded or copy-and-pasted into your
e-portfolio. Pictures, physical papers, items from your journal, or workshop feedback will need to be
scanned or photographed.

Sections of your portfolio

A. Home page. A page that welcomes the reader and communicates what you want them to see and notice
in your portfolio. This page will also house your intro letter, mid-term letter, and final reflective letter.

B. Blog. This will be the space that we come to over and over again to do informal, off-the-cuff writing
about class subjects.

C. In the moment. This section will be a space dedicated to what feels important in the moment of the
semester. We will stop a couple times a week to add artifacts and reflect.

D. Literacy. Choose artifacts that highlight aspects of your inquiry into literacy. Consider artifacts that
demonstrate your thinking, your writing, and your process (at least 5 artifacts)

E. Discourse Communities. Choose artifacts that demonstrate your research into discourse
communities. Consider artifacts that demonstrate your thinking, your writing, and your process (at least 5
artifacts)

F. Emphasis of your choice. Choose a theme or subject to look at for your session. Choose 2-3 artifacts to
discuss how it played a role in your semester. You can consider the following subjects or talk with me about
one of your own creation: writing to an audience, feedback/peer response, style, interacting with the
readings, grammar, polishing drafts, or taking risks.

Portfolio Notes:
Make sure to review each category, as some have specific amounts of artifacts that must be in there. This
may seem overwhelming now, BUT you have all of your blogs, workshops, journals, drafts, outlines,
polished drafts, research notes, blog comments, memos, etc. to pull from.

Something to consider: this portfolio is asking you to discuss how you have worked this semester as a
reader, writer, thinker, and researcher. This includes the messy parts and the polished parts. Push
yourself to pick items that show your true work, not just polished works.


Portfolios that get the highest evaluations show sustained effort in making connections and reflecting
on how artifacts are positioned in the categories above. The reflective letter will show that the writer has
deeply considered their work over the semester. There will also be a high level of polish in the major
assignments.


Portfolios that get lower grades show less rigor in certain aspects, and/or have cursory or unconvincing
reflective letters.



Due Dates:

The completed portfolio is due on 8/5

Grades:

The portfolio is worth 60% of your grade