Bridget L.

7th-Grade English Portfolio

My Portfolio Reflection

I have written and learned many things since the start of the 2014-2015 school year. My writing started out as just merely describing, using simple sentences that were choppy and short. I eventually added more thought and my paragraphs flowed more.

One of my writing strengths is how I structure my sentences. They are not too short; but also not so long that they are run-on. Another one is my capitalization and usage of punctuation and spelling, or CUPS.

Next year, I want to learn more advanced vocabulary. I would also like to start writing better introduction and conclusions.

A piece of writing that best captures my growth as a writer is the Perspective we started writing a few weeks ago. One reason it captures my growth is because it is about a topic I have some interest in, which lets me write to the best of my abilities.

The piece of writing that I am most proud of is my Holocaust Letter, which was written from the perspective of a Jewish girl during that time. The reason I am most proud of it is because I didn't just say what happened but also described how the character felt about it.

Artifact #1- September 2013
Personal Logo

My name is Bridget and I like tennis, reading, and eating dessert. One of the symbols in my logo is a tennis ball. I included this because I just picked up tennis again after five years, which happened because my family moved back to the US (and then from Redwood Shores to Palo Alto). Also, I first learned it in China and it reminds me of the time I spent there- playing tennis in the summer heat, eating special Chinese popsicles, and going swimming with my neighbor. Moving there changed my life in more ways than you can imagine. Another symbol in my logo is a book. This is because reading is like escaping from reality. You don’t have to worry about anything in real life- you just focus on the story. The words weave a picture out and takes you to another world. It’s also really fun to find out what what happens in the end; especially if there’s a plot twist. If you read the same book as your friend, you can talk about it with them. The third and last symbol is an ice cream cone. It’s there to represent my love for desserts and sweet foods in general. It’s the best part of every meal, especially if it has fruit in it. Since my family rarely eats any dessert (or junk food, as my mom likes to call it), it’s a real treat whenever we do. In summary, these symbols describe who I am as a person.

Artifact #2- February 2014
Genocide Article

People of the late 20th or 21st century might consider themselves very educated and civilized. We think that we are now wiser and will not make the same mistakes of the past. However, we now live our lives merrily, with the illusion that the world is so much greater now that we have the U.N and other organizations to correct all the wrongs in the world.

On April 6th of 1994, with half of the world oblivious, a genocide broke out.

The Hutus have always been the less privileged tribe in Rwanda. They are also the majority, making up approximately 85% of the population. Two other tribes were the Twa (1%) and the Tutsis (14%).

Back when Rwanda was a colony, the Tutsi minority was favored by the Belgians, giving them advantages. To make matters worse, people were required to carry identification that classified them by race.

The Hutu Revolution in 1959 caused as many as 300,000 Tutsis to flee to neighboring countries. Three years later, in 1962, the government became controlled by groups connected to the Hutu majority. Tutsis became targeted with violence and discrimination, and many more left for Burundi. This two events led to a great decrease in the Tutsi population.

Small scale massacres by youth militias began happening when civil war between the Hutu people and the Tutsi people started. Tutsi leaders were also assassinated. The Hutu people blamed the Tutsis for supporting rebels operating outside of the country. 800,000 people were killed, and other countries classified the war as an “internal conflict”. Families were killed, women were raped. People suspected of being Tutsis were also murdered. If someone helped a Tutsi, they would also be targeted.

The civil war ended when the Rwandan Patriotic Front overthrew the government. The Arusha Accords, a power sharing agreement, was established in August 1993. However, this did not go well with the Hutu extremists, who accused the Tutsis of plotting a killing campaign. Tutsis were described as “subhuman” by Radio RTLM, and Hutu political leaders gave many machetes to militias that supported them.

Their fight is not over, and neither is ours against genocides.

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