This is a slightly different take on the portfolio analysis that we use in our CI Latin program. Seniors in Latin 4 keep a composition notebook in which they do timed writes, free writes, take grammar notes and any other notes that they think will be helpful when they do writing in Latin. They can use anything in the notebook when they write. The composition notebooks stay in the room all year long. Here’s what they do at the end of each semester.
- Take about 20 minutes to read through ALL of your entries in your composition notebook.
- Do all of your analysis on a fresh page in it. Date it at the top with the title “Composition Analysis–(today’s date)
- After your read through, what are you noticing about your writing that surprises you? Surprises should be both about progress and perhaps some shortcomings. Explain with examples.
- Which of your writings is your best? Identify it by title and date, and explain with examples why it is your best?
- Pretend that this composition notebook were the only evidence of your progress in Latin over the last 4 years. Write a summary description of what that progress means and looks like. Write it third person about yourself, and include examples from your writing this semester.
- Give yourself a numeric grade for your performance in Latin this semester based only on what is in this notebook. Give an explanation for this grade.
- When finished, fold the pages of this analysis over in half, close your notebook, and return it to the front of the room.