Welcome to my ePortfolio for Active Citizenship Writing!

Professional Profile

My name is Chelsea Smith, and I am graduating from Longwood University in a little less than two weeks! I have spent the past four years studying English, with a Rhetoric and Professional Writing concentration. I plan to pursue a Master’s degree of Information and Library Science with a specialization in Acadmeic Libraries. My ultimate goal is to be a cataloger. I have over four years of experience as a Library Assistant at a public library, and I completed an internship at the Greenwood Library this past summer. I am a little nervous about the future, but I know that everything will work out just the way it is supposed to. Within my field of Rhetoric I have developed the skills necessary to adapt to a multitude of situations in both a written and spoken medium. I have also developed a sense of confidence that I can bring with me to all of my future academic and employment opportunities.

ePortfolio Purpose and Content

This is a compilation of the projects that I completed over the course of the semester. The first assignment is the Course Journal. Throughout the semester, we posted ideas that we encountered while reading our textbook. The Rhetorical Analysis came next. We applied the concepts that we learned from the text to analyze an artifact and how its message joined the conversation of promoting the “common good.” The Common Good Project, which I created with two classmates, is a multimodal project that not only joins the conversation to promote a common good approach to a societal issue, it is also another approach to explore the terms and ideas from our textbook over the semester. Finally, the Conclusion will clearly state how all of my work over the semester will be transferred to other areas of my academic and professional journey.

Listed below are the course objectives that I actively learned while practicing and perfecting during the semester:

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