Final exam: Wed Dec 13, Minard 306, 1:00 pm ….

Five plus minutes to show off your portfolio; about 80-90 seconds to address each prompt, although you can have some extra time if you want to show a video or walk us through a project in a bit more detail.
1. Tell us about your portfolio design and theme: which service did you choose  (WordPress, Wix, Weebly, Google)? Why is it a good choice for you: personality? professionalism? navigation, mix of both? How about image header you have chosen? Other personalizations?
2. Show us your Rules of Writing and tell us why your # 1 rule is your #1 rule.  If everybody has the same #1 rule, feel free to talk about other rules. : )
3. Summarize and/or share your favorite project of the semester. If relevant, tell us about the revisions you have made. Explain why you are highlighting this particular project: what did you learn, discover, or feel after completing this project?
4. Accept applause with humility.
5. Eat donuts.

Alternatives to the 5 P. essay

A former colleague asked me to respond to this short opinion piece about finding appropriate replacements / enhancements for the 5 paragraph essay.  The article recommends blogs, multigenre research papers, infographics, debates, and satire / parody.  What else might we recommend?  How does an answer to this request and this essay have to be framed?


Mentor texts of the day: portfolios from previous 458 students.

WordPress: Katelyn Ostby. Katelyn gave me permission to share her site a few years ago so I continue to use it has an example of a nicely organized portfolio.  Her reflections on revision, and links to scanned first drafts, is an attention to detail that I really appreciated.

Google Site: Callie Bowen. I haven’t said anything about Google Sites before now, but as I was looking for examples, I was reminded of this portfolio.  Callie used it two years ago because she knew that her future students in many school districts would have easy access to Google Sites.

Wix: Haily Colbrunn.  Hailey used her Wix portfolio for multiple courses, and generally she handled navigation in Wix pretty effectively.

Weebly: Doug Kostecki.  I noticed while looking for an example that Weebly users have had trouble with navigation bars, except Doug.  His is among the best navigation bars in the history of 458. : )

WordPress again: Abbey Leier’s model from 2013 has some unique features I will let you explore.


Mentor text of the day: Elaine Blacktree Tweets

Twittature or twitterature can be fun, silly, and disposable, but it can also be a means of creative re-imagining of a work of literature.  Margo Walter reworked The Bell Jar as 113 tweets from Elaine Blacktree  a few years ago, and it is still the most sophisticated piece of Twitterature I have seen a student produce.  She did a nice job of incorporating other social media as well so that they piece took advantage of some of the medium’s affordances.

Twitterature can also happen outside the medium, as in these examples, which are now collected in a book.