Project 5: Portfolio


This portfolio consists of three main parts.

First, you will choose 4 pieces of writing from anything you have written this semester, to serve as evidence of your work with the 4 learning outcomes.You will choose 1 artifact to represent your growth in one of the 4 learning outcomes, and continue until you have 4 artifacts to represent 4 outcomes.

Second, you will revise one of your first 3 Projects.

Third,  you will compose a 3-4-ish page reflection essay to pair with your Artifacts and Revised Project, in which you describe what the artifacts and revised project SHOW readers about YOU as a writer.  You will want to cover a) how your artifacts demonstrate overall how you have grown in the course learning outcomes, b) how you have grown as a writer as evidenced by your revised project. Both parts of your portfolio site should be tied together in this final reflection essay to demonstrate your overall development as a writer. How do all the pieces of this portfolio work together to say something about your growth as a writer? (hint: that “something” is your overall claim.)

At the end of this project, the goals are:

  1. To provide evidence of and reflection on your growth in the course learning outcomes.
  2. To reflect on your development as a writer.

As your instructor, I will use your work on this portfolio to assess your achievement across all three of these goals.

Assignment Prompt:

The Artifacts

Looking through your writing throughout this entire semester, what can you point to as evidence of your growth in the learning outcomes? Remember that they are:

  • Reading: Use reading strategies in order to identify, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments, rhetorical elements, and genre conventions in college-level texts and other media.
  • Writing: Compose persuasive academic genres, including argument and analysis, using rhetorical and genre awareness. And, use a flexible writing process that includes brainstorming/inventing ideas, planning, drafting, giving and receiving feedback, revising, editing, and publishing.
  • Researching: Use a flexible research process to find, evaluate, and use information from secondary sources to support and formulate new ideas and arguments.
  • Reflecting: Use written reflection to plan, monitor, and evaluate one’s own learning and writing.

What have you written, worked through, or discovered regarding these outcomes as you’ve grappled with the assignments in this class? Your evidence can be drawn from literally anything you have written in the course: notes, blogs, journals, shitty first drafts, changes that you made in response to feedback—from me, from your peers, from WRT Zone tutors, drafts of your Writing Ecology Maps…the possibilities are nearly endless!

For each of your four artifacts, you will need to

  • Provide a copy of the artifact (this can be a copied-and-pasted version, a scan of it, or even a picture you took on your phone!)
  • All 4 artifact copies should be posted on a single, new page of your WordPress Site titled “Learning Artifacts.”

The Revised Project

You will choose one of your first three projects to revise for this portfolio. You will take your “final submission” of that essay, and responding to my comments and your own development as a writer, revise the project along ALL THREE orders of concern (Higher, Middle and Lower).

The Reflective Essay

In this reflective essay, you should be thinking about your work in this course this semester, and the things you have learned and developed along the way. Here you will describe how your 4 artifacts and your revised project work together to show how you’ve grown as a writer this semester. Describe how your writing, reading, researching and reflecting processes have helped you learn about writing, practice writing and move between genres and discourse communities. Here are some questions to help prompt your reflection:

  • How have you developed as a writer this semester?
  • How do your artifacts demonstrate your growth in the course learning outcomes?
  • How has writing in different genres and for different rhetorical situations this semester helped you grow as a writer? (be specific!)
  • How has your ability to inhabit your writing ecology, and inhabit and move between the discourse communities that are a part of it, changed over time?
  • How has reflecting on your writing ecology helped you as a writer–in and outside of school?
  • How are you flexible/adaptive as a person? As a writer? How do you move between the discourse communities represented on your map? How do you represent those movements on your map?
  • How do you present your ethos differently in different rhetorical situations? How do you work to compose a different or similar ethos?
  • How does your composing process adapt in each discourse community? What composing strategies are the same for you? What composing strategies are different?

*Your reflective essay should be posted to your WordPress site as a single, new page titled “Reflection.”

Due Date

  • Upload all three of your Portfolio pieces to your WordPress site by 11:59pm 4/24/2017.


Artifacts Excellent Acceptable Needs Revision Missing
Is evidence provided, from the student’s own writing in the class, for each one of the four learning outcomes? 25 20 15 5
Is there thoughtful, thorough and complete reflection on the student’s growth in the 4 course learning outcomes, clearly linking the artifacts to the claim of growth? 25 20 15 5
Revised Project
Has the project been refined and revised from the original version? 25 20 15 5
Do the revisions address all three orders of concern? 25 20 15 5
Reflection Paper
Is this a thorough, thoughtful and complete reflection on the student’s growth as a writer, pulling together personal experiences with the course learning outcomes and the artifacts presented? 25 20 15 5
Does this reflection demonstrate the student’s growth as a writer as evidenced by the revised project? 25 20 15 5