Elyjah B.

7th-Grade English Portfolio

My Porftolio 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 I didn't pay attention to my writing, I just wrote what the teacher told me to. Now I know what I'm writing, I can add detail and learn about writing.

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

I think my most developed writing skill is my ability to describe characters. Describing Characters, I think, is the step before being able to create characters which is what I want to be able to do.

3. What writing skills do you need and/or want to continue to develop next year? Explain.

Next year I want to learn or develop the ability to create intricate characters that feel like they are real. If I am able to acquire that ability than my stories will be able to come alive.

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

I think the Walrus and the Carpenter essay is the writing assignment that best captures my growth as a writer because I'm comparing it with my best work. Also it was my very first writing assignment at Jordan. Plus it was the first assignment that I actually tried to understand and not just try to get it over with.
5. What piece of writing from this year are you most proud of? Explain why.

I am most proud of my outsiders essay because it is the essay I understood the most out of all essays I have ever done. Also I enjoyed it the most. Plus the outsiders is a really good book.

Artifact #1

        People that are naive have always been easier to trick and always will be. The younger you are the easier you are to trick. That is why kids have always looked to their elders, and the children that do not listen often end up in trouble. In “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, Lewis Carroll emphasizes the theme of think before acting.

         Carroll uses personification to catch the attention of the reader but still send a message. When the Walrus asks the oysters to follow him, all of the oysters get ready “ The four other Oysters followed them.” the quotation shows how naive the young oysters are. This message is funny, fantastical, animated, and sends the message that the Oysters did not listen to the elder and did something wrong. These things appeals to little children but they do not realize while there reading an awesome poem they’re learning. This poem shows how naive the Oysters and people truly are.

          In conclusion, Carroll uses personification to prove this poems theme, to think before acting. This theme shows how the young Oysters are like children and did not think before following the Walrus. Being nieve like the Oysters, is how most people get themselves into trouble, because they did not think before acting.

Artifact #2

Hero’s Journey Essay

         Hero's are not super. Hero's are just people. In The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton Ponyboy the main character endures many trials to eventually grasp the gift of the Hero’s Journey. This book is a monomyth because Pony follows the path of the Hero’s Journey

          Pony experiences The Separation from the Known when Darry slaps him across the face (no one in his family had ever hit him.) Pony says this after Darry hits him. “Johnny?” i called, and started when he rolled over and Jumped up almost under my feet. “come on, Johnny, we’re running away.” (50-51) In the Hero’s Journey, the Separation from the Known is when the hero leaves what they are comfortable with or every day life. In The Outsiders, this quote works because it shows that not only is pony unhappy, he’s running away because of it. He’s running away with johnny not just because Johnny is the only one that would, but because Johnny is his best friend. If Pony is bringing his best friend that means he’s going to be gone for awhile. The way pony says this so straight to the point means he is really in a state of discontent. In conclusion, this essay's main purpose was to show the thesis: this book is a monomyth because pony follows the path of the Hero’s Journey. some of the main points in this essay that show thesis is true were the fact that darry hit him to spark the whole thing into play, the abyss was Johnny’s death, and the gift he returned with: him and the gang are different from other greasers they had something special, they didn't belong with the other greasers.

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