Information Literacy and Communication



LITR320 – World Literature

Portfolio Project Directions and Rubric


This Portfolio Project is worth 30% of your grade.

Completing this Assessment will help you to meet the following:


Course Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broadly-based knowledge of the literature of the 20th Century and early 21st Century.
  • Identify the important literary figures of the early 20th Century and discuss representative works.
  • Critically analyze and evaluate literature.
  • Connect developments in literary history with the general political and cultural history of the century.

Institutional Outcomes

  • Information Literacy and Communication – Utilize appropriate current technology and resources to locate and evaluate information needed to accomplish a goal, and then communicate findings in visual, written and/or oral formats.
  • Relational Learning – Transfer knowledge, skills and behaviors acquired through formal and informal learning and life experiences to new situations.
  • Thinking Abilities – Employ strategies for reflection on learning and practice in order to adjust learning processes for continual improvement.
  • Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning – Follow established methods of inquiry and mathematical reasoning to form conclusions and make decisions.
  • Community and Career – Participate in social, learning, and professional communities for personal and career growth.



The United States of America is comprised of many diverse cultures. Certain months throughout the year are designated toward honoring the cultural heritages of the people who make up this land. For example, February is Black History Month, March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and November is Nation Native American History Month.

The company for which you work has decided to publish a document each month in which they honor one of the many cultures around the world. You have been selected to contribute the first entry for the newsletter! You have been charged with writing a paper to share with your coworkers that teaches them about two authors, their literary works, and what you learned about the authors’ cultures as a result of reading their literary works.


This Portfolio Project is comprised of two separate requirements:

Part 1, Analysis:  You must write a literary analysis in which you critically examine literature from a culture of your choosing.

To get started, complete the following “pre-work” beginning in Week 3:

Select one (1) culture from the list below:

Cultures from which to choose:



Eastern European

Latin American

Middle Eastern

Native American


Note: This is a world literature course, so the culture you select must come from this list. Writing about an American author, for example, African-American or Asian- American, does not meet the requirements for the project.

Select and read a short story and/or poem by two (2) different authors from the culture you have selected

Once you have chosen the culture you would like to investigate, respond to the following prompts:

  • Identify and discuss one recurring theme present in two representative works from that culture.
  • Identify and discuss specific social, historical, or psychological events that influenced the authors’ writings and
  • evaluate how those events shaped the authors’ writing
  • Interpret how those events are represented in the work
  • For each of the selected works, analyze and evaluate the message the authors are trying to share in relation to the events they are discussin
  • Use research from at least four (4) scholarly, peer-reviewed sources found in the Bryant & Stratton College Virtual Library.
  • Once you have selected your sources, be sure you critically examine and evaluate those sources for use in your projec

Part 2, Oral Reflection: You must create or record a reflection using YouTube video or PowerPoint with voiceovers in which you contemplate your own learning and make connections between the skills you employed and the ways they will help you in the future.

This part of your project should be a YouTube video at least five minutes in length or a PowerPoint presentation made up of at least six slides, with voiceovers.

One of the most important skills a reader can develop is the ability to study literature and make connections between what they are reading and the ways in which the reading connects to their own lives and/or careers. For this part of your project, please record a video reflection (or PowerPoint with voiceovers) in which you address the following:

How studying literature has helped you to develop a deeper understanding of the world and various cultures around the world;

How the skills you’ve developed throughout this course will help you both personally and professionally. Be sure to make specific mention of the Lifelong Learning Competencies Bryant & Stratton College stresses. These include:

  • Information Literacy
  • Relational Learning
  • Community and Career

What you will take away from this course that will be of value to you as you move toward entering the workforce.

This portion of your project should be considered separately from Part 1. It should be treated as your personal reflection on your learning and does not need to specifically relate to the texts or thematic concepts we learned in the course.


Requirements and Formatting

Your Portfolio Project must be formatted as follows:

  • 1300-1750 Words in Length
  • APA formatting
  • Title Page
  • Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font
  • 1-inch margins
  • Page numbers in top right corner

Deliverable items for the Portfolio Project will be required at different points during the course. Details for each submission are included below in the Deliverable Descriptions.

Deliverable Descriptions

Week 3: Title of Deliverable

  • Due by the end of Week 3 at 11:59 pm, ET.

Understanding how an Essential Question guides the creation of a project is an important skill. The activity asks you to review some information about Essential Questions, respond to an Essential Question related to the course outcomes, and formulate some of your own. Once you have created your essential questions, you will review and respond to the questions created by others. Use these questions to guide your research.

After making an initial post, you should respond to at least 2 of your classmates by the end of Week 3 at 11:59 pm, ET.

Week 7: Final Submission to ePortfolio

  • Due by the end of Week 7 at 11:59 pm, ET.

