The following remote, ePortfolio drafting activities can be run in any order, all at once, or individually. Please adapt these modules to suit your student’s learning needs and your classroom conditions.
Part 1. Reflective Introduction Prompt
Take 5-10 minutes and review the requirements listed in the prompt below:
Part II. Group Analysis: Reflective Introduction
Take 5-8 minutes and read the Sample Portfolio Reflective Essay Afterward respond to following individually in a public facing document, a blog post, a private draft document OR in groups in a collaborate document, text chain, or recorded video chat:
|1. What is the topic or unifying idea of the Introduction? What claims or sets of claims does the author make about that topic/unifying idea? What are some rhetorical gestures employed by the author?
|2. Describe how the author has organized her paragraphs. Are some parts of the essay more successful than others, why or why not?
|3. Describe the evidence and analysis in the essay. Does the evidence and analysis fully support and develop the claim, why or why not?
|4. Describe the design/layout of the first page of this Portfolio. Does the author make efficient or innovative use of the affordances of the genre/tool. What’s your assessment of the page layout? For instance, what’s your assessment of the relationship between the written and visual text? What’s your assessment of paragraph structure?
Reflective Essay Freewrite
Take 15-20 mins to complete the following in a private word processing document, orally in an mp3 you can share with your class, in a recorded video chat, or in a screencast video (narration over the top of the artifacts)
Rhetorical Awareness/Stance: From the beginning of the semester to this moment, how have you “grown as a communicator”?
Your response to the question will form the topic and generate the claim of your reflection. To answer this question, think about the five major communicative modes in WOVEN–have you developed in any one of those areas more than others? Also, think about the artifacts you have produced this semester, what assignments or specific modes within assignments can you point to to show “development” over time? You may also want to frame your claim and subsequent essay in terms of one or more areas featured on the Common Feedback Chart.
Draft an outline of the 4-6 paragraphs you imagine will follow from the claim you just generated.
Organization: While the artifacts in the portfolio serve as evidence, remember, just like in the Literary Analysis Essay, you never want to lead with the evidence. Instead, you want to lead with claim and move from paragraph to paragraph in service of that claim.
What artifacts do you plan to analyze to develop & support the claim you generated? (i.e. what final assignments best show your growth as a communicator?)
Development of Ideas: How can you describe and analyze your own work the way we have described and analyzed images, poetry, essays, and film this semester? What key terms can you borrow from our analysis of design, rhetoric, fiction, and/or film to apply to your own artifacts?