Overview of Major Assignments in CO150

Portfolio 3 Guidelines:  Part A




Portfolio 3 Guidelines

Portfolio 3, Part A: Contributing to the Debate about a Public Issue

in an Academic Context


  Now that you have learned what other members of the conversation are saying about your issue, you are ready to contribute to the conversation you researched in Portfolio 2. Essentially, Part A this portfolio provides you with the opportunity to add your voice to the conversation by writing an argument of your own.

  The argument you write in Part A will be a source-based argument using the sources you researched in Portfolio 2. You will want to be sure, however, that you are adding to the conversation (contributing something unique and new) and not just repeating someone else's argument. Additionally, the argument you construct will need to be appropriate for an academic audience. Prior to writing your argument, we will discuss argument strategies and the conventions of academic argumentation that will help you meet the needs and expectations of your audience. The goal in your argument will be to convince the audience that your argument is sound and/or to persuade them to take action as your argument defines.


Requirements: The audience for Part A is an academic audience. To meet the needs and expectations of that audience, you will need to take into account the discussions we have had regarding argument strategies and academic conventions for argumentation. You will also need to draw on information from 4 to 6 of the sources you examined in Portfolio 2. Your final argument should be between 5 and 7 pages in length, typed in a 12-point font, and double-spaced. It should also include a Works Cited page in complete MLA format for the sources you use to support your argument.


Due Dates: Rough Draft-

                      Final Draft-


Grading: Portfolio 3 is worth 35% of your overall grade for the course. Part A of Portfolio 3 is worth 60% of your overall grade for Portfolio 3 and will be graded on a +/- scale. The most effective argument will reflect deep consideration of the audience's needs, expectations, and concerns. It will contain a clear claim that indicates your purpose for arguing.  The development of the claim will rely on sound and responsible reasoning and will amply develop that reasoning with evidence (this should include, but is not limited to, information from the sources you analyzed in Portfolio 2).