The Portfolio

Portfolio Contents


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All students must include eight (8) pieces in their final CCII portfolio. 

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, causation, 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.
  • For each short essay, an early and a revised draft will be provided to demonstrate responsiveness to feedback.
  • The short, 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.

A visual rhetoric assignment 
This requirement can be met by the analysis or the creation of a visual argument at the discretion of the instructor. 

An annotated bibliography 
The annotated bibliography should contain 10-15 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.  

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.

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

Portfolio Deadline

Drop Dead Deadline BEFORE class THU APR 27.

  • All 8 items must be placed in the Portfolio before or during class on THU APR 27.
  • During class THU APR 27, 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.

Grade Conferences

Conferences will be scheduled on a Conference Chart exactly as Mandatory Conferences have been scheduled all semester.

has verified your Portfolio complete, you will be permitted to choose your own Grade Conference date and time from among those available on MON MAY 01, TUE MAY 02, or WED MAY 03.

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 no recourse to challenge those grades.

Final Grades will be submitted as early as FRI MAY 05.