Lucas W

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, it was alright, but basic. Now it has improved very much and I can write with relative ease. It has definitely gotten better over this year.

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

My writing strengths are writing more casual styled reports and essays, they are just much easier for me because they flow a lot better. I can write them well without a second thought.

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

I would like to improve on my formal writing, because that is what I find the hardest. It is not natural for me and I hope it becomes easy for me in the future.

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

The piece of writing that best captures my growth as a writer is my outsiders case essay because I am usually not good a collecting evidence from other pieces of writing, but here I felt that I did a good job.

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

My best piece of writing I have produced this year it my genocide report because it feels the most natural.

Artifact 1

Outsiders Case #3

Johnny committed murder when he killed Bob, but it was because he was abused and neglected at home. “Abused and neglected children have up to a 7% higher chance of committing youth violence” This evidence cannot be ignored. Johnny was abused by his father and neglected by his mother, so it becomes obvious that the chances of him killing someone have greatly increased over the years that he has been abused. “People who were abused and neglected in their childhood have up to a 12% higher chance of interpersonal violence (IPV)” This is just another piece of evidence that shows that the violence only grows as abused people grow. As Johnny is growing up, he is constantly experiencing worse things, especially getting jumped by Bob, and with nowhere to go, it is only worse for him. Some people may say being abused or neglected has no impact on people committing violence, but you cannot look at the facts and deny this. As you can clearly see, Johnny being abused and neglected played a huge part in the murder of Bob.

Artifact 2

Never Again?

When the Nazis killed 6 million Jews almost 70 years agoThe world cried, “never again”. Is that really so? About three months ago, Juvenal Habyarimana, the president of Rwanda was shot down by the Hutu-extremists. They have been killing moderate Hutus and Tutsis ever since.

The tensions are nothing new. There have always been disputes and problems between the two ethnic groups, but never anything this extreme. The groups are very similar, though, they speak the same language, live around each other, and even follow the same traditions. This may soon change if one of the groups ceases to exist.

The Hutus have been murdering every Tutsi they can get their hands on for the past three months. People have been thrown into rivers, shot, beheaded, hung, Hutus were even ordered to murder their Tutsi neighbors. It has not been pretty. There are literally piles of people laying around. In churches, on the street, and even in former Tutsi houses.

In Kigali, the presidential guard immediately initiated a campaign of retribution.

Within hours, recruits were dispatched all over the country to carry out a wave of slaughter. They started by murdering all opposing people. Encouraged by radio propaganda, a militia group called the Interahamwe (those who attack together) was organized. At its peak, this group was 30,000-strong. This militia was not the only source of murder. Soldiers and police officers encouraged ordinary citizens to take part. People were given money and food to murder their friends.

There was not very much resistance from outside. The only helpers were the United Nations who, after ten of their men were killed, retreated. The Tutsis and moderate Hutus, who, even after being classified as cockroaches, are fighting back with machetes.

The killing is starting to die down, and I believe that it will stop soon, as people are becoming more aware of it, even though the world’s largest peacekeeping force has been unable to break it up.

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