About Your Portfolio


1722, from It. portafoglio ”a case for carrying loose papers,” from porta, imperative of portare ”to carry”  foglio ”sheet, leaf,” from L. folium. Meaning “collection of securities held” is from 1930.

An English portfolio is a collection of artifacts, carefully chosen excerpts from your writing and projects that demonstrate specific habits of mind.  These habits of mind include adaptivity, analysis and synthesis, curiosity, creativity, metacognition, and specificity,  habits that the English Department believes will promote your literacy, scholarship, and overall growth as a human being. You will maintain a portfolio that demonstrates the ways in which you are developing these habits during both your junior and senior year.

By reflecting on both the artifacts that you contribute to this portfolio and the habits of mind that these artifacts represent, you will be better able to:

1. Recognize and claim your growth as a reader, writer, and critical thinker in broad and specific ways.

2. Archive or “carry”  your best work and share this work with a range of audiences.

3. Integrate your written work with a variety of media applications.

Your portfolio will be a place for to post artifacts from your work in the course and also write reflections about the ways in these artifacts show how your becoming more adaptive, creative, curious etc. Ideally, as you move forward, you will carry with you the artifacts and reflections that compose the portfolio and apply the lessons they offer in practice.


Your portfolio is composed of the following pages:

Introduction Page: a place for your to help your readers and followers know more about you, your story, and the ways in which language and literature have informed your growth to this point. Your teachers may ask you to respond to some specific writing prompts as a means of developing this introduction. The content and length requirement of this page will likely vary from student to student or teacher to teacher, but the idea is that the introduction page will allow you to tell the story of you as a reader, writer, and overall student of language and literature.

“About Your Portfolio” Page : this is the page you are reading now. It outlines the portfolio and its specific purposes and expectations.

“About Habits of Mind” Page : this page identifies the various habits of mind that demonstrate your progress—it also outlines some specific examples of the typical ways in which English students demonstrate those habits in practice.

Adaptivity Page: on this page you will post and reflect upon an artifact that demonstrates your growing ability to be adaptive as a student of English.

Analysis and Synthesis Page : on this page you will post and reflect upon at least one artifact that illustrates your growing ability to analyze and synthesize texts as a student of English.

Connectivity Page : on this page you will post and reflect upon at least one artifact that represents your emerging ability to connect with people, language, and literature.

Creativity Page: on this page you will post and reflect upon at least one artifact that represents your emerging creativity as a student of English.

Curiosity Page: on this page you will post and reflect upon at least one artifact that demonstrates how you have become increasingly curious as a student of English.

Specificity Page : on this page you will post and reflect upon at least one artifact that shows how examination of specific details has helped you to develop as a student of English.

Note: The artifacts you post on each of the Habits of Mind pages (adaptivity, analysis and synthesis etc.) will be chosen from the various writing prompts and projects that your teacher decides to assign during the course. This will obviously vary a bit from teacher to teacher.  

Final Essay and Reflection Page: here you will post your final essay in the course and include a roughly 250 word critical reflection on the ways in which this essay demonstrates your progress in developing the expressed habits of mind. The content of your final essay will vary from teacher to teacher.


1. In late August, you will complete your Introduction page, including at least 300 words and one form of form media (image, digital video, song etc.) to introduce yourself as a reader, writer, and student of English.

2. You will complete a new Habit of Mind page at regular intervals throughout the year, posting at least one artifact and reflecting in roughly 250 words about the ways in which that artifact and the developing habit it represents has promoted your growth as an English student. By year’s end, you will have completed six Habit of Mind pages, one for each of the aforementioned Habits of Mind. You do not have to complete the pages in any particular order.

3. By the beginning of the second semester exam week, you will complete your portfolio by posting your Final Essay and aforementioned critical reflection on the habits of mind.


Yes, all of the components of your portfolio will represent 25% of your second semester grade.


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