English 4850 Portfolio Drew Huskey / Dr. Rogers

Reflective Table of Contents:

Multi-Genre Writing Project..............................................................................................................................1

I attached my Multi-Genre Writing Project first to give the basic direction of the portfolio. I see this assignment as being one for the purpose of student example or for myself as a teacher to structure an entire unit. The Multi-Genre project is a great start to understanding the purpose of teaching a unit, the "intro" to a portfolio on how/why we write, and it can be used as an example for students to use in high school for their own employment portfolios.

Student-Led Lesson Plan....................................................................................................................................2

I attached my lesson plan second for the same purpose as including the multi-genre project. If being used a teaching resource, it can be something I come back to for the use of any number of lessons during a multi-genre unit. For student purposes, they can follow along and be aware of how the unit will progress and what will be asked of them.

Sample Peer Writing and Response..............................................................................................................3

I included peer writing third as an example for students during this unit. I chose my cooperating teacher's feedback for the purpose of seeing a true professor's thoughts on a future lesson. I also included three other student's feedback for the purpose of having a reminder about what peers want and take from a general lesson. This can be a great future classroom resource.

Memoir Assignment...............................................................................................................................................4

I included my memoir assignment fourthly to show another example of writing for either myself as a future teacher or for student example. This can be used to teach interviewing skills, personal reflection essays, or even how to cite a non-traditional source.

3 Blog Posts.................................................................................................................................................................5

I included my blog posts next to show another genre of writing as well as a resource for new technology and sharing in the classroom. I tried to give different genres; my best, a revision, and a random entry. For the revision blog I showed how a student can review their own writing and make it better. This could also be an example for me to look back to when assigning blogs for students.

Poem................................................................................................................................................................................6

Next, I attached my poem from the class poetry slam. This can be another resource for the broader unit on multi-genre writing and how to incorporate the freedom of writing poetry. This can be a great resource for students to look at before writing their own poem on a text or experience.

Essay From Another Class..................................................................................................................................7

I included my favorite essay I have been tasked with writing this year. I talked about a revision below the link, but I included it because it was an argumentative piece about Shakespeare and the way African American's are "othered" in his plays. I really enjoyed it for the purpose of going with the multi-genre lesson of social identity and racial conflict.

Three Grading Rubrics..........................................................................................................................................8

I included 3 grading rubrics for the purpose of my future grading of student writing or student "checkpoints" of their own writing. The first is one I have used all of college from a past teacher, the second is a very "general" rubric, and one is a rubric I tweaked for the purpose of participation. I really enjoy the last one so students actually have knowledge of what a teacher asks for participation.

Social-Media Links..................................................................................................................................................9

I included a number of site links and social media handles that are great resources for teachers. This can be helpful in getting funding help, classroom management tips, and other resources for the betterment of the classroom.

Creative Writing......................................................................................................................................................10

Lastly, I included a short creative writing story that I worked on throughout the year. This can be used to give students as an example of creative writing, or be a larger part of a writing portfolio that shows a collection of writing and development.

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Below is a link to my Multi-Genre Project on Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. The goal was to show the numerous ways in which racial discrimination and social issues could be targeted for student writing given the allusions of the text and the vast historical context of the 1940's and 50's.

Student-Led Lesson Plan:

Peer Writing and Feedback:

Teacher Response to my Lesson
Peer Response to Lesson
Peer Response to Lesson
Peer Response to Lesson

Student Blog Links:

Memoir Assignment:

Blog Posts:

1. Best of Semester:

2. A Revision:

I would particularly revise this piece because it was the first of the semester. Not only that, but the first piece of writing I've done since before Christmas break. With that, I really enjoyed this first blog post and it became my segway into reading the texts for this class. It was fun to particularly talk about why I write and how my writing process has changed, so I would like to use that to revise even further now that I have been carried through another semester of college.

3. Random Entry:

My Poem:

An Essay From Another Class:

I inserted this text because it was one of my favorite of this semester. I normally have issues with Shakespeare, so finding the motivation and purpose to write an argumentative essay on Titus Andronicus was no small feat. However, being able to place the play in the context of racial identity and discrimination due to the presence of a black descent character called a "moor" was extremely useful. I really enjoyed this essay and building an argument in favor of Shakespeare calling attention to racial stereotypes of his day, and how they've transpired through to our society. (English 4410: Shakespeare w/ Dr. Elizabeth Rivlin)

3 Rubrics:

Social Media:

Creative Writing:

I woke up this particular Saturday chin up and ready to fight. We had lost the last 2, and I wasn’t about to let it be three in a row.

It was the middle of summer and man was it hot. I got my mom to wheel me into the gas station on the way, and I used half my allowance from raking leaves to get a second Gatorade. I made it to the park at 10:00. One hour before game time.

My mom beeped as she pulled out…”pick you up in an hour sweetie!”

My friends had a field day with that one.

I warmed up. But first, I took a spray of Gatorade, wiped off the drops that slid from my cheek onto my shirt, and laced up my cleats. I brought out the big guns. All white, no scratches not even a speck of green from rubbing against the grass.

Then they arrived. The “other” team. My friends Monday through Friday but my worst enemy on Saturday. I just looked at ‘em. Shoulders cocked back from a winning streak, showing up late like they didn’t even need to stretch, and of course hoisting the game ball as they stuttered up the hill. It was almost time. I wiped my forehead.

“Lets go”, someone shouted. Bryson placed the ball in the middle of the field. “I got plans in an hour, lets get moving”. I hated him on Saturday’s. He was all they had and the rest of them knew it. I looked back, “you got a date with your mommy?”. He looked ready. But, so was I.

What went down in the middle of that overrun and patchy-grassed field that day was little known to the rest of the world. But to me, and anyone else who watched, it was a day I would remember forever.

I scored first, but 2 straight scores followed from the opponents. We took a break. It was tied. Anger turned to exhaustion. It was July, which meant in the middle of Ridgeside park it was too hot for comfort. I hoped my mom wouldn’t be mad about all the clothes she was going to have to soak and wash.

Go time. I re-tied my cleats and took the field. The second Gatorade came in handy. I played, and played hard.

The clock struck noon…and we were tied.

It was shaping up to be a real story for the books. Parents were lining the parking lot row after row, but weren’t done just yet. And now, we had an audience. Just what I needed.

I called a play, took the ball, and ran just like the next person to score would win. Then, in the blink of an eye I went from seeing the finish line to getting a mouth full of grass.

That is, after I bounced off a set of bleachers.

I was hurt. Bad. And who do you think was the culprit? It was Bryson, whose mindset on three games in a row got the better of him. Well, I wouldn’t have it.

I didn’t want to beat him by winning the game anymore. I wanted to beat him. Straight up. And I did. The pain from the collision left me just as quickly as my memory letting me know that a line of parents had a front row seat to watch what I was about to do.

I hit him. But it didn’t stop there. He was wearing a brand new jersey his mom got him for his birthday. It was white. I poured my second Gatorade all over it. White turned to orange.

I got snatched up faster than that one time I stubbed my toe and accidentally cussed. My mom was there quicker than a tornado in a storm cloud.

No one went home victorious that day. Actually, I take that back. Everyone went home victorious…but me. I was the only one with a stinging backside and a two weeks prison sentence to my room.

Still, there was next week. And the next week, and the next week. That’s how kids play.

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- Drew Huskey

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