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How does your portfolio provide evidence that you’ve met the UWP1 learning outcome of rhetorical flexibility and adapting your writing to different modes, genres, and audiences?

In the UWP class I was introduced to new ways of writing, not only printed writing but also writing in videos, images, and presentations. For my portfolio I do use the classic printed writing for the research paper, but I do implement headings and other organization tools so that the information is easier to read and find. Since the research paper does cover a lot of information it was challenging to reach that balance between formal writing and also writing that will make the writer interested in the topic, but with the structure of the research paper it should be more appealing to the readers. For the second paper I added pictures to the reading so that it is more enjoyable to the reader. The challenge in this is the fact that the pictures should match and explain what the writing is trying to explain. I do believe that adding pictures to writing makes it more entertaining an also easier o understand.


How does your portfolio provide evidence that you’ve met the UWP 1 learning outcome of revision based on feedback? Give specific evidence of revisions you made based on feedback from peers and from me for both projects included in your portfolio.

Revising a paper influences how good the students cover the audiences’ needs and also what makes the ideas and the content of the paper informative as well as enjoyable. When I started writing my second paper for the class, which is about annotating, I started by brainstorming ideas that don’t necessarily have to make sense or have any order or structure. For me the first phase of revision started when I went over my ideas to write my first draft. This first draft was then reviewed by my peers and they gave me suggestions on organization, content, and vocabulary. With all the suggestions I wrote another draft implementing my peers’ reviews and also implementing my own ideas by adding detail and eliminating sentences that were not important. Finally, my professor reviewed the paper again in order to write my “final paper.” Even though the paper had gone from hand to hand to be reviewed, it can always be revised and changed in many different ways, so the “final paper” is never really perfect. Personally I believe that revision is one of the most important steps in writing since it allows the writer to get different perspectives form the readers and also see if the writer meets the audience’s needs.


How have you changed as a writer based on the work you did in the portfolio?

 I certainly think that I have changed my perception of writing because of UWP. Before UWP I used to dread the moment when I was assigned a paper since I didn’t know how exactly to approach it, but with this class I have learned many skills in order to make writing easier. One of the ideas that I learned from the class is the fact that we (writers) start with “shitty first drafts” which helped me realize that my drafts don’t have to be “perfect” since there is a long process that will come before being satisfied with the finalized paper that will be turned in. Also my perception on writing changed because when I thought about writing I only thought about printed essays, but having other options makes writing a more creative and enjoyable task. I learned that the requirement of writing is to convey a message to the audience, and in this portfolio I got to use pictures and also different structures to make it easier to read and also more appealing for the audience.


What do you feel are the strengths of your portfolio?

 I believe that the strengths of this portfolio are that I am genuinely interested in the topics that I wrote and also that I did a lot of research before writing the portfolio. Because of the interest that I have for this portfolio I hope that that passion shines through the paper so that the readers enjoy reading my portfolio as much as I liked writing it. I experienced first hand what was to be an ESL (English as a Second Language) student and because of this I decided that I wanted to write about the topic, finding myself submerged in new perspectives and beliefs when researching this topic. Also I believe that my information is accurate since I researched beforehand about my topics and I also hope that the reader enjoys the portfolio and learn at least something new from it.


If you had more time, what further revisions would you make to the portfolio?

 If I had more time for my portfolio I would let more people read it so that they can give me more suggestions on what they like or what needs more work. I would want more perspectives on the writing to see if I can write a stronger argument for my essay. Also I would probably ask for experts’ advice so that I can feel more comfortable not only with my ideas and content but also with my grammar and vocabulary.


What literacy concepts, habits, processes, and/or strategies did you learn from composing your portfolio and from UWP1 in general that you can apply to future writing contexts?

UWP1 taught me many skills that I will certainly use in future classes and writing assignments and it also changed my perspective on what writing really is. The most important skill that I learned how to use is brainstorming. When I start to write I usually stop because I start worrying about grammar and also how to make my points clear in the essay. With brainstorming I have the freedom to put all my ideas in paper without worrying about audience or grammar, only writing any idea that comes to mind, and later I can use this to actually start my first draft. Another skill that I believe is also important when writing a paper is revision because it allows me to focus on who the audience is and also to focus on what they expect from my essay. It also allows me to better my sentence structure and my content so that only important information is present and the content can be more clear to the audience. One example of brainstorming and revising was my narrative literacy paper because at the beginning I didn’t know exactly how to approach my thesis to make it specific, so I started brainstorming different options and ideas I had for this paper. Once I use my ideas to write my first draft I started revising for content and also for any details I though needed to be added. Revising is not used only once in the writing process because every time my paper was reviewed by others I had to revise the work again for any necessary details or content correction. Brainstorming and revising are definitely skills that help me start with my writing and also make it better step by step.