I will post questions here that I think might help more than the one student who asked it.
I understand the assignment of the auto-biographical/historical literature over myself and my dealings with literature. I am more confused on the basis of what the literary questions have for the class. Are they just for our benefit? Do we need to pick one of these questions every class day and write over it to turn in eventually? Are these questions a part of our portfolios?
The literacy questions (and I revised the prompt for portfolio so it might be clearer now) are meant to help you write the literacy autobiography, which will help you write your teaching philosophy & statement of teaching (for portfolios 2 and 3, respectively). I will discuss this in class,too. Thanks for a good question!
The other issue that I find worries me a great deal is the portfolios are assigned. I have to admit that the assignments seem interesting and will surely be productive, but in reading the description of them I am afraid that somewhere between the beginning of the assignment and the end I will find myself lost and not sure what to do to either get the ball rolling or worst of all not sure how exactly to tie up the loose ends and finish off the project.
One reasurance I will give you is that we will do a fair amount of this work in class, and in groups, so that you will have a lot of support from me and your peers. I also want to repeat my encouragement to come to my office and/or the writing center, so that we can talk one on one.