Colman C.

7th-Grade 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 have definitely improved my writing throughout the year. The reason I say this is because I have learned a lot about how to and what to write. Writing at the beginning of the year was hard for me because I had a tough year last year and didn't really get to focus on school.

2. What do you consider your writing strengths?

My writing strengths are when I get to write about what I planned and what I want to write about. For example: A journey I create, a mono myth, or something I can relate to. I think if we did more writing assignments where we got to do what we wanted, I would definitely succeed well in this class.

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

I think a writing skill I would like to continue to read books and do book reports or other things for them. I like the way we get to read really good books and it opens up different possibilities for different book categories to read. I would also like to get better handwriting.

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

I think my Holocaust Letters were the best because I created my guy, and like I said, when I create my story it ends up really good. I think it was good because it was a good idea and a good project. I enjoyed it a lot, even though it was kind of sad at the end because both of my friends died.

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

Genocide Newspaper Article as well because it really showed what I am capable of. It was also a fun enjoying piece of work done by me. I am very proud of this piece of work and will probably keep it for the rest of my lifetime.

Artifact #1

Letter #3

Dear Petra and Edward,

I have horrible news. We were too late; a Nazi party came through our neighborhood yesterday and we were taken to a ghetto. Now if you don’t know what a ghetto is, it is a place where the Nazis take us Jews to, and in a way, kill us. Mother, Seth, and I were taken to Lodz, Poland. The process they use is inhumane. Some people were disappearing before, but it turns out they were taken.

It’s horrendous how the Nazis did it; Seth was at my house practicing his lines for the script of a play he was supposed to be in. Then all of a sudden they stormed in with massive guns and whips, mother fainted, and they carried us into a massive truck. Other Jews were there, having the same look on their face, scared. Seth is looking for something I don’t know and I don’t ask him. Then finally he asks where his parents are. I look at him with a pale face and say, “I don’t know.”

Then he screamed and cried the whole way, and I kept my arm around him all that time. He just cried and cried and cried. It all happened so quick. I guess that’s the way they like it.

We arrived in this wretched place and were assigned rooms, and when I say rooms I mean 1-meter wide beds. That’s all. Mother keeps crying, and Seth does too. I feel like I am the only strong person here and want to slap them for being so weak. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true, and I can tell you guys anything, right?

The worst part about all this whole thing though is all the death. It runs through the air like a stew and makes me mad, so mad I want to escape. But I’ve seen what they do to the people who try to escape. I just can’t take it, and go outside. And the smell of death is still there.

From Asher.

Artifact #2

june 2, 1994, Capetown South Africa

How is the Genocide in Rwanda going?

By Sam Miller and Colman Chadam,

The Rwanda genocide has gotten out of hand. This bloody genocide has been going on since april, and it needs to stop! Rwanda, a country in southwestern Africa, is inhabited by two main tribes, the Hutus and the Tutsis. The Tutsis have been ruling unfairly, so the Hutus revolted. They are now brutally killing many,

There are pools of blood on the ground. Hutu’s are running around, stabbing the Tutsi’s to death with hatred in their eyes. People are screaming and running out of their fiery homes. The death is so thick that you can smell it in the air. The stench of rotting animals and smoke makes a terrible sensation. I can’t believe ever going through this, just too much death, all for what? Power.

The Hutus are done with the Tutsis cruel and selfish ways of ruling. They have been living in poverty for a very long time, and they don’t like it. Even though the Tutsis are in charge, the Hutus own more land. The land is not very good to grow crops. The Hutu’s are standing up for what is right, but what they are doing is very wrong.

The Hutus are very brutal killers. What they are doing is indescribable. It’s just so horrible. Hutus are forcing Tutsis out of their homes. They are stabbing them to a terrible death with a machete. The houses are being burnt to the ground. The Hutus don’t realize what they are doing. We need to put a stop to this, but at the same time, we shouldn’t get involved.

The Hutus are a very poor people. They can’t even afford weapons and ammunition. So they run around with rusty machetes, which, on the first cut, infect you with the rust. They have no feelings for them, they don’t have any idea that they are cutting peoples lives apart.

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