This is a portfolio of work for Prof. Gillespie’s ENC 1101 at the University of Central Florida. On it, you can find example student essays for Major Papers 1, 2, and 3. You’ll also find some helpful readings. I put it together here for  you to reference throughout the semester (note: if you are looking at this early in the semester do not get freaked out — it will all make sense in the end).

This is a supplementary site, so you will want to refer back to Webcourses for all OFFICIAL BUSINESS like syllabus, course schedule, required readings, modules, files, and other needed things. 

In this portfolio, I have included student rough drafts, revisions, and polished versions for:

In “other work,” I’ve included a small sample of, well, other work we have done in this class.


End-of-the-Semester Portfolio Assignment

At the end of this class, you too will create your own Portfolio with a 3+ page reflective Cover Letter with sources (Student Example 1 Cover Letter). Your portfolio is like a time capsule of your time in class. It can include process work, notes, outside writing, free writes, outlines, rough drafts, final drafts, polished drafts (you get the picture).

Your home page needs to have your Cover Letter and tell me how your portfolio is to be read (i.e. how you set it up, the flow). You can organize your portfolio however you want: via units, Major Papers, Course Outcomes, or by Theme. You need to think how you want to present your growth. Feel free to be creative (or, as one student put it, “extra”) but above all else be intentional with your choices to fit the rhetorical situation. You must have thoughtful reasons for your choices. 🙂

I’m looking for your portfolio to tell me about your ENC1101 journey. I should be able to easily understand this journey (aka I should be able to easily navigate your portfolio).

Here are some past student portfolio examples from ENC 1101

Kaitlyn’s Portfolio 

Ingrid’s Portfolio

Angel’s Portfolio

Michael’s Portfolio 

Alyssa’s Portfolio — link to student presentation on this portfolio:

Colin’s PowerPoint presentation 

The Writing Process Development


Think of your portfolio as an argument in which you make a claim regarding the work you’ve done in light of the course objectives and outcomes (see this link for specific Course Outcomes). Examples support this claim. So the portfolio is not simply the accumulation of the work you’ve done over the course of the semester. Instead, it asks you to reflect on the work you’ve done over the course of the semester.

The sections/pages could:

  • Outline the processes you went through to produce the work (Major Papers, etc.).
  • Detail revisions you’ve made to your work or changes you’ve made to your approach/process that you want the reader to notice between drafts, units, overtime, etc.
  • To help your portfolio’s argument, you might include: notes, outlines, process work, class work, free writes, photos, other visuals

The Cover Letter:

  • Analyzes the writing you’ve done in class and what you’ve learned.
  • To do this, acknowledge outside influence on you work (from WAW readings, etc.) and show how these readings refined your approach, process or beliefs. You must cite at least two sources/concepts from our course and have a Works Cited page.

As you write your Cover Letter, you can use the following questions* to guide you:

  • What skills or knowledge does each item in your portfolio demonstrate?
  • How have comments made by peer reviewers and by your instructor helped you revise your work?
  • How, specifically, has your writing changed throughout the course?
  • Which items in your portfolio best exhibit your development as a writer?
  • Now that you have some distance from these pieces, do you have new insights about your writing that you didn’t have before?

*Note: You do not have to answer all the questions in  your Cover Letter, but they might help you get started/reflect.

In short: I am looking for thorough documentation of your growth as a reflection on your time in class. How you present this information in your portfolio and represent yourself is up to you (but creativity is always good!). You must contextualize your portfolio choices; this means you cannot just include an assignment/discussion without telling me (the reader) why it’s in your portfolio. Your home page must tell me how to navigate your site as well as contain your Cover Letter as a PDF (3+ pages with at least two sources and a Works Cited page).

Student Example 4 Cover Letter

Student Example 5 Cover Letter