Aviv S.

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?

My writing at the beginning of the year wasn't that good, I wasn't following directions and didn't write many details. Now though, I write more detail and I provide better evidence to support my claims

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

I think that my writing strengths are based more on analytic writing. In narrative writing I've improved my vivid descriptions but not much else.

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

I want to develop my content enhancing skills during the next year because I mostly have CUPS down but I have more problems with bland or not enough content

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

I think the Hero's Journey essay captures most of my improvement because it's one of the larger pieces we've done this year and I used no second or first person pronouns.

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

I am most proud of "The Walrus and The Carpenter" analysis because I think I put the most work into it

Artifact #1: Outsiders essay

Hero’s Journey Essay

Courage is doing the right, even when it’s the hardest thing to do. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is about Ponyboy having valour. This book is a monomyth because Pony goes through all the phases of the Hero’s Journey.

Pony begins to experience the Initiation when the church at Windrixville burns. When that happens, Pony says to Johnny: “I bet we started it” (91). In the Hero’s Journey the start of The Initiation is when the hero must cross both psychological and physical ‘bridges’. This reinforces the idea that the fire is both a tangible and mental challenge. It’s a physical challenge because they run into an inferno and must come out again, and it’s a psychological challenge because they have to face their guilt and Johnny gets mortally wounded. This clarifies why the fire is part of the Hero’s Journey because Pony must both face his guilt and risk his life to rescue the trapped kids. Also after he is out of the fire he needs to stay courageous for Johnny’s sake.

In conclusion this book is a monomyth because Pony overcomes the challenge of the Hero’s Journey. Pony shows courage during the Hero’s Journey. He sacrifices his well-being for both friends and strangers and he overcomes other, psychological, challenges. In this book Pony discovers that being brave isn’t the easy thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do.

Artifact #2: Walrus & the Carpenter essay

Question everything. For example, if people did not question candidates during an election, a bad president might be chosen and the country destroyed. If the oysters in “The Walrus and The Carpenter” had questioned what was the beach, they could have survived. If the oysters had questioned why the eldest oyster didn’t leave they could have survived, and most importantly, if the oyster had questioned the Walrus’ intentions, they could have survived. That is why in “The Walrus and The Carpenter”, Lewis Carroll reinforces the theme of questioning strangers

First Carroll uses foreshadowing to tell the reader that the Walrus does not have good intentions for the oysters. Carroll uses foreshadowing to show the Walrus is evil via the eldest oyster: “The eldest oyster winked his eye/ And shook his heavy head.” (lines 39-40). This is saying that the eldest oyster knew the Walrus had bad intentions. This reminds the reader that strangers do not always have the best intentions for people. Therefore their intentions should be questioned.

Carroll also uses pathos to show how the Walrus may look like he has good intentions. When the Walrus tries to persuade the oysters to come to the beach he says: “A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk/ Along the briny beach” (lines 33-34). The Walrus tries to make going into unknown territory safe by using pathos. If the oysters had questioned the Walrus’ intentions they could have survived. This means that people should not follow somebody into the unknown just because that person made the unknown sound pleasant. people should question him and research the unknown.

In conclusion, Carroll uses foreshadowing and pathos to reinforce the theme of questioning strangers. Because people should not blindly follow strangers. People should question the stranger’s intentions, and research the great unknown.

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