write portfolio cover letter for the semester

The requirements are in the file name Portfolio Cover Letter. I also paste them here. There are some materials needed in the file name ENG 301. There should be more materials needed for the Cover Letter, Please let me know if need. My suggestion is write the Portfolio Cover letter on the basis of GRADING(at end of the description). This is important. Because the Portfolio will not be regraded.

There are two essays revisions have not reviewed by the instructor. Here is the news from the instructor: As you write your cover letter, if you haven’t gotten a draft back from me yet, I recommend holding off commenting on that for a bit. We still have a few weeks left of class. I’ll get them back well before then.

IN A NUTSHELL

Read Chapter 11 on “Publishing” in Bloom. (in the file name Bloom Publishing)

• Write 4-6 page portfolio cover letter. Use MLA formatting (12 pt. font, 1” margins, etc.)

• Collect your work for inclusion in your portfolio – 20-30 pages of nonfiction writing (this does not include the letter or rough drafts). Read the Portfolio instructions at the end of this document thoroughly.

The purpose of the portfolio is to help you get a sense of your overall writing progress over the semester and to show this progress through your work and a letter in an attempt to demonstrate your overall accomplishments this semester. The purpose of the letter is to discuss the work you have done over the course of the semester, and you should include your essays, clearly labeled, as evidence, referring to them and quoting from them as appropriate.

THE PORTFOLIO

Here’s how you put together your portfolio

1. Write your cover letter (details below). Save it with your Last name, First name, Cover (e.g. Wendt Mary Cover). 2. Collect the final drafts from Units 1-4 (which must total 20-30 pages). This total does NOT include the cover letter. Make sure your essays are in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, 1” margins. Don’t get silly and try big fonts and such.

3. Save your essays individually, using unit or assignment numbers (e.g. Wendt Mary Unit 2 or WendtMaryA2).

4. If, in your letter, you discuss previous drafts of your essays and would like to include them so I can see the difference as you discuss them, you may include rough drafts as well, but they do not count towards the 20-30 page count. Be sure they are labeled as such (e.g. Wendt Mary Unit 2 Workshop draft). You should have several documents to upload to Bb(blackboard) in the Unit 5 assignment space on Bb: your cover letter and each of the essays for a total of 5 documents (or more if you include any rough drafts)

WRITING YOUR COVER LETTER

First Draft of Portfolio Cover Letter

I would like you to write your cover letter in letter format and tone, and the letter should be addressed directly to me. (Dr. Wendt). It should thus be formatted like a letter, you should consider me personally as your audience, and your tone should reflect a familiar yet scholarly tone.

The content of this letter is this course and nonfiction writing. Work your way through this semester and talk about yourself as a writer and your essays. Try to be organized. I suggest going chronologically.

Your discussion should revolve around the essays you submit for your portfolio. Discuss your writing, how it went, your successes, failures, frustrations. Your drafts, revisions, workshopping, and discussion boards. Refer to your essays by title and page number. Be sure to make this personal. It should be about YOUR journey and what you learned along the way. You should refer to AND QUOTE FROM your own papers and my notes and comments, the rubric, the handouts, the syllabus—various materials from class—as support. You should also discuss what you failed to learn or failed to implement. So let’s say you know the importance of showing more than telling but have trouble doing it. That is part of your story. Talk about those things, too, not just everything that went well, and give examples from your essays to provide evidence and show me that you understand your own writing.

You need to have an overall purpose to your letter, so be sure you have a point. It should be something broad enough that all your discussion can revolve around it. But please avoid the “I worked hard so I should get a good grade” argument.

One key to a successful letter is to EXPLAIN WHY what you have learned is important. So for example, let’s say you’re talking about how good you’ve gotten at creating character, then you would want to discuss why creating character is important and how you have seen that importance in the various essays you’ve read and written. Don’t just tell me you learned something. Tell my why it’s important that you learned these things to show me that you really do understand it and are thinking well.

You should quote from your own papers and from my comments as well in order to SHOW me what you’re talking about. When you do, make sure I can tell what and whom you are quoting (so your in-text citations should have either your name or mine and a paper number i.e. Wendt Unit 4). So yes, you need in-text citations. You do NOT need a Works Cited page, however, unless you include outside sources. Remember, essentially you are making your final argument in the course. Be a show-off. Please keep a few things in mind:

1. Be honest. It will never serve you well to pretend you are better (or worse!) than you are. I have read everything you’ve written, so I am very well aware of how hard you’ve worked. I am looking for evidence that you clearly know your own weaknesses and know what you need to work on rather than avoiding them.

2. Please be courteous of others. While some issues you may have had over the course of the semester may have been exacerbated by others in the class—including me as the teacher—I am never sympathetic of someone who tries to blame all their problems on others. It is alright to discuss certain problems you had, but please don’t use these things as your only points of argument.

3. You may NOT argue for a particular grade. I will grade you as the syllabus states: on your papers, discussion boards, your homework, and your workshops. Some have argued that they should pass because of how hard they have tried, but it is not possible to grade you on effort.

Instructor Draft of Cover Letter

Because your cover letter will be graded one time only, and there will be no opportunity for revision, it is imperative that you carefully proofread your letter, follow instructions carefully, and use the rubric to guide you. Go over this handout thoroughly to make sure you have included everything you need in order to succeed. I have also provided a portfolio checklist in “Course Information” that you should use to help guide you.

