Mid-Semester Portfolio and Cover Letter

Draft Workshop:      October 9

Submission Date:      October 11

NOTE: Bring your drafts and portfolio with you to class every day. Be prepared to work on your drafts every day.

Your reflective cover letter will serve as an introduction to your mid-semester portfolio and should discuss what you have learned thus far this semester. Of course, the papers in your portfolio should serve as tangible evidence of the concepts you learned. As such, the reflective cover letter should contain specific examples from the papers included in the portfolio and explanations of those examples to support and clarify your points.

As you begin working on the reflective cover paper, you may want to consider the following questions: on which areas of writing do you think you have improved? On which areas do you think you still need practice? How has your writing process changed from previous writing assignments you have completed? How have you dealt with any sentence-level errors?

The questions above are simply a guide to start thinking and provide a context for the most important question you need to answer in the reflective cover letter: What specific changes have you made to your drafts since I last saw them?

I imagine the reflective cover letter to be about 500 words long.

Your mid-semester portfolio should be in a one-inch, three-ring binder with your name somewhere on the outside. Punch holes in each draft; do not slide the drafts into plastic covers. It must include the following documents.

Graded Portion

  • Reflective Cover Letter
  • Narrative
  • Argument Analysis
  • Blog Posts #1 through #4 (copied and pasted individually w/time stamps)

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Ungraded Portion

  • drafts with my comments
  • self-assessments
  • early drafts, notes, etc.

Of course, you should be revising your other papers as you develop your cover letter. (Let’s face it; you should have been revising your other papers throughout the semester.) Also, pay attention to the presentation of your work. The manner in which professionals present their work reflects directly on their ethos. Poorly organized and “sloppy” portfolios indicate that the person does not care about the work contained therein. Organized and professional presentations indicate that the person has made a commitment to his or her work.

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