San Diego Jewish Academy
High School Humanities
Nuts and Bolts of Your Portfolio

Basic Portfolio Template
Your portfolio demonstrates personal achievement

  • (CONTENT) in clearly and completely describing, with examples in multiple areas, skills learned, and strategies and types of learning used.

Go through all of your work and make decisions about what you will include. As you make your selections, remember that we expect your portfolio to reveal your efforts and accomplishments in areas of communication:

  • writing
  • reading
  • speaking
  • listening
  • visual presentation
  • use of appropriate technology
  • individual and collaborative work

Rather than require a set number of pieces in any area, we challenge you to find the clearest and most effective way to show what you have achieved in this class this semester.

  • (REFLECTION) in thoughtfully relating learning to progress as shown in your portfolio presentation and your reflection.

Using writing and compelling design (imagery), communicate your reflections or rationales about why you chose EACH piece for inclusion. Think about many types of learning, such as independence, confidence, communication, knowledge, understanding, etc. Write about what it is about these pieces, individually and as a group, that demonstrates your learning along a variety of dimensions.

Your rationales play a key role in your portfolio because they help us to see your work as you do. These writings should be highly reflective. You might consult past reflections, looking at feedback and questions that your classmates and we wrote, to help guide your thinking. Keep searching for ways to go deeper. You will have the opportunity to receive peer feedback on your rationales in class a few days before the presentations.

The following apply to the first two items from the rubric (content and reflection). Think about how you learn. Consider the variety of strategies (quick writes, literature logs, discussion, small group work, presentation, vocabulary, writing of many types, sketches, thumbnails, roughs, response, projects, revision, graphic organizers, technology, web site, e-mail, demonstrations, goal setting, etc.) we have used to interact with ideas and readings and then evaluate which have worked best for you.

  • Why?
  • How do you know that?
  • What evidence do you have of this effectiveness?
  • How might you prove it in your portfolio?
  • Where have you taken responsibility as a learner?

Include this component in your portfolio in a way that makes sense for your arrangement.

  • (EDITING) in displaying excellent control of language and design mechanics with few to no errors.

Allow yourself time to get feedback to revise, edit, edit, and edit both your portfolio and your presentation.

Your portfolio and its presentation are your 75% of your final exam. It should be error free; take pride in your accomplishments.

  • (ORGANIZATION) in displaying your work (portfolio) in a creative, appropriate, organized, and powerful manner.

Clearly organize and label all of the pieces so we can identify them from your reflections.

Compile all of this into a unified portfolio. Be creative about how you display your work; the entire portfolio reflects you. To hold your work, feel free to use a folder, box, notebook, or whatever best fits your style. Consider using cover pages and dividers to help convey your insights. You are encouraged to use PowerPoint or create your own website as well.

You may consider creating a table of contents of everything that's included.

  • (Presentation) in clearly planning and executing the presentation in a timely, organized, and powerful manner.

Almost last, write your introduction.

Bear in mind that you cannot introduce something that does not exist. Although the introduction will be the first piece we will hear and read, it should be the last piece you write so that it can provide an overview of what the portfolio reveals. Use your introduction to set the stage or context for your portfolio and to establish the tone you want to convey.

Finally, to ensure your presentation is as polished as possible...

Rehearse, time, practice on a live audience, make note cards, place post-it notes on appropriate pages.

Basic Portfolio Template

Use the following as a guide. How you chose to produce/show your portfolio depends on the contextual appropriateness.

Does the format help support the content?

In the case below, this simulates a PowerPoint presentation in which I would verbally expand on the text and images shown.

Remember, you have seven minutes to present your work, but the content of your work needs to show what tools you've used.

Welcome to my world.

Digital Portfolio

Doug Kipperman

"Plan your work,
work your plan."

Lew Kipperman

Table of Contents

Editing and Revision



I chose research as a tool because it enables me to explore a variety of subjects from different view points, with more understanding, in more depth, and with links to more credible supporting evidence.

Through research I focus on collecting information and ideas to help organize and develop my own view.

I rely on this tool more often to support my creative/problem solving process.


"What I am after, above all,
is expression."

"The Clown", Henri Matisse



I chose collaboration as a tool because it enables me to work with people who offer different ideas, provide complimentary skills, help divide the work load, and make the process more fun.

Working with others relieves me of the tasks and pressures that cause blocks and allows me to focus on what I need to do to go forward.

I actively pursue collaborative projects and at a minimum feedback from others.

San Diego Jewish Academy
High School Humanities


Editing and Revision

I chose editing and revision as tools because they enable me to look at different options, develop my ideas more fully, catch mistakes and incongruities, and produce higher quality work.

Knowing that the process promotes a progressive series of changes, I feel more comfortable taking risks and more confident in the results.

Now, rather than "falling in love" with my first idea or feeling panicked, I build in time for the editing and revision process.

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"In the end, the process by which
we work holds as
much importance as the
product we produce."


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