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					                        Freshmen English Portfolio Assignment
                             Due Date: Tuesday, MAY 26TH

For your Freshmen English Portfolio Assignment, you will be revisiting your growth as an
English writing student over the past year. In order to do this, you will complete a list of
reflection assignments. Once your portfolio is complete, 3 hole-punch all of the pages and
place them in a 3-prong folder (not a binder!!!). You will all meet with me in order to
discuss/conference the product you have created during the week of MAY 26TH (you will be
chosen to conference with me on any day of the week, so be prepared on Day 1 to present
your portfolio to me).

TO BEGIN:

1. Read carefully through the contents of your writing collection folder and become very
   familiar with the contents.

2. Begin to organize the contents in chronological order (use your table of contents) so
   you can see the change through the different assignments.

RUBRIC: Include ALL of these in the following order:

1.   A COVER PAGE (10 points): Includes a MLA-style heading: Name, Ms. Hoff, Subject
     and Period, and Date (due date is fine). Include an ORIGINAL/WORTHY TITLE.

Name
Ms. Hoff
English I, Period ___
21 May 2008

                                            Title

2.   A TABLE OF CONTENTS (10 points): make certain that you number each page of your
     portfolio at the bottom center and that the numbers and headings correspond with
     your table of contents. Your table of contents page must include the title and page
     numbers of each assignment, both reflections and original essays.
          Example: The Odyssey Reflection: I am a Singing Hero ……………page 5
                      The Odyssey Original Essay: An Unsung Hero…………...page 7
3.   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nite-Time Reflection (25 points): For this
     reflection, you must revisit your first essay of the year on The Curious Incident of the
     Dog in the Nite-Time writing assignments from the school year. Your reflection must
     include an introduction, a body paragraph and a conclusion:
        Introduction (2.5 points) of your reflection must include information about the
           writing topic. What was the novel about (a précis)? What was your writing
           assignment? What was the objective of the writing assignment?
        Body Paragraph (20 points) will address the weaknesses and strengths of your
           assignment (4 total – you must include at least two weakness; any weaknesses and
           strengths that you address in this reflection may not be addressed in any other
           reflection in your Portfolio). You must include concrete details/examples from
           your assignment demonstrating either a strength or a weakness. You must also
           provide commentary/explain why the particular example you chose is either a
           weakness or a strength and how you planned to improve upon that weakness or
           strength in future writing assignments.
        Conclusion (2.5 points) will highlight how you feel about this assignment now
           and how your current writing level compares to the level of proficiency your
           demonstrated in this assignment.

4.   “The Glass Slipper” OR “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Reflection (25 points): For this
     reflection, you must choose either “The Glass Slipper” OR “The Secret Life of Walter
     Mitty” to write a reflection. Your reflection must include an introduction, a body
     paragraph and a conclusion:
        Introduction (2.5 points) of your reflection must include information about the
           writing topic. What was the story about (a précis)? What was your writing
           assignment? What was the objective of the writing assignment?
        Body Paragraph (20 points) will address the weaknesses and strengths of your
           assignment (4 total – you must include at least two weakness; any weaknesses and
           strengths that you address in this reflection may not be addressed in any other
           reflection in your Portfolio). You must include concrete details/examples from
           your assignment demonstrating either a strength or a weakness. You must also
           provide commentary/explain why the particular example you chose is either a
           weakness or a strength and how you planned to improve upon that weakness or
           strength in future writing assignments.
        Conclusion (2.5 points) will highlight how you feel about this assignment now
           and how your current writing level compares to the level of proficiency your
           demonstrated in this assignment.
5.   The Alchemist OR The Odyssey Reflection (25 points): For this reflection, you must
     choose either The Alchemist OR The Odyssey to write a reflection. Your reflection
     must include an introduction, a body paragraph and a conclusion:
        Introduction (2.5 points) of your reflection must include information about the
          writing topic. What was the novel or poem about (a précis)? What was your
          writing assignment? What was the objective of the writing assignment?
        Body Paragraph (20 points) will address the weaknesses and strengths of your
          assignment (4 total – you must include at least two weakness; any weaknesses and
          strengths that you address in this reflection may not be addressed in any other
          reflection in your Portfolio). You must include concrete details/examples from
          your assignment demonstrating either a strength or a weakness. You must also
          provide commentary/explain why the particular example you chose is either a
          weakness or a strength and how you planned to improve upon that weakness or
          strength in future writing assignments.
        Conclusion (2.5 points) will highlight how you feel about this assignment now
          and how your current writing level compares to the level of proficiency your
          demonstrated in this assignment.

