At the end of the semester you will assemble a portfolio of revised work. The portfolio of revised work will be accompanied by a reflection on what you have revised. The assembled portfolio will include six components:
- – Revised projects 1, 2, 3, and 4
- – Revised personal essay
- – Whole portfolio reflection
Note: If you bring any revised assignment to the Emory Writing Center (and request that they notify me), you will automatically receive a 1/3 of a letter grade bump for that revised assignment.
Your 2-3 page portfolio reflection will address the following:
- How did the assignments change in revision? (roughly 1 page)
- – What practical steps did you take to revise your assignments? Why or why not? (Example: Did you take your originals to the Writing Center, start from scratch, or generally just add in a few new sentences?)
- – Did you agree with the feedback you received (from your instructor, the Writing Center, or your classmates)? Why or why not? How did you integrate it into the finished piece?
- – What assignment changed the most? What significant changes did you make and why? (For example: Did you notice anything new this time around that you wanted to include? Did you delete anything substantial?)
- – What assignment changed the least? Why?
- How do you feel about the finished product? (roughly .5-1 page)
- – Do you consider this a successful set of submissions? Why or why not?
- – If you don’t consider this a successful submission, what would make it more successful? Did you learn anything in creating it despite the finished product?
- How have you changed as a student or thinker as a result of this class, since beginning this semester? (roughly 1 page)
- – What skills(s) did you learn through these assignments + revisions? Where do you see yourself using that skill (or skills) in other areas, in written assignments and otherwise?
- – What have these assignments + revisions taught you about your own (good and bad) tendencies as a student and thinker?
A: An “A” portfolio effectively demonstrates close attention to detail and deep understanding of the revision process. Revised work and the accompanying reflection will show a completely “re-visioned” and improved submission. The prose demonstrates excellent grammar with few errors.
B: A “B” portfolio coherently demonstrates attention to detail and fair understanding of the revision process. Revised work and the accompanying reflection will show an attempt to create a completely “re-visioned” and improved submission. The prose demonstrates good grammar with a few errors.
C: A “C” portfolio adequately demonstrates attention to detail and surface understanding of the revision process. Revised work and the accompanying reflection will show a submission only improved mechanically. The prose demonstrates fair grammar with several errors.
D and below: A “D” portfolio demonstrates little attention to detail or understanding of the revision process. Revised work and the accompanying reflection do not show a completely “re-visioned” and improved submission. The prose demonstrates consistent weaknesses in writing, such as a lack of development or organization, grammatical problems, or a lack of control.