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Portfolio 1

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Sarah Larocque

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Sarah Larocque Portfolio 1 Reading Logs Daybook Entries Descriptive Writing Golden Sentences Overall Reflection I started reading The Notebook today, and I already finished! It was absolutely amazing. Everybody always talks about how great the movie is, but the book is 10 times better. At first it starts off as Noah(the main character) being an elderly old man. He is reading a notebook full of information to an elderly old woman, who is later introduced in the story as Allie. It talks a lot about North Carolina, for instance when it says "North Carolina trees are beautiful in deep autumn: greens, yellows, reds, oranges, every shade in between. " You can tell that the author was probably from North Carolina. So far into this book I like what I am reading. 1st Reading log 2nd Reading log So far in this book it has gotten very interesting. Now that I've gotten farther, I learned that Allie and Noah were once a thing. I haven't learned yet if they are getting back together, or the relevance of the relationship in the first place. I have a feeling that they are going to meet up again. I can tell that he wants to because it says "He writes her once a month but never received a reply". I think that somebody who is that dedicated to somebody might never fully get over the person. 3rd Reading log So far many different things are happening. Allie and Noah have reunited. They met together, she went to go see him. It was pretty awkward. She cried. She told him that she was engaged, and he wasn't even surprised. I guess I could have seen that coming. They actually flirted basically the whole time. They planned to meet again. When she left he cried. But what neither Allie nor Noah knew was that Lon(Allies current fiance) had tried calling Allie multiple times with no luck. He put two and two together. He knew where she was. Personally, I think that they're going to fall in love and she will leave Lon. Or at least that's what I hope is going to happen. 4th Reading Log 5th Reading Log She had the softest hair and whenever she walked by the delicious scent would breeze by me and fill me up. She was extremely beautiful. She was the strongest and most hilarious woman I've ever known. She never let anybody see her break. I can still smell her sweet, fruity perfume when I think about it really hard. Her beautiful sould and kind words will stay engraved in my heart and mind forever. I want you to feel the excruciating pain that I felt when she left. I want you to know what a huge impact she was, and still is in my life. I want you to understand how big her heart was. I want you to know all the pain, hurt and rough times that she went through. I want you to see how she excelled from her difficult life, and made a great person out of and awkward situation. I want you to find someone who makes you feel as amazing as she made me feel. I want you to see the woman that I absolutely adore and have the up most respect for. I want you to know the woman I strive to be one day. I want you to know what my mom was like. First Example Second Example He used to be my hero. I used to look up to him. He used to be absolutely amazing. He raised a child that he never had to. Something definitely changed within him. He used to be considerate and caring, or at least I used to think so. Now he's evil, he's conniving, he's rude and disrespectful. He says the most cruel things that I've ever heard. I tend to block out most of the foul things that he says, which is almost everything. He's so fake and phony. He thinks that he's perfect with absolutely no faults. I can't bear to talk to him for more than 5 minutes. I live with this man. I try to be as friendly as possible, but sometimes it's just so difficult. I wish that this man could see how much pain he makes me deal with. He made me grow up at a ridiculous pace. I miss the man that he used to be, but I've soon come to find that man is long gone. I want you to see the huge transition that this man went through. I want you to know what the man I consider my father is like. First Reflection I feel like my first exmple on description writing was extremely descriptive. There are many examples throughout the whole piece. For instance when I said "She had the softest hair and whenever she walked by the delicious scent would breeze by me and fill me up." I think that I used great word description there. I wanted the reader to understand some things about my mother. I wanted the reader to know why she meant so much to me. I wanted the reader to know that my moms life wasn't easy, but she didn't let that get in her way. I think that I showed that well when I said "I want you to know all the pain, hurt and rough times that she went through. I want you to see how she excelled from her difficult life, and made a great person out of and awkward situation." I hope that you liked my piece. Second Reflection I think that in my second example of descriptive writing I explained things very well. I feel like I used great descriptive vocabulary when I said "Now he's evil, he's conniving, he's rude and disrespectful. He says the most cruel things that I've ever heard." I wanted the reader to understnd not only what an incredible man and father tht he used to be, but also the kind of man that he turned into in the future. I think that when I said " I miss the man that he used to be, but I've soon come to find that man is long gone" it