7th Grade Social Studies e-portfolio
Guidelines & FAQs
To access the e-Portfolio Template, Go to Google Docs,
Create a New Site and then click on the Templates in the Gallery
Select the 7th Grade Social Studies e-Portfolio
Rename your portfolio as follows: Last Name, First Initial e-Portfolio
Choose a theme that you like
You are ready to start working on your e-portfolio!
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What is an e-portfolio?
A portfolio is a purposeful collection of your work that shows your efforts, achievements, and growth over the course of the school year. This collection will be housed online using Google Sites. You will also be required to reflect on your work and show an understanding of your own learning and growth. This work will also reflect critical and creative thinking.
What is the rationale for using an e-portfolio instead of more traditional ways of assessing student work?
More traditional assessments offer a single snapshot of what you have learned. This portfolio will allow you and your teachers to see a wide range of assessments and activities. You will also learn more about who you are as a learners when you reflect on a variety of your work.
What are the Social Studies Benchmarks? You will be required to show evidence of the 12 social studies benchmarks listed here:
1. Analyze information (primary & secondary sources, news & media)
2. Construct a response to a document-based question
3. Determine authenticity of sources & recognize bias
4. Develop a thesis and write an essay
5. Demonstrate an understanding of American History and Government
6. Display empathy and participate in a service learning project
7. Effectively use technology to demonstrate content knowledge
8. Deliver an oral presentation
9. Read and understand maps
10. Develop research strategies and note-taking skills
11. Demonstrate effective study and test-taking skills
12. Take a stand on an issue and prove a point
How many artifacts do I have to post?
You will be required to post at least 2 artifacts for each of the 12 benchmarks listed above. Ideally, these artifacts will take place at different times during the school year.
What types of artifacts should I post?
You may choose to post any of the assessments you have completed through the year. Some examples might be: homework assignments, classwork activities, tests, quizzes, projects, or social network conversations. You should try to post graded rubrics whenever possible. This will show you how you grew over the school year. Scanners may be used to turn your work into a digital format (PDF).
Should I only post my best work?
A portfolio is designed to show effort and achievement. What makes a portfolio different from just a collection of work is that it also shows growth through reflection. You will be asked to reflect on each artifact you choose to include, and to think about your journey as a learner. In your reflections, you can analyze your areas of strength as well as the areas that challenge you.
For example, you may choose to include a DBQ test from November because it was a challenge for you to prepare for it, you are proud of your grade, and pleased with the level of detail in your answers. But, when you take another DBQ in May, you may realize that your answers are much more developed and the preparation process was easier. When adding the May DBQ to your portfolio, you should reflect on how and why you think your DBQ writing skills have improved.
What do I have to do each time I post an artifact?
Students will be required to complete the following requirements for each artifact posted on his/her site.
1. Name of the assignment
2. Date of the assignment
3. Purpose of the assignment (Why do you think your teacher assigned this work?)
4. Answer the Bloom’s Taxonomy reflection questions for each category (see next question)
5. How did you use critical and creative thinking to accomplish this assignment? Review the C&CT chart on your portfolio sidebar. Select the most important skills (2 or more) and explain how you used them.
6. Post the artifact as a .jpeg, .mov, etc.
How will I be graded?
At the end of each quarter, your portfolio progress will be assessed.
At the end of the school year, your teacher will assess your e-portfolio work using a final rubric.