In order for you to organize and document your work in English this year and next, you should have a folder in our classroom with hard copies of your writing in it. Some of your writing will not be in that hard copy folder because some of it has been on essaytagger or on livejournal, etc. We need to get all of your writing (even those things that you have hard copies of in your folder) that we can into your digital portfolio folders.
Your folders from room 537 will go with you to your senior English course next fall. Those folders will include the writing we will do the rest of this year, including the Credo. Your digital folders will be shared with your English teachers.
All of this is meant to help you see the strengths, weaknesses, and extent of your work. These portfolios should also give your teachers the chance to see how your writing has developed over time and to help you develop your writing even further. When you graduate, you will have an extensive portfolio of writing, including your senior speech.
The nuts and bolts:
(Now this is the part where we're going to be feeling our way forward together in the dark ... I'll try to revise these directions as we discover together how to make this work ... people with impressive technical skills, please come forward and lead us to great places!)
To that end, you will get an email letting you know about a shared Google folder.
1. Open your email to find the shared folder. (Be patient, some students will get this before others.)
2. Move your portfolio folder (which is a folder titled with your name) into “My Drive”
3. For each individual assignment, move the essay into the portfolio folder.
4. Share each assignment with firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can create a new word document and paste a livejournal entry into it. Then follow the file naming practices described below.
- Name your documents using your email address ("jmsmith14," for example) and a title of your work.
- Please be patient with the nuts and bolts of this process as we figure it out. I will do my best to update changes as our understanding becomes clearer.
- Move digital versions of documents you have created for English from flash drives, home computers, etc. when you can. A complete migration of all your work to the portfolio folder may take a few efforts.
- Please don't do anything to documents or folders not specifically directed in these instructions without checking with me about it first.
Finally, take some time as you move these files to look at the writing you have done. See what things you can find in your work that make you proud as well as those things that make you want to work harder and revise. Here are some questions to ponder:
- Of what pieces are you the proudest? Of which pieces are you the least proud?
- What piece of writing in your portfolio demonstrates the most variety and mastery in your prose style?
- What errors happen in more than one assignment?
- What recurring words, phrasings, and structures do you have in your writing?