Etagu z.

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 in the beginning of the year was, pretty bad it had a lot of errors  and I would always forget to put periods and commas at the end of my sentences. I feel like my writing this year has gotten a lot better. It's more passionate and enduring to read.

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

* I am very passionate about my writing, I like to really show my feelings.It tends to be that when I have read a book, or if I am writing about something that I am interested about I really show my feelings and I talk a lot about my thoughts towards it.

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

*I would like to replace little words for explaining things with big words and adding more detail about things.

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

*I thought that my perspective writing really captured my passionate writing abilities.

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

*Well I don't think that I have one specific writing piece that I am especially proud of, but I did really enjoy the Holocaust pen pal writing. As not so pleasant as this sounds I thought that my Genocide essay was written pretty well.

Artifact #1


Dear Mike,

For days now I haven't taken a decent shower. Everyone around me stinks. In the Ghetto, running water and the sewer system don’t work that well so some people don’t get to take shower’s. At night my room and most of the entire house feels hot and stuffy because its so crowded with 5-6 people per room. Which makes me feel like I need to run outside naked, but it’s not safe outside, especially at night. We have food but were running out. My father and my mother have lost their jobs because the Nazis made them give it up which means were ok on money for now but not for long. I asked my parents last night why we had to move from our old house to here in the first place. They replied, “We will have that discussion when you get older.” I hate it when they say that. I’m not a baby. I am 9 years old. That counts for something, right?

Everything is suddenly so different. I had a good life before. Now, I am scared for what each day holds. I dont understand why the Nazis have suddenly all this power and where it came from. Why do they hate us so much? I have so many questions that nobody will answer. All I want to know is what’s going on?

Artifact #2

Genocide Essay

     Hi my name is Etagu Zilliac I am a reporter in Palo Alto i'm researching information more about the horrible genocide that happened in Rwanda more than 800,000 mix of Hutu & Tutus had died with bodies covering the streets of Rwanda.

From April to July 1994, ethnic majority of Hutu & Tutsi, of eastern-central of Rwanda slaughtered as many as 800,000 people, mostly an Tutsi majority. As the brutal slaughtering happened the rest of the world just standing idly watching. And not doing anything. 100 days of non stop slaughtering happened which left piles of bodies just lying waiting to be picked up and taken care of.

The reason for all of this colossal and horrible situation was because the Hutu & Tutsi both wanted to be in leadership and wanted to be in charge but both couldn't decide on who. So they went into fighting which led to slaughtering any people from both sides. Children,women,men,seniors, were all killed just because they were either Hutu or Tutsi. It was also very surprising on how fast the whole thing went normally these sorts of things happen slowly over years.

20% of the whole population was slaughtered and those who have lost are still in mourning. We all still think and remember what happened with a chill going down your backs. I think that the very few survivors will have a very hard time trying to forget all the images of the genocide and everything that happened. I think that they will be scarred for life and also think that nobody should have never have had to go through it.

by Etagu zilliac

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