Thomas C.

My 7th grade English Portfolio

My Reflection

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

`I am definitely a better writer and fell much more confident in my writing.

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

My writing at the begging of the year was horrible compared to now. For example i was more of a tell then show person in my writing.


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

I am pretty good with topic sentences for the main idea

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

Writing paragraphs and conclusion sentences are definitely my weakness in writing

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

Hero's Journey because it made me feel confident and most powerful for me

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

The Outsiders/Hero's Journey is my favorite essay of this year because The Outsiders was a very easy book to talk about.

Artifact #1

What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of?

The piece of writing I am most proud of this is the Hero's Journey Essay. I thought it was so fun to write about The Outsiders. It is one of my favorite books i have ever read. I chose this writing because it was my most confident writing. It was a little long but pretty easy. I think this is a great essay.

Artifact #2

                                                                

Hero’s Journey Essay

Being a leader is not chosen, it is earned. This book takes place in 1961 in Tulsa Oklahoma; A boy named Ponyboy is with Greasers and has a rival with the social group, or as known as the Socs. The Outsider by S.E. Hinton, is a monomyth because Ponyboy goes on a Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences the separation from the known when Johnny kills Bob in the fountain. Ponyboy and Johnny were at the fountain having a Pepsi, It was 2:30am. Randy and Bob and three other Socs in a mustang. Johnny and Ponyboy were trapped. “You know what a greaser is?” Bob asked. “white trash, with long hair.”(55) “You know what a Soc is?” I said my voice shaking with rage. “white trash with Mustangs and Madras.” (55) In the Hero’s Journey, the Separation for the Known is when the hero, Ponyboy, and Johnny are at the fountain. Randy and Bob tried to drown Ponyboy and Johnny took out his switchblade and Bob was lying in the fountain. In The Outsiders Ponyboy realized Johnny killed Bob. Ponyboy realized Johnny killed Bob. Ponyboy did not see Johnny. Ponyboy saw Bob dead. Johnny had to kill Bob because otherwise Ponyboy would have been in the fountain instead of Bob. Bob started drowning Ponyboy but then Johnny took out his switchblade and killed Bob and Randy and the three other Socs ran away. Ponyboy feels his life is over when he is getting drowned by the Socs. He grows up when he decides not to run away with Johnny and Dally. It is very important because otherwise they would not have saved kids from the church fire.


In conclusion, The Outsiders is a monomyth because Ponyboy goes on the Hero’s Journey. From the fountain where Johnny killed Bob. Also, the church fire and the final part where ponyboy writes his letter to the teacher Mr. Syme. Ponyboy sticks with his group. The lesson in the story of The Outsiders is to stick together be united and never give up, never surrender.

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