This artifact demonstrates how students can become involved in self-evaluation.
It is the responsibility of the students to reflect on their written work and
select the two best works from their past assignments. They must provide a
rationale for this selection, clarifying why it is their best work and commenting
on the process they went through to complete those works. In addition, they must
explain how these most effective pieces are different from their least effective
pieces and set goals for their future writing. It is clear that students must
think carefully about their writing as they complete their portfolio. This
self-assessment, then, becomes part of the teacher's assessment as well.
"...portfolios become each student's story of who they are as
readers and writers, rich with the evidence of what they are able to do and how
they are able to do it. Each portfolio is a collection of each student's best
Turn your binder into a
"Portfolios allow teachers to get to know students-as readers, writers,
thinkers, and as human beings."
Your self-evaluation of your
best works will be as important to us - your teachers - as our evaluation of
your two final drafts and their writing process. We will also consider the
number of works in your portfolio, the range of styles and your progress as a
- Arranging all your pieces from most to least effective, including all
evidence of the writing process behind each final draft.
- Reflect on your two best works, and on a separate sheet(s) of paper for
each piece, answer the following questions. Place this evaluation of your
process and product in front of each final draft when completed.
- What makes this your best (second best) piece?
- How did you go about writing it?
- What problems did you encounter?
- How did you solve them?
- What goals did you set for yourself?
- How did you go about accomplishing them?
- On a single sheet of paper at the front of your portfolio, answer these two
- What makes your most effective piece different from your least effective
- What are your goals for future writing?
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