Reflective Portfolio

Guinot Varty – APX 0500


As we reach the end of the Summer Bridge, it is time to look back and reflect on what we’ve accomplished throughout the term. This reflection helps us to take stock of how we’ve changed and provides footing as we move on to the Fall semester. The course opened with a discussion about having and developing a growth mindset. As you look back at the work you’ve accomplished, pay attention to both successes and failures in order to figure out how you’ve grown as a student and as an academic writer. Use the space of this final project to articulate your own growth.


This reflective portfolio has three components:

  1. REVISION of one Project from APX 0500
  2. ARTIFACTS that demonstrate your growth in the 4 course learning outcomes
  3. REFLECTIVE PAPER that ties all of these elements together and makes a claim about how you’ve grown as a writer throughout our class.

These three components are designed to help me evaluate your growth in the course learning concepts and as a writer and a learner. In your portfolio, you will want to separate these with subheadings.

In the process of preparing your Reflective Portfolio, you should gather the following materials:

  • One thoughtfully and thoroughly Revised Project (30 pts.)
    • Revisions should include High, Middle and Low Orders of Concern
    • Each revision made to the paper should be highlighted in a different color, according to the order of concern it represents
    • A section in the reflective paper should be dedicated to reflection about what you learned through this revision process.
  • Four Artifacts that demonstrate growth in each of the four learning outcomes. (20 pts.)
    • These can be small assignments (like blogs or journals) or excerpts of larger assignments, class notes, reflections on peer review or conferences or even class discussions. Shoot for examples between 1-2 paragraphs long.
    • Each artifact should be labeled and organized in their own section of your portfolio
    • A section in the reflective paper should address how these artifacts demonstrate your growth in the course learning outcomes.
  • Reflective Paper: Write a 3-4 page paper that reflects on your learning and growth throughout the semester in APX 0500. After carefully reviewing your work and experiences throughout the term (including your notes, blogs, essay drafts, metacognitive journals, etc), make a claim about yourself as a writer now that you’ve gone through the course. In order to support your claim, you will want to address the following questions:
    • How have you grown as a writer? As a learner?
    • What have you learned about writing in this class? What have you learned about yourself as a writer?
    • How have you applied the concept of the growth mindset to yourself as a learner and writer?
    • How have you grown in the four course learning outcomes?
      • Develop a flexible writing process consisting of effective strategies for planning, drafting, revising, and editing essays, paragraphs, and sentences.
      • Create well-organized and effective summaries of and responses to college level texts.
      • Write college-level texts using an appropriate academic style and conventions of language use.
      • Use reflective writing to develop metacognition of self as a learner within an academic discourse community.
    • How can you imagine using what you’ve learned in this class moving forward into the fall semester? What will be most useful in the fall? (100 pts.)


Minimum Requirements

  • Revised Project 1 or 2, changes highlighted
  • 4 Artifacts (examples of your work)
  • 3-4 page Reflective Paper
  • 12 point font
  • Support argument in Reflective Paper with at least 1 quote from your prior writing in APX 0500 for each outcome; at least 1 quote should be a block quote
  • Properly cited quotes and paraphrases
  • Submit final draft via Blackboard

Due Date

Monday August 15 before 11:59 pm

 Rubric for Reflection Paper
Excellent Satisfactory Needs Improvement Not attended to
Reflection (30%)

The thesis and its supporting paragraphs show clear evidence of thoughtful reflection on the course as well as an accurate awareness of the student’s work and performance.

The student made multiple specific references to the course work as well as how his or her writing practices have changed as a result of the actions taken in this course.

The activities, work, essays, and processes described in the essay are evidenced by specific artifacts included in the portfolio.

The changes in writing practice are tied to course learning objectives in that any progress (or lack thereof) is clearly related to the intended outcomes for the course

30 25 20 15
Thesis (15%)

The thesis clearly makes an argument about the student’s performance in Apex: Summer Bridge courses evidenced through progress made on course learning objectives.

The thesis sets up and delivers a particular strategy or roadmap that leads readers through the essay’s argument.

The argument stated in the thesis is supported throughout the rest of the paper

15 10 5 0
Organization (15%)

The paper makes clear use of an introduction, body, and conclusion to logically introduce, explain, and conclude their remarks for readers

The paper demonstrates a clear sense of paragraph organization that leads the reader through each step of the argument and on to a reasonable conclusion

Transitions are used to connect paragraphs as well as to lead the reader through each step made in the argument.

Each artifact included in the portfolio is clearly labeled, neatly formatted into 1 document, and appears in the order in which it was referenced.

15 10 5 0
Paragraph (15%)

Topic sentences are used to not only state the basic premise of the paragraph, but also to inform the reader about how the paragraph’s topic develops/supports the overall argument of the paper

Specific examples are used to appropriately support claims made concerning student work/performance.

The essay clearly explains how examples support its claims and how different activities/assignments/lessons/etc. helped a student to alter/recognize/think about his or her writing practices

Paragraphs discuss one main idea and are clearly connected to the thesis and its claims

15 10 5 0
Mechanics (10%)

Readability: The paper is relatively easy to read and contains few spelling/grammar errors

MLA format is followed

10 8 6 4
Formatting (10%)

Summary meets the requirements of the assignment, including length and format requirements.

10 8 6 4
Process Work (5%)

All planning, drafting, and revising exercises (including both in-class and out-of-class work) has been satisfactorily completed.

5 4 3 2



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