Welcome to my ePortfolio for my ENGL 400 – Active Citizenship course. My name is Katie Butler and I am currently a senior at Longwood University. I will be graduating in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology. In the summer of 2017 I completed my junior internship in therapeutic recreation on the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. In the spring of 2018, I will be completing my senior internship in therapeutic recreation at The VA in Richmond, Virginia on the outpatient and acute care units. I’m hoping my degree and fieldwork experience will allow me the opportunity to practice in the field of recreational therapy, specifically in a setting that is centered around rehabilitation for individuals with physical disabilities. I am thrilled that I have chosen a career path that will allow me to help people in a fun and exciting way that will open up so many possibilities to me in the future. After graduation, I will also be furthering my education by getting my master’s degree so that I can better help my patients and possibly even become a college professor down the road so that I can help to educate future Recreational Therapists.

The purpose of my ePortfolio is to demonstrate what I learned in this general education course through a collection of class works and reflections. The class works provided include: course journals, a rhetorical analysis, and a common good project. Through these assignments, I was able to successfully accomplish the five course learning outcomes listed below. The class activities and course assignments influenced the way that I practice active citizenship writing through showing me the importance of utilizing rhetoric and the many aspects of rhetoric in order to effectively influence your audience. The direct correlations between the course learning outcomes and the various assignments will be further explained on each assignment page. This course has allowed me to develop as an active citizen with an agency to begin enacting change through written communication and I look forward to utilizing this development in my future internship experience and in my career after I graduate from Longwood.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Engage in the process of citizen leadership by investigating multiple perspectives on important public issues
2. Understand the nature of public discourse/debate as determined by purpose, audience, and context
3. Choose appropriate formats in writing for a variety of purposes
4. Analyze the effectiveness of their own texts and processes for specified rhetorical situations
5. Understand how the knowledge, skills, and values learned in general education are interwoven and interrelated, and how they can contribute to the process of citizen leadership