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For a reflection statement, the writer should be provided with objectives and and an evaluation rubrics. With these in mind, the writer can follow these steps:
- Begin with an explanation of what is being illustrated.
- Identify the artifact, also explaining how it came to be, contained in the portfolio and what competency it demonstrates.
- Explain how the artifact documents that you have met the learning goal. This step basically involves writing a persuasive essay.
- Be sure to discuss each of the elements in the rubrics.
- Discuss both strengths and weaknesses of the work in the portfolio, explaining how and why the aspects of the work are strong/weak.
If the assignment is a reflective statement about a literary work, the theme of the work often provides the writer with adequate and worthy subject matter as the theme can be reflected upon and evaluated on its own merits, then on how meaningful this theme is to the reader/writer.
A reflection statement is a "looking back" experience. If it is in regard to a piece of literature, then your personal reaction to the story is being sought. Your statement will show self-awareness to some experience in the story that touched you. This experience should assist you in your personal growth, recognizing the role you play in life, knowledge you have acquired, the impact on your life and/or insight into the lives of others. All of these should relate specific details from the story.
If your reflection statement is about a portfolio evaluation, you should choose several pieces of writing (which will be referred to as artifacts) to show your growth as a writer. Tell why those particular artifacts were chosen and how these writings have helped you reach your goal as a writer. Include some of the topics mentioned in reflecting on a piece of literature as well.
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