By Matthew D.

                                                                   Portfolio essay

1. How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the year and how would you describe it now? At the beginning of the year I was not to good at writing and could not spell things that well but now I am really good at spelling and punctuation.

2. What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain.

I consider reading as my strength because I love reading and I am good at it.
3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.

I want my punctuation to improve.

4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why. my outsiders essay, because I got a good grade on it and it was really good
5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.

My outsiders essay because as I said before I got a good grade on it

artifact #1
Once upon a time their was a hero who went on a journey. Ponyboy adventures by himself with know one to help him. The outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a monomyth because Ponyboy goes on a heros journey. Ponyboy experiences the separation from the known when Darry hits him. Darry hits Ponyboy because he comes home late. Ponyboy says in the book “Darry wheeled around and hit me so hard that I knocked against the door. In the hero's journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero encounters something he’s never encountered before. In the outsiders Ponyboy is separated fr.om the known when Darry hits him. He is separated from the known because he’s never been hit by a family member before. It is unusual for Ponyboy so he runs away. He has never ran away before so he doesn’t know what to do. He asks Johnny to come with him. Johnny asks no questions and follows Ponyboy.In conclusion this is a monomyth because Ponyboy goes on a heros journey in the book the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. In the book Johnny dies and Dally commits suicide. I think this book connects to the real world because teenagers still get into fights and sometimes kill each other.

artifact #2
The world in “The Giver”, by Lois Lowry is a dystopia, because in this world, people often do not get to make decisions about their own lives. The most important decision of all, either to live or die is made by the Nurturers. The Nurturers kill babies. If the babies are too small, not heavy enough or too heavy, they are put down (killed). Jonas watched a recording of his father “releasing” a newborn baby. “To his surprise, his father began very carefully to direct the needle into the top of the newchild’s forehead, puncturing the place where the fragile skin pulsed ” (Ch. 19, p.149). This newborn baby was one of a set of twins. Twins are not allowed in this world, so the lightest one was put down. A dystopia is a society, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. Any society where babies are killed just because they don’t meet the society rules is certainly a frightening place. If this was a utopia, every newborn child would get the same chance to live. In this community The Elders decide when children get certain privileges. Ceremonies are held once every year for children moving into the next age group. At these ceremonies, children get given privileges determined by their age. For example when children become nine, they get bikes. “Jonas could see them applauding dutifully as the Nines, one by one, wheeled their new bicycles, each with its gleaming name tag attached to the back, from the stage.” (Ch. 6, p.45). Riding bikes is fun and a great form of exercise. It is also a good way to learn balance and coordination as well as a great way to get around. Children should be allowed to ride bikes when they are able to. Waiting until a defined age until you can do certain things is not what you would find in a utopia, where you would have more freedom to choose.In conclusion Jonas made the right choice leaving the community because it is a terrible place to live.

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