Samantha H.

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?

In the beginning of the year, I had bad grammar.  My writing was also very vague and also very repetitive.  Now, my grammar has improved, and I now know to  'show not tell' and also many other things to make my writing better

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

Although, I have many flaws in my writing, I think that one my strengths are using descriptive words.  I am good at finding many words to describe one thing.  I am also old at describing the characteristics of an object or a person.

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

I would like to improve my CUPS (capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling).  Although I have improved a lot this year, my  grammar has a lot of room for improving.  Often times I have a hard time with sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

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

My best captures my growth would probably be my Outsiders Hero's Journey essay.  It shows my growth the most because in this essay, because I had the least mistakes grammatically.  Also, the whole essay flows very well in general.  

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

I am also most proud of my Hero's Journey essay.  I am proud of it because it shows the most growth for me.  I am proud how much I learned this year.

Artifact #1

My first writing assignment of the year

My name is Sam, and I am a photographer, a soccer player, and a shop-a-holic. My first symbol is a camera. I only recently got interested in photography. I first started last year when I joined the yearbook committee. Since I am not good at working on the pages online, I started taking pictures. I like taking photos because, like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and looking back at pictures remind me of fun memories. My second symbol in my logo is a soccer ball. I have only played soccer for one and a half years. My first season of soccer was very exciting, and I instantly fell in love with soccer. Not only is the sport fun to play, it is fun to watch and follow. The Stanford women soccer team and the Earthquakes are my favorite teams. Another thing is that my friends and I can hang out after practices, go shopping in between games in tournaments. My third logo is a shopping bag because I am a shopaholic. I love going to the mall with my friends, I could stay all day long. It’s fun to look through all the shops, and try new things such as clothes, new foods, or shoes! I really do shop till I drop. I make my mom and my sisters shop all day when we go to the mall and they hate it. We usually shop until closing time. In conclusion, these are the things I can not live without.

Artifact #2

Hero's Journey Essay

It takes bravery to be a hero. Ponyboy Curtis is a struggling boy a part of the Greasers gang in the 60s. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a monomyth because Ponyboy experiences a Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when he meets Cherry Valance. When Cherry has to leave, she reminds Ponyboy, “‘Ponyboy …I mean...if I see you in the hall at school or someplace and don’t say hi, well , it’s not personal or anything but’” (45). In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero is unhappy with his or her current situation and wants to restore honor or justice. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy is unhappy with the segregation between the two groups, The Greasers and The Socs. When Ponyboy meets Cherry Valance they discuss many things including the two rivaling groups. Ponyboy feels very comfortable with Cherry and tells her everything that is going on in his life. However, when Cherry must leave, Cherry tells Ponyboy that she might act different in public. This is not because Cherry is a bad person. It is because she does not want her reputation to be ruined. Cherry is known as the perfect girl with perfect grades. Talking to a ‘hood’ would ruin her perfect reputation. Also if her parents found out that there were ‘hoods’ talking to her, they would be furious.

In conclusion, the novel is a monomyth because it follows the structure of the Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy is unhappy with his ‘known world’ and he wants to restore honor or justice. The Outsiders is one of many monomyths that follow all the steps of the Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy’s story is one of the more subtle Hero’s Journey.

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