Assessing the Portfolio: Principles for Practice, Theory, by Liz Hamp-Lyons

By Liz Hamp-Lyons

This quantity bargains with the topic of portfolio-based writing evaluate. It explores the speculation in the back of utilizing portfolios in writing a programme in addition to information regarding what portfolios are, what benefits they carry for review reasons, and what results they could have on a writing programme.

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Students know that they must sample the rhetoric of their peers and professors before stgning up. These latter rhetorics, students reason, will have the detail and humanity necessary for proper decision making. And so course descriptions dutifully sit in college catalogs: unread, unrespected, unloved. A hard life. Frequently, then, criticism reminds us of what we already know about the world. It asks us to compare each new message to the data bank of messages already accumulated over a lifetime of audiencing.

Consider, for example, the following materials distributed daily on city streetcorners: • • • • • Jesus and Ma1·y Speak to the World through Veronica Luken (Our Lady of Roses Shrine, Bayside, New York) Heard any Good Fag Jokes Lately? (National Gay Task Force) Fight Forced Busing (National Socialist White People's Party} Smoking in Public: Let>s Separate Fact fi·om Frictiou (R. J. " From the standpoint of criticism, this is a healthy response. At least initially, the good critic examines all rhetoric in a spirit of wonder rather than one of censure: What do RV owners have to say to one another?

All in all, tllis sounds like the language of the 1960s, an era in which even political rhetoric sounded religious and in wluch a term like "great demonstration" had an ideological rather than a mercantile meaning. , who spoke just after our speaker. C. The scene: the Lincoln Memorial. The audience: some 200,000 civil rights marchers . T he date: August 28, 1963 . And our speaker? What does the message/ situation tell us? A male, no doubt, for few women addressed such large crowds in the United States in 1963.

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