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Portfolio Instructions & Final Reflection (200 points)

Portfolio Overview
For this final assignment, you will assess your best work from Composition I, which will be a revision of one of your two major papers. You may be thinking that you’ve already completed a self-reflection in your Progress Reports, but the difference between this assignment and the Progress Reports is the focus. For the portfolio, you will focus on your best work which exemplifies your improved writing skills and include your ideas about writing.

PLEASE NOTE that your revision of the paper may improve your grade for the paper. If your revision improves your grade, I will change the grade for that paper and include the original grade in the comments for that paper. To clarify, the revision is part of this assignment, but completing the revision may also raise your grade for the paper.

What to include
Upload the following documents to the link in the Exam week folder on the Blackboard course site:
• A letter to me reflecting upon your best major paper and your writing skills.
• Two versions of the paper of which you are most proud: Paper 1 or 2.
o The original paper submitted to me for a grade.
o The revision of this paper submitted for this portfolio.

Portfolio Letter content
The letter to me should be approximately 450-650 words. You may write more, but not less. Your letter will have an introduction with a thesis statement, at least three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. I’ve provide an example with six paragraphs.
The letter to me (Dear Professor France) will discuss the following:
• Why you chose this paper and revision as your best work.
Include:
o How your paper changed from the version I graded to the revision you just submitted.
o How my comments were generally applied (or not) to your revision.
o Other revisions to your paper that I didn’t note in my comments. (I’m particularly interested in these because they show your progress as a writer.)
• The ways in which this class impacted (or not) your writing skills. Be specific.
• How you think about writing in general and how that has changed (or not) since the beginning of the course.
• How your view of yourself as a college student has changed (or not) since the beginning of the course.
• The grade you think you earned for this course and why.

PLEASE NOTE Specifics about grammar/mechanics are unnecessary for this letter. I am more interested in reading about your best work, why you’re proud of it, how this class impacted your writing, how you’ve changed your thinking about writing, how your writing has changed, your image of yourself as a college student, and your anticipated final grade.

Best paper choice
When choosing your best paper, base your decision on the revision you are submitting for this assignment. Therefore, your letter requires you to analyze your work without the help of my comments or a grade. As you did for the Progress Reports, review my comments on your paper, revise, then analyze your revision in your letter.

Portfolio Letter format
Your progress report will use the standard MLA-formatted page format: page numbers, consistent font, heading, title, and evenly doubled-spaced with paragraphs indented one tab. The report will be no less than 450 words. I’ve provided a sample outline with thesis suggestions, but this is by no means to say that you must follow this outline or use the thesis suggestions.

Steps to complete this task
Step 1: Thoroughly read the above instructions. Make sure you understand what and where to upload, and the focus of the letter
Step 2: Identify the paper of which you are most proud or the paper you want to revise. (You may be most proud of the revision.)
Step 3: Review the paper you uploaded to me and my comments.
Step 4: Revise your paper.
Step 5: Create an outline for yourself to help you write your letter.
Step 6: Submit your letter and two files (all in Word) by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 12 via the link in the Exam weekly folder.

Criteria for Success

(A) Exceptionally thorough analysis of the strengths of the works uploaded for this assignment, thoughtful assessment of your writing skills now, thorough self-reflection about the changes in your thinking about writing, and clearly articulated views about yourself as a college-student; all files are included; the writing in the letter is not only correct but impressive in other ways—e.g., good word choice, sophisticated sentences, tightly organized paragraphs.
(B) A thorough analysis of the strengths of the works uploaded for this assignment, adequate reflection about your writing skills now, self-reflection about the changes in your thinking about writing, and your views about yourself as a college-student; all files are included; the writing in the letter is clear and correct but not exceptional.
(C) A clear analysis of strengths of the works uploaded for this assignment, some assessment of your writing skills and self-reflection about the changes in your thinking about writing, and general views about yourself as a college-student; all files are included; the writing in the letter is mostly clear but with some errors.
(D) A superficial discussion of strengths of assignments and other required elements in the letter; some files may be missing; the writing in the letter does not meet college-level writing standards.
(F) Letter is too short; fails to identify strengths; files are missing; the writing in the letter does not meet college-level writing standards or the letter is missing.

Type of service: Academic Paper Writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Subject: English
Pages/words: 4/1100
Number of sources: 0
Academic level: Freshman (college 1st year)
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English