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.  Some of it is optional, most of it is mandatory.  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 (you will be given 10 points extra credit if you hand it in before finals begin — Friday or Monday).  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)


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

  1. After having written your Final Paper, print out a copy of your first couple blogs
  2. After having written your Final Paper, print out a copy of your first couple blogs

                     b.  In addition, consider all you have done for this portfolio (and use evidence from portfolio in your letter)

                     b.  Assess your progress:

                               * 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)

Blogs — 

  1. Print your first and your last Blog Response
    • Change the form of both; 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 two revised blogs — examine the expectations, your strategies, and why your paragraph works.

Paper #1 - Defining Success

                   a. Holistic Pre-Writing Assessment (typed and printed) or try THIS ONE (print out)

                   b. Rewrite: (Same information written TWO different ways)

                               * Argumentative-Formal Tone

                               * Deductive Response Paragraph (examine 3 themes from Payne, Champs, and Gladwell)

                               * Follow, in order, Rogerian Argument (all elements found in Reading Guide)

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

                   c. Hi-light proper citations (yellow), Hi-light formal tone words (blue)

                   d. AP Re-Write Evaluation (typed and printed) comparing differences in the papers — Generic AP Rubric


Paper #2 —Mid-Term Paper

                    a.     Holistic Pre-Writing Assessment (typed and printed)

                    b.    Rewrite: 

                               * Didactic - Conversational Tone

                               * Build a Metaphor throughout the paper (Start in Intro, Summarize in Conclusion)

                               * 3 OCI Paragraphs (based on 3 evidences —topic sentence should mention metaphor)

                               * Feel free to use “I Think” — then, for final draft, strikethrough each 

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

                    c.     Hi-light (and annotate) all five sentence structures in your paper

                    d.      AP Re-Write Evaluation (typed and printed)


Work-Overs - Book and Documentary 

  1. Read Instructions and Write Paper 3 Different Ways in response to the prompt below: 
    • As Analysis: ELPS, analyze one article as a Precis
    • As Synthesis: Classic Argument, both sources (Move from Thematic Intro - Editorial Conclusion)
    • As Argument: Panoramic Intro, Deductive Response Paragraph, Microscopic Conclusion


What’s the most important lesson a person should learn?

  1.   AP Re-Write Evaluation (typed and printed): count words, highlight quotations
  2. Write 250-500 word: evaluate the sound of the essays (characterize their tone, and what specific syntax/diction makes you say that?)

Final Paper — Case Study: What is America? 

                     a.   Read Case Study Packet and Under the Sign of Mickey Mouse 

                    b.    Complete: (Read All Three Articles, annotate two of them)

                               * ELPS on Article #1

                               * DIDLS on Article #2

                               * OPTIC on Picture

                     c.  Write a Synthesis Essay (First Draft — Off the top of your head)

                               * Introduction = one sentence (complex claim - problem and solution)

                               * They Say/I Say Method: “What is the Statue of Liberty doing, and why?"

                              * Conlusion = one sentence (Enthymeme - call to action)                

                    c.     Complete Comprehensive Self-Assessment (printed and typed)

                    d.     Re-Write as Deductive Response Paragraph - Using Formal Methods 

                               * Need All Three Citations: formal, paraphrase, embedded (Hilighted in Green)  

                               * Need 3 Rhetorical Modes (Hilighed in blue)

                               * Need 4 Devices from your Literary Devices Book (Hi-lighted in Yellow)

                    e.     Complete the Comprehensive Self-Assessment (printed and typed)



Missing Assignments (entirely your responsibility):

                            1.  Print Out/Type Out Record of your missing assignments

                            2. Complete the assignment, print it out, put a check next to the Zero

                            3. Attach assignments to the Print Out

                            4. Create a new section in your Portfolio with a divider

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