Taylor Marshall

                                                           7th Grade English Portfolio

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 wasn't very good at describing my words onto my paper and I was struggling with  making my writing not sound so choppy. Now, today I think that I have really gotten a lot better at describing my writing and using many different word choices.

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

As I said in the the last question, I really think I have grown in describing my words and making my writing sound easy and descriptive.

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

I think that I should work on my conclusions because I think that my writing pieces could sound more flowy instead of sounding like my writing is ending suddenly.

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

I think my best writing piece that captured my growth the best is my fifth holocaust letter. I believe it shows how much I have grown as describing my writing

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

Artifact #1

Hero’s Journey Essay

If someone is to become a hero they have to lose things that you care about and are important to you. In The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, Ponyboy’s best friend Johnny kills a boy named Bob so they go on a journey and learn many different life lessons. This story is a monomyth because Ponyboy experiences the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences The Separation from the Known when his best friend Johnny killed one of the Socs Bob. All of the Greasers and the Socs have always fought but they had never killed each other so it was different for Ponyboy and he did not know what to do. “My stomach gave a violent jump and my blood turned icy. “Johnny” I managed to say, fight the dizziness, “I think I am gonna be sick.”’ ( 56) In the Hero’s Journey, The Separation from the Known is when the hero has to go somewhere he is not used to. In The Outsiders, the author claims that he does not feel good because he is afraid of what will happen next. He is scared for himself, Johnny, and all the other Greasers. Ponyboy does not want want to leave his daily life for something else that he is not used to. Once he has left he has to accept reality that Johnny killed a Soc and also has to learn to move on.

In conclusion, Ponyboy experiences a rough journey but he came out a hero. When Johnny killed Bob they go on a journey and gain wisdom on the outside world. But when Johnny, dies Ponyboy realizes that he has something special and he writes an english paper on his life story to help others like him. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy learns a lesson about how everyone has problems and things are rough all over.

Artifact #2

Holocaust Pen-Pal Project - Final Assessment

Letter #5

Dear Gilbert,

Oh my, without you right now I have no clue what I would do. You always seem to cheer me up and make me think of great things happening around me instead of the terrible. But, before I get into detail about those terrible things, I thought I would answer some of the silly questions you asked me because you said it might make me feel better. So, I thought I would try it. My favorite color is violet because it reminds be of the beautiful garden near my old house. It had beautiful flowers that smell amazing. That is another thing that I miss about my house, the garden. I used to always sit in there for hours when I was sad about something. Now I just hold it in for my mother, I would hate to see her cry right now, but I know she needs to. Also, no I have never had a real pet. Although I have always considered the little blue birds in the garden my pets because they always seemed so comfortable around me and so do I. So I guess yeah I have had a pet but sadly not anymore because of… well you know. When I grow up, I want to be a nurse. I always thought of myself in the future as a nurse because I love helping people, if I could save a life for someone,that would make me feel amazing to know that I am a hero to someone in the world. And lastly, besides this “adventure”, as my mother calls it, no I have not gone far away from home, I have always wanted to, but honestly my mother and father have a tight budget, I am not saying we are poor but we’re not rich.

Last time we talked I was on the train coming to Lovosice Concentration camp, well now I am here, each day we are worked until we can’t work anymore. If we are lucky, in the evening we get a small portion of semi-warm soup. Once we have eaten it is time to immediately go to bed. Luckily it just my mother and me in one bed most people have three or four. The only reason it just me and mother is because she other young lady that was in our bed before was killed by the “camp leader” he has murdered about five people this week because of their “bad work”. I am always trying to do my best because I personally would not like to be killed, but my mother on the other hand likes to take breaks,

but I am scared that she will get in trouble but when I tell her this, this is what happens.

“Mother, you should really watch out when you are taking breaks, you do not want to get caught because then it will not end well.”

“Elli you should really mind your own business, If they didn’t want us to take breaks they really shouldn’t make us work so hard.”

“But Mom!”

“Elli what did I just tell you?”

That is what happens every time. After that I just give up because what am I suppose to do. She literally says that everytime like it is her script. Also, that is the only time we really talk, I mean what else are we suppose to talk about, how delicious the cold soup is, it is not delicious. Some nights we talk in bed but it is basically like reading each other lips because we have to be quieter than mice, and we are usually so tired that once we hit the stiff mattress we fall asleep.

I assume you want to know what this place looks like. It is a factory filled with machines and to the side there are dusty beds, well what they call beds but what I call boards, with no sheets and no they aren’t big at all, they have three on top of each other and on the bottom you can fit four, in the middle three, and on top two but we have three. This whole place is really old and grey, it is kind of depressing. Also, in between each set of beds there is a table there is a total of six tables and eight sets of beds. Aside from those there are are about twenty to thirty beds that aren’t on top of each other. I am sorry but I am getting in trouble I have to get back to work but I will definitely keep you up to date on the information, I promise!



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