Once you’ve gathered the materials that you’ll put in your portfolio and decided on your focus, it’s time to get started on the actual writing part. The best way to start an essay is by writing an introduction first. And, unlike most other essays, you can actually write the portfolio essay in the first person (unless your teacher says otherwise). This is essentially a formal version of an about me portfolio page, in which you’re both the narrator and the subject. Start your introduction by telling the reader who you are, what your portfolio is centered around (for instance, the name of the course or “My Fifth Grade Year”) and offer a little description of what’s to come.