This week is the final submission of your Portfolio Project.  Incorporate instructor feedback, make any additional corrections, and submit to your ePortfolio.


Upload your Portfolio Project to one of the Program Outcomes in your ePortfolio listed below.  Use the following naming convention: LITR320 – Portfolio Project:

  • Information Literacy
  • Relational Learning
  • Community and Career

For directions on how to upload your project to your ePortfolio, please see Student Resources in Blackboard on the navigation pane.


Week 7.5:  Oral Reflection

  • Due by the end of Week 7.5 at 11:59 pm, ET.

For the final piece of your Portfolio Project, you will reflect upon the course and how it directly relates to your future workplace as described above in the directions.


This reflection will be delivered orally in the format of a PowerPoint with Voiceover. The total recording should be 2-3 minutes in length.


For this reflection:

  1. Analyze the importance of this project to your future career.
  2. In your own words reflect on how this project meets the Institutional outcomes as stated on the first page.


Upload and submit your final reflection.

Reflection Grading Criteria


  • Slides are well organized and the font color, size, and style is easy to read.
  • Slides are in bullet-point format and are not written in long paragraphs
  • Bullet points highlight main points of the reflection questions


Oral Presentation:

  • Student’s voice should be clear and easy to understand
  • Student should vary his/her tone of voice and use pauses effectively to place emphasis on important points
  • Student should provide additional insight to PowerPoint slides in his/her own words. Student should not read verbatim from the slides.
  • Student should avoid non-words (“Um,” “Uh,” “You Know”) and practice using professional language



For specific grading information, please refer to the Portfolio Project Grading Rubric


LITR320 – Portfolio Project Rubric


Exceeds Expectations

Meets Expectations

Needs Improvement


Literary Analysis
40 points
36 40 points


The analysis provides an insightful, in-depth examination of the selected topic. The student makes use of more than the minimum number of required texts, external, scholarly resources, and/or themes as required by the chosen task. Analysis relies on higher-level thinking and demonstrates the student’s understanding of the interrelationship between course content,

28 35 points

The analysis demonstrates clear understanding of course concepts. The student is able to draw specific parallels between the chosen task and the selected readings. The student makes use of the minimum number of required external, scholarly resources, texts, and/or themes as required by the chosen task.

0 – 27 points


The analysis fails to demonstrate a clear understanding of course concepts and the requirements of the chosen task. The student fails to draw connections between the chosen task and the selected readings. The student does not use the required number of external, scholarly resources, texts, and/or themes.


Organization/Development 30 points

27 – 30 points


The project follows a logical and clear pattern of development as established early in the writing. Points presented by the author are followed by supporting evidence from both the text being analyzed and the external, scholarly resources. All most all paragraphs work toward supporting the thematic concepts as required by the chosen topic.

21 26 points


The project follows a logical and clear pattern of development as established in the writing. Points presented by the author are followed by supporting evidence from either the text being analyzed or the external, scholarly resources. Most paragraphs work toward supporting thematic concepts as required by the chosen topic.

0 – 20points


The organization of the project makes reading difficult and confusing. There is little or no development of points presented in the writing. Supporting details are missing, unclear, or fail to adequately support the author’s point. The author demonstrates an inability to connect ideas together in a thoughtful and logical manner.


20 points

18 – 20 points


The author makes use of highly academic vocabulary and varied sentence structures. The writing flows smoothly and transitions easily and clearly between ideas. There is no point at which the reader becomes confused by the writing and the overall reading experience is effortless. The essay has 3 or fewer grammatical errors which do not hinder the reader’s understanding of the writing.

14 17 points


The author makes use of appropriate language and various sentence structures.

There are times when the writing lacks flow and transitioning between ideas is not smooth. There are some points at which the reader may be confused by the writing, but the overall reading experience is suitable. The essay has more than 3 grammatical errors, but they do not hinder the reader’s understanding of the writing.

0 – 13 points


The vocabulary used is inappropriate for the assigned task. The writing relies on sentence structures that make for a difficult or challenging reading experience. There are several points throughout the analysis when the reader may become confused. The overall reading experience is unsatisfactory. There are significant grammatical errors patterns, some of which hinder the reader’s understanding of the writing.


APA Requirements

10 points

9 – 10 points


There is no more than 1 error in in-text documentation. Reference page has no more than 1 error. Title page is free from errors. 1” margins, 12 pt. Arial or Times New Roman font are used.

7 – 8 points


There are fewer than 3 errors in in-text

documentation. Reference page has fewer than 3 errors. Title page is free from errors. 1” margins, 12 pt. Arial or Times New Roman font are used.

0 – 6 points


There are 4 or more errors in in-text

documentation. Reference page is missing or has more than 4 errors. 1 or more errors are present on the title page. 1” margins, 12 pt. Arial or Times New Roman font are used

Instructor Comments:   Total Points:  


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