Your Process Portfolio is a collection of all the drafts that you created for each essay. In a way, the process portfolio shows the evolution of your writing over the semester, the best of that writing placed in your Presentation Portfolio. This section of your website will capture your writing process for each essay over time.
You will capture your writing process by doing the following:
For every paper you write, you will conduct peer review with your classmates. You will work in groups of 3 (ideally) and share the drafts of your essays with your peer members. Peer review will be done outside of class, and we will be using Google Drive so that you can share your writing in a synchronous writing environment. So the first order of business is to set up your peer review writing groups. For each essay, you will participate in peer review using Google Drive and the peer-review sheets that are part of chapter 10 in our text Writing about Literature through Theory. You should use the peer-review sheets to guide your comments–the sheets will urge you to focus on the larger-order concerns (thesis claim, organization of critical argument, integrate of primary textual and secondary sources) as opposed to the lower-order concerns (sentence structure, word choice, MLA documentation). A strong peer review, while focusing on higher-order concerns, will often point out issues related to lower-order concerns. The goal of peer review, however, is to give constructive criticism about higher-order writing issues.
You will all use Google Drive to conduct peer review. You may want to write your essays in your word-processing software of choice (most use Word), and then you can copy into Google Drive. Google Drive allows you provide comments in a synchronous environment. To set up peer review in your groups, you will need to create a folder–English 305–and then share that folder with your peer-review group members.
Once peer review is finished, you will have comments from your peer group members. Remember, peer review is designed to provide you will constructive criticism so that you can revise your paper to make it stronger. You can also respond to your peers in Google Drive, which will create a dialogue about the process and evolution of your essay. Once your peer review is complete, then you need to save your peer review copy in the Process Portfolio section of your WordPress site. To do this effectively you need to do the following:
- In the File menu, choose Download option and then download as a Word document.
- To import your peer review draft to your Process Portfolio section of your WordPress site, you need to convert the Word document to a PDF file–Under File, choose Save As and then save as a PDF file. Label your peer review draft as follows: Peer Review: (type of paper, i.e., Close Reading).
- Once you have saved as PDF file, you can log into your WordPress site and upload your paper.
Uploading Peer Review Draft to Your WordPress Site
Once you have saved your peer-review draft as a PDF, it’s easy to upload it to your WordPress site. Be guided by the following:
- Go to your Process Portfolio menu and choose the essay for the peer review–e.g., Close Reading.
- Once you are in the Close Reading page click Edit Page at the top of the page.
- Click on “Add Media,” where you will be asked to upload a file.
- Choose your peer-review PDF file to upload–e.g., Close Reading Peer Review–and hit “Insert into Page” button
- Your PDF file is now where it should be
- Click on Update so that your file will be saved
You will follow this process for every peer-review copy, and the procedure is similar for the Word Track Changes files that you upload as part of the revision process.
Drafts of Essays
The goal of the Process Portfolio is to chart the evolution of your essay as you revise it for final publication in your Presentation Portfolio (or to show the latest version that you did not choose for your Presentation Portfolio). To chart the process of your revisions, you will use Track Changes in Word. Be guided by the following process for each revision of your essay:
- You will submit a draft of your essay to me–hard copy (at least for the earlier essays). I will respond to your essay as a draft, which means that I will provide constructive criticism so that you can revise your essay. I will return your essay to you.
- Once you receive my comments, you will begin the revision process. At this stage you will turn on Track Changes and make your revisions. You will save your essay in a Track Changes version labeled as follows: Revision 1: (type of paper, i.e., Close Reading). You will upload that version into your Process Portfolio on your WordPress site.
- You will then turn off Track Changes and submit to me the latest version of your paper for my comments. I will respond to your second draft and return paper to you. Then you will follow the same process above so that you will chart the number of revisions using Track Changes that do wrote (i.e., Revision 2: (type of paper, i.e., Close Reading); Revision 3 (type of paper, i.e., Close Reading), etc.
Overview of Your Writing Process for Each Essay
Once you are finished with the revision cycle for an essay, you will want to write an overview that discusses the approach that you took on a particular essay. This overview will be self-reflective, and will be geared toward a non-specialist and specialist audience. In other words, you will describe concretely and vividly the process that you used to create the final version of your essay. For the two essays that you choose not to include in your Presentation Portfolio, you should discuss why you did not select these essays.
Process Portfolio and Blog
Throughout the semester you will keep an informal blog about each essay, about your research process, and about other issues that you think might make interesting reading for your peers and a general audience. You may want to write numerous blog posts for each essay, and in these posts you may generate material that you can use in your overviews to each essay.