“Each reflection is very important because it is your chance to say why and how the piece reveals or presents your writing ability or what it has come to be. Here, you are the ambassador and the salesperson for the piece and for your skill as a writer.”
– Jim Mahoney, Power and Portfolios (16)
The culminating assignment for English 7 is a digital writing portfolio to showcase your best writing from the year.
Here is my own example of a final, year-end portfolio:
Mid-Year Portfolio Check and Reflection
Click here for the complete mid-year portfolio assignment.
Start compiling your best pieces. At this point in the year, you should be able to select one of each of the following:
- Narrative writing (i.e, your “river teeth” memoir),
- Explanatory / informational writing (i.e, your name report or your essay for the MLK Young Writer’s Contest),
- Another piece of writing you are proud of—maybe a poem or a brief piece of prose from your Daily Pages.
Next, take time to revise and edit each piece. Finally, write a reflection about your growth as a writer so far this year.
Your mid-year reflection should—
- Give the title and writing type (e.g., explanatory / informational, narrative, argument, or poetry) for each piece.
- Describe the writing task, purpose, and audience, as well as your writing process.
- Reflect on what worked and what you still need to improve.
- Explain why you selected the piece as an example of your best work and what you hope the reader will get out of it.
For examples of how to write reflections, read Ms. McMillan’s final portfolio presentation here (slides 4 – 7). For the mid-year check, simply write paragraphs on a Google Doc. We will add them to a Google presentation later.
For specific details for how to complete and turn-in your mid-year portfolio, click here.
Remember, we are all writers and we are all on a writing journey together. If you write from your heart and proofread carefully, I know you will feel proud of what you can accomplish.