Justin Cheok

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?

I was really bad at coming up with ideas, and usually just told a story, or used a list. Now, I can come up with ideas easily, and build details around it.

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

Once I come up with an idea, I can really get going, so writing the rough draft is what I consider my strength.

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

I want to get better at getting more details for the finishing touch.

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

The piece that I wrote that best captured my growth was probably the Holocaust letter that we wrote. It really expressed how hard it was to think as another person.

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

I am most proud of my Giver essay, just because it was (in my opinion) one of the hardest essays we had to write.

Artifact #1

Letter #2

Dear Shep,

Last night, I heard that my father’s shop had been taken down in Rome, a German family had taken our house, and some valuable items that we could not take with us had been damaged. I bet they are destroyed. Cracked, smashed, I wish I could’ve taken more items with me, but the past is the past.

After my father heard about what was going on, he started saying everyday, “I hope my store is okay, is it OK? Is it?” This was not only depressing, but also aggravating. Frustrating. So many emotions that I can even express through a letter. It is so annoying. Why did this have to happen?

Amedeo, my eldest brother, decided to stay and work at the hospital. Why? Why did he want to work at a hospital that had been occupied by the Nazis? Does he have to bear all the pain that he is going to face? What will happen if he gets hurt? I have so many questions that cannot be answered till this war is over. How far will the Germans go? I know there will be an end to this, but when?

From, Anna

Artifact #2

The world in The Giver by Lois Lowry is a dystopia because the individuals in the community does not have enough power.

The power that the individuals have is flawed because they do not even have the power to turn things off and control what we can control. When Jonas walks into the Annex, the man flicked a switch that had an “ON” and “OFF” button; “To have the power to turn the speaker off!” (75) The idea of what Jonas was thinking reinforces the idea of the community in The Giver not having enough power. If the people do not even have the power to turn a switch off, then this proves that they don’t have enough power. This shows a communist government, not a democratic government because the Elders, also the leaders of the community, are not giving the community enough power. The community is a communist government that doesn’t give their people their power. When Jonas was walking with Asher, Asher could not see the color that Jonas saw; “Did you see that?” (120) This is another example of the people not having enough power. The people do not even have the power to see color, but they do not even know what color is. If they don’t know what color is, then they do not have the right to vote that they want to have this “color”.

In conclusion, Jonas did the right thing and the individuals of the community in The Giver by Lois Lowry does not have enough power which is why this book is a dystopia.

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