Madi G.

7th-Grade English Portfolio

My Portfolio Reflection

My Portfolio Reflection

I think that in the beginning of the year, my writing was one thing after another. Now I feel like I know how to change topics without saying "then we did this, that we did that".

I think some of my writing strengths are being able to show someones feelings. For example, in the hero's journey essay I think I did a good job showing how Ponyboy felt.

Over the next few years I want to continue to develop better visual description in my writing. I think when I write, I never think about the setting. I think my writing can be 10 times better if I knew how to give a visual description.

I think the Hero's Journey essay really captured my growth as a writer because I really had to think about the way Ponyboy felt in the situation he was in and what I would do if I were to be in his place.  

I am really proud of my Holocaust Final Letter. I put a lot of time into it and I really thought about what it would be like to be a Jewish person at that time.

Artifact #1

Hard times don’t create heros. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed. The Outsiders is about a young teen named Ponyboy who belongs to a lower-class gang who call themselves greasers. He is put in a position where he and his best friend Johnny must run from their problems. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a monomyth because the main character experiences all the stages of the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when Johnny kills Bob. After the Socs run away from the park, Ponyboy wipes his eyes and realizes what Johnny had done as he says, “You really killed him, huh, Johnny’’Yeah’’I had to. They were drowning you, Pony. They might have killed you. And they had a blade… they were gonna beat me up” (57). In the Hero’s Journey, The separation from the Known is when the hero leaves his comfortable and familiar world and ventures into the darkness of the unknown. In the Outsiders, Ponyboy starts the Hero’s Journey after Johnny kills Bob. Pony has lived his whole life thinking he knew Johnny. Everyone thought of him as the gang’s pet. Until that night, Pony would never, in a million years, think that Johnny had the guts to kill someone. To stay away from the police, Pony must leave his comfortable and familiar world with Johnny and venture into a new, unknown, place. With the support and wisdom of Dally, another member of the gang, Ponyboy and Johnny get the tools they needed to get away from the police.

In conclusion, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is an example of a monomyth because the main character follows the path of a Hero’s Journey. Pony leaves his home to get away from his problems. In the Hero’s Journey, the hero leaves his comfortable and familiar world to venture into another world that he doesn’t know about. Pony is a hero because although everyone goes through hard times, only some know how to deal with them like a hero.

Artifact #2

Dear Friend,

It has been a week since I got here and I feel like running away. I know I can’t do that because I would get killed. Life here is horrible and I just want to go home and see my family. I miss them so much and I hope to see them soon.

All I have been doing for the past week, is work. I wake up around 6:30am and go to roll call. It usually lasts for about 2 hours as they check our beds and make sure that we haven’t escaped.

I thought to myself, “What would they do if they saw that someone had escaped? I’m pretty sure that nobody would have the guts to try something so risky.”

After that, we “eat.” Our breakfast is tea and leftover bread from the night before.

We then go straight to work at the gravel pit even though we are all still starved from not having enough food. Rumour is we are building a center where the Germans will kill their enemy. Some say it’s us who are going to die, but I won’t believe it.

At lunch time, all we get is watery broth. It taste like moldy water.

Then we go back to work where we sweat in the hot sun as people collapse in front of our eyes. I feel weak and hope I make it to dinner that day.

Dinner is a small piece of black bread and if I’m lucky, I get a tiny piece of sausage, some cheese and maybe marmalade.

Then we go into our beds to try to at least get a few hours of sleep. Before sleep, everyone has to share a hole in the ground if they need to go to the bathroom. No privacy whatsoever. The smell is so strong I feel like throwing up. As I lay in bed thinking about my family, I hear cries and screams from other girls who are also thinking about their families.

I need to go now to try and get some sleep so I can make it through the day tomorrow. I hope you are feeling ok and write to me soon.



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