While sequencing your objectives, be aware of the amount of time allotted for each portfolio. Based on the overall goals for the portfolio, determine how much time you will need to spend addressing each objective. Keep in mind that a single lesson will address only one or two objectives. Some of these goals will be easily met, while others will present a challenge for students. You may decide to build in extra time to review concepts that are more challenging.
Try to be flexible, but remain within a reasonable time frame. Spending three days on one essay may be too much (even if students are thrilled by the subject matter). One strategy to help you keep up your pace, is to utilize outside resources such as the CSU Writing Center or online tutorials. The Writing at CSU home page contains plenty of online resources as well. Use these resources to compliment discussions and save you some time in class.
Below is an example for how you might organize your sequence and time frame for the first student portfolio:
Portfolio I - Sequence and Time Frame for Objectives: Week 1
Students will begin to think about their purpose, audience and context for writing. (day 1)
Students will use critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies to become better writers. (day 2)
Students will practice writing academic summaries. (days 3 - 4)
Students will practice writing different types of response. (days 5 - 6)
Students will learn to develop a claim and support that claim with reasons and evidence. (day 7)
Students will learn to value revision through workshops and other peer- review activities. (day 8)