• The Graduate Portfolio and Defense was developed as a graduation requirement because most of the skills students will need to use after high school can't be assessed by a standardized test. The Defense is an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning and reveal the many aspects of their skill sets/interests that will benefit them as they move into college and careers. Students will reflect on what they've learned and create a presentation that celebrates who they are and what they can do. It is an opportunity to brag! (It is also excellent practice for college, internship, and job interviews.)

  • This is a mandatory requirement, which requires guidance and interaction with Mr.Quaranta.  You must attend English 4A Seminar on Tuesdays at 9:30am. If you have trouble accessing the classes confirm with Ms. Gonzalez and Mr. Quaranta you are added to the roster.

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  • Critical Components (scored using common rubrics):


    Part I: Portfolio Content – Assignments must be previously scored
    1. RESEARCH, as evidenced via Research paper (6-8 pages) - evidence of student’s critical
    thinking skills, use of evidence to support claims, and critical reading ability

    2. CREATIVITY, as evidenced via various student work - student work that showcases crea-
    tive/innovative solutions, processes and/or actual product

    3. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION, via Reflection paper (3-5 pages) - evidence of written com-
    munication skills, ability to reflect and assess growth and progress on items 1 and 2 above. This

    paper will also serve as the script for the oral presentation.
    Portfolio and Defense Options:

    A. Students may select a new topic during their senior year that incorporates all critical compo-
    nents of the portfolio content

    OR
    B. Select their best work from different class assignments throughout their high school years that
    meet the critical components of the portfolio content

    Part II: Defense of Learning: ORAL COMMUNICATION/PRESENTATION:
    A. Sharing of portfolio – share 3 graded documents with panel of judges
    B. Individual presentation in front of panel of judges (8-10 minutes)
    C. Use of technology - well-produced audio/visual aids or media
    Question and answer session (5 minutes) – as demonstration of growth, reflection and self-evaluation