Portfolio 1: Reading
and Responding to an Article about a Public Issue
complete this portfolio, you will read, summarize, and respond to various
articles about publicly debated issues. Then, you will select one of your
summary/response essays to revise and polish for a grade.
Worth:20% of your
this Portfolio: To understand and critically examine a written
argument; to communicate an author’s argument and your response to that
Address your essay to a general academic audience. Assume they have not read
the article, although they are likely to be familiar with the issue. Your
audience will expect you to thoroughly explain and support each point you make.
In addition, they will expect you to use a reasonable tone, to respect your
readers and sources, and to avoid slang.
Content: Please submit your essay in a folder clearly labeled
with your name and email address. Your portfolio should include:
The final draft of your polished summary/response
essay, formatted with one-inch margins, double-spaced lines, and a
readable 12-point font
All rough drafts of your polished
Your initial summaries and/or responses to all
four articles (these will be completed as part of the homework for this
Workshop comments you received from classmates
Requirements: Your essay should be 750 to 1,000 words in length.
Roughly one-third of the essay should be devoted to summary. In your summary,
clearly identify the article to which you are responding and provide a fair and
accurate description of the author’s purpose and main ideas. Your response to
the article can indicate that you agree or disagree with the article, analyze
the article, and/or reflect on the article. You should clearly state your main
and supporting points in your response. You should support your points with
evidence (personal experience, information from other sources, or analysis).
Grading Criteria: I will check your portfolio for completeness. I will
ask myself the following questions as I read your Summary/Response Essay:
1.Have you clearly identified
the article and author in your summary?
2.Have you clearly identified
the main point of the article in your summary?
3.Have you clearly identified
other key points related to the main point?
4.Have you used quotations and
paraphrases effectively in your summary?
5.Have you attributed
information to the author in your summary (e.g., Have you used author tags)?
6.Have you clearly identified
your main point in your response?
7.Does your response focus on
the main point you are making?
8.Does your main point
indicate a clear understanding of the essay you are summarizing? (In other
words, are you responding to a key idea or main point made by the author of the
essay you are summarizing?)
9.Have you used quotations and
paraphrases effectively to support your main point?
10.Have you provided (if
appropriate) personal experience as evidence to support your main point?
11.Have you provided reasons to
support your main point and backed up those reasons with evidence or analysis?
12.Have you organized your
response in a reasonable manner? (In other words, a manner that your readers
should find easy to follow.)
13.Are your summary and
response written to a general audience?
14.Are your summary and
response written in a form that conforms to standard American English? (In
other words, is it generally free of grammatical, mechanical, and spelling
Articles:We will read the following
articles during our work on this portfolio: