Let's start today by thinking about the things we accomplished in our portfolios and also what we could have improved on. Try to pinpoint in this freewrite one specific thing that you felt you accomplished with excellence in your first portfolio and also something specific that you know that you could have improved upon.


  • Test Prep. Seminar will be hosted by The University Counseling Center. Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 3- 4 p.m. in the Driftwood University Counseling Center, Conference Room. This seminar will explore test preparation and managing test anxiety. For more information, call ext. 2703
  • Writing Through Troubled Times: The Journal as Coping Tool workshop with Kathleen Adams will be held tomorrow February 25, 7-8:30 in UC Ballroom. I highly recommend this workshop, as Kathleen Adams is one of the foremost authorities on using journals as therapeutic tool.
  • Anything else?

Two more portfolios!

Lets examine what the next two portfolios are going to cover in the syllabus. As we are going through the descriptions, please feel free to interrupt me and ask questions or raise any concerns that you or your peers may need clarification on.

Writing Exercise

  • Today, we're going to begin exploring some issues that you might like to research for the remainder of the semester.
  • First, we're going to do a writing exercise that will (hopefully) help you generate some ideas.
  • Here's how it goes:
  1. Take out a couple of pieces of paper and number 1 - 100.
  2. At the top if your paper, write "100 things I Like" or "100 Things I'm Interested In" or "100 Things that are Wrong with Society." You can choose any of these, just pick the one that you think you connect with the most.
  3. Write your list.
  • Here are some things to keep in mind when you write:
    • It's OK to repeat.
    • Write as fast as you can.
    • You don't have to write in complete sentences.
    • It's ok to repeat.
    • Your entries don't have to make sense.
    • Just get it down...write fast!
  • Don't worry about grammar or punctuation, etc. Just try to make it all the way to 100.
  • We're going to spend at least 20 minutes on this writing because I want to make sure you get as far as you can on the list.
  • Try not to focus on the numbers too much, just keep writing. Remember, you don't have to use complete sentences, but you can if it helps.


If we have time, I would like to discuss the grading rubric for portfolio 2. We can make a list, as a class, that determines what I should look for in your writing that will qualify it as successful and help you to complete the assignments clearly and efficiently. Once we have a list created (we don't have to finish it today), we can revise it as we work through this portfolio project.


  • Take another look at your list of 100. Pick 5 and write a short paragraph about each.
  • Is it something that you might be able to research? What about this topic interests you?
  • If it isn't a topic that is researchable, is there anything related to this topic that might be somewhat controversial?