Triad K Final Portfolio (Due Tuesday, May 7th - IN HISTORY!)

Portfolio Theme: (W)rites of Passage: First-Year Autobiography

This purpose of this portfolio is to have you reflect on your entire first year/semester of college. Consider yourself a mentor for a future First-Year Islander and provide honest and constructive advice using your own experience as evidence. Take this assignment seriously, as it will account for a major portion of your final grade (Seminar: 20%, Composition: 10%, History: 10%) in each of the Triad K courses.

Step 1: Questions to consider as you brainstorm/freewrite. (You may also consider your own questions.)

  • What do you wish you'd known about college that nobody told you?
  • What advice did you receive before you began college, and then ignored, then regretted ignoring?
  • How have you changed? What caused this change?
  • What's your best advice to an incoming first-year student who will be in a learning community in Fall 2013?
  • What did you do when you thought about giving up? What made you persist?
  • In what ways has Triad M encouraged you to try new learning strategies?
  • How has your approach to writing/reading/studying changed compared to high school?
  • What can someone learn by looking through your portfolio?
  • What lessons have you learned?

Step 2: Choose evidence that proves what you wrote about is true. If you said you'd wish you'd started studying sooner for an exam, include that failing exam as evidence! Choose evidence that adequately represents your experience in Triad K. This is an autobiographical piece of work - NOT FICTION ! :)

Step 3: Write a Letter to an incoming first-year student who will be joining a learning community next fall, drawing on the questions to consider above, and describing and explaining what "evidence" you're giving to them. Since this is a letter, follow the conventions of this genre (Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, 1" margins, block paragraphs, a salutation and a closing). The letter should be a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of a 1000 words.

Step 4: Put together your portfolio (your letter and the supporting evidence). Be REAL in your letter. If you sign a release Δ, then we'll really give it to a first-year student next year!

Nuts & Bolts

  • The letter should be formatted according to the guidelines specified in Step 3 above.
  • The portfolio is due at the beginning of History large lecture Tuesday, May 7th. Your instructor(s) will inform you of any alternative electronic submission options. No emailed portfolios will be accepted, as per Triad K official policy!

Evaluation Criteria

  • The letter is interesting, sincere, and compelling. The writer has clearly attempted to engage his or her reader.
  • All claims that are made in the letter are substantively supported with specific evidence and examples.
  • The letter and evidence are representative of both the academic and social aspects of college life and are appropriate for the prospective audience.
  • Like any good piece of writing, the letter has a clear and concise introduction, a body that uses transitions to move seamlessly from one topic to the next, and a satisfying conclusion.
  • The letter is constructed using well-developed paragraphs and strong topic sentences.
  • The letter has few, if any, surface errors. Readers are not distracted by problems with punctuation, spelling, usage or other standard conventions of English.
  • There are NO sentence errors.
  • The letter follows genre conventions and formatting guidelines.