The purpose of these portfolio process requirements is to allow as much individuality and flexibility as possible while taken into account that we are all human beings with full schedules and limited resources. You want the freedom to work at your own pace and in your own style; I need to keep things organized and respond to the needs of the whole class. I will expect you to understand and adhere to these requirements.
Schedule. We will put together a master schedule based on topics we need
to cover in order for you to write the pieces for your portfolio and specify the
context you imagine you are writing them in. After surveying the class, I will
put a copy of the master schedule on our class page. Any changes to that schedule will be posted in Daily messages on the forum. Each student is responsible for
keeping track of the schedule and for meeting his/her deadlines. You will lose 2
participation points for each day past a deadline that you turn something in.
Keep in mind that you must turn everything in, even if it is late.
Documenting sources. Everyone will submit an annotated bibliography which
lists all sources consulted and cited. This bibliography must include both
sources used in writing and used for context analysis. All material used in
writing which is not the writer’s personal experience must be documented or
referenced in some way, but the style depends on the target audience. When you
analyze your target publications, be sure to look for documentation style used
therein. Make and keep copies of all sources; I may ask to see them.
Feedback. You are required to obtain feedback from me at least
once for each piece that ends up in your portfolio. If a piece appears in your
portfolio that I’ve never seen nor heard about from you, I reserve the right to
reject it. That feedback may consist of a conference between us about your
ideas, plans, or early draft OR you may submit a draft. In either case, you will
direct the feedback by asking me specific questions. Please don’t hand or e-mail
me a draft and ask, "What do you think?" Take responsibility for your writing
and use me as a reader, fellow writer, and coach. Please allow me at least 48
hours turnaround. If I need longer than that, I will let you know when you
submit your draft.
Workshops. On designated workshop days, you must bring a
draft-in-progress and participate in peer review. The goal of peer review is
obtaining a variety of responses to your work. You are not obligated to enact
this advice, just to respectfully consider it. By the same token, you are
expected to provide honest, thorough, specific and helpful comments to your
peers on their work. Workshop drafts must be typed. Comments must be typed or
written and must bear the reviewer’s name. You will be expected to receive
comments from at least 3 peers on each piece in your portfolio.
Work days. We may have a few class periods designated as work days. This
is to allow you to write, do research, discuss your paper, etc., with peers and
instructor at hand. You may only do work related to this class and are expected
to work rather than socialize.