Sam.M

7th Grade English Portfolio

My English Reflection

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

I think my writing has gotten more detailed and thoughtful. In the beginning of the year, I described the basic outline of the topic I was writing about. Now, I give more insight and depth in my writing.

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

I think my biggest strength is writing stories. I have a really good imagination, so I can paint great pictures in the readers' head. Fantasy is also my favorite genre.

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

I want to know how to write longer stories. The longest story I have ever wrote was about five pages long. I need to know how to stretch out my writing.
4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why.

I think that it would be my micro-memoir. It is not finished yet, but it tells a great story, and really paints a picture in your head. It is a true story, but still seems like fantasy.

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

I am most proud of my Outsiders essay.I feel like I really summarized its parts, and examined the book. I feel like this is my best essay.If you look down, you will see it.

Artifact #1

It takes many things to be a hero. You need to have strength, courage, loyalty, love, and you need to make sacrifices. A hero needs to have all these traits to complete his quest, or reach his goal. In the book The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, Ponyboy, a greaser, lives in Oklahoma in the year 1967. There are two local groups, the greasers and the socials, who fight dangerously with each other. The Outsiders is a monomyth because Ponyboy experiences the four steps of the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when his best friend, Johnny, murders a social named Bob. Bob and his friend, Randy, were drowning Ponyboy in a fountain. Even though it was against the law, Johnny stabs Bob with a knife to save his friend. After the murder, Johnny says, ““I killed him,” he said slowly, “I killed that boy.””(56). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero is separated from what he knows and what is comfortable to him, for example, his house. This usually happens because of a certain event. In The Outsiders, Johnny murders another boy. Before this, Johnny was innocent, shy, and never got into fights. It was common for fights to break out, or for socials to jump greasers. But Johnny does something way too harsh, something that wasn’t normal for him, even if it was to save his best friend. People would start to find out, and the cops would start to come after them, so they later decide to run away to the countryside. Johnny and Pony leave their town because of this, so that is why this murder is the Separation from the Known. They leave what is known to them.

In conclusion, The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is a monomyth because Ponyboy goes through the four main parts of the Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy experiences challenges and events that change him. and his point of view on life. He also returns with a significant gift that he will try to share. The Hero’s Journey is in many books, movies, and TV shows. Basically in anything with a story. A few examples are Percy Jackson and The Olympians, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead. Thank you for reading.

Artifact #2

In life, precaution is important. Precaution means to think before acting, and if people did not do that, they would probably be dead right now. In “The Walrus and the Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll, the walrus tricks some naive oysters into joining him on a walk, that would end in disaster. In this classic poem, Carroll uses personification and ethos to emphasise the theme of thinking before acting.

First, Lewis Carroll uses personification to make the the poem seem like a childish fairy tale. When Carroll describes the Walrus luring the Oysters to their doom, they come out wearing little shoes: “Their shoes were clean and neat” (46). Oysters don’t walk and wear shoes like humans, that could never happen. Carroll has to do this, though, to appeal to children. The Oysters really symbolize regular people, falling into a politician’s trap, but kid’s won’t understand that. They will understand a Walrus tricking Oysters to be eaten. This quote also refers to the theme, the Oysters do not think of the consequences, and immediately join the Walrus, not thinking before acting.

Carroll also uses ethos to have the poem seem more realistic. When the Walrus convinces the Oysters to join him on his walk, he says “A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk, along the briny beach,” (33-34). Ethos means trustworthiness. The Oysters trust the Walrus right away, and come with him, on what they think, is a pleasant walk. This happens all the time in real life. Media and Politicians do not force you to do something. Instead, they make you trust them that what they have is a good thing. Thinking about their offer is important, or disaster will come. The Walrus does not force the Oysters, instead he makes them trust that his lies are true.

Carroll emphasizes the theme of thinking before acting, by using personification and ethos. If you do not do this, it will end badly. The Oysters did not think, and they ended up eaten. If an insurance salesman comes with a deal, thinking about it is important, or life might be ruined. Thinking before acting is deathly important.

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