The participation portfolios have been a great way for me to keep track of my own progress. Between the last portfolio and this one, the state of the world has changed quite a bit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The shift to an online learning environment has been a rough one for me, as this is the first time that I have experienced it. Although this has all put a strain on my studies, I have managed to make a few improvements which I will document in this portfolio.
I am always continuing to work on depth as it is one of my weakest categories. However, as I scroll through my blog, I notice a few posts in which I go deeper than usual.
In my post about the first portion of Rhinoceros in Love, I went in depth by choosing a simple passage and explaining how it is a true statement of a culture. Although I only wrote a few sentences about the passage, my connection of a passage to a cultural beauty norm is deeper than I usually find myself going.
In my post about the final portion of Oedipus the King, I explored the idea of literary endings. My post explained how the ending ties up every aspect of the play, which is something that is almost uncommon. Many endings are cliffhangers, and many do not give closure. I explained how this ending gives closure and leaves the reader with a sense of understanding. I have never really gone this deep in analyzing style, so I am proud of myself for doing it in this post.
This is probably my second weakest category, as I tend to find a pattern that works for me and stick to it, creating my comfort zone. However, there are a few posts in which I leave it.
I normally shy away from anything related to creative writing, because it is not my strong suit. However, in my post that connects How to Read Literature Like a Professor to Oedipus the King, I write about an aspect of creative writing that Foster points out in relation to creating blind characters. I acknowledged the difficulty that Foster presents with the topic, and explained that it is something that I did not know about. While I could have wrote more about the topic, the fact that I simply chose to write about it is an example of me leaving my comfort zone.
In the same post, I write about Foster’s mention of plays that follow Oedipus the King in a series. I normally stick to relating the the text to the drama itself, so this was definitely a step out of my comfort zone.
I improved on this aspect in my last participation portfolio, but it fell a bit short for this one. I am seeing potential for intertextuality that I unfortunately ignored and need to be more mindful of.
In my post that synthesizes peer posts about The Skin of Our Teeth, I mention Beth’s post about the play, in which she relates it to the children’s movie The Croods. I found this post to be interesting, so I could have added my own intertextuality to it by quoting another work in which I found relation to this play.
Although virtual discussion can be difficult in comparison to face-to-face, I feel that I have improved this aspect since my last portfolio.
In my post about the first portion of Rhinoceros in Love, my mention of Malu’s perception of his nose sparked a discussion in the comments about why the passage is significant in the play. I backed this up in our Canvas discussion board of the play.
This has always been something that I need to improve, and I was making strides to improve it for this portfolio, until the pandemic forced our school to switch to the virtual format. I have had more trouble keeping up with blog assignments than I did while in school, because I now have more responsibilities at home, and I am still at work as I am considered an essential employee. However, I have submitted all of the Canvas assignments on time, which is definitely an improvement. Now that I am beginning to become adjusted to this environment, I can improve this for our next portfolio.
Although I enjoy watching the context videos as they help me prepare to read world drama, sometimes I have trouble figuring out what to say about them. My post about The Cherry Orchard context and about Chinese Drama prove that I completed the assignments even with little to say.
This portfolio provides documentation of my progress over this past session. I will continue to work to improve the aspects in which I am lacking. By looking at this portfolio, I realize that I have improved at the close reading goal on the syllabus, as I have no posts in which I simply summarize.
Source: Participation Portfolio 3