Thirteen Steps to College Level
will find that you do not
need to follow each step; instead find the key steps that work best
- Read imaginatively, pencil in hand; underline important passages
and make notes in margins.
carefully during in-class discussions; take good
up during in-class discussions; test out your own
ideas by asking good questions and participating actively in the
regularly in your journal; respond to the characters
and situations, quote the text, and explore ideas in the reading; flesh
ideas that came to you during class discussions.
first responses to essay questions in your
in collaborative planning discussions with fellow
students in which you test your notions and talk about ideas for a possible
statement; take good notes of the feedback from your partner.
several versions of your thesis statement. Don't be
satisfied until you develop a provocative, engaging idea to defend in
a rough draft of the full text of your essay on the
in a peer revision session with fellow student either
in class or at the Writing Center during which you read out loud the
draft of your essay and listen carefully to feedback about the clarity
thesis and the organization of your argument and the solidity of your
conclusion. Take notes!
your thesis statement on the basis of notes from your
peer revision session.
a second draft of the full text of your essay.
the draft with careful attention to clarity of
expression, sentence variety, creative transitions between paragraphs,
quotations from the text and appropriate documentation of sources using
the final draft of your essay.
you write papers during the
semester, try to pin point the key moment in your writing process, that
"A-ha!" moment when a great thesis statement comes to mind.
documents from the various
stages of the writing process that chart the development of your thesis
statement, leading to a final draft. Underline or highlight the
stages of the idea's evolution. Feature the "A-ha!" moment.
Possible Portfolio Contents:
reading log entries
from collaborative planning
portions of rough drafts
notes from peer review
highlighted to demonstrate
to significant sources
by teachers, other students
self-assessment of his/her
performance: "Final Reflections"