Organizing Writing Portfolios
Many teachers are responsible for some type of writing portfolio. When the time comes for students to select specific types of writing to put into the portfolio, confusion can abound. To make organization and selection of the portfolio pieces easier, I use colored dots. Personal narratives have a red dot, transactive or persuasive pieces have a blue dot, pieces written out of content have a green dot, etc. When it comes time to organize the writings into stacks and select specific pieces, I direct their selections by color, and student confusion is eliminated.