Freedom in Space

Portfolio One will include three components:

  1. A Character Analysis
  2. 3 pieces of Writing Process Evidence
  3. A Reflective Overview

Character Analysis - 60%

  • This component of the portfolio is an examination of one of the characters from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    • The book has several main personalities: Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, and Zaphod Beeblebrox.
    • You can also consult with me about using one of the secondary characters like Slartibartfast or Marvin, but you should discuss this with me in advance because we won't be spending as much time in class focusing on these.
  • The document itself should be in the 4-5 page range and should be formatted according to the guidelines established for your class.
    • Section 240 will be using MLA guidelines, while sections 246 and 247 will use APA.
  • The focus of the Character Analysis will be the character's freedoms.
    • You will be grouped into subject areas which will examine certain aspects of society and technology, in relation to the character you choose to examine.
    • The purpose of these examinations is to answer questions about the way freedom factors into our interactions with the people and things around us, such as:
      • What freedoms do we take for granted?
      • Which freedoms do we value most highly?
      • At what cost do our freedoms come?
      • Who benefits from the same freedoms?
      • When and by what are our freedoms restricted?
      • Why do some freedoms apply to some and not to others?
      • When is freedom not guaranteed, and why?

Writing Process Evidence - 15%

  • Your portfolio will include evidence of three separate parts of the writing process.
  • You are free to choose what constitutes evidence in each case, and from what part of the writing process you are selecting it, but you must be able to explain it clearly and significantly in your Reflective Overview.
    • While you can choose from the Invention, Drafting, Revision, or Editing parts of the writing process, you may not count your final draft as evidence.
    • A peer reviewed draft would count as revision; a partial or unstructured draft would count as drafting; freewriting, brainstorming, outlining, and several others are good forms of invention; polishing grammar or structure qualifies as editing. You are not limited to these examples, but make sure that you do not double up one of the parts of the process!

Reflective Overview - 25%

  • In the R.O., you will be expected to:
    • Summarize your experience with this portfolio
    • Explain each piece of evidence and its role in your essay writing process
    • Estimate the quality of your work, based on your expectations for yourself and your performance as a student
    • Compose these elements in a way that also addresses the requirements for your seminar instructor (In other words, you should be writing the R.O. with both of us as your audience!)

Grading Rubric
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