2017 - First Semester Portfolio Requirements


Final Exam

     The Writing Portfolio is your Final Exam.  It shows your best work, it shows your effort, it shows your understanding.  Please make sure you follow the instructions closely — you will have the last week of the semester to work on it, and it is an entirely self-driven process.  You have until the end of your Finals Period to hand it in.  Make no mistake: this is an ENORMOUS job — about an essay a day until finals.  Use your time wisely, or you will never finish on time.

     The Portfolio should be organized in the order below (paper clip — NOT STAPLE  each group of assignment separately).  Place all the completed material in a clear cover report folder (click here for an example — it does not have to be this exact brand, but something like it)

Portfolio Requirements

Cover Letter: Self - (typed and printed) — DO THIS AT THE END OF PROCESS

  1. After having completed all your writing assignments, print out a copy of your first blog
  • In addition, consider all you have done for this portfolio 
    • Re-Write the Blog, changing the form; use a rhetorical strategy, a literary device, and all four sentence structures.
    • Write a brief evaluation of the change, the strategy you used, and the effect of your decision on the paragraph
    • In addtion, compare-contrast the re-write with the original — examine your strategies and explain which is better and why.

  1.  After revising these blogs and keeping in mind all you have done for this portfolio, assess your progress over the semester:
  • As a writer — sentence structure, paragraph structure, word choice, organization
  • As a reader — comprehension, thematics, details, global perspective
  • As a thinker — self-correction, expectations, information
  • Be Honest — do not try and convince me you’re vastly improved if you don’t think you are; relay what you think, but do so using AP Language


Re-Writes Final Drafts (Please do these in order)

Paper #1 - Analysis Essay (2017 - Question #2)

  1. Analysis Peer Review
  2. Analysis Self Evaluation (based on Analysis Response #1)
  3. Rewrite: (Same information written TWO different ways)

                               * Formal Tone

                               * Deductive Response Paragraph (With Introduction + evidence from beginning, middle, end)

                               * Precis (Student Example of Precis)

                              * Use all three citation types: formal, embedded, paraphrase

  1. Hi-light proper citations (yellow), Hi-light formal tone words (blue)
  2. AP Re-Write Evaluation (typed and printed) comparing differences in the papers — Generic AP Rubric


Paper #2 — Synthesis Essay (2017 - Question #1)

  1. Synthesis Peer Review
  2. Synthesis Self-Evaluation (based on Synthesis Response #2)
  3. Rewrite as Deductive Response incorporating elements of Classical or Rogerian Model

                               * Formal Tone

                               * Minding the Gap Intro/Metaphor throughout the paper 

                              * Incorportate Three Literary Devices (from Literary Devices Booklet)                  

  1.  Hi-light (and annotate) Literary Devices, annotate (with box around) elements of Argumentation Model
  2. AP Re-Write Evaluation (typed and printed) comparing differences in the papers — Generic AP Rubric

Paper #3 — Free Write Essay (2017 - Question #3)

  1. Free Write Peer Review
  2. Free Write Self Evaluation (based on Free Write Response #1)
  3. Rewrite (Conversational-Didactic Tone - use examples from your classroom reading and personal experience): 

                               * Introduction of Choice

                               * Three OCI Paragraphs (or here for another example)- They Say/I Say (Identify-Identify-Correlate) 

                              * Focus on different sentence structures (base, suspensive, cumulative, periodic, loose)                  

  1.  Hi-light (and annotate) all five sentence structures in your paper
  2. AP Re-Write Evaluation (typed and printed) comparing differences in the papers — Generic AP Rubric

Final Draft:

  1. Best Effort
    • Of the papers you have written, choose the one you like the most
    • Make a Clean Copy to be annotated
  2. Annotate

Final Grade:

                             Your final grade will be the the result of

  • Completion of In-Class Work (papers, peer reviews, self-evals) - 40%
  • Re-Writes (Annotations, Hi-Lites, Evaluations) - 40%
  • Final Draft - 20%

* Portfolios turning in on Tuesday, January 16 get a 5-points bonus (turns a plus into a minus, and a plus into next grade up)

© Jeff Thomas 2011 - aplanguage@me.com