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English 100 Portfolio Guidelines

  • Every English 100 class at Cabrillo College includes a portfolio as part of the course.
  • Your English 100 portfolio must contain three essays: two essays written out of class for your teacher’s assignments and one in-class essay. One of these essays must include analysis of a written text. Your instructor may also require you to include a brief cover letter to the portfolio evaluation committee about why you chose to include these two out-of-class essays in your portfolio, describing the process you went through to write and revise them.
  • The in-class writing will vary from class to class, but English department readers will expect several well-developed paragraphs in your timed writing. Please double-space and write on one side of the paper only.
  • At least one of the two out-of-class essays you place in your portfolio must be analytical. That analytical essay can be a comparison/contrast, definition, cause/effect analysis, process analysis, argument, position paper, persuasive writing, research paper, or a close reading or interpretation of a text, among many other forms of analytical writing. Your English 100 teacher will assign analytical essays as out-of-class assignments and will advise you about the essays you should include in the portfolio.


English 100 Portfolio Rubric

  • All English 100 portfolios are scored by a committee of English Department instructors using a department developed rubric.
  • It is strongly suggested that all students review the English 100 Portfolio Rubric prior to turning in their portfolios for evaluation.
  • English 100 Portfolio Rubric



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