The Learning Community E Portfolio: Spring 2017
To culminate your learning experience within the learning community you are being asked to submit a portfolio, which you will use to demonstrate how writing, yours and that of others, has gone out into the world and made things happen. Additionally, use the portfolio to showcase your evolution as a writer and a student of American History. You will guide your audience through the portfolio via a reflective essay in which you may incorporate the learning community theme: "Conviction, Courage and Composition." This assignment, is your “final exam,” and is thus heavily weighted in all of your Learning Community E classes:
- History: 10% of your final course average
- Composition: 10% of your final course average
- Seminar: 20% of your final course average
When is this due?
The portfolio is due on Tuesday, May 2nd at the beginning of history lecture. Late work will NOT be accepted. Early submissions are welcomed. The portfolio is a presentation of your work. You will submit your portfolio in a folder. Therefore, it should be organized in such a way that is polished, professional, and easy for the reader to navigate. See your individual instructors’ syllabi/web pages for specific on how to assemble and submit your portfolio.
The Portfolio Process: Collect ~ Select ~ Reflect
Throughout the semester, you’ve been asked to "save" all your work, both electronic and paper copies. The object is not to submit everything you’ve written and work you've completed in the learning community in your portfolio, but to have a wide range of choices as you consider what evidence you do want to include in your portfolio that showcase your growth and development as a student. Keep your materials organized, and by all means, back up electronic documents!!!
At different points in the semester, look through all your collected work in the learning community. What stands out? What writing and learning experiences have you had that you would consider significant? Why? How can you represent these learning experiences with actual evidence you have collected? Evidence MUST include examples of work from each of the learning community courses. You must take an active role in choosing work to include.
Consider the Writing Process as you Select Evidence to Include
As you've no doubt come to realize, writing is a non-linear process, that moves back and forth through various stages. These stages include:
- Peer Response
How can you demonstrate your own unique writing processes in your portfolio? What evidence in your collection best represents a particular stage in your writing? (For example, at what point in the semester did a peer response make the difference in helping you create a fine piece of writing?)
Consider Primary Source Documents You've Read
What are some of the most significant historical writings you've read this semester? What makes this particular piece of writing stand out to you? How did this piece of writing change the way you view American history? In your view, how does this piece of writing demonstrate conviction, or courage?
The reflective essay is the only new piece of writing you will compose for the portfolio. In this piece of writing, you are asked to reflect on your growth as a scholar in the learning community. The reflection specifically should address your role as a writer and a reader of history over the course of the semester as an active participant within the learning community. Some additional information on reflective writing!