Ezra 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?

In general my writing is not the best. At the beginning of the year my writing was not the best. Now it is a lot better with the help of structure help and tricks. But it has improved a lot now.

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

Probably creativity is one of my best skills.  I can come up with some pretty creative stuff.

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

I need help with making text descriptive. And better handwriting. I really like typing on a computer though. Before you know it, paper won't exist. Better learn to type.

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

My Hero's Journey Essay is a great example. I did my best to choose descriptive words and correct grammar. And being able to carry out a great essay.

(See the essay in Artifact #2 below)

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

I really like my holocaust project. In my opinion, it was the most creative of all my writing. My word choice was very good to be descriptive for this assignment.

(See the essay in Artifact #1 below)

Artifact #1

Dear Reader,

That was the last time that Sonia wrote in her diary. Sonia died from Typhoid in 1947. She was not happy where she was living, her diary told.

“ I hate it here. There is no food to eat. No place to sleep. No place to live peacefully”, she wrote in her diary.

Her body was found in 1949 after Lublin-Majdanek was destroyed by the Nazis to leave no trail. All the prisoners were either killed or abandoned at that point.

Both her parents were killed at the camp by the gas chambers. Her older sister died of Typhus right before Sonia died. She is survived only by her younger 10 year old brother, Pyotr. He managed to hide amongst the piles of dead bodies in Majdanek. He describes his experience in a book that he wrote a decade after the war ended, titled “Camps of Bodies. The experience in Lublin-Majdanek .By Pytor Volkov”.

Pyotr married a woman named Chloe in 1957. He has a son, Aleksander and a daughter Sonia, named after his older sister.

He would tell his stories to his children on the weekends and any time they wanted when he had free time.

“They seemed to enjoyed my stories in the camp when they were little. They liked the thrill and cliffhangers . I hope that one day they can read my book and pass along the stories that I have told them. That is what I wish to continue”, he says in an interview.

Pytor lives in Mountain View, California, with his wife Chloe. He tells his stories to anyone that asks.

Nowadays every Sunday he tells his stories at the Main Public Library, many adults, families, and kids come, at no expense.

Today, Pyotr is 75 years old. He lives a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Artifact #2

Hero’s Journey Essay

Coping with loss is hard. So is feeling different from others. The Hero’s Journey is a structure for writing books and novels. It is used in many books, including The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. The main character is named Ponyboy. He experiences loss and many other problems in his life. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a monomyth because Ponyboy experiences all of the parts and phases that are used in the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences the Initiation when Johnny is brought to the hospital. Ponyboy faces many challenges when he and Johnny go there. “He was in critical condition. His back had been broken when that piece of lumber fell on him. He was in severe shock and suffering from third degree burns” (102). In the Hero’s Journey, the first part of The Initiation is when the hero faces many challenges and his fears. In The Outsiders, this shows that Ponyboy is scared and overwhelmed with challenges and fears. Johnny is close to death in the hospital  and Ponyboy is badly hurt. Pony is fearful that the Police will arrest him because he and Johnny were involved in the Bob the Soc’s murder. If Ponyboy is arrested, he fears that that Darry, his older brother and legal guardian, will punish him. Ponyboy also fears that he will be separated from Darry and his other brother, Sodapop. Therefor this proves that Ponyboy does experience The Initiation in the Hero’s Journey.

In conclusion this proves that Ponyboy goes through the Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy experiences things that happens in the Hero’s Journey as well as real life scenarios. In the real world you should always be careful of what you get into. Do what is right when you can. Do not just do what your friends do. If your friends jumped off of a bridge, would you.

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