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?
I would describe my writing at the beginning of the year as a puzzle missing a puzzle piece. It looks okay, but it's missing something and its incomplete. My writing was okay, but there is something missing that could use improvement and advice.
2. What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain.
Strengths in my writing are describing objects and using bigger vocabulary. I noticed that at the beginning of the year that I am a visual person and that my imagination tends to take over my writing, but I didn't know how exactly to put it into my writing. Now I do and that has become one of my strengths.
3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.
I want to continue to write more of similes and making connections because I can connect and relate very well, but I can't put it into my writing that makes sense or it goes well together.
4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and
thinker? Explain why.
What really captures my growth as a writer is the Holocaust Diary Entries and Letter because I had to put myself into someone else shoes to respond to another person and relate to the time of the holocaust. I also had to think carefully about how a young child would respond or be thinking of at that time.
5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.
I am most proud of The Outsider Essay I wrote because as a class we had to go thru the steps of a Hero's Journey and relate to how The Outsiders can be an example of a Hero's Journey, also known as a monomyth. We used quotes from the book to support our reason and we mixed it with our perspective and a little opinion.
Letter # 4
Everything is a chaos. I don’t know what to do. My head literally feels like it’s spinning. It feels like everytime I blink, everything is just keeps getting worse. Today my mother was very weak. All night my parents would talk. I can’t keep up with what they were saying, but I know that it’s serious. My mother was taking a nap when we heard loud noises outside. Dynn rushed to see what was happening.
“Mother, Father, Lynn. T-t-they’re here!! The Nazis!!” Mother shot up and yelled,
“Grab your bags quickly. Dynn go grab you and your sister’s bag! Lynn grab my bag as well as your Father’s.” As I rushed to get them, my mother was helping father. As soon as we got our stuff we said a quick prayer and exited the house. I could see from the corner of my eye, mother putting her hand on her stomach and closing her eyes, every now and then. There was something wrong and I could feel it. I turned to mother,
“Mother, what is wrong? Are you sick?” she looked at me and smiled.
“Everything will be alright,” she said and smiled at me. I smiled back. Dynn and I looked at each other with a worried look.
As we walked out the Nazi soldiers imediately told us to line up. We waited for almost an hour for the Nazis to check every home if there were any Jews in there. When we they had finally finished checking every home, the soldier counted how many Nazis there were. As he passed us, he took a second glance at my father. I had a worried feeling,
“Something bad must be coming,” Lynn whispered into my ear. When the soldier was done he separated the Jews into four different groups and sent us to a specific wagon. As we got to the wagon, my father struggled to get on. My heart started beating faster and faster. I closed my eyes and prayed. Then, just as I had hoped wouldn’t happen the same soldier who counted us off yelled at my mother,
“Hurry up and get him on there!! We don’t have day!!” As my mother struggled, the soldier yelled again, “Move it or lose it!” Dynn helped mother, while I held all the bags. We couldn’t get father on the wagon. My eyes watered. I quickly wiped my eyes and noticed a young jewish boy in line behind us who looked about my age. He pushed farther and got my father on the wagon. My mother thanked him. I was so thankful that I said a prayer to thank God for helping us. Dynn ran to this young boy hugged him and thanked him. I walked up to him, smiled and said,
“Thank you so much, may God bless you,” He was about an inch taller than me with light brown eyes, and dark brown hair. I smiled as he winked at me and he smiled back. Dynn looked at me, smiled and giggled a little. As I turned around to head back to mother and father, he muttered,
“Wait!” I stopped and sighed. I slowly turned around. Dynn kept walking to mother and father. “What’s your name? My name is Bob,”
“Hi, my name is Gerallynn, but I go by Lynn,” I said.
“Well, it was nice meeting you. Hope to see you around.” He replied. I smiled at him and walked back. He then winked again at both me and my sister. I rolled my eyes. He is just looking for attention.
I thought to myself and had a tickling feeling in my heart that he would do whatever it took to help our family. That was when I thought, we all are equal and have equal choices, therefore we should all be treated equal. The Lord will always provide a way.
In a monomyth there is always a hero who goes on a journey. Ponyboy is that hero. He goes through many hard trials and challenges, but in the end finds himself back to where he started. In the novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton it is an example of a monomyth because Ponyboy experiences a hero’s journey.
Ponyboy experiences The Initiation when the church catches on fire. As Ponyboy and Johnny run back in to dave the kids, “The cinders and embers began falling on us, stinging and smarting like ants (92)”. In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero must go thru many challenges. In The Outsiders, one of the challenges that Ponyboy goes thru is when the church cathces fire. Ponyboy and Johnny try saving the kids, but can’t be figured out. They are trying to find kids, but survive at the same time. they also can’t be found out or they are done.
In conclusion, The Outsiders is an example of a monomyth because Ponyboy foes on a Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy gets jumped by the Socs, the burning of the church, goes through a loss of his friend, and gain knowledge on something he learned. All in all, don’t judge someone by your thought or what you heard.