complete the first portion of this portfolio, you will construct a source-based
argument for the issue you chose to work with in Portfolio 2. You will define
an appropriate audience for your argument and shape your writing to meet the
needs and interests of your readers. You will also define a context for writing
and modify your argument to meet the demands of this context (For example: an
argument written for Harper’s should read like other texts found in this
Purposes for this Essay:To write for a specific, public audience arguing your viewpoints on the
issue you explored in Portfolio 2; to convince your audience to agree with your
viewpoints or to persuade your audience to act on your viewpoints.
your arguing essay to the first audience outlined in your Context Comparison.
In general, your audience is likely to expect you to thoroughly explain the
points you are making and to support your argument using appropriate forms of
evidence. Your readers are also likely to expect you to acknowledge and cite
your sources in a manner consistent with other sources published by your target
publication. If your publication does not apply a formal citation method, then
you must refer to your sources and their authors by name in the text of your
paper. Consider whether the use of visuals and graphics would be useful and
appropriate for this publication. The first arguing essay must be accompanied
by a Works Cited list, identifying the sources that are actually cited in the
paper, even if that page would not appear in the publication; if the
publication would not call for a bibliography, simply enclose it loose in the
folder rather than attaching it to the essay. The Editorial does not need to be
accompanied by a Works Cited page.
Portfolio Content:Please submit your report in a folder clearly
labeled with your name. Your portfolio should include:
final draft of your first arguing essay, formatted in a manner consistent
with the design of your target publication. If appropriate for that
publication, you should include illustrations, tables, charts, and other
design elements, such as columns, pullquotes, use of color, and so on.
cover page that outlines the purpose, audience and context for your
works cited (MLA) or references (APA) list of all texts referred to in
your argument. This page can be attached to your essay if such a page
would be included in the publication or it can be enclosed separately and
not numbered as a part of your essay if such a page would not be included
in the publication you’ve selected.
drafts of your argumentative essay
workshop comments you received from your classmates on drafts of your argumentative
homework assignments completed during this portfolio
printed copy of your Context Comparison with my responses attached
completed submission form, for those interested in being considered for
publication in Talking Back
Essay Requirements:Your first arguing essay should be between 1,250
and 1,750 words in length. Support your argument with at least six
sources and relevant personal experience, if appropriate.
Subsequent to the return of your portfolio, you will revise
your argument for the second context, the Editorial page of the New York
The first arguing essay, complete with all elements of the
folder, is worth 20% of your course grade. The revision, or the second arguing
essay for the Editorial page, is worth an additional 15%. Total value of
Portfolio 3 is therefore 35% of your final grade in the course.