Teagan F.

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 would describe my writing at the beginning of the year good, but not great. I used very boring language and overall my writing was just sort of boring and not very interesting. Since the beginning of the year my writing has improved, but I still have a lot to learn.

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

I think my writing strengths are my creativity and how I open my essays. I think these are two strengths of mine because my writing has a lot of creative plots and descriptions and I think that the beginning of my essays are always interesting and fun.

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

I want to develop a better word sense and stronger writing overall because I think writing is much more captivating with interesting words. I want to become an overall better writer because I good writer is not only good in one part of writing, a good writer is good in all parts of writing.
4. What piece of writing from this year best captures your growth as a writer and thinker? Explain why.

I think that the Genocide writing captures my growth from the beginning of the year. I used vivid language and gave great detail. I think this paper captures my growth because in the beginning of the year I had boring language and didn't go into detail very much.


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

This is year I am most proud of my  Holocaust letter. I am proud of it because I really put myself into the character I wrote about. I feel like I elaborated my letter well. I also think I went into good detail about everything that was going on.

Artifact #1

We Remember the Days…

KIGALI, Rwanda - Today, April 6, 1995, we remember the tragedy of the Tutsi and Hutu genocide. A year from today Hutu people made a plan to wipe out the Tutsi population. The Hutus didn’t only just make a plan, but they made it happen.

Years before the Rwandan genocide, the ruling Belgians favored the Tutsis. They showed this by giving them many advantages and much more freedom. Both groups had to wear ID cards proving their culture.

The Hutus didn’t enjoy the life they were living, but they never did anything about it until 1959. The Hutus

revolted, they wanted their rights back, they wanted their freedom.

many advantages and much more freedom. Both groups had to wear ID cards proving their culture.

The Hutus didn’t enjoy the life they were living, but they never did anything about it until 1959. The Hutus

revolted, they wanted their rights back, they wanted their freedom.

The Hutus started the genocide by releasing the first missile from an airplane carrying the president of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu. The plane landed in Kigali, Rwandas capital.

After switching sides from the Tutsis, the Belgians, now supporting the Hutus, let them force about 300,000 Tutsis out of Rwanda. When Belgium granted independence, Rwanda was governed by political parties associated with the Hutu majority. The Hutus treated the Tutsis horribly and more and more Tutsis’ were living in neighboring Burundi.

The Hutus blamed the Tutsis’ for the increasing social, economic, and political pressures. The Tutsis’ rebel group invaded Rwanda from the north on October 2, 1990. The Hutus accused all Tutsis of supporting the rebels operating outside the country.

Meanwhile, Hutu leaders were secretly drawing up lists of Tutsi and moderate Hutu leaders to assassinate.

The war officially ended with the signing of the Arusha Accords, a power-sharing agreement, in August 1993.

Artifact #2

Dear Gloria,

I don’t understand what is happening. I am starting to get segregated from my non-jewish friends, they don’t talk to me anymore, they avoid me. Things are starting to become weird… and different. People ignore me now and I almost feel nonexistent to everyone else in the world. My younger siblings keep on asking me what’s going on, I know I’m the oldest and I’m expected to understand, I don’t. Im only 16, how is a 16 year old boy expected to know what is going on right now? How am I supposed to understand what is happening and what is going to happen? All my siblings ask me stuff, especially my younger brother Berek.

He always asks me things like, “Shivan, what is happening, why is this happening?” I can never answer because I don’t know either. It doesn’t seem too bad right now, but it looks like it’s going to get worse, and then what am I supposed to say to them? That it is going to get better, but what if it doesn’t?

For the past week all I have been able to think is, “Why am I getting segregated from the non-Jews? If this gets worse are they going to separate me from my family? If I do get parted from them will I ever see them again?” These are just some of the questions I have and who am I supposed to ask to get my answers? I’m the oldest I have no one to ask; I can’t ask mom or dad because they have way too much on their plate right now, with the baby coming and everything else that is going on. I have no friends I can talk to because they’re all gone. I am alone, and I have no one to turn to for all my problems, nobody.

Even if the worst of the worst happens, no matter what it is, I will always be a proud and faithful Jew, no matter what. I’m not going to give up, I would rather die fighting than live suffering. I will fight, I will fight for what I believe in, i’m not going to stand here and do nothing about it.

Sincerely,

Shivan

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