Portfolio Reflection (Exam)

Use the graphs you created yesterday to help you in writing your essay.


  • A piece of writing that shows your strengths
  • A piece of writing that shows your weaknesses
  • A piece of writing that taught you the most about the writing process or that helped you understand a piece of literature

Write a 500-1000 word essay in which you analyze your writing. 

You might look at focus (how well you stick to a topic), support (how well you prove and explain your topic), organization (how well your writing flows from idea to idea), and mechanics (spelling, punctuation, usage)as a way to evaluate your writing.  You might instead just discuss each paper in terms of its individual strengths and weaknesses.  You might write an epic poem about your writing.  You might examine your writing process, i.e., how you develop your thoughts and move them to paper and the strengths and weaknesses of your techniques.

Quote yourself or at least reference specific points from each of your papers.

Papers should have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

Print what you have complete by the end of the hour. Give it to Borger and turn portfolio folders in.

*Alternative for new folks or folks who have lost work along the way:

Write an essay in which you analyze yourself as a student.

You might look at homework skills, participation in class, attendance, group work, leadership, thoughtfulness, reflection, production (the quality of the work you produce), areas you struggle with, etc. Again, cite specific examples and think about areas in which you excel and areas in which you flounder. Can you identify your strengths and weaknesses as a thinker / learner / student? What can you do to improve?  What do you wish you had know when you were a freshperson?

These papers should also have an introduction, body, and conclusion with specific examples from previous class experiences.

Portfolio Organization

1. In the library, print copies of major pieces of writing that you do not currently have in your folders.  Do not print all papers, just 2-3 most significant pieces from Lit/Lang 1 & Lit/Lang 2. EVERYONE SHOULD PUT THEIR RESEARCH PAPERS IN THEIR PORTFOLIOS.

2. Clean and organize your F: drive. As you look for and print papers, organize your F: drive. Make folders for your subjects (if you haven’t done so already).  Click the “New Folder” button in the upper right.  Name your folders according to class or subject. Right click on a file to delete it.

3. Complete the paper chart Borger gives you after you’ve organized your F: drive and portfolio materials. We will be writing a reflection in class tomorrow using our portfolios.

4. Today is worth 50 points: 25 points participation for staying on track in the lab & 25 points for organizing your portfolio and F: drives.



Letter to Your Future Self

Prompt: Write a letter to the “you” you think you will be next year.

Discussion of Prompt: Write a letter to the “you” you think you’ll be at the beginning of next year’s school year.  You can focus on where you’re at right now, discuss anxieties and fears you have as well as what things are currently making you happy and excited.  Talk about what you hope to get out of this, your junior year & what you think your senior year will hold. Discuss the obstacles and challenges you might face this year.  You can also bring in situations outside of school, but be careful about self-disclosure: although this letter is to “you,” I will also be reading it.  Put yourself into dialogue with yourself, recognizing that both “yous” are different people.  Language and grammar can be informal (use your own voice and language – you’ll know if you were faking it when you read this letter again next year).

Put today’s date at the top, include a greeting, a closing, and sign the letter in ink at the bottom.

First Days, 2016

Students will receive and review their course syllabus.  SIGNED CARE-GIVER FORMS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY AUGUST 26th FOR A GRADE (last page of the syllabus).

We will discuss participation grades.

We will discuss the SHS Student Handbook.

Students will write letters to their future selves in the computer lab on Thursday, August 25th.  Letters will be due at the end of class. Students who are absent will need to submit letters Friday, August 26th.

You can learn more about Borger here.