The Portfolio

Portfolio Contents


Each student must include seven (8) pieces in his or her final CCII portfolio.
Items 1-4: Two short argumentative essays with an earlier draft for each essay.
  • During the semester, students will write and revise three (3) researched argumentative essays representing different rhetorical approaches, such as proposal, rebuttal, definition, evaluation, etc.
  • Two (2) of those three (3) essays go into the portfolio; students should have a choice as to which essays go into the portfolio.
  • The argumentative essays must incorporate 2-4 sources, in-text citation, and a References section.
  • The essays should range in length from 1,000 to 1,300 words.
Item 5: A visual rhetoric assignment
This requirement can be met by the analysis, or the creation, of a visual argument. Obviously,multi-model assignments are acceptable and even encouraged.
Item 6: An annotated bibliography
The annotated bibliography should contain 10-15 sources sources. While sources that students used in their essays should be included in this bibliography, all entries on the bibliography might not have been used in the students’ essays. The bibliography should include a variety of types of sources, from traditional academic sources to popular sources, including multi-media sources.
Item 7: Reflective statement
The reflective statement should focus on the First-Year Writing Program’s five core values listed below and explain how the student has met the course expectations for these goals.
  • Core Value I: Understand that writing is a practice that involves a multi-stage, recursive, and social process. (In particular, students should address how they have engaged in self-directed revision.)
  • Core Value II. Understand that close and critical reading/analysis allows writers to understand how and why texts create meaning.
  • Core Value III. Understand that writing is shaped by audience, purpose, and context.
  • Core Value IV. Understand the role of information literacy in the practice of writing.
  • Core Value V. Understand the ethical dimensions of writing.
Item 8: Researched Position Argument
The end product of a semester-long research process, this 3000-word argument will synthesize the content of the three shorter researched argumentative essays and contain its own References list.

So. The Portfolio contains the following:

  1. 3000-word Research Position Paper
  2. Annotated Bibliography, 10-15 Sources
  3. Visual Rhetoric Rewrite
  4. Self-Reflective Statement
  5. (5, 6, 7, and 8) Two of the following:
    • Definition Rewrite, plus the original Definition Argument
    • Causal Rewrite, plus the original Causal Argument
    • Rebuttal Rewrite, plus the original Rebuttal Argument


Drop Dead Deadline during class THU DEC 06.

  • All 8 items must be placed in the Portfolio before or during class on THU DEC 06.
  • During class THU DEC 06, we will conduct a “Portfolio Double-check” to verify that portfolios are complete.
  • When your Portfolio is certified, we will confirm the date and time of your Professor Grade Conference.

Revisions after Deadline

You may continue to revise your Portfolio materials after the Drop Dead Deadline, but changes will reflect in your grade only until your Professor has read and graded your Portfolio. As a general guide, your Professor is likely to read and grade Portfolios in the order of scheduled Grade Conferences. If you need time to make final revisions, schedule yourself for a later conference.

Late Penalties

Your professor will have just a few days to read and grade the entire set of 40 portfolios in time for Grade Conferences. Therefore, penalties will be severe for any portfolio not complete by the end of class THU DEC 06.

Grade Conferences

The final days of scheduled classes, TUE DEC 11, and THU DEC 13, will be devoted to personal one-on-one Grade Conferences. Conferences generally require less than 15 minutes, but are compulsory.

Among other things, conferences provide the opportunity for professor and student to come to agreement about the student’s final grade. Students who miss their grade conferences will have little recourse to challenge those grades.

Posting Final Grades

Final Grades will be submitted shortly after Grade Conferences, probably by midnight FRI DEC 14.