Sample Student Work

The following assignments are several years old. You may see parts on their portfolios that are actually not required on your assignment. And they are missing parts (like the copyright reflection) that you need.

All students have given me permission to share their work.

  • Alvin Zhao: Alvin Zhao’s Creating Space
    • As you know, I take pride in being a strict grader. To earn an A on one of my assignments is really a difficult feat. To earn an A+ on a major assignment is almost unheard of. I suggest that you look closely at this excellent example. I struggled to find a suggestion for improvement, and finally came up with this one (though he may decide to change it after he reads my graded comments):
      • He could combine the reflections and revisions on one page so we don’t have to open so many tabs. See Savannah’s Research Paper page for a good example.
      • Or he could just type the assignment into the page as Norma did on her Essay 1 Revision. But she lost a lot of her formatting by doing so.
  • Savannah Gregory: Savannah’s Portfolio
    • Savannah’s Artist’s Statement is one of the best I’ve seen. The Artist’s Statement introduces the portfolio to the audience, so you may want to write it last (because how do you know what you’re introducing until it’s there, right in front of you?) Savannah’s Artist’s Statement gives us a window into her thought process as she developed these materials. Her portfolio is rich in images and text. Her layout is simple and elegant, without a lot of clutter. She uses bold text in her reflections to emphasize points. Savannah was a winner of the Fall 2018 Essay Contest.
  • Hailey Caffie: The Daily Hailey
    • Hailey uses some really cool tools to highlight her revision process. Explore her page for her first critical response, “The Power of Civility” to see a cool animation that shows how she made changes.
  • Sarah MacTaggart: e-Portfolio of Sarah Mactaggart
    • Notice how Sarah uses an image on her Artist Statement. She puts her essays in PDFs and uses tabs and subtabs to keep her pages organized. Her reflections are pretty short–sometimes only three sentences. You probably want to have a bit more to yours.
  • Nora Marciniak: Rhet 105 PIE
    • Nora’s Artist Statement is much more detailed, but doesn’t have any images on it. (She has images elsewhere in her portfolio.) Her tab use is minimal, and she pastes the text of her papers into the page. The disadvantage to this is that she lost the formatting, so her paragraphs are mostly not indented and her citations lost their hanging indents. (You wouldn’t lose points for this, but it’s still a stylistic consideration.) Below her papers she pasted the comments I wrote, and then wrote her responses to them, which was kind of cool, and gives the audience a sense of the back and forth that goes into feedback and revision. She also had much more detailed reflections. (You should aim for reflections like hers.)