GRADING

Your portfolio is worth 200 points. While I will look over your essays once more as points of reference, the essays themselves will not be re-graded. Your grade will be based on the following criteria:

AN EXCELLENT PORTFOLIO (“A” work)

An excellent portfolio will contain a letter that demonstrates an exceptional level of critical thinking and a clear rhetorical purpose. Ideas will be complex and highly developed, with considerable insight. The letter will demonstrate a clear and in-depth understanding of the genre of non-fiction, of writing to a specific audience, of writing with a purpose, and of adjusting various writing tools like voice and style to achieve that purpose. Writing will provoke thought through your many details, reasons, and examples that are unique and credible. The letter will have a clear purpose to achieve, and, through thought and persuasive style, achieve that purpose. The author will demonstrate a clear understanding of audience, purpose, voice, and tone, and the letter will also show off the writer’s style.

In addition, an excellent letter will contain writing that is stunning in its sophisticated use of the many tools of style we have worked with over the course of the semester and will be very reader-friendly through seamless organization and transitional devices. The language will convey a stylistic maturity through variety of punctuation, sentence structure, repetitional devices, and figurative language. While no writing is error free, an excellent letter will not contain any egregious errors nor will the number or level of error distract from the reading at any time. Lastly, an excellent portfolio will tell a story—your story. An excellent portfolio will take me on a descriptive, well-supported, beautifully crafted journey. It will have a stunning level of sophistication. Simply put, an excellent portfolio will blow me away.

A GOOD PORTFOLIO (“B” work)

A good portfolio will contain a letter that demonstrates a clear level of critical thinking and a clear rhetorical purpose. Ideas will be thoroughly developed, with solid insight, yet may fall short of the kind of depth of insight that an excellent portfolio would show. The letter will demonstrate a clear understanding of the genre of non-fiction, of writing to a specific audience, of writing with a purpose, and of adjusting various writing tools like voice and style to achieve that purpose. Writing will provoke thought through details, reasons, and examples that are unique and credible, although may lack the support or details of an A portfolio. The letter will have a clear purpose to achieve, and may, through thought and persuasive style, achieve that purpose, although it may be less persuasive overall. The author will demonstrate a modest understanding of audience, purpose, voice, and tone, and the letter will also show off the writer’s style.

In addition, a good portfolio will contain writing that is solid in its use of the many tools of style we have worked with over the course of the semester and will be very reader-friendly and well organized. The language will convey a stylistic growth through various tools of style, although they may not demonstrate a natural, creative feel for the language. A good portfolio will not contain any egregious errors nor will the level of error distract from the reading.

Lastly, a good portfolio will tell a good story. It will take me on a clear and thoughtful journey, yet it may lack an overall level of sophistication. Simply put, a good portfolio will demonstrate above average work that exceeds merely being competent.

A COMPETENT PORTFOLIO (“C” work)

A competent portfolio will contain a letter that demonstrates a modest level of critical thinking and a rhetorical purpose. Ideas will be developed, yet may lack insight. The letter will demonstrate a modest understanding of the genre of non-fiction and what it means to write to a specific audience with a purpose and how to adjust various writing tools like voice and style to achieve that purpose. Writing will provide details, reasons, and examples, although these may not be always sufficient. The letter will have at minimum a purpose although it might not be very clear or persuasive overall. The author will demonstrate at minimum a modest understanding of audience, purpose, voice, and tone, and the letter will make an attempt to show off the writer’s style.

In addition, a competent portfolio will contain writing that uses the tools of style we have worked with over the course of the semester, although these may not be employed regularly. A competent portfolio will, however, be clear and organized. The language, no matter the genre, show some growth through various tools of style, although they may not demonstrate a natural, creative feel for the language. A competent portfolio will not contain any egregious patterns of error nor will the level of error distract from the reading.

Lastly, a competent portfolio will tell a story and provide a journey, yet it may lack an overall depth of insight. Simply put, a competent portfolio will convince me that your work is average.

A WEAK PORTFOLIO (“D” work)

A weak portfolio will contain a letter that demonstrates very little critical thinking and lacks an overall purpose. Ideas will try to lack insight into the semester and just cover the minimum, scraping the surface. The letter will demonstrate a modest understanding of the genre of nonfiction but will not likely show an understanding of what it means to write to a specific audience with a purpose and how to adjust various writing tools like voice and style to achieve that purpose. Writing will lack details, reasons, and examples, although these will not be completely absent. The letter will likely lack any overall purpose. The author will struggle to demonstrate a modest understanding of audience, purpose, voice, and tone, and the letter will make little attempt to show off the writer’s style.

In addition, a weak portfolio will not contain any significant attempt to create writing that uses the tools of style we have worked with over the course of the. A weak portfolio will feel disorganized and unpolished. The language will not show much growth in style and will feel forced or strained in an attempt to be creative. A weak portfolio will likely contain patterns of error that may distract from the reading.

Lastly, a weak portfolio will be missing that journey, that insight into self. Simply put, a weak portfolio will provide just enough evidence to convince me that you should pass.

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