A showcase for a
student's participation throughout the semester
A collection of a
student's best thinking and writing on a variety of topics
A chance to revise
essays and selected Caucus postings
The portfolio is optional,
an extra credit activity.
What goes into the Portfolio?
Revisions of essays
Any special projects you
may have done for the course
does the student compile a Portfolio?
Choose Caucus postings
and other writing that represent your best thinking on course issues
Edit them to illustrate
your writing skills
Organize them in a
Post the portfolio in
the Caucus Portfolio item.
Instructions: After midterm, start
compiling your material. Use your word processor, copying some Caucus
postings and pasting them into a word processor file. Over the final
weeks, continue this process of selection and editing until the end of
the term. You may want to expand on some of your thoughts, relating one
topic to another. The aim is NOT to plug everything you ever wrote into
the portfolio; choose just those topics that you consider most important
for your own understanding of the American Revolution.
may start putting materials into your Caucus portfolio at any time and
change it as you near the end of term. Or you may choose to wait until
the end of the term. But for credit you
must have your portfolio posted by the day of the final exam.
If you choose to revise your first essay, or
if you did a strong essay, place that in the Caucus portfolio at any
time. Eventually you'll want to figure out how that essay fits into
the overall organization of the portfolio.
portfolio items should be carefully edited for proper grammar and
spelling. Use your word processor checker and proofread.
will the Portfolio affect the term grade?
Depending on its evaluation, you
will receive extra credit to boost participation grades or essay grades,
whichever is in greater need.