Welcome to my Professional Writing Portfolio. This website will serve as my final exam where I display my assignments from the Active Citizenship – Advanced Writing Seminar class I took at Longwood University this spring. You can view my Course Journals, Rhetorical Analysis, Common Good Project, Common Good Project Brochure and a reflection of the course in the Conclusion on this website.

Professional Profile

Hi! My name is Laura O’Toole, and I am a junior Criminal Justice and Sociology double major at Longwood University. I have recently become a brother of the Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity and was invited to become a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, as well as the National Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta. In addition to my studies, I an athlete on the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team here at Longwood. I chose Criminal Justice and Sociology because I believe in equal rights and I want to help others through the power of law. Although I am unsure of what job I would like to pursue after graduation, I know that with my education in these majors, I can accomplish my goals.

ePortfolio Purpose and Content

This ePortfolio is a cumulation of all the work I have accomplished and will serve as my final exam for my English 400 Active Citizenship – Advanced Writing Seminar class. Each of the tabs above leads to a different assignment from this class. Every page is accompanied by a reflection of the work I have completed and how it pertains to English 400. Overall, I feel as if each of the assignments touches on a few of the learning outcomes while also helping me to improve my professional writing, presentation skills and the way I enact change through written communication.

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 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.