The Reflection Letter

Due on Wed – March 9

Hard copy & Esubmit


Your reflection letter should be yet one more example of your ability to make claims, utilizing evidence, analyzing that evidence, and drawing pertinent conclusions. This is a self-assessment of what the essays you have selected do (and do not do).  You may want to cite your peers' assessments of your work to support your self-assessment.  Quoting or paraphrasing passages from your own work (both strong and weak samples) is another way to make your discussion concrete. I recommend returning to the rubric on the course website to review the criteria in which your essays will be evaluated, as well as utilizing the language of the rubric in your reflection letter when you discuss progress (or lack thereof).  To do so will show me that you have thought about your writing and what you do well and what you need to continue to work on.


The reflection letter discusses how you see your writing as reflecting the goals of the course. In addition, your reflection letter should specifically discuss how each of the assignments you have chosen demonstrate an acceptable, good, strong or outstanding proficiency in the outcomes for each assignment you have submitted.


We will peer review the reflection letters during the last day of class so that you can get some feedback and make revisions before turning it in with your portfolio.


Reflection Letter Tips


?     Don’t start from scratch here!  Utilize any previous writer’s memos and reader’s reviews to help frame/enhance your cover letter.  The more that you can draw specifically from examples, the more that you will reveal to me your intertextual use of your previous thoughts (e.g. reference your responses to either or both instances here).

?     How you built on your specific weak points (mention these and locate them within a specific paper) to become a stronger writer. 

?     A critical and intertextual discussion any cultural artifacts that you chose and the sources that you utilized

?     How your writing within the entire portfolio represents the progress that you have made and illustrates the specific changes that you have undergone in your move from high school to college writing.

?     General issues regarding how you achieved progress throughout the quarter.  You will want to talk critically about how you enacted significant revisions within your paper.  Also, be sure to discuss the number of times that you went to the Writing Center (with dates) or any other tutorial help that you received—whether that be extra peer edits in class or other tutorial departments that you received help.

?     What has a use of cultural studies (analysis of affects of language use within the media, various readings of visual texts, and an examination of the disciplinary modes of control) within the course done to your own creation and dedication to your work?  How might you extend these issues (both you critical awareness of these issues and your increased writing ability) to your other classes?

?     How what you have learned in this class builds on the knowledge that you came to the class regarding writing and creating a paper (e.g. what you know about organization, claim development, revision, grammar, etc—you may utilize the rubric here to help frame this part of the portfolio letter)

?     How what you have learned in this class acts as a foundation for the type of writing that your degreed field requires once you leave the university and enter the work world. 

?     When you talk about your portfolio papers, you should directly address what points you decided to incorporate based on the comments that both your peers and I suggested…and talk about how you have decided to incorporate or not to incorporate within your final portfolio paper.  In addition, you should discuss what attempts you made to help mold your paper closer to the image of the superior portfolio by drawing on the language of the rubric.  These papers should represent the progress that you’ve undergone throughout the quarter and are thus a big part of the weight of the portfolio, so you will want to spend some time on this portion of the letter.