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CAP Portfolio

My Role in the World

Senior Junior 7 Sophomore 7 Freshman 7

Critical Social Media & Advanced Reasoning Awareness Communications Exhibitions


Critical Reasoning: Assignments in this category require that students deeply analyze an issue or topic and examine both their own and others beliefs and perspectives. o How does this assignment help me better understand my thinking and question those ideas I believe to be true? Social Awareness: Assignments in this category help students gain a better understanding of the environment and world around them and help them attain greater capacity to affect change in their community. This category has been combined with Ethics and Values. o How does this assignment help me learn more about society and provide me an opportunity to promote positive change within my community? o How does this assignment help me better understand my values and the role they play in the decisions I make? Media and Communications: Assignments in this category reflect an understanding of medias role in shaping our society, and/or how mass communication can enrich or limit society. o How does this assignment help me understand Medias influence? To what extent does the Media shape our values? Advanced Exhibitions: Assignments or activities in this category are ones that are generally beyond the traditional classroom setting and showcase individual and unique student talents or interests. Exhibitions may be academically based, or completely outside the classroom. Students are required to showcase one different Advanced Exhibition per year, for a total of three. o How does this activity enrich my life and the lives of those around me?

All assignments submitted for consideration must include a reflection (see attachment). Gradelevel teachers will approve all portfolio submissions.

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Assignment/Activity Title Candidate Analysis SkillWriting, Research, Critical Thinking

YearSophomore Portfolio CategorySocial Awareness

This assignment, the Candidate Analysis Essay, was an essay predicting the outcome of the 2014 Gubernatorial Election in Maryland. I had to pick three candidates whose campaigns and stances I had to analyze, and then predict who I thought would win. I got a 9/10 on the assignment. This assignment helped me grow in social awareness because it made me aware of social situations around my state. I learned a lot about the different ways to fix the important problems in this state through the different campaign ideas of each candidate. I also became aware of which politicians are doing well and which are doing badly in terms of popularity, which leads to more awareness socially. This piece helped me with streamlining my research. Like all NSL essays, it was long and researchheavy. However, this essay in particular was giving me a lot of trouble in the research stage. This was because all of the information, so new and ever-changing, caused me to overload. My brain was trying to research too many different things at one time, and that prevented me from learning anything useful about the project. But after a couple of frustrating class periods without accomplishing anything, I began to streamline my researching. I would pick a main topic and focus on nothing else until I had learned what I needed to know. This eventually helped get my essay off the ground and completed in a timely fashion. My results didnt differ much from the polls or the general idea. The election was not lacking in competition, but the outcome was not difficult to predict. The real difficulty in this essay came from the analyzing the viewpoints of each candidate. Though they all state their viewpoints of wanting to save everything and give everyone money, they couldnt realistically do it. Finding the realistic plan of each candidate, after many hours of work, was the true point of doing this assignment, for me at least. If I were to do it over again, I would streamline my research more. Though I did a lot of research, those precious lost days could have and would have made a difference. The most important information came towards the end of my research, and more of it may have come out if I had that extra time. That being said, the essay itself was quite long without the extra research. Cutting out information is hard for me to do, because I always want to whole issue to be shown. Extra research could have just complicated the project and made me cut out something that I shouldnt have.

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Assignment/Activity Title SkillWriting, Media, Research.

YearFreshman, Sophomore PortfolioCritical Reasoning, Ethics.

Metacognitive ReflectionThe following questions ARE NOT A SCRIPT!! Use the ideas within the questions to reflect on the assignment and its significance to you. Your reflection MUST use Times New Roman font, size 11, single spacing

How does this assignment reflect your growth in the category in which you are placing it? How have you changed as a result of this assignment? Why is it important to include this piece in your portfolio? How and where does this fit in with your prior knowledge? How do you think that others will react to this product? What process did you use to complete the product? What did you learn by doing this assignment? How does the portfolio product illustrate the connection(s) you've made between yourself and the course material? In what ways would you do things differently if you could do it over again? What did you discover about yourself? How does it relate to your future? How does it illustrate your strengths and/or weaknesses? What obstacles and challenges did you have to deal with, and how did this struggle change you? How does the portfolio product show that your perspective on the world has deepened? How does it relate to your understanding of the world around you? Which of your accomplishments makes you feel most proud?

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