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1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
1733 Portfolio Assignment
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  • 1. The WRIT 1733 Portfolio Assignment
  • 2. The Prompt
    • Your WRIT 1733 portfolio will consist of two parts.
    • First, an introductory essay , which will do the following:
      • introduce the papers you’ve selected, explaining the assignment and/or rhetorical situation for the work. Remember that most of your readers will be unfamiliar with your class.
      • use those papers as evidence to illustrate the extent to which your writing has met the course goals. Please refer to or quote specific elements from your papers to support your claims.
    • Because, in effect, you’re making an argument about your writing, your readers will value an ethos characterized by honesty, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness. In addition to discussing the strengths of your work this quarter, you might also discuss limitations of your papers. This kind of discussion will help us understand how we might improve our courses.
    • Second, include a selection of three papers . These papers should demonstrate your understanding and accomplishment of these goals of 1733:
      • practical knowledge and understanding of academic research traditions (for example, text-based/interpretive; measurement-based/empirical; and observational/qualitative) through effective writing in at least two of the traditions.
      • practical knowledge and understanding of rhetorical differences between writing for academic audiences and writing for popular audiences.
      • practical knowledge and understanding of using sources in your writing. This includes finding, evaluating, synthesizing, critiquing, and documenting published sources appropriate to given rhetorical situations.
  • 3. Kinds of Papers
    • At least one paper you submit must have been written for WRIT 1733 .
    • You may, however, submit one paper from a previous course.
  • 4. Your Purpose
    • You have two objectives in this assignment
      • You are trying to understand for yourself both what you have learned (vis-à-vis the course goals) and how you have learned it.
      • You are trying to persuade me that you have developed some skill in the course goals.
  • 5. Your Audience
    • Create a portfolio that shows a group of DU writing instructors, including your own professor, how well you have achieved the goals of WRIT 1733. Your readers will find two ingredients most helpful and convincing.
      • They’ll want to read several examples of your writing, and
      • They’ll want to read your analysis and discussion of those examples. Together, these ingredients should show your audience how well you’ve achieved the course’s goals.
  • 6. Selecting Your Portfolio Papers
    • developing practical knowledge and understanding of academic research traditions (for example, text-based/interpretive; measurement-based/empirical; and observational/qualitative) through effectively writing in at least two of those traditions.
    • developing practical knowledge and understanding of rhetorical differences between writing for academic audiences and writing for popular audiences .
    • developing practical knowledge and understanding of using sources in your writing . This includes finding , evaluating , synthesizing , critiquing , and documenting published sources appropriate to given rhetorical situations.
    Choose three papers that together demonstrate your understanding and accomplishment of three goals of 1733:
  • 7. Writing Your Introductory Essay
    • Your introductory essay should:
      • introduce the papers you’ve selected, explaining the assignment and/or rhetorical situation for the work. Remember that most of your readers will be unfamiliar with your class.
      • use those papers as evidence to illustrate the extent to which your writing has met the course goals. Please refer to or quote specific elements from your papers to support your claims.
    • Because, in effect, you’re making an argument about your writing, your readers will value an ethos characterized by honesty, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness. In addition to discussing the strengths of your work this quarter, you might also discuss limitations of your papers. This kind of discussion will help us understand how we might improve our courses.
  • 8. Submitting Your Portfolios
    • To me
    • What?
      • Your reflective essay only
    • How?
      • By email
    • When?
      • End of day, Thursday, May 27
    • To the Writing Program
    • What?
      • Your essay, and three pieces of writing
    • How?
      • On Portfolio: portfolio.du.edu Assessment > Assessment Activities
    • When?
      • The same: End of day Thursday, May 27
  • 9. For Wednesday
    • Write a full draft of your introductory essay, and bring a hard copy to class.
    • Select one paragraph from that essay that (a) represents your best claim or (b) is causing you some trouble either in articulating your claim to the course goals or in finding appropriate support.
    • Upload that paragraph to the course web site, using a clever title that would attract potential readers.

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