My Princess Boy The concept of gender and gendered objects have always been connected to traditional views of the gender binary, and to this day this stands true even though society has become more open-minded. The story My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kilodavis, tells about a young boy who has a love for dressing up in all things pink and traditionally girly. This tale rocks the foundations gender norms in today’s society as well. Throughout the book, the mother of this young boy narrates the experiences of their family pertaining to the “abnormal” gender expression of this child. While My Princess Boy sets its eyes on breaking the barriers of the binary, it only does so by focusing on clothing choices.
When I starting working on this portfolio I knew it would show the growth and development of the child over the last few weeks. It would show how far they have come and how much they have learned while in my care. There is nothing more rewarding to see and witness development in a child while in your care. This shows you are teaching the child like you are supposed to and they are learning what you are teaching them on a daily
Mothers nag us with chores and tell us to straighten up when we mess up, but mothers always know best and do everything out of love for their children. The short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid demonstrates this in a list of instructions a mother gives to her daughter to help her live a successful life. Directions that are listed involve food, clothes, social skills, health, and protection of public image. Together these tasks assist in characterizing the mother and daughter. In “Girl,” Jamaica Kincaid employs characterization through the characters’ actions, conflict, and dialogue to reveal the mother’s tough love and the daughter’s immaturity.
At first glance the characters Connie from “Where are you going? Where have you been?” and Little Red Riding Hood from the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” may seem to have nothing in common. However, from the start one can compare how much they actually have in common. Though these two characters are very different they are the same in many ways. Their story, from beginning to end, is similar. It is easy to see how alike and different they are with the description of Connie and Little Red Riding Hood’s lives, the relationship with their wolves, and their tragic endings.
This is my English Composition portfolio, and it contains all the research and papers I worked on during the semester. They're my goals and comments on how i felt I performed.The topic proposals I had this semester were very educztional and interesting to me. My first paper was Social Media's impact on Cyberbullying, this was an interesting topics because it's something I always had in the back of my mind. The next couple papers having to do with field research were more group based and not individual, so I felt like my first paper was strictly about my opinion.
The first piece I chose to put in this portfolio was my narrative piece. The reason I chose this was because it was the first paper I wrote for this class back in early October. The piece may not be perfect, but looking back on it I can see the improvements I have made into my more recent pieces or writing.
The main theme of the analysis essay that I wrote surrounding the Brave New World focused on the idea that when a society relies too much on stability, the society could derail it's people’s individuality and freedom. I really enjoyed the book Brave New World and found writing the analytical essay very interesting and challenging. I felt it was important to include this essay in my portfolio because I thought, even after several revisions, it could still use another round of editing which would have made it a better and more complete piece. Ultimately, after all of the edits, I am pleased with the final version and I wanted to display this piece in my portfolio. This essay is much different from the others in my portfolio considering it is not a creative writing piece, but rather an analytical essay.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult is related to what we have studied in AP Biology because the book explored the issue of genetics. In AP Biology, we discussed the different kinds of genetic diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, down syndrome, and cystic fibrosis. We learned about each disease’s inheritance pattern, either recessive or dominant. In the book, Anna’s older sister, Kate was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, which she has many immature white blood cells in her body. Inevitably, this led to a deficiency of healthy blood cells to fight off foreign pathogens or diseases. Other than the fact that the book is related to the genetics unit, it is also relevant to the discussion we had in class about a person who underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat his cancer. Similarly, Kate eventually received a bone marrow from her sister.
