7th Grade English Portfolio

By Andrew Cote

My Portfolio Reflection

1. How would you describe your writing at the beginning of the year and how would you describe it now? I think my writing at the beginning of the year was much less descriptive and meaningfull than it is today. I think my writing is more powerful and understanding than it was in the beginning of the year

2. What do you consider your writing strengths? I think my writing strengts are telling vivid discptrions in stories, because I can recall and put stories into good words usely.

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? I think I need to worck on neeter handwriting and writing more on topics I am not familiar on or bore me.

Artfact #1

Imagine if you were one of the countless victims running from fear and poverty while  people are chasing ing and trying to kill you. This what the congo is right now we are stand in a refugee camp. It is very sad, as I look around and see people dying everywhere.  As we move to a city near the camp we see bloody corpses and soldiers everywhere everyone is fighting for their lives it is very caotic.  This all happened because of refugees fleeing the rwandan genocide and invading zaire then the rwandan government responded by invading the DRC they were aided by ugandan army. After a year the government fell and laurent kabila, the man who chased the refugees deep into the rainforests.This happened because of one person called Kabila Laurent because refugees came into the DRC looking for food water and a break from all the fighting in rwanda when the government heard about this they chased them deep into the rainforests.


Lois Lowry is a dystopia. Citizens have no choice about how to lead their lives. Members of the community don’t choose their jobs, who they marry, or have any knowledge of the outside world.

When the main character, Jonas gets his assigned job, he’s filled with fear and pride. Just before he starts his job, Jonas is told by the chief elder that “you will be trained to be our next receiver of memory. Thank you for your childhood” (55). The chief elder is the citizen that is the head of the Community and runs it with the other elders. Together they make most of the decisions. There are some decisions that the citizens can make independently, which includes how many kids they can have, up to 2 and where they want to spend their free time. For instance, a citizen can go to the park after work. Overall, Jones's life is chosen for him. He can't make major life decisions for himself or his family.

The citizens have never seen color or animals. That is sad because they can’t enjoy themselves, have fun or learn from experiencing hardships. Citizens have no freedom of speech or memory of warmth and cold. There were no hills to make transportation easier, but left the land flat. This proves it is a dystopia because it is too strict of a community and they have all of their important decisions made for them by the council of elders .

I think that the Giver is a great book because it points out that you’re better off free and thinking for yourself een is there are hardships. Jones makes the right decision in the end by giving the community back their memories. These are reasons that Lois Lowry's the Giver is a dystopia.  

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