Reflective Cover Letter and Final Portfolio

Date Due: December 6

(Bring your portfolio with you to each class.)

 

Your reflective cover letter will serve as an introduction to your portfolio and should discuss everything you learned over the course of the semester. Of course, the papers in your portfolio should serve as tangible evidence of the concepts you learned as communicated in your reflective cover paper.

 

The following questions should be nothing new; they were on the Mid-Semester Portfolio assignment sheet.

 

As you begin working on the reflective cover letter, some of the questions you may want to consider include the following: How does your work reflect (or not reflect) the Course Goals and Objectives on the syllabus? (Use the grading rubric in our syllabus and our discussion of the sample student papers as guides.) What have you learned about the writing process over the course of the semester? What areas of your writing and your writing process do you feel you have improved? Why? What areas of each of your papers have you revised? Why? What was your favorite part about writing the papers? Why? What was your least favorite part about writing the papers? Why? How did you revise your drafts (discuss specific strategies)? Why? What did you learn about writing papers in general and about any subject that you researched while you were completing the assignments? Where do you feel you did a good job developing your ideas, organizing your papers, presenting your thesis sentences, revising your drafts, etc.? Why? When and where did you have the most difficulty? How did you adjust your writing process to accomplish the different writing tasks assigned from paper to paper?

 

I’ve already bolded the most important questions above. Do not answer every question and definitely do not organize your letter according to each question.

 

In short, the cover letter should describe how your writing process has changed and what changes you’ve made to the drafts since I last saw them. You must answer discuss those changes.

 

Just like the mid-semester cover letter, the final reflective cover letter will serve as your opportunity to present yourself based upon the work that your audience will see in your portfolio. As such, it should contain specific examples from the papers included in the portfolio and explanations of those examples to support and clarify your points. I imagine the reflective cover letter will be about 750 words long.

 

Your final portfolio should be in a one-inch, three-ring binder and include the following in the following order with separators and/or tabs:

 

Final Papers

  • Table of Contents
  • Reflective Cover Letter
  • Narrative
  • Argument Analysis
  • Research Proposal
  • Researched Argument
  • Blog Posts #1-#8 (printed individually from the course web site and with timestamps)

 

(NOTE: Please do not place your final papers in plastic sleeves.)

 

Appendix (Not Graded)

  • Mid-Semester Portfolio and Evaluation
  • Organized presentation of the drafts w/self-assessments
  • Notes/Discovery Drafts
  • Sources for Research Paper

Assessment

Cover Letter Narrative Analysis Research Proposal Researched Argument
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Quality of Thought

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Organization of Content

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Synthesis and Integration of Sources

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Attribution and Documentation of Sources

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Language and Style

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Grammar and Mechanics

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