My strength as a writer is my opening thesis because I don't get a feedback on them in my essays, just my body paragraphs. My weakness in writing is, adding specific detail. I have been getting better at adding specific detail because I’ve been practicing. I’ve never been a good writer. I always got C’s or D’s on all my work but this year I’ve been working hard and I’m learning how to be a better writer. I liked the portfolio process because it helped me learn my goal and how to use it. I would recommend this process to other classes. I learned about hyphens and how to use them. I also learned about commas and I will always have this knowledge when I go to write an essay. I’m not that good with commas, but I’m good with hyphens. Next year when I need to write an essay, I am going to look over my research on specific detail and I’m going to look at my specific detail practices which are in my portfolio. The advice I would give to myself for September which is my junior year is, to always look back at my papers from sophomore year like specific detail papers, hyphen papers, and comma and apostrophe papers. So it will be fresh in my
Welcome. I am currently a first year student at the University of California, Merced and I am majoring in Psychology. I set up this portfolio as a documented reflection on the process I made during the semester in Writing 001. This shows the beginning of my milestone of college writing in my first year of UCM. There are different categories of the PLO that helps me define the skills that I have achieved upon the course. In the beginning of the semester, I knew that I would be introduced to many fields of writing. I know there is much more to learn and to improve, but also I feel like my writing skills slowly progressed since the beginning of this class. Since I was little, I wasn't a big fan of any writing assignments at school. Even if it
All the contents in this portfolio are evidence of growth in my writing, and it also identifies the areas I need to improve. With the original drafts, my theses are not strong as expected and there are many questions I didn’t address. After receiving the feedback from my instructor, I revised my paper according to all the questions raised and improves my thesis. I believe my weakness in writing the four papers is that I failed to make a strong thesis, and was unable to connect the body
There are some families that love to win and influence their children to be the very best they can be. Little Miss Sunshine written by Michael Arndt is a warm heartfelt movie about a little girl named Olive Hoover with the dream of competing in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California. Olive is part of a very dysfunctional family which includes the supportive mother Sherrill, the determined father Richard, quiet brother Dwayne, crazy grandfather Edwin, and the suicidal uncle Frank. The family members all come together a to bring the young aspiring daughter Olive to her dream pageant. The Hoover family does not live in the best conditions and are forever going through a constant struggle, but they try to make the best of things. The family all piles into an old Volkswagen van to drive from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Redondo Beach, California. The drive is not stress free and the family encounters a few bumps along the way. They eventually make it to the pageant and Olive comes to life on stage with her family’s support. I viewed this film through the developmental perspective using Jean Piaget’s theory of development and Vygotsky’s sociocultural developmental theory. I will portray the developmental theory throughout the rest of the paper within adult/child relationships while using sections of the film and an article by Scarr and McCarthy with elements of the theory’s, capacities of children using examples from the film and an article by Scarr and McCarthy, and
Final Reflection Coming into College Writing I was nervous because I wasn't really a writer. I thought I was okay but never the best. On the first day of class, we took a diagnostic test I thought I did horrible on it because I didn't expand on the topic. And that
My ability as a writer and a reader has grown stronger each moment, from the beginning of the year until now. I have always struggled to write down my thoughts on a paper, it is easier for me just to say them out loud. Making the portfolio was something I was looking forward to. Making a timeline of how much my skills as a writer and a reader has improved throughout the course it shows my progression I have made. These two essays are the ones that showed how much I have improved over the past couple of months. The first essay that you will see in my portfolio shows how much I lack on providing critical information and how unclear the essay is. The second essay demonstrates how much I have grown from the first essay, it demonstrates my ability as a writer and a reader. Even
However, my poems also addresses adolescents frustrations with the form of oppression that they are facing. For example, in “Tomorrow” the narrator pleads for tomorrow to “give a glimpse of [itself] to them.” In this moment, the narrator is desperate for their plea to be acknowledged, but unfortunately, that plea is ignored thus forcing the teenagers to remain in their desolate situation. On the other hand, in “Breaking Free,” the narrator promises that “the only thing that's guaranteed…/Is that there will be no turning back.” Unlike “Tomorrow,” the narrator takes the initiative to directly address their form of oppression rather than accepting it. As I mentioned earlier, my portfolio will ultimately examine how the narrator reacts to oppression and their actions or lack of action to address the issue