Required Components

Your writing e-portfolio must include the following parts and features:

  1. Portfolio introduction, which should probably be your e-portfolio’s home page. At minimum, the introduction should briefly note the e-portfolio’s purpose(s) and audience(s) and overview its organization and parts, perhaps through a table of contents with links. The introduction could include a brief snippet from, or be combined with, the “profile of a writer” page. If the “profile of a writer” page is separate, the introduction might suggest to readers to go there next. If you use WordPress, you will need to create this as a static page rather than a blog post (see WordPress Help and Resources for how to do create this).
  2. Clearly articulated writerly identity. You might think of this as telling a story about yourself as a writer, one that foregrounds your most important experiences and qualities. As the student samples illustrate, the profile can be a comprehensive history, focused professional description, or something in between. Regardless of the approach, your identity should be the lens through which viewers make sense of your portfolio– it sets the tone and articulated your how you value writing and communication. One way to begin drafting this page is to brainstorm five words that best describe you as a writer and build from there (for specific ways to develop your profile, see page 2).
  3. At least three writing samples, two of which must come from assignments in upper-division Writing & Rhetoric courses. The bulk of your portfolio will be comprised of work that best showcases and explains your rhetorical and writing skills in the best possible light for your audience(s). This body of work must include  and can include texts/projects produced in other programs, at work, or in community organizations or activities (for text selection strategies, see page 2 of the Recommended Components section).
  4. Substantial multimedia elements in at least one sample (to show your rhetorical and design skills across various media). Examples include, but are not limited to, a multimedia website, video, map, and report with figures and tables.
  5. A few sentences of explanatory framing that introduce each major writing sample, helps readers make sense of it (including its topic, why and for whom you wrote it), tells readers what you want them to take from it (about you and your skills as a writer), and suggests how to go about reading it (what to pay particular attention to).  These explanatory sentences afford you the opportunity to show your audience that you have a sophisticated understanding of how you applied your knowledge, skills, and qualities in specific writing situations. These explanatory frames should relate back to the identity you’re crafting for yourself (for specific ways to develop the explanatory frames, see page 2).

For more help with these components, see page 2:

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