Graduate Research Papers


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Many teachers through the years have requested that students keep folders of writing samples. More recently, teachers have come to understand that a folder of selected samples, or a portfolio, has much potential for qualitative assessment. Keeping writing portfolios allows children and teachers to view their writing continually and to describe strengths and weaknesses. As children reflect on their writing exhibits, their literacy is extended. Instruction becomes a natural extension of assessment as students and teachers build portfolios. This paper describes how a teacher collaborated with students in grade three as they engaged in the writing process and exhibited their writing as a portfolio collection. As a result, they had evidence of progress and instructional needs and had opportunities to develop goals for further learning. This collaboration was a meaningful record to share with parents and to contribute to an ongoing exhibit to be passed on in future years of schooling.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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