The electronic portfolio is to be an "on-disk web site." What that means is this: you are to put all
of your documents into html format and link them to each other. I should be able to put the disk
in my disk drive, open Netscape or Explorer, and click on the homepage for your portfolio. From
that page, I should be able to access all of your
other documents. The arrangement of the
portfolio should be easy to
figure out; it should mirror the structure of the hard copy portfolio,
but it should contain links that make it possible to skip from a
rough draft to a final draft
You can be creative in constructing this site: perhaps
you should use something like a table of
contents page with active
links to all of the documents; perhaps you could set up the rough
in one frame and the final draft in another frame on a frames
page so that the reader can compare
them easily (an advanced html
project--and not required). The homepage of this electronic
should catch the viewer's attention and help the viewer figure out
what kind of site he or
she is looking at and how it is to be used.
If you want to put your picture on that page and a
introducing the portfolio, feel free to do so.
Inside there should be a title page and a table of contents with page numbers. The whole thing should be divided into logical subdivisions. One pattern is to divide everything according to kind: Gutenberg assignments in one section, rough drafts in one sections, journal entries in one section, peer critiques in one section, final drafts in one section. An alternative pattern is to divide the portfolio into project sections: project one containing early exercises or drafts, critiques, and the final draft; project two containing all early work and the final product, etc. In any case, all sections are to be divided from each other with tabbed dividers that have the section titles on the tabs.
The portfolio is also to
have a reflective essay (about five, double-spaced pages) in which you
discuss what you have learned about your own writing process during the course. If you have
kept a journal, you can draw material from that journal by making reference to it and then citing
Think of yourself as answering questions: How do you generally go about doing a project?
What do you find easy to do? What is difficult for you? What are your strengths? What are your
weaknesses? What do you need to concentrate on to improve your writing? Any other topics
related to your own reflection on your own writing are welcome. Make sure the essay has a
logical structure. This essay should be listed in the table of contents.
A Return Envelope
It may be hard to make contact after the class is over, so if you want
your portfolio back (and you should), then buy a bubble-pack envelope
large enough to put your portfolio in. Take the envelope and the
portfolio to the post office and find out how much it will cost to
send it. Buy the postage and put it on the envelope. Put your name and
mailing address on the envelope, and hand it in with the portfolio.
I'll send your portfolio back to you.