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Portfolio

The portfolio is the most important thing you will hand in for the course. It should include the following elements, in this order:

  1. A retrospective statement addressing some of these questions: looking over your writing from the beginning of the term to the end, what thoughts occur to you? What improvement do you see? What do you feel you will continue to work on in your years at Grinnell? What problems did you address in preparing the portfolio? What insights pleased you most? Were you particularly happy with the way a given paper progressed? How did you struggle? How did working with the Writing Mentor or your classmates affect your papers? Feel free to mention anything that comes to mind about your experience working with your own writing this term. This does not need to be longer than one double-spaced page, though you can write more if you feel so inspired.

  2. The final versions of your portfolio papers: the papers themselves should total at least 3,500 words. That number can come from two or three papers. Portfolio papers should use MLA style for documentation. As usual, please highlight the changes you have made in revision.

  3. Previous versions of all the portfolio papers, including my comments

  4. Works Cited in MLA style: provide one list of Works Cited for the entire portfolio. To check the formatting, use the MLA Handbook.

  5. Annotated bibliography (separate from the Works Cited list): follow the instructions for the bibliography assignment, which include a sample entry.

  6. A word count: so that I don't have to try to estimate word counts, please use the counting function in your word processor to provide a list of each paper's word count and the total for the portfolio papers.
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