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?
2. What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain.
3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.
4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why.
I think my Outsiders Essay best captures my growth as a writer this year because it is the longest and most detailed piece of writing that I've written this year.
5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.
Anybody can be a hero if they try. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, a poor boy named Ponyboy living in a small city finds out that even he can be one. This book is a monomyth because Ponyboy follows the path of the Hero’s Journey.
Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday Life when he returns home to the safety of his brothers and his friends. When they return home physically, they are also returning on the inside to the life that they knew as normal. When Ponyboy comes home, his behavior changes dramatically as he says, “I wish I could say that everything went back to normal, but it didn’t. Especially me. I started running into things, like the door, and kept tripping over the coffee table and losing things. I always have been absent-minded, but man, then, I was lucky I got home from school with the right notebook and both shoes on.”(144) In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday Life is when the hero comes back from the hardships that he has endured and tries to go back to the way he lived before. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy comes back home, but because he lost two of the people he loved most in his life, he has to adjust the way he lives his life. Everything but that is normal, like seeing his brothers Soda and Darry, and returning to school. The gift that Pony brings to the Greasers and the world is to be united and to better understand each other. He realizes that the Socs aren’t so different from the Greasers; they both have feelings, and problems they have to deal with. Ponyboy finally realizes how much Darry loves him.
In conclusion, the characters in The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton follow the Hero’s Journey which makes the book a monomyth. Ponyboy goes through the Separation from the Known, the Initiation, and the Return to Everyday Life. The moral or lesson of the story is that anybody can be a hero if they try hard enough.