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The Last Assignments You Will Ever Do… For This Class

  • Your final assignment for this class will be a Personal Reflection Narrative and E-Portfolio that you will post as your final blog post, which will be titled “ENGL 104 WRITING PORTFOLIO.

You will be analyzing your writing and personal writing process, with a focus on how you have grown and developed this semester.  The narrative will address 3 separate issues, each with their own focus.

This narrative will be followed by the attachment of 2 of your strongest essays from this semester

Reflection and Eportfolio Prompt

Reflection and Eportfolio Prompt PDF


Points Available: 100pts

Due Date: This assignment MUST be completed by MIDNIGHT prior to our final exam time. To turn it in you need to email me a link to your Personal Blog/Eportfolio by the assigned time. Absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS. Failure to post by Midnight will result in 50% grade reduction.


  • You must also submit a Hard Copy Portfolio in a clean folder on our Final Exam Day (Monday, May 7th @10:00AM)

Labeled with:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Z-ID
  3. ENGL 104 McCORD

The Folder MUST include:

Left Hand Pocket

  1. The Graded Copies of EVERY Written Assignment
  2. Rough Draft of Your Research Paper (w/ peer comments)

Right Hand Pocket

  1. A Hard Copy of Your Reflection Essay and Introductions
  2. Your 2 Revised Essays
  3. The Final Draft of Your Research Paper




Regarding the Thursday Conferences:

There has been a scheduling error. It turns out that I have a professional development meeting from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday afternoon. If you are scheduled during this time I will be free for rescheduling your conferences between 11:00-11:45 and from 2:00-5:00. Please email me to let me know when you would like to reschedule.

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Abstract Example

Attached to this post is an example of what an “Abstract” looks like.

An Abstract is essentially a (very) brie summary of your overall paper, it’s meant  to sell your work to the readers. You should show off the best and most interesting aspects or your argument. Keep length in mind, do not try to exceed 115 words.


The following example is the abstract used to describe a 50 page literacy analysis.


A Checklist for Analyzing a Text

Ask yourself if you have considered all of the following matters:

  • Who is the author?
  • Is the piece aimed at a particular audience? A neutral audience? A sympathetic audience? A hostile audience?
  • What is the author’s thesis (argument, main point, claim)?
  • What assumptions does the author make? Do I share them? If not, why not?
  • Does the author ever confuse facts with beliefs or opinions?
  • What rhetorical appeals does the author make?
  • How convincing is the evidence?
  • Are significant objections and counter-evidence adequately discussed?
  • How is the text organized, and is the organization effective? Are the title, the opening paragraphs, and the concluding paragraphs effective? In what ways?
  • If visual materials such as graph, pie charts, or pictures are used, how persuasive are they? What rhetorical appeal do they make?
  • What is the author’s tone? Is it appropriate?
  • To what extent has the author convinced me? Why?