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 has for sure improved since the beginning of the year for many reasons. One reason is that my writing is more detailed now and I get more into the prompts that I receive. Another is that I am able to punctuate it better now and it makes my writing better.
2. What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain.
My strengths are detail and interest. I am able to use very descriptive words to describe what I am thinking and also to get into the character. I am always interested in the prompts and can use that to my advantage.
3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.
A skill that I want to continue for next year is to be able to keep my descriptive ability because the past few years I have been lacking them a little.
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 shows my best writing this year. It contains a lot of evidence to prove my point of Ponyboy going through the hero's journey
5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.
Hero’s Journey Essay
Bravery is a universal feeling. It is something that some are able to see and feel within another. Ponyboy experiences the hero’s journey throughout the book and faces all sorts of mental and physical challenges. The reader experiences these challenges and feels the emotions of the hero’s journey along with the hero. The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is a monomyth because Ponyboy experiences the hero’s journey.
Ponyboy continues to experience the initiation when he realizes that the greasers can do anything that the socs can do. When the socs run away from the rumble, Ponyboy sees that the greasers have beat them and that the socs aren’t as great as they think they are. “The socs were running ‘We won’ Darry announced ‘We beat the socs” (145) In the hero’s journey, the second part of the initiation is when the hero is never turning back to his old self and has transformed into a completely different person. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy is trying to prove lot of things to himself and to other people, one of which is about the socs. Ponyboy knows that the only thing that differs from them is the money, or the living styles but the socs and some other greasers disagree. When Ponyboy and his friends beat the socs at the rumble, everybody realizes that the they are not really that different from each other. This is important because they can get over their differences and grudges between each other and become more civilized. In conclusion, The Outsiders is a real life monomyth that Ponyboy experienced and that the readers felt with him. Ponyboy realizes that the meanest people who can treat someone horribly, and make them feel bad about themselves can change when the right things are done and said to them. S.E Hinton wanted readers to know how the things people do can affect the people in their lives, and themselves.
After the night of broken glass, I wondered if my family and I would ever be safe again. And just a couple nights ago, I got my answer. The answer was clearly no. The night of broken glass was just the beginning, my father said, and after those words, I have been dreading the day the Nazi’s would strike next and how they would do it.
My dad said that whatever they will do, it will be worse than what had happened a couple nights before, and that we had to be prepared for anything they are going to throw at us and that sure didn’t help my fear of last night. After dinner, my mother looked terrified, but I didn’t know why. The it came to me, ever since the night of broken glass, my mother has been very paranoid just like me. Later, we received a message that by 6:30am tomorrow morning, we would have to be out of our house and on our way to a Jewish ghetto called the Lodz ghetto and we were only allowed to carry a few pounds of things.
I grabbed some of my things that I felt like I would need the most like some clothes, my snowglobe of beautiful Germany before the war from my grandmother, (she said it would always give me hope) and of course, my diary along with a fountain pen. The ghetto was a nightmare, and I was terrified. Fences, guards, and weapons everywhere I looked. I walked in and saw hundreds of people all in just one room.
The look and feel of the place is making me feel like I already know what is going to happen to us there. And it isn’t very good.
I saw a bunk bed with three bunks, my dad and brother slept in one, my mom and Clara slept in one, and I slept in one with all of our things piled at the foot. My routine of writing in my diary has changed drastically, meaning I can’t write as much as I would want to and clearly in this situation, I have a lot to say. For instance, we have a curfew of 8:00pm (which means we have to be in bed by then, no exceptions and we can’t stay up past then reading or doing any other activity) so I have to do it immediately after dinner, which doesn’t give me half the time I would have back home.
The babies however, keep the whole room up all night long so I can sneak some time in to write during that situation that is if the guards don’t catch me. Hope to hear from you soon.