Create a portfolio of written work to represent your evolving thinking in this course. Because the Portfolio is intended to be consciously and carefully selective, you should choose up to 5 pages of passages selected from your writing, the writing of your classmates, or that of critics and authors you have come in contact with. In fact, you should include a few passages from others that inspired you or helped you to think more deply about an issue. Those passages should, however, not exceed 50% of your total selection. For all passages, be sure to identify the source (e.g. class notes, toolkit posting [reading responses, after-thoughts], paper, report or posting on child_lit listserv, team projects, etc.)
Then write a reflective essay (5-7 pages, double-spaced) explaining what this collection as a whole means to you and how this portfolio reflects the changes in your thinking about children's literature, about (your) writing, about connections betweeen disciplines, about your education as a whole, about you as a learner, about the way you understand yourself and others, etc. Your learning experience is the subject of this essay. You may want to focus on two or three specific questions such as these:
Use your selected
works as evidence for the arguments you want to make.
As was the
case for all previous projects, this is not the place for flattery or
arguments you don't believe in. Your reader will not be interested in shallow statements about how good the course was (you can do this in your course evaluations.). She is interested in deep reflection and strong arguments. Excellent essays that compellingly and convincingly argue that this course has been a waste of time, will receive an A. You will have to seek peer feedback
and turn it in together with your portfolio. This final assignment counts for 15%
of your course grade.