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A Letter to the Reviewer. Reflective Writing. A Letter to the Reviewer…. Is an important piece for your portfolio Is scored on an equal basis with the other pieces in the portfolio. A Letter to the Reviewer…. Provides an unifying factor that connects all the pieces in the portfolio

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A Letter to the Reviewer

Reflective Writing


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A Letter to the Reviewer…

  • Is an important piece for your portfolio

  • Is scored on an equal basis with the other pieces in the portfolio


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A Letter to the Reviewer…

  • Provides an unifying factor that connects all the pieces in the portfolio

  • Turns a folder of your best pieces into a portfolio


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A Letter to the Reviewer…

  • Is designed for a student to assess him or herself as a writer


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A Letter to the Reviewer is NOT…

  • An opportunity to praise or criticize KERA

  • A generic description of stages in the writing process


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A Letter to the Reviewer is NOT…

  • A thank-you note to express gratitude to the reviewer for assessing your portfolio

  • An elaborate table of content listing and/or summarizing every portfolio entry


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A Letter to the Reviewer is NOT…

  • An evaluation of your teacher

  • A list of unsupported claims about your improvement as a writer


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A Letter to the Reviewer is NOT…

  • An unrevised, unedited piece written on the portfolio due date

  • A persuasive essay to convince the teacher how much you enjoy writing


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A Letter to the Reviewer is NOT…

  • A final attempt to “schmooze” the teacher into giving you an “A”

  • A voiceless response to every item listed above


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A description of himself/herself as a writer including:

Goals as a writer

Progress and growth as a writer through the year

Who or what has influenced the writing process and growth

Approaches used by the student when writing

Purpose of the Letter to the Reviewer


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Purpose of theLetter to the Reviewer

  • Selection of portfolio pieces including:

    A) How he/she arrived at his/her selections

    B) Role of the writing folder in portfolio selections

    C) Prewriting/thinking about the topic(s)

    D) Revision strategies that were helpful


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Purpose of theLetter to the Reviewer

  • Selection of portfolio pieces including:

    E) Editing strategies that were helpful

    F) Kinds of changes made and reasons for those changes

    G) Influence of teacher/peer conferencing


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Purpose of theLetter to the Reviewer

  • Any other comments the student wishes to make about this year’s writing


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Things to Remember

  • The Letter to the Reviewer…

    • Is the only piece written exclusively for the portfolio.

    • Students have only one Letter to the Reviewer, but have several choices regarding other categories


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Things to Remember

  • The Letter to the Reviewer…

    - Is the final piece for inclusion in the assessment portfolio!

    - is a self-assessment of the writer’s work


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