Welcome to my Citizenship Writing Portfolio! This website is where the assignments from my Citizenship Writing Class will be displayed.

Professional Profile

My name is Cody Hinson and I am a junior Music Education major. Upon graduation, I plan to teach high school band in the Richmond area. I am currently the President of the Longwood University chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education). When I am not on campus, I teach marching band at both Powhatan High School and Cumberland High School. Additionally, I am the director of the non-profit performing arts group Frontiersman Performing Arts, Inc.

ePortfolio Purpose and Content

The purpose of this ePortfolio is to have a place where the projects and assignments from the English 400 class that I took the Fall Semester of 2018 to be displayed. Throughout this course, we created numerous journal entires in order to communicate with peers what we were learning by reading the required textbook. We also had to write our own rhetorical analysis. This was a first for me as I had never written a rhetorical analysis before, however it was definitely an eye opening experience. This project helped fulfill various course objectives as it allowed me to examine multiple sides of the topic that I chose, Saving Music Education, and allowed me to recognize rhetorical techniques that authors and speakers were using. Lastly, the Common Good Project fulfilled seemingly every course objective as my group created a grass roots movement to redistribute state funding in public k-12 schools so that schools receive equal funding, and in turn students receive equal opportunities for success.

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 process for specific 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.