Portfolio Requirements for English 300A

|Electronic Portfolio| Hard Copy Portfolio| Reflective Essay| Envelope|

Electronic Portfolio

If you are taking the Spring '97 version of this course, skip this section and go to the hard copy portfolio (below). If you are taking the summer '97 version of the course, then you are expected to hand in a disk with your portfolio on it and also a hard copy notebook portfolio. The disk can be in a pocket of the notebook.

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 rapidly. 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 draft 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 portfolio 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 paragraph introducing the portfolio, feel free to do so.

Hard Copy Portfolio

The hard copy portfolio should be a three-ring notebook with pockets to insert a cover on the front and a spine identifier on the spine (if possible). It should also have pockets on the inside of the covers.

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.

Reflective Essay

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 it. 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.