Your major project this semester is
an autobiographical portfolio. Assignments will be scheduled
on the agendas you will write some in class; others will be homework;
you will turn some in for comment, and share others in peer groups.
I will spot check periodically to help you stay on schedule.
Since you are required to bind your final book professionally,
plan ahead. Budget time and money.
You should revise all assignments before rewriting them in final
form. You may type your assignments or rewrite them neatly in
final draft form. Most assignments will be approximately a page
long. You may complete an assignment by writing on the back of
a page, but start every new assignment on the front of a new
Professional Binding: Plan
ahead and budget time and money to have your book bound professionally.
You may choose strip or spiral binding, from about $3.00 on up,
depending on your choices.
A Cover: Your
cover should include your selected title, your name, and an illustration
appropriate to your book. For illustrations, consider a word
pattern, graphic design, collage, original drawings, photographs,
magazine pictures, quotations, etc. Use rubber cement or a glue
stick to mount items, and be sure that your cover design hides
price tags and brand names.
A Title Page: Select a word
or phrase particularly meaningful for you to serve as your title.
Browse through a thesaurus, listen to music you love, think of
special people and places and interests, and then submit several
possible titles. "A Book about Me" or "My Autobiography"
are poor titles because they are vague and impersonal. Illustrate
the title page with the title, name, hour, and date due.
A Table of Contents: List the assignment
number and title of all assignments in your autobiography. Title
each contents page.
Every assignment should
- a thoughtful response to the assigned
- revised as necessary
- neatly and legibly written or typed
- in order according to the specific
- in black ink
- titled on the top line
- numbered by assignment (not page) in
the upper right corner
- corrected using proofreading symbols
or correction fluid
Your writing should also demonstrate
word usage, sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, and
punctuation appropriate for sophomores.