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English 1102 Midterm 1.

Read the entire Evaluation section of the syllabus, and then look specifically at the Portfolio grade scale on pg. 2. Granted, you haven't put your e-Portfolio together yet: right now, it's a pretty empty Weebly site with a few blog posts. But, based on the work you've done so far and your engagement with key concepts, what grade would you give yourself in this class? In your answer, include a letter grade and use the Grade Scale to help you explain why you deserve that grade. Also explain at least 2 key concepts that you're succeeding with. You may also want to mention a key concept that youre struggling with and how you might attempt to engage with it better in the second half of this course. Key concepts: critical thinking, independent inquiry, responsibility for one's own learning, curiosity, risk-taking, the writing process and revision, providing and receiving feedback, making connections, and intellectual growth and maturity After reviewing the syllabus, and putting much thought into what grade I deserve, I believe my deserving grade is a B. According to the syllabus, a B grade is: B 89-80 above average: e-Portfolio is complete, thoughtfully arranged and navigable. As explained in the Portfolio Essay, all work is completed to the best of the writers ability; the writer can discuss his/her engagement with key concepts and can to some extent articulate his/her growth as a writer via quoting and analyzing his/her writing from throughout the course. During the first few weeks of this class, there was a Reading Response Letter due. I failed to turn it in because I didnt have a book yet, but I made no effort to try to get an extension or talk to Mrs. Ingram about it. Also, there have been blog posts to our Weeblys that I have barely turned in by the due date. An A grade says that all work and efforts are exemplary, and I feel like I could do a better job at being more responsible when it comes to due dates for my class work. I also need to put more effort into my blog posts. The requirement for most of them are 300-500 words, and I feel like I do the bare minimum. Yes, I turn in all of my work, but its not grade A work. Its B work. And hopefully I can do better so I can pull through with a grade that is deserving; hopefully an A! A key concept that Im struggling with at this time would have to be is curiosity. A lot of times in class, our warm-ups will be to ask questions. I know this seems to be the simplest concept to grasp, but for some reason, I tend to struggle with this one. When Im alone, I have tons of questions running through my mine but when Im asked to write them down, my mind goes blank. Some key concepts that I feel like I am doing great at are the writing process and revision and providing and receiving feedback. Especially with the e-Portfolio coming up, I am revising all of my work and editing

everything Ive done. I am noticing a lot of patterns that I know I can work on in the future. Also, when Mrs. Ingram gives us feedback, I feel like I am doing a superb job at understanding what she means and applying those comments to my work to make it better! 2. Rhetorically analyze one of the ten example e-portfolios on Moodle2. We'll use all of our "3 tools" here:

Use the bottom frame on pg. 59 of your textbook to get you started. (This frame prompts you to use the rhetorical triad and Aristotle's appeals + kairos) Use the multi-modal (5 modes of communication) handout to help you explain what modes the author of the e-Portfolio used well. (If you lost your hard copy, this handout is available on Moodle2) Lastly, make sure to explain, based on your analysis, whether you think the e-Portfolio is successful. With the Portfolio Grade Scale in mind, does it fulfill its purpose? What grade would you give it? I was very impressed with example e-portfolio #6! As soon as I opened the page, my attention was immediately caught by the pictures, the layout, and the overall neatness of the blog. It actually inspired me to want to make mine just as beautiful! On page 59 of the textbook, there is a list of questions for rhetorical analysis. Who is the intended audience? I believe the intended audience to the blog is of course the professor, but also the authors classmates. I know this because the author addresses his/her professor. And in their reader response letters, the author addresses the classmates. How are the elements arranged or organized? Why? Does the arrangement seem logical? In example e-portfolio #6, there is an arrangement of pictures, a small bio of the author, and list of subtitles such as: portfolio, blog, literacy narrative, and midterm neatly tabbed at the top of the page. As I click on each heading, it brings me to separate pages with pictures, Microsoft files, and uploads of the authors writing. I got a sense of who the author is just by looking at her layout and arrangement of her Weebly. What is your gut reaction to the text? What emotions does it evoke? Honestly, seeing this authors e-portfolio makes me realize that mine isnt at the full potential that it could be. I have always been a very creative person, and I could show that through my blog, so the authors blog gives me motivation to make mine just as great. I want it to show who I am, and I want the audience to see that. All texts are multi-modal, meaning they communicate their messages to you, the reader, in a variety of ways. I feel like the authors e-portfolio has linguistic, visual, and spatial modes.

Linguistic Mode: word choice; the delivery of spoken or written text; the organization of writing or speech into phrases, sentences, paragraphs, etc; the development and coherence of individual words and ideas. Visual Mode: color, layout, style, size, perspective. Spatial Mode: arrangement; organization; proximity between people or objects The author portrayed these modes in her portfolio extremely well! She had great organization, she used a lot of pictures that related to who she is as a writer, and she also used phrases and sentences to let the audience know a little bit about her. She did an excellent job. All of these things popped out to me when I first viewed her portfolio, which helped me choose hers as the one I wanted to discuss for my midterm. I believe her e-portfolio was very successful, it fulfilled its purpose by displaying her writings, blog posts, and assignments. If I were to give her a grade it would be an A on the grading scale. A 100-90 exemplary: e-Portfolio is complete, thoughtfully arranged and easily navigable. As explained in the Portfolio Essay, all work is completed to the best of the writers ability; the writer can thoughtfully and thoroughly discuss his/her engagement with key concepts and can clearly explain and illustrate his/her growth as a writer by quoting and analyzing his/her writing from throughout the course.

3. Extended Inquiry Project: What is your main inquiry question? (What's the question that's currently "driving" your research? Hopefully at this point, since you've done some research and have talked with your group and me, you can narrow your inquiry question down a bit? Remember, it should be a question that's not easily answerable, something that you don't already have a set opinion about, and something that's researchable.) Imagine you're sitting at a round table with others who are invested in your inquiry topic--experts, scholars, and informed observers. Who do you expect would be at this table with you? Identify at least 4 others who are at this table, explain why they are at the table (why they are invested in your topic) and how you think they might answer your inquiry question, based on the research you've already done.

My main inquiry question is: how much of the proceeds that are donated to childrens organizations/charities actually go to the proclaimed cause? Some others that would be sitting around a table with me would be: -Charity organizers/presidents -Local businesses that support the charities/organizations -Volunteers of the proclaimed organization -Donators to the cause

I feel like each of these would have interest in my topic. They are all somehow invested in the lives of children and the programs that I am researching, which include; The Boys and Girls Club of America, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Childrens Hospital, Jeff Gordon Childrens Hospital, March of Dimes, and several others. I have been involved in many different local organizations and donation drives for unfortunate/ill children, and I personally would like to know how much of the time and money spent and donated actually goes to these kids. I am looking forward to continuing my research and digging a little deeper into the topic that many people dont give a second thought.