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Portfolio of Religions in America

Follow the instruction to write 3000 words portfolio of Religions in America

Please go through all the details carefully.


You will need to login to the course and grab anything you need to finish the portfolio.

All the work must be original

Turnitin report is required

  • Portfolio Essays

    The portfolio essays are somewhat different from traditional thesis-style papers or research papers, so please read the following instructions carefully. The first portfolio essay is due mid-way through the course and it constitutes a summary and analysis of the material covered during the first half of the course. Your final portfolio essay is due at the end of the course and it constitutes a summary and analysis of the material covered during the second half of the course.


Your essays cannot be simply a repeat of your discussion board posts strung together with a few connective sentences, and with a few words tweaked. You cannot receive grade points twice for the same one content. Your essays must contain new original substantive material. This will require you to make some new comments and to introduce a summary and analysis of some additional aspects of the course material beyond what you have covered in your discussion board response posts.

One very effective approach is to write your essay as if you were writing a letter to a friend. In your “letter” tell your friend what has been covered in the course thus far. Include whatever you think would be important for your friend to know. Obviously, you can’t cover every little detail/issue discussed in the broadcasts/lectures, textbook and discussion board, so you need to give your friend an overview of key points and, along the way, perhaps some more focused discussion of some things you found particularly interesting or controversial. Again, a very good way to do this is to go through the course content, module by module, discussing the most important aspects of what has been studies in each module.


Don’t concentrate on just one aspect of the course such as the textbook—be sure you draw upon the material covered in the broadcasts/lectures and discussion responses in addition to the readings. The main thing is to do a good job of “teaching your friend” about the topics we’ve covered thus far, and demonstrate to your instructor your knowledge of this material. You are not required to use the “letter to a friend” approach—it is merely a suggestion. Whether or not you use the “letter to a friend” format, your essay should summarize and reflect upon the major topics discussed in the course.

When writing your essay be sure to keep in mind the following grading rubric. Your portfolio essay will be evaluated on how well you:

1) Demonstrate that you have read and understood assigned portions of the texts & articles.

2) Demonstrate that you have viewed/listened to and understood the lectures and/or broadcasts.

3) Include your own commentary on, reaction to, reflection upon, or analysis of, aspects of this material.

4) Articulate the above in clear, grammatically correct prose.

  • You are encouraged to work on your portfolio essays throughout the course. I need to assess your knowledge of the topics and issues covered during the course, and the better the job you do of demonstrating your knowledge, understanding, and skills at analysis, the better the grade I can assign for your work in the course.

    Each portfolio essay must be a minimum of 3,000 wordsof solid original writing.  Any title pages and/or bibliography entries are not included in the word-count. You are always welcome to submit essays longer than the required minimum! Each essay must be double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman, and must be submitted on our course site using the “Portfolio Essay” links provided in the modules. Please make sure that your essay text is readable in the assignment submission space provided on our course-site. If you submit a link to a document file without the text of our essay appearing in the space provided, I probably won’t be able to open the doc file. If I can’t read your submission text, I won’t be able to assign you a grade for that assignment.


NOTE WELL: I will not bother to read, grade, or assign points to any essay submission which falls short of the required minimum of 3,000 words; such inadequate submissions will automatically receive zero points. No special notification of this will be made to you other than the zero points appearing under the relevant column in the grade center of our course site. Do not bother attempting to estimate the number of words in your essay draft, and do not simply count the pages involved. Computers have a feature (usually found under “tools”) that allows you to automatically view the word-count of your document draft. Remember, longer essays are always welcome; when in doubt, consider whether your essay would be improved by discussing additional course content themes and items.

As stated, your essays must summarize, analyze and reflect on the contents of this course, therefore, other than remarking upon research assignments, there is no need to draw upon sources from outside our assigned course materials. Your essays can include brief quotations from course materials, including passages from your own or other students’ Discussion Board posts, but only if you clearly place the entirety of such passages in quotation marks and cite the sources (eg: “Jones, DB Ques 3A”). You may also paraphrase brief passages from your own DB posts, but once again, your essay cannot simply be a rehash of your DB responses strung together. As with any academic essay, passages quoted from other authors (including your fellow students), and/or paraphrased from your own posted responses may constititue no more than 10% of your essay.

Your essays should consist of about equal parts your summary of assigned course materials, and your analysis of/reflection on these materials, and you should include all the types of content components, not only the assigned textbooks or only the assigned videos, or only the Discussion Board (DB), etc. If you achieve the required minimum word-count just in writing your summary, but have not yet included a nearly equal amount of analysis/personal reflection, then even though you have reached that minimum word-count, your essay is only half completed and you need to keep writing.

  • Essay submissions which do not meet the minimum word requirement, and/or do not contain sufficient substantive analytic/reflective content will not receive any points.

As this is a 200 or 300 level university course, you should be able to write substantive, reflective papers of the quality and length described. Before submitting your paper, I suggest you run a spell and grammar check, then proof-read (again) and correct for the annoying common wrong “corrections” spell check usually adds to a text. Then have a friend or family member read your work aloud to you, then read it back aloud to him or her. This will help you determine if what you have written on the page is actually what you intended to write. Check for word count. If your work is considerably more brief than the required minimum word-count of 3000, you definitely need to add more pertinently informed and reflective content to your work before submitting.

Well warned is well-prepared. You will receive no credit for a paper that is less than at least 3,000 words of solid relevant text in the required format. Do not bother to try to write while drunk or baked, hungover or sleepwalking; such submissions always fail miserably—hilariously/ horribly fun as they may be to write or read. Be kind to your tender brilliant brain, convey to me in your own wordswhat you found most interesting about your experience of sincerely engaging our course content. Insincere, shoddy work is a total waste of your time and mine. I love to read sincere attempts at summarizing and reflecting upon the content of our course materials; writing such papers should be enjoyable for you as well.



We all make at least a few egregious grammatical/spelling errors and typos from time to time; I will not take points off for such things as long as they are few and I am able to easily and reasonable discern the sense of what you are attempting to convey, but definitely do run spell check. Don’t just guess at how to spell the names of persons, religions, countries, etc., referenced in this course—look them up! It will be assumed that if your submissions indicate that you have not learned how to spell the names referenced in this course, you have not adequately learned the course content, and your submission will not earn full points. This is important. Don’t rely on spell-check for such items—refer to our course content.


Last Updated on July 6, 2019

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