David H.

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?

I think that I reached a new, better level of writing. At the start of the year, it was okay. I could have done better. But now, my writing is really good. There is still room for improvement my writing has unproved a lot.

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

Some of my strengths are topics. I can always find a topic that is fun for me and fits the assignment. Another strength is that if I have enough information, I can stretch it out, make it long.

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.
I want to work on editing by myself. I am not good at checking my own work. I also need to work on detail. Sometimes don't go that deep in detail. I only give a brief example while I can go in a lot deeper to my topic.

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

The piece of writing that captures my growth is my Hero's journey essay. I really enjoyed writing it and I know that I did a good job on it. This captures my growth because it was recent and I learned a lot more writing skills.

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

I am most proud of my Personal Logo Paragraph. Even though it wasn't that long and at the start of the year, I enjoyed describing myself and trying to explain the pictures on the chart.

Artifact #1

In order to gain an achievement, you have the will courage to push forward even when it does not seem possible. A fourteen-year-old boy finds himself in the middle of conflict and runs away with a friend encountering many challenges. Some of these challenges are the struggle of who he is and how people think of him. All these are focus to one point, will he follow into his friends footsteps or will he create his own path. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is a monomyth because the story follows the structure of the Hero’s Journey.

Ponyboy experiences The Return to Everyday life when he comes out of his concussion. When doing homework, Pony realizes what Darry and Johnny did were sacrifices and wants to share this story. He thinks, ‘I could picture hundreds and hundreds of boys living on the wrong sides of cities... Someone should tell their side of the story, and maybe people would understand then and wouldn't be so quick to judge a boy by the amount of hair oil he wore. It was important to me’ (179). In the Hero’s Journey, The Return to Everyday Life is when the hero returns with a gift of enlightenment and focuses on sharing his gift with the world. In The Outsiders, Pony realizes that his gift is the ability to give back the stories of people, he lost so other people will not make those same decisions. He wants to write the stories of Dally and Johnny so people who never knew them will know what they did, the mistakes they made. He does this because other people do not know about Dally will see the side of Dally that only Johnny and Pony saw. He also writes their stories in fear that other people will make the same choices that may not turn out well. Because of this, Pony fights to save his friends stories and share them with the world.

In conclusion, The Outsiders follows the hero's journey throughout the whole book. The main points was you can change. Even if you make some bad choices, you do not have to be a bad person. You do not have to always be bad, over time, you can change. Ponyboy learns that if you make some bad choices, there is always another chance to make up what you did only if you put the effort into it and want to make it up.

Artifact #2

My name is David and I am a LEGO building, Stanford loving, football and baseball playing, slingshot shooting, traveling person. The brick with the word LEGO represents a Lego brick. I love to build legos. Legos are important to me because my room is filled with Legos. Ever two months, my family gets a lego catalog and a lego magazine that me and my sister enjoy to read. The red object that looks like it is made out of rectangles is the Stanford symbol. Stanford is my favorite football team. Stanford is important to me because both my parents went to Stanford and I like the football team. The football stadium is a mile from my house. This year, my family is going to New York just to see a Stanford football game. The last two years, my family has gone to see Stanford play in a BCS bowl game. The brown object that looks like it’s made of rectangles is a football. Football is a sport that my dad and I enjoy to play. I play for the Jordan 7th grade flag football team. Football is something that I want to do after graduating from college. The two boxes with white circle in them represent my home run baseballs which I got at the start of summer. Baseball is another one of my favorite sports. The baseballs are important to me because I have only hit two home runs in five years of baseball. My other best hit was only a triple that went about 150 feet. The wood colored “y” represents the slingshot. When up by the redwood trees, me and my sister got a slingshot with a wolf head carved into it.My mom taught me how to shot straight so now my sister and me are really good shots with both of our slingshots. Whenever my family goes on vacation, me and my sister always bring our slingshots. We even gave some to our friends. The suitcase pointing to the LA sign represents me traveling. My parents love to travel. Traveling for me is a fun experience. In conclusion, these six objects are extremely important to me.

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