6.   Romeo and Juliet (25 points): For this reflection, you must write a reflection on
     Romeo and Juliet. Your reflection must include an introduction, a body paragraph and
     a conclusion:
        Introduction (2.5 points) of your reflection must include information about the
          writing topic. What was the play or novel about (a précis)? What was your writing
          assignment? What was the objective of the writing assignment?
        Body Paragraph (20 points) will address the weaknesses and strengths of your
          assignment (4 total – you must include at least two weakness; any weaknesses and
          strengths that you address in this reflection may not be addressed in any other
          reflection in your Portfolio). You must include concrete details/examples from
          your assignment demonstrating either a strength or a weakness. You must also
          provide commentary/explain why the particular example you chose is either a
          weakness or a strength and how you planned to improve upon that weakness or
          strength in future writing assignments.
        Conclusion (2.5 points) will highlight how you feel about this assignment now
          and how your current writing level compares to the level of proficiency your
          demonstrated in this assignment.
7.   Favorite Reading Reflection (25 points): For this reflection, you will need to think
     about all of the pieces of literature we have read this year. You will choose your favorite
     piece and discuss why it is your favorite.
        Paragraph one of your reflection should name the reading, the author and give a
           brief summary of the reading.
        Paragraph two will highlight what you liked about the reading.
        Paragraph three will discuss how it changed your view of literature.

8.   Letter to Myself as a Senior (25 points): For your final reflection, you will write a letter
     to yourself as a senior. Include a self addressed, stamped envelope (at least 2 stamps)
     paper- clipped to your letter and I will send it to you at the end of your senior year.
     You may discuss anything you like in this letter. Talk about who your friends are, your
     likes and dislikes, things that are important to you right now, how you are doing in
     school, what you think of school, what your plans are for the future, where you plan on
     going to college and so on. Make sure that you follow the correct format for a business
     letter. This reflection will not be graded as much on content, but rather, that you
     follow the correct format for a personal letter; however, the information that you
     choose to disclose in the letter must of course be appropriate for me to read. 

9.   Works Cited Page (25 points): In your portfolio, you will need to include a “Works
     Cited” page. This Works Cited page will be the last page of your portfolio. This is part
     of MLA format and everything you quote in your essays and reflections must be
     included on this page. This includes novels (those we read in class and outside of class),
     short stories and any other piece of literature you cite in your work. See your MLA
     handbook (beginning on page 146 – 147 and in-class handouts) for correct format of
     the Works Cited page. “The Glass Slipper” essay copyright information is below (note:
     this is NOT how you cite your work):

Story: “The Glass Slipper”
Authors: Alan Armer and Walter E. Grauman
Date: 1969
Anthology: Breaking Loose, editors: James Olsen and Lawrence Swinburne.
Location: New York
Publishers: Noble and Noble

10. WWW.TURNITIN.COM (5 points): You MUST turn in your Portfolio in class the day
    that it is due AND to www.turnitin.com during the assigned 48 hour period. Your
    Portfolio will not be graded until it is turned in to www.turnitin.com
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) and additional notes:

   1 “A” projects are extremely organized and neat. All the page numbers match the table
     of contents and it is easy for the reader to read (hint: add page numbers when
     everything is complete).
   2 “A” projects also show creativity and effort. They clearly show that one did not try
     and take the “easy way out” and just fulfill the basic requirements. Remember, this is
     YOUR SHOWCASE!!!
   3 Do I use MLA heading on each of my essays? Yes, each essay should have the proper
     MLA heading and page numbers (you will have double page numbers-one on the top
     right for your essay and one on the bottom for your portfolio)
   4 Can I include an assignment more than once? No, you may not include the same
     assignment in different categories.
   5 How early should I start on this project? NOW! The most common words from
     students on the due date are: “I should’ve started earlier”. Use this project as an
     opportunity to show that you are a person of character: diligent and responsible!
   6 What will I be graded on? Everything in this assignment description. Another rubric is
     attached (use it as a checklist to make sure you have all the required elements).
                 Freshmen Portfolio Rubric - Bring with you the Due Date!


1. Cover Page                                                 _________ (10 points)

2. Table of Contents                                          _________ (10 points)

3. Curious Incident Reflection                                _________ (25 points)
    Original Essay

4. “Glass Slipper” OR “Walter Mitty” Reflection               _________ (25 points)
    Original Essay

5. The Alchemist OR The Odyssey Reflection                    _________ (25 points)
    Original Essay

6. Romeo & Juliet Reflection                                  _________ (25 points)
    Original Essay

7. Favorite Reading Reflection                                _________ (25 points)

8. Letter to Myself as a Senior                               _________ (20 points)
    Self Addressed/Stamped Envelope (at least 2 stamps)      _________ (5 points)

9. Works Cited Page                                           _________ (25 points)

10.    www.turnitin.com                                       _________ (5 points)




                        Total ___________________ (200 points)

				
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