Patrick M

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? At the beginning of the year my writing was not where it needed to be for me to be successful. My writing has improved so mush over the year.
2. What do you consider your writing strengths? Explain. My writing strengths are coming up with go ideas to write about

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.I would like to work on my essay writing
4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why. I think my outsiders essay shows my growth as a writer.

5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.- I am most proud of my outsiders essay because I put the most work and effort into this one.

Artifact #1

Hero’s Journey Essay

Many people commit good deeds in everyday life. When faced with difficult circumstances, they can either fall down and let adversity run them over or step up and rise to the occasion and do great things. Ponyboy, in “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, is a character that rises to the occasion. As we watch him travel through the phases of the hero’s journey, we see his transformation as he overcomes his situation and begins to act with integrity. The hero’s journey is when a character experiences multiple events in a certain order (separation from the known, initiation, transformation and atonement) and is transformed in the process. This is also known as a monomyth. The story of “The Outsiders” is a great example of a monomyth.

Ponyboy continues to experience the second phase of the initiation when Johnny dies. He is heart stricken by Johnny’s death. It is his low moment, but Johnny leaves a few sentimental and powerful words with Ponyboy. He says to Ponyboy just before dying, “stay gold Ponyboy, stay gold”(148). Ponyboy knows exactly what Johnny means when he tells this to him. He wants Ponyboy to take the high road and not turn into a gang member. He wants Ponyboy to do something meaningful with his life. He wants him to transform. In the hero's journey, the second part of the initiation is when the hero experiences the low point and he or she must do battle with his or her greatest internal or external fear. His fear must die to make way for courage, enlightenment, and independence. Finally, he or she experiences a dramatic change in the way he views life and learns to become “one” with his new self. Ponyboy hits his abyss at this moment when Johnny dies and sets himself up for this enlightenment stage.

In conclusion, the story “The Outsiders” is a monomyth because the protagonist follows the stages of the hero's journey. S.E. Hinton wants people to learn that no matter where you live, what you eat or how much money you make, you can make a difference in the world. You can overcome adversity just like Ponyboy. There is always an opportunity for a new beginning.