Portfolio Essay

1093 words - 5 pages

Luke Martino
Writing 102
Writing 102 Portfolio

Throughout this semester of Writing 102, I have been assigned to write four essays that have stressed the course competencies of subject matter knowledge, writing process knowledge, rhetorical knowledge, genre knowledge, discourse community knowledge, and meta-cognition. Through the process of drafting, editing, and revising three out of the four papers, I think I have been effectively able to absorb three of those course competencies; subject matter knowledge, rhetorical knowledge, and writing process knowledge.
The first paper I was assigned to write for Writing 102 was a literacy narrative. For this paper, I was told to write ...view middle of the document...

I tried to get off the stage but I could not. I fell to my knees, a great surge came from my gut into my throat. My breakfast, blueberries, and oatmeal made its return, all over the stage, in front of hundreds of kids and teachers.” In reality I didn’t puke on the stage, I was able to run behind the curtain where nobody could see. Saying I puked in the story makes it more interesting, because it adds humor and embarrassment to a situation that was sort of bland. Writing that literacy narrative gave me great insight on how to properly use subject matter knowledge and writing process knowledge in way that I previously hadn’t been able to do in other papers. It showed when I received a grade of 90, which is the best grade I got out of all my essays this semester.
Another paper that I was assigned to write in Writing 102 was a literacy analysis of “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway. The core competencies that were used most in this paper were writing process knowledge and rhetorical knowledge. Many weeks of classes were spent analyzing the dialogue between the two main characters in the story, the American man and Jig. We also studied the widely used symbolism through the story. To compose this essay, I had to write it using P.I.E outlines. This was the first time I have ever had to use a P.I.E outline to write an essay. While it was challenging, I found that that outline helped create more of a flow to the essay that made it easier to revise my work compared to the normal outline I am used to. This essay also helped me to practice my rhetorical knowledge. I had to use many instances of symbolism throughout this essay, every time I used a symbol in this essay I had to support it with a lot of evidence and really analyze what I thought the author was trying to say. While only Ernest Hemingway truly knows what each symbol meant, I thought that I was able to effectively use my understanding of rhetorical knowledge to provide a well thought out essay into the deeper meanings of “Hills Like White Elephants”....

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