Assignment for the Final Essay to accompany your
Learning Portfolio

Model Portfolios

Create a portfolio of your 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. Be sure to identify the source (ie: journal, class-notes, paper, toolkit-posting, team meeting notes…)

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 the spiritual journey in young adult literature. Your learning experience is the subject of this essay. You may want to focus on two or three specific questions such as these:

  • How has your writing evolved? Which assignments were more comfortable and productive for you? Why?
  • Looking back at your responses to the MER, how did your particular ways of knowing affect you during the semester? Did you notice any changes? If so, how would you describe them?
  • Identify major ideas, themes, and threads and analyze how they have developed over the course of this semester. What is their significance for you?
  • How do your ideas connect to those you developed in other courses? How does this course fit into your overall undergraduate education?
  • How do your insights connect to your life, your personal values and convictions? What are your plans for using what you have learned in the future?

Use your selected works as evidence for the arguments you want to make.

In reviewing your essay we will look for the following as they apply to the questions you choose:

  • Analysis of how your writing and or thinking about the subject of the course has changed (or not changed)
  • Ability to connect the academic materials and discussions to your personal interests, your various fields of study or other areas of your life
  • Evidence of your preparedness to take an active role as a participant in the discourse of children's and young adult literature
  • Depth and specificity of the argument (applies to all questions)
  • Clear organization; engaging and comprehensible style; correct grammar and vocabulary (applies to all questions)

As was the case for all previous projects, this is not the place for flattery or arguments you don't believe in. You are encouraged to seek peer feedback before you hand in your portfolio. This final assignment counts for 20% of your course grade and is due at our final meeting on December 5th.