for the Final Essay to accompany your
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
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?
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?
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:
of how your writing and or thinking about the subject of the course
has changed (or not changed)
to connect the academic materials and discussions to your personal interests,
your various fields of study or other areas of your life
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.