Tessa F.

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 style of writing was whatever sounded good I would put on a piece of paper. That was before I came to Mrs. Ellis's English class in seventh grade. Now, I can actually describe what I am trying to say instead of explaining it with dull sentences like, "I felt really sick."

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

I feel very confident in fictional writing. I enjoy being able to create my own story and characters. Realistic writing isn't always fun and I like not having to follow a certain criteria.

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

To keep growing in English and writing I want to develop a better understanding of Historical writing because I feel like I could learn a lot more about the writing style/

4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why. piece of writing that captures my growth is our perspectives. That piece was one of the very few things I have written that I am actually proud of. My favorite piece that I have written this year is our

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

My outsiders essay because it was one piece of writing that really took a lot of different ways of thinking.

Artifact #1

Happy In My Own Skin

“Why do you paint your nails black? Your so goth.”

I have been labeled as “emo” and “goth” by many different people. I am known to wear black clothing and paint my nails black but, for the record, I’m not “goth”.

Stereotypes prevent people from really getting to know others. They feel intimidated by the way some people look based on the reputation those people have. A teenager has blue hair and a nose piercing. Their peers must assume they listen to Death Metal and sit at home looking at pictures of dead bodies. What if that person with blue hair likes classical music and looks at pictures of puppies? Who would know because they would be to afraid to get to know the person with blue hair? The person with blue hair decided to get blue hair because they wanted to. If they had the intention of listening to Death Metal, they would. There is nothing wrong with liking your hair or style of clothing a certain way. But no one will be the way they want if people will decide that you are somthing your not without getting to know you.

Bullying is a horrible thing. We all know this. But due to stereotyping and labeling it just doesn’t get better. I’m blonde. I must have the lowest I.Q. in the world. Yet, I have A’s and B’s in all my subjects. Bully’s make fun of my hair color because of stereotypes for blonde people. I didn’t choose my hair color but they still call me stupid and ignorant. Being called stupid never feels good. Especially when I had no control over my hair color when I was born. Society has labeled me as dumb because of a stereotype of blondes. Also, there is a stereotype of “ginger’s”. People with red hair and freckles must not have a soul. People judge them because they have a received idea that society has created about them.

No one should feel bad about the way they want to style themselves. They should feel secure and happy in their own skin. But people have created so many stereotypes, no one really feels safe to express themselves anymore. No one wants to have a label on their back that says "hipster" or "punk". My friend needs glasses with large lenses. People came up to her and called her a hipster and that she wanted attention. She needs her glasses. She was not asking for attention. My friend should be able to wear her glasses and not be labeled as “hipster”. I want to be able to wear black nail polish and dark jeans without someone calling me emo. We all want to be ourselves. I wish stereotypes wouldn't be around to stop us.

I think we are tired of feeling intimidated by someone because of the stereotypes that tell us that they are “evil” or “outcasts”. Stereotypes should not stop us from being ourselves. I don’t want people to assume anything without getting to know a person first. With a perspective, I'm Tessa.

Artifact #2

Being a hero is honorable and respectable. But it also means a great deal of sacrifice. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about a boy named Ponyboy who tries to keep his friend out of trouble while finding his own views on his neighborhood. This book is a monomyth because Ponyboy goes on a Hero’s Journey. Ponyboy continues to experience The Initiation when the Greasers and Socs get into a huge, bloody fist-fight. When Pony is participating in the brawl, he starts to think, “They shouldn’t hate each other...I don’t hate the Socs anymore...they shouldn’t hate…” (pg. 143). In the second part of The Initiation is when the hero experiences a “revelation”. Earlier in the book Ponyboy meets a Soc named Cherry. She views the Greasers and the Socs as very alike. Of course, he doesn’t think that at all. Socs and Greasers are complete opposites. But when he saw them fighting and losing blood, Pony must have finally understood what she meant. Pony saw that the Socs bled like the Greasers. They distress like the Greasers. Not only were the Socs like the Greasers, but the Greasers were the same as the Socs. They were scared and vulnerable too. Underneath the tough outer layers they are almost alter egos. Pony realized that because they can not see their similarities, they can not see why they should be anything but enemies. But he knows that they could be good friends if they would overlook their contrasts. The Socs and Greasers could become the greatest companions if they would celebrate their differences instead of hating each other for them. In conclusion, The Outsiders is a monomyth because the main character, Ponyboy, goes through set of challenges both physically and emotionally. These challenges create a Hero’s Journey. This book helps people realize that they should love each other for their differences and not despise everyone for them.

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