English 101 Portfolio Evaluation WSU English Department Composition Program

All English 101 classes are portfolio-based.  A portfolio-based course develops and challenges students’ skills as reflective writers and researchers.  All portfolios are graded holistically following common criteria for English 101. The criteria are based on the Council of Writing Program Administrators Outcomes for First-year Composition and the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education from the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Rhetorical Awareness, as illustrated by the ability to
  • Focus on a purpose
  • Respond to the needs of different audiences
  • Respond appropriately to different kinds of rhetorical situations
  • Use conventions of format and structure appropriate to the rhetorical situation
  • Adopt appropriate voice, tone, and level of formality
  • Address an assignment and satisfy requirements of it
Critical Thinking, as illustrated by the ability to
  • Identify a problem or question.
  • Present a position or argument concerning a problem or question.
  • Use writing for inquiry, learning, thinking, and communicating
  • Understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources
  • Integrate their own ideas with those of others
  • Understand the relationships among language, knowledge, and power
Information Literacy as illustrated by the ability to
  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Use information ethically and legally
Processes of Writing, as illustrated by the ability to
  • Demonstrate awareness of the need for multiple drafts and revision to create and complete a successful text
  • Develop flexible strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proof-reading
  • Understand writing as an open process that permits writers to use later invention and re-thinking to revise their work
  • Understand the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes
  • Learn to critique their own and others' works
  • Reflect on their own writing process.
Knowledge of Conventions, as illustrated by the ability to
  • Use common formats for different kinds of texts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of conventions of structure, paragraphing, tone, and mechanics.
  • Practice appropriate means of documenting their work
  • Control surface features such as syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling

Revised Dec. 10, 2010