Malden High School Senior Portfolio Assignment All Malden High School seniors must complete a portfolio of their

year’s work in English 12. Students who do not meet the 87 or above exemption must present their portfolio to their class on the day of the final exam. The purpose of the portfolio is for students to reflect on their growth as writers over the course of their senior year and to select a piece for final revision. The portfolio must contain the following:  A reflection paper: a personal essay in which the student gives an overall assessment of his/her growth and improvement as a reader and a writer over the year and evaluates his/her strengths and weaknesses. Students must use evidence from all of the papers included in the portfolio to support their claims about their work. Portfolios must include the following samples of work: o A sample of personal or creative work: memoirs, college essays, poetry, short stories, drama, scripts prepared for performance all satisfy this requirement. o A sample of work involving research: any work supported by research, including essays and projects, satisfies this requirement. o A notebook entry on any text: students should type up a single entry from their notebooks. o A literary analysis: both on-demand and revised writing satisfy this requirement. A revision of one of the samples, which will include a short (1/2 page) explanation of the student’s revision choices.

All students will be graded on the following aspects of the portfolio: 1. The Reflection Essay(50 %) 2. The complete preparation of the portfolio(25%) 3. The revision (25%) Students who do not meet the senior exemption requirement must prepare a portfolio presentation. In this five minute presentation, students should do the following:     Introduce themselves and give an overall evaluation of their work this year. Explain each of the samples that they chose to include in the portfolio (what they are and why they were chosen) Read one or two of the best moments in each of the samples. Explain what they focused on in their revision.

Students should prepare this presentation on notecards and will be evaluated on their preparation and performance for a final grade.

Malden High School Senior Portfolio Reflection Rubric
Reflections Skill Area Demonstrated growth 45-50 points Excellent Reflections at this level: Demonstrate exceptional growth and as a reader, writer and thinker over the year, with the ability to consistently apply skills and strategies independently and effectively Demonstrate a conscious and thorough understanding of the skills and strategies acquired throughout the year, as well as the ability to articulate several strengths, weaknesses, and goals for improvement Use specific and convincing evidence from his/her work to support claims and interpretations, with skillful explanations of how earlier pieces of writing could have been improved Use stylistically sophisticated language that is precise and engaging, with notable sense of voice, awareness of audience and purpose, and varied sentence structure Demonstrate control of the conventions with essentially no errors, even with sophisticated language 40-44 points Proficient Reflections at this level: Demonstrate strong growth as a reader, writer, and thinker, with the ability to apply skills and strategies effectively and independently most of the time Demonstrate an thoughtful awareness of the skills and strategies practiced throughout the year, as well as the ability to identify some strengths, weaknesses, and goals for improvement Use relevant evidence from his/her work to support claims and interpretations, with an attempt to explain how earlier pieces could have been improved Use language that is fluent and original, with evident a sense of voice, awareness of audience and purpose, and the ability to vary sentence structure Demonstrate control of the conventions, exhibiting occasional errors only when using sophisticated language 35-39 points Acceptable Reflections at this level: Demonstrate acceptable growth as a reader, writer, and thinker, with the ability to apply skills and strategies effectively some of the time 30-35 points Needs Improvement Reflections at this level: Demonstrate inconsistent or limited growth as a reader, writer, and thinker, with the ability to apply skills and strategies on a limited basis or without even results Demonstrate a limited awareness of just one or two skills or strategies practiced throughout the year, with inconsistent reference to the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and/or goals Use incomplete or vaguely developed evidence to only partially support claims and interpretations, with inconsistent attempt to explain how earlier pieces could have been improved Use language that is vague or imprecise for the audience or purpose, with little sense of voice, and a limited awareness of how to vary sentence structure Demonstrate limited control of the conventions, exhibiting frequent errors that make comprehension difficult 0-29 points Unacceptable Reflections at this level: Demonstrate little to no growth as a reader, writer, and thinker over the year, with little or no ability to apply skills and strategies

Depth of reflection

Demonstrate a basic awareness of some of the skills and strategies practiced throughout the year, with the ability to identify at least one strength, one weakness, and one goal for improvement Use evidence to support most of the claims and some interpretations, with a basic attempt to explain how earlier pieces could have been improved Use basic but appropriate language, with a basic sense of voice, some awareness of audience and purpose and some attempt to vary sentence structure Demonstrate partial control of the conventions, exhibiting occasional errors that do not hinder comprehension

Demonstrate little or no awareness of the skills and strategies targeted throughout the year, with only an incomplete reference to the student’s strengths, weaknesses, and/or goals Use little or no evidence to support claims and interpretations, with little or no attempt to explain how earlier pieces could have been improved Use language that is unsuitable for the audience and purpose, with little or no awareness of sentence structure

Substantiation of claims

Language use

Conventions

Demonstrate little or no control of the conventions, making comprehension almost impossible

Adapted from Greece Central School District for use by Malden High School

Name: Rubric for Portfolio Preparation Score Point Excellent 20-25 points Criteria Student’s portfolio contains all necessary elements, including:  Reflection Essay  Creative sample  Research sample  Prepared Notebook Entry  Literary Analysis sample  Revision of one sample  Explanation of revision Student’s portfolio is neatly organized and nicely presented in a folder or binder. Student’s portfolio contains all necessary elements, including:  Reflection Essay  Creative sample  Research sample  Prepared Notebook Entry  Literary Analysis sample  Revision of one sample  Explanation of revision Student’s portfolio contains almost all necessary elements.

Satisfactory 13-20 points

Acceptable 9-13 points Unsatisfactory 0-9 points

Student’s portfolio is missing 2 or more necessary elements.

Rubric for Revision Score Point Criteria Excellent  Student has made strong improvements in the selected work.  Student has carefully and thoughtfully explained his/her choices in a short 20-25 points essay. Satisfactory 13-20 points Acceptable 9-13 points Unsatisfactory 0-9 points       Student has made good improvements in the selected work. Student has explained his/her choices in a short essay. Student has made some improvements in the selected work. Student may not effectively explain improvements. Student has made little improvement in the selected work. Student has not explained improvements.

Portfolio Presentation Rubric Score 4: 90-100% -Student is well prepared with notes, text, and visuals or handouts -All materials support and enhance presentation -Student gives an insightful overall introduction to and evaluation of his/her work -Student thoughtfully explains the assignments included in the portfolio -Student reads key lines from all assignments, which are well chosen and interesting -Student explains the focus and purpose of his/her revision -Student speaks clearly and audibly -Student demonstrates enthusiasm -Student listens attentively to other speakers -Presentation is at least 5 minutes and no more than 10 minutes Score 3: 80-89% -Student is prepared with notes, text, and visuals or handouts -Student gives an overall introduction to and evaluation of his/her work -Student explains the assignments included in the portfolio -Student reads key lines from all assignments -Student speaks audibly -Student listens to other speakers -Presentation is at least 5 minutes and no more than 10 minutes

Name: Score 2: 70-79% -Student is prepared with notes and text -Student gives an overall introduction to his/her work, but may not evaluate it -Student explains the assignments included in the portfolio -Student reads key lines from some assignments -Student may not speak audibly or clearly -Student listens to other speakers -Presentation is at least 5 minutes and no more than 10 minutes Score 1: 60-69% -Student may not be prepared -Student gives an overall introduction to his/her work, but may not evaluate it -Student explains the assignments included in the portfolio -Student may not speak audibly or clearly -Student listens to other speakers -Presentation may not meet time requirements Score 0: 0-59% -Student does not speak or speaks minimally -Student does not listen to other speakers