1. Your portfolio must include:
- A textual analysis: an analytical essay that takes another text or texts as its subject matter.
- A researched essay: an essay that takes a position and presents a reasoned, thoughtful exploration of an issue, using outside sources; for example, expert opinion, eyewitness accounts, facts, reasons, etc. Careful documentation of outside sources is required.
2. A passing portfolio will meet program expectations in each of the following areas:
- Rhetorical Skills: direction and purpose of the piece are clear; fulfills audience expectations; fulfills genre and assignment requirements; uses rhetorical strategies appropriate to the genre.
- Critical thinking: shows evidence of sound reasoning and analysis; goes beyond merely stating the obvious.
- Depth: develops ideas fully, with sufficient support and clear and convincing details; length is adequate.
- Organization: has a clear central point--implied or stated depending on genre expectations, paragraphing and transitions make the line of development easy to follow, there is no extraneous material.
- Style: word choice and sentence syntax are appropriate to the genre; language is precise, concise and fresh.
- Mechanics: follows rules of standard written English for grammar, punctuation and spelling; the writing shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.
The entire portfolio must be a minimum of 15 pages (250 words per page) of polished writing.
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