Final portfolio information and tips

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General information about the portfolio and its evaluation

  • Earning “credit” on all 6 major compositions is required to meet the basic standards of English 105 and make a student eligible to earn a passing grade for the semester. Also, each composition must first earn “credit” before it can be revised as one of your portfolio presentation pieces to be graded.
  • Once you’ve done at least one revision of a composition after my initial response, I’ll be glad to pre-grade the piece as many times as you turn it back in while you work to refine it for your portfolio.
  • If parts of your portfolio vary in quality, I’ll average together the different grades on pieces of the portfolio and use the pluses and minuses the university grading system allows in order to assign a portfolio grade that most accurately reflects the quality of the work overall.
  • To arrive at the final semester grade, I take into consideration attendance (as explained in the course policies sheet) and deadline issues, adjusting the portfolio grade as necessary.


  • Use 3 two-pocket folders to create the portfolio that will house the work you want me to evaluate to arrive at your grade for the semester, designating one folder each for its 3 main parts: reflection, process, and WOVE products and putting those parts in that order. Do not use a 3-ring binder. Bind the separate folders together in some way (e.g. yarn or twine, rubber band, etc.), and put a label with your name on it on the outside of the top folder.
  • If you’re using recycled folders, make sure to remove/change internal labeling of pockets to match your new contents.
  • Label and organize your artifacts clearly and sensibly.
  • The compositions you revise and present as your best written work of the semester (in the WOVE products part of your portfolio) should meet the following appearance standards:
      • typed in 10 or 12 pt. easily readable font (e.g. Times)
      • double spaced
      • regular margins around text (e.g. 1-inch)
      • bound in upper left corner by a staple or paper clip
      • printed on laser or ink-jet printer (not dot matrix)
      • title of composition centered at the top or the paper, in the same style and size font as the rest of the paper with no underlining or use of quotation marks unless something in the title is being quoted (like the title of an essay being analyzed).
      • Note: These standards may be deviated from purposefully in Composition 2 (web site home page analysis booklet) and Composition 4 (“This I Believe”-style essay and companion genre) to achieve an authentic appearance for these genres.

      Reflection section

      • The multiple artifacts you include in this first section of your portfolio have the purpose of demonstrating your ability 1) to monitor your own learning, 2) assess that learning (including judging it against evaluation standards set out by the composition program—see “Final portfolio parts with grading criteria”), and 3) make positive changes based on that assessment.
      • Refer to “Elements of Small-Group Work” to reflect on and assess your participation in group-discussion activities.
      • When you write the reflective self-assessment letter that introduces your portfolio (and, if you choose, any smaller reflections that you attach to individual artifacts), think of it/them as a commentary that gives you an opportunity to explain how each of the artifacts you’re choosing to include in your portfolio meets the evaluation criteria set out in the portfolio rubrics. (See more information about this overall reflection in “Final Portfolio Reflective Self-Assessment Letter”).
      • When you reflect on and assess the artifacts that represent your best work of the semester, be specific in discussing how these artifacts meet the various criteria on which your work is being graded (i.e. use the language of the rubrics found in “Final Portfolio Parts and Grading Criteria” as you talk about the artifacts, discussing how your work achieves the standards).

      Process section

      • Don’t throw anything that you generate on paper or electronically during the semester away even if you don’t immediately see the use of it.
      • When you put your process section together, include lots of artifacts, as one indicator of your engagement with your learning in all 4 WOVE modes during the semester.
      • Out of your quantity of process artifacts, choose several to pull out and highlight in terms of their quality, discussing in your reflective self-assessment letter (and/or in individual reflections attached to these highlighted artifacts) and tell how they demonstrate a “good faith” effort in developing yourself as a writer, reader, discussant, presenter, critical thinker, learner, etc.—in other words how they show your engaged effort to grow as a communicator in 105 this semester.
      • Make sure to accurately label and date these process artifacts (Especially important, here, is to make sure different drafts of the same composition don’t all have the same date on them if you’re trying to show the development of your writing through these multiple drafts).
      • Important: For any work done on the computer, make sure to save different parts of a composing project as different file names (rather than just saving over old work in the same file) in order to maintain a record of your process.

      Product section (subdivided into 4 parts to represent the WOVE modes)


      • Include at least 2 compositions chosen from Comp 1-5 to demonstrate your abilities in written communication in the areas of context, substance, organization, style, and delivery. (See “Final Portfolio Parts and Grading Criteria” for specifics.)


      • Include multiple artifacts to show your ability to work effectively in small groups and to give an effective oral presentation. These will supplement instructor (and possibly peer) observation notes and videotaping in these 2 oral areas. (See “Final Portfolio Parts and Grading Criteria” for specifics.)


      • Include one or more visual artifacts that demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively in the visual mode. (See “Final Portfolio Parts and Grading Criteria” for specifics.)


      • Include one or more artifacts that demonstrate your ability to use and/or compose in the electronic mode. (See “Final Portfolio Parts and Grading Criteria” for specifics.)