Ben B.

7th-Grade English Portfolio

My Portfolio Reflection

1. How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the year and how would you describe it now?

My writing has absolutely changed since the start of the year. I have learned to write in a more in depth way that is much more interesting to read. Every writing project we finished, I learned knew ways to make my writing all the better.

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

I think that my biggest strength is writing persuasive essays. I enjoy the process of finding strong reasons for a certain idea and backing them up with good supporting detail. I can always write a strong piece that I would expect to sway someones opinion on the chosen topic.

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.

I need to work on correctly formatting quotes. Throughout the year I have had trouble with writing a lead in for quotes and formatting them with the correct quotation markings. Thankfully this is a simple fix problem.

4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why.

I think my Holocaust Final Diary Entry best showed my writing talent of all the writing pieces I have written this year.  It showed my thinking clearly and with a strong voice without any superfluous details.

5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.

I am most proud of my news article on the Rwandan Genocide. Even though I did not get my very best grade on this piece I still love the way it was formatted and the looks of it. It also seems like an authentic news article which is very cool.q

Artifact #1

Holocaust Pen-Pal Project - Final Assessment

Dear Felicia,

My father’s iron smith shop had all front windows broken in with shattered glass everywhere. Hurtful words were scratched into the wood of the door frame. People had obviously crawled through the broken windows, ransacked, and looted the store. Just imagine a metal shop after a tornado came through it. Tools and paper were strewn across the floor, the scrap metal was stolen and thrown across the property, or used as a baton against other shops. I feel absolutely horrid and I have this heavy feeling in my stomach like when you know something bad is coming.

There is a difference between someone illegally breaking into your home or shop, and the government letting them break in. It is a much more personal feeling you get. I would feel much different if this were a random attack and not individualized to jews. I can see many other shops owned by us jews that had similar damage done. Several of the large scale ironwork tools were either destroyed or taken. Everything is gone… and there is no way to get it back. We can not even build up the business again, and even if we were able to, we are being forced to sell the property!

In this time I commonly think to myself, “I used to be a German citizen. And now I am treated as if, not only we are not german, but as a plague to Germany!” This is an outrage! How could we be treated like animals when we not too long ago, a big contribution to Germany! I don’t understand how this is helping our country be revived. I was wrong to vote for this party. How could they do this to usjQuery21008308357410132885_1400005580367? I just don’t understand…

Signing off,

Israel Cohen

Artifact #2

The Anniversary of The Rwandan Genocide

By: Ben Bernstein and Elyjah Benson

Here in Rwanda, we stand in the place of the slaughtering of hundreds of thousands. Nineteen years ago many Tutsis were killed. This is the place of the Rwandan Genocide. Starting long ago, the Hutu and the Tutsis had ruling issues. They battled for control over Rwanda although the Tutsis were only ten percent of the entire population.

In 1995, Hutu President Habyarimana, was assassinated. Meanwhile a Hutu extremist leader wanted to eliminate opposition to his rule. He used this event to his advantage and blamed the attack on the Tutsis. The slaughtering begun.

The Hutu extremists set up road blocks all around Rwanda. All Tutsis that tried to leave were killed. Refuge churches were also blown up with women

and children alike inside. The worst part is that since bullets are expensive, many of the Tutsis were killed with handheld weapons; bats, machetes, knifes, etc. A Tutsi could sometimes pay for his/her own death by paying for the bullet. The Hutu’s also killed all Tutsi government people. Since the government had lists of all of the people in Rwanda with either Tutsi, Hutu, or Twa, the Hutus could go door to door killing everyone.

The Hutu was the main group in Rwanda. They knew that they could over power all the other groups in Rwanda. So when the decided to take over they didn't want any opposition. Also the amount of Tutsi deaths, was by far the most, by Hutu forces because Tutsis were the second largest. The deaths of Hutu were almost all caused by Tutsi forces.

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