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Writing Guide with Handbook

8.9 Portfolio: Evidence and Objectivity

Writing Guide with Handbook8.9 Portfolio: Evidence and Objectivity

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Write about the development of your composing processes.
  • Write about how composing processes affect your work.
  • Write about your objectivity as a writer.

As you complete your report, think critically about your writing process. Watch An Introduction to Reflective Writing, and reflect on what you created from the first step of discovering ideas to the last steps of composing and editing the final draft.

Reflective Task: Lessons Learned

As you add your analytical report to your portfolio, write either a cover letter or a journal entry in which you respond to the following questions:

  • How did you choose the topic for your report? Did you have to narrow or expand it?
  • What methods did you use to gather ideas about your topic? What outside sources did you consult to gather information about your topic?
  • How did you settle on your thesis? Did you rewrite it multiple times?
  • What strategies did you use to organize your report?
  • What strategies did you use to develop paragraphs? What difficulties, if any, did you encounter?
  • How challenging was it for you to adopt an objective stance? Did you recognize your own biases? Was it difficult to write in third-person point of view?
  • How did input from peers and other readers affect your drafting and revision processes? What specific constructive criticism did you receive that helped you?
  • In what ways was this report easier or harder to write than other papers you have written?
  • What could you have done differently to make writing your report easier or more effective?
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