Reflective Analysis

Write a cover letter (350 words minimum) introducing your portfolio to an outside reader. While this reader was not in the class with us, they have seen the syllabus, and thus are aware of the general assignments and things we read: you do not need to summarize these aspects of the course. Instead, show how your portfolio items contribute towards meeting the objectives of this course. See the logistics page for these objectives.

Then, describe how the different skills used in this class (reading, researching, drafting, editing, composing, organizing, analyzing, documenting, proofreading, and writing in this course), as demonstrated in your portfolio, contribute to your ability to perform well in other courses or activities. You might think about such skills as developing critical thinking, recognizing good uses of logic and reasoning, knowing how to support claims with specific evidence, reading and analyzing texts, increasing awareness of audience, context, topic, purpose, or author, for example.

Approaches you should avoid:
• Writing one paragraph about each item in your portfolio.
• Making lots of good/bad evaluative claims about your writing with very few or no supporting examples.
• Talking about everything but the items in your portfolio.
• Writing a narrative about your ENG 102 class in general.

(This prompt is slightly adapted from the University of Georgia’s First-Year composition portfolio’s Introductory Reflective Essay. “First-year Composition: Portfolios.” English at UGA. Department of English, University of Georgia, n.d. Web. 20 May 2015)

Writing a Biopoem

For your Wild Card, you might consider submitting a Biopoem (or two!) on a character you encountered this semester.


Line 1: First name
Line 2: Four traits that describe that character
Line 3: Relative of (brother of, sister of, and so on)
Line 4: Lover of (list three things or people)
Line 5: Who feels (three items)
Line 6: Who needs (three items)
Line 7: Who fears (three items)
Line 8: Who gives (three items)
Line 9: Who would like to (three items)
Line 10: Resident of
Line 11: Last name

Some ways to think about the Negative Dialectic

First, there’s this quote by Benjamin that we discussed about historical progress.

Here are also a few resources that might help you out.

Responding to The Girl With All the Gifts

Is the end of humanity in The Girl With All The Gifts “monstrous, or…liberating” (Lauro &Embry 108)? Why?

Using our readings on posthumanism, Marx, Gwendolyn Foster, and/or the “Zombie Manifesto,” discuss how the ending of the novel may or may not be liberating. Incorporate at least two readings, along with textual evidence from the novel, to support your decision. Be sure to include in-text citations and a bibliography in correct MLA format. Here’s the rubric to keep you honest.