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Writing Guide with Handbook

19.8 Portfolio: Everyday Rhetoric, Rhetoric Every Day

Writing Guide with Handbook19.8 Portfolio: Everyday Rhetoric, Rhetoric Every Day

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Write reflectively about the process of creating a script for a presentation.
  • Demonstrate how the composing process affects the final product.

Reflecting on your writing enhances the writing process by allowing you to deepen your understanding of the process of drafting, revising, and evaluating. Now that you have finished another writing project, it’s time to add another section to your portfolio. Think critically about the process you followed for this assignment, reflecting on how your writing developed over time, specifically as it relates to writing for an audience.

Reflective Task

As you reflect on writing for your presentation, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How did you decide on the topic and subject of your script?
  • How did the research process inform the development of your thesis?
  • How did you organize your outline? Why did you choose this method of organization?
  • What sources did you use to develop key points?
  • How did you engage the audience in the introduction of your script? What methods of engagement did you use?
  • How did you build credibility and engagement with your audience?
  • How did collaboration with peers help you as you wrote and revised your script?
  • What specific feedback was helpful in the revision process?
  • How did you incorporate structural elements such as tone, parallelism, and repetition into your writing? How did they affect the text?
  • What considerations for delivery did you make within your writing?
  • Did you find writing for speech more or less difficult than writing a traditional paper? In what ways?
  • What might you do differently if you were to begin again or write a different script?
  • What insights about your topic did you gain from writing your paper?
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