Strong writing requires commitment to the process, and as such, this part of the portfolio demonstrates the composer’s ability to return to his or her writing and revise. On this page, a new and improved draft will be showcased along with a reflection that details how you approached this revision.
Again, you can simply paste your newly revised draft onto the page or upload it as a document. This time, however, you will also need to include an earlier draft. Earlier drafts can be first drafts, drafts from peer conferencing sessions, or ones brought to the writing center. If you’d like to show even more of your writing process, feel free to upload any brainstorming or pre-writing documents.
Part II. Revision of writing with reflection
For this part of the portfolio, you will revise one of your earlier assignments (1-5). As you think about which piece to revise, choose one that 1) allows you to focus on writing and 2) you can easily see ways of improving.
Important: Revision here means more than editing; it means, “re-seeing” the subject. You should include additional material, delete parts that don’t work, reorganize the piece, refine your opening and closing, improve your title, etc.—in other words, you need to do a significant amount of rewriting.
Planning and Drafting
As you begin, look over earlier drafts of your chosen piece (and any accompanying process materials) as well as feedback you received (both from peers and instructor), asking yourself the following questions:
- Which areas need the most improvement?
- Where have I changed my mind about anything I wrote earlier, and how can I incorporate that changed thinking?
- Where can I offer additional development or clarification?
- What doesn’t seem to belong?
- Can I see a better way to arrange the ideas in my new version?
- What other issues do I need to address to make this piece more effective?
Refer to Chapters 9 and 10, The Everyday Writer (EW) for advice on revision, focus, and development. The piece you submit here should clearly be more successful in achieving its purpose and reaching its intended audience than the earlier version.
With your new-and-improved draft, include 1) the original graded copy of the piece with my comments, 2) any new process materials you generate during revision, and 3) a thorough, thoughtful reflection. See the “Reflections on Revisions” page for more details on this third component.