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Writing Guide with Handbook

10.9 Portfolio: Growth in the Development of Argument

Writing Guide with Handbook10.9 Portfolio: Growth in the Development of Argument

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Reflect on and articulate how you used the steps of the writing process and how they affected your work.
  • Reflect on and write about your use of reasoning and critical-thinking skills in developing your paper.

As you complete each writing assignment, you complete another part of your portfolio. After each paper, think critically about your writing process, reflecting on what you created from the first steps of discovering ideas to the last steps of composing and editing the final paper.

Lessons Learned

As you reflect on writing your position argument, answer these questions about your writing process.

  • What factors helped you determine the topic for your paper?
  • Which brainstorming method worked best for you to develop ideas for your topic?
  • How did you arrive at a workable thesis?
  • How did you use ethos, pathos, and logos in your paper?
  • How did you use kairos in your paper?
  • What outside sources did you consult to get information to support your topic or to understand counterclaims?
  • How did you determine which counterclaims to address?
  • What type of citation did you use for giving credit to material you did not write?
  • How did collaboration with others help you as you wrote and revised your paper?
  • In collaboration, what specific constructive criticism did you receive that helped you?
  • In what ways was this paper easier or harder to write than others you have written?
  • What could you have done differently to make writing your paper easier or more effective?
  • What insights about your topic did you gain from writing your paper?
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