October 5, 2004

Portfolio #1

According to dictionary.com, a blog is "a personal Web site that provides updated headlines and news articles of other sites that are of interest to the user, also may include journal entries, commentaries and recommendations compiled by the user." Dictionary.com also offers this definition of the word portfolio, "a portable case for holding material, such as loose papers, photographs, or drawings. The materials collected in such a case, especially when representative of a person's work: a photographer's portfolio; an artist's portfolio of drawings." In this case, a blogging portfolio is the collection of blogged posts that can be linked electronically for added convenience to the reader. The goal of this portfolio is to unite the works we have studied in class with our personal thoughts and analysis. We would also like to illustrate the engaging discussion with our classmates, and others, we are making through the use of blogs.

In American Lit I, thus far, we have studied Bierce, Melville, Poe, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Emerson and Thoreau.

Explanation of the Collection/Coverage:

This portion of the portfolio contains the representative information that we have studied, it is inclusive of all the entries which are important to demonstrate understanding of the material studied. Ths portion of the portfolio also represents how the class engages in an electronice conversation by posting responses/comments to the blogs.

Bierce: "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge"
Poe: "The Raven"
Melville: "Bartleby, the Scriverner"
Hawthorne: The Scarlett Letter "The Custom House" and Comedy/Tragedy in the Novel
Dickinson: "Your Riches Taught Me Poverty" Unpacking of the Poem
Emerson: "Self-Reliance"

This section of the portfolio is to demonstrate the ability to engage in through, resourceful examination of the texts at hand. Depth entries can be likened to writing research reports, sans the MLA style formating. However, they do contain helpful web links for the reader of the blog to gather more background/information on the selection.

The three selections from my blog which best identify with the Depth section of the portfolio are:

Poe: "The Raven"
Hawthorne: Comedy/Tragedy in the Scarlet Letter
Dickinson: "Your Riches Taught Me Poverty" To read the text of the poem, click here.


This portion of the portfolio is used to illustrate the ongoing use of weblogs as a medium to interact with classmates.

I found Linda Fondrk's blog useful when writing my entry about because she gave me a different perspective on the story I might not have had without her sharing her lens. "An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge."

Stephen Puff explained the meaning of a text I was truly lost on when he did his presentation on Emerson. His presentation/weblog helped me to shape some thoughts on "Self-Reliance" because he invited discussion amongst our classroom. Additionally, he explained and illustrated the meaning of "Self-Reliance" in an understandable method.

Dr. Jerz graciously explained the difference between comedy and tragedy so I was able to further elaborate on it in my Oral Discussion for Panel A. Nabila Uddin also clarified her perspective on the mother-daughter relationship in The Scarlet Letter, which provoked thought from me about examiing that relationship further.

These people were able to give enlightening perspectives for me to elaborate on and learn from. Their thoughts evoked further interest from me as a reader of blogs.


This section of the blog serves to function as a tool which sparks further examination of the piece of literature at hand.

Linda Fondrk gave thoughtful insights to my Emerson blog.

Nablia Uddin shared thoughts that my presentation on Comedy/Tragedy in The Scarlet Letter sparked.

Amanda Cochran and Linda Fondrk also believed that color in The Scarlet Letter was an important motif. They contributed their thoughtful reflections after reading the color entry.

These selections best exemplify how discussion is sparked via the use of blogs.

This portion of the portfolio examines the different styles of comments one can post on their peers webblogs. The categories are: the comment primo (first person to comment on one's blog and leave insight), the comment grande (an explanation of thoughts on one's blog entry complete with other URL links), the comment informative (offering a more detailed explanation to a classmate), and the link gracious (giving credit to a classmate who sparked the creative/the cognitive process for you.)

The Comment Primo: launching a discussion with Linda Fondrk about death/Christ in "Owl Creek"

Another good example of this can be found in Nabila Uddin's blog, not because we are engaging in conversation about the texts, but rather because we are networking and being able to arrange interactions that will lead to better understanding of how poetry works.

Shanna DeFrances sparked my desire to comment informatively. After seeing Shanna's performance, and reading her blog, clearly she might have some interest in performance. I don't know much about career development, or anything of the performance therapy nature; however, I do know how to access tools that might be useful for Shanna in making her decisions.

These are the blog enteries I feel that have helped me to keep my interest in blogging.


This is the blog entry that is to best exemplify my achievements as a blogger. Unfortunately, I fancy myself an extraordinarily bland individual that just really likes to read. I am not sure if just writing this would be a fair assesment of how I am as a student webblogger, because I have nothing concrete to say about anything. I am not an expert at one particular subject, I haven't had any marked achievements, I am just ordinary. My wildcard entry is about myself, I am the only thing I can really talk about with some familiarity. Hopefully, I will be able to better introduce myself with this entry. I am looking forward to making friendships beyond this virtual connection.

This is my blogging portfolio. Perhaps it will enlighten you, the reader, to the wide world of blogging and the ongoing conversation webblogs can create.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 5, 2004 4:17 PM


This is a really good portfolio. It is very detailed and contains all the information that is required. Could you take a look at my portfolio and blog on it? Any comments or suggestions, would be appreciated.


Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 7, 2004 11:04 AM


I am glad that you like my portfolio :)


Posted by: NabilaUddin at October 7, 2004 3:21 PM