progress essay 1
This introductory essay 1) makes arguments about your progress in quarter WRB, especially in the RA essay and RIP project; and 2) analyzes all of the writing you’ve selected for the portfolio as evidence for your arguments. The essay should include the following:
- Specific arguments about the advancement of particular writing skills through class participation and engagement, reading and writing homework, paper drafts and the revision process in all its stages, including peer review. You can think of the writing skills as being related to: communicating to an audience within a genre; rhetorical analysis; academic essay conventions; and the writing process.
- Supportive analysis of specific evidence taken from your own writing and the feedback you have received. Evidence will include quotations, screenshots and other images of your writing, and/or hyperlinks. You should include work from throughout the quarter, casting back on material from the first half of the quarter and asking yourself: given what I know now, what would I change?
- Your reasons for making the choices you made, and what you may have done differently in the process of writing your RA and RIP; what you think you accomplished and what you’re struggling with.
- Your responses to the class texts and how these sources informed your own work and ideas.
- Your plans for writing after WRB–what you want to work on and how you want to develop your skills in WRC and/or your other classes.
Beware: you should follow your instincts as well as your informed belief, not hubris or pathos. Consider what you did, what you could have done, what you believe you wanted to learn, etc. Remember that your arguments must be supported by the evidence of your own work–if these don’t reflect each other, than you’re not assessing your progress effectively.