Portfolio 2: Annotated Bibliography
complete this assignment, you will read at least 15 sources on the issue you
plan to analyze. Then, you will choose at least 10 of these sources to
annotate, describing them and justifying their inclusion.
Purposes for this
Bibliography: To become informed on your issue; to begin considering
the various positions and approaches/perspectives writers take in writing about
this issue; to demonstrate your ability to evaluate sources for a particular
your bibliography for yourself, your peers, and your instructor.
Portfolio Content: Please submit your annotated bibliography in a
folder clearly labeled with your name. Your portfolio should include:
Topic Proposal with my reactions to it
Personal Position Analysis with my reactions to it
additional Position Analyses you’ve completed
you’ve completed on a Composite Grid
Bibliography Requirements: There is no required length for the bibliography,
but it will most likely range from 500 to 750 words. In it, you should:
your sources alphabetically and apply MLA Works Cited conventions.
each bibliographic entry with three to five sentences summarizing the
writer’s purpose and the main points from their argument. Additionally,
provide a justification for your inclusion of the source, using criteria
developed in class
goal is a representative and balanced sample of sources, suggesting a
variety of perspectives or approaches on the issue as well as a variety of
publication types—news sources, web sites, academic journal articles,
trade journals, etc.
a sample annotated bibliography entry:
Lemann, Nicholas, “The SAT
Meritocracy,” Washington Monthly 29.9 (September
Lemann, a regular columnist for the
Atlantic Monthly, is author of
several notable criticisms of American education. He is particularly concerned
about entrenched class-ism in U.S. schooling. Lemann’s
article presents a stinging condemnation of the SAT’s tendency to reward the
“mandarin elite.” This article was written before Atkinson’s proposal and may
be particularly valuable as a representative voice for those who criticize the
SAT because of its presumed prejudice against the lower classes. This source
will provide a healthy additional voice to my sources that analyze the SAT from
a “class prejudice” approach or shared perspective.