showed how I wanted him to be portrayed in a different way. I hope that you liked my second piece. I have learned so many different skills this quater in your class. Before I actually got in it, I thought that it was too much work and that I would fail. But now that I've warmed up to the way that your style of teaching, I think that all of the hard work will make a significant difference in the end. I'm used to being able to slack off in all of my classes and doing the bare minimum and always getting by. I think that your class will be one of the only classes that I've ever had where I have to try my hardest. I think that you do a great job teaching, and I think that you working us to the bone is great way to prepare us for college. One way that your class has improved my ways of writing is the creativity. I'm so used to having a certain thing to do and a certain way to do it. With you it's like you give us a wide range to do things, room to explore. Like on the first day you said to take 5 minutes to just write about anything and to not put the pencil down until the 5 minutes were up. It defiantly took some getting used to, but I have come to like it and I have became so much more creative. Also, another way that your class has helped my ways of writing is making me more disciplined. There are many things to do and many different due dates for several things. I used to not care about discipline and doing anything really, but in your class you HAVE to be on the ball, there's no room for error. For instance, your blogs and posts have to be due at a certain time, and if they're not then it's an automatic zero. That helps me stay focused. Another way that your class has helped my way of writing is all the freedom. You let us write about whatever usually, and I love that. I think that I would get bored if I couldn't choose at least some of the subjects that I write about. With you it's like you understnd that every student is different and that they might enjoy to write about different things than somebody else. Like on our narrative about a certain memory, you gave us a little but of a guideline to follow, but you still let us give the piece our own twist. Another way that your class has helped my ways of writing is my vocabulary/word choice. Before this class my span of vocabulary was not nearly as wide as it is now. When I used to talk the things that I would say were very simple and bland. I think now that we have this huge vocabulary list that we have to copy and take a test on not only the words but the definitions also, it's helping me out a lot. Also when we have to do the descriptive pieces in our daybooks I think that helps also, becuse we have to think of different words than what I usually first think of. Also, ever since I've been in your class I've began to read a lot more. I think it's because of the reading logs that you've assigned, but it might be something more than that. Not only have I read a book to complete the reading logs, but I've also read many other books from the same author who wrote my book. I think that in some way your class might have inspired me to become a better writer. I actually finished the book that i was supposed to read in less than 2 hours. I thought that it was amazing. I have learned so much from you this quarter. You give me confidence that I'm going to pass that writing test. You not only taught me different ways to see things, but you taught me how to look at something and see what the question it's asking and find the answer. You're great teacher, and you help me so much. Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of being in your class. My Reading My own My Choice - "There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough." - Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook - "Sometimes you have to be apart from the people you love, but that doesn't mean you love them any less, sometimes it even makes you love them more." - Nicholas Sparks: The Last Song - "Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it." - Nicholas Sparks: A walk To Remember - "I finally understood what true love mean...love meant that you care for another person's happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be." - Nicholas Sparks: Dear John - "We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created" - Nicholas Sparks: The Notebook - "Sometimes when I close my eyes and think as hard as I can I can remember her voice, and it makes me the happiest I'd ever even dream of being." - "I think that in my life I have changed, for better and for worse." - "I'm not going to be another sob story, I'm going to be the girl who made something out of her life, no matter how hard I have to try." - "I know that one day things will be easier and I will have a happy life, even if that's the only thing I have to look forward to then that's enough for me." - "Sometimes in the night I think of them, and i feel lonely and sad, but then I remember then in some weird way they are still with me, and that always pulls me through." - "'I can tell just by your face this part of us been gone for so long, and I know there's no replacing what we had going on for so long." - Jeremih: Love Don't Change - "Promise that we'll never be temporary, ordinary, we should change peoples definition of love, so forget what you heard, the only way that this will work is if you love me when it hurts." - Avant: When It Hurts - "There's always that one person that will always have your heart, you never see it coming 'cause you're blinded from the start, know that you're that one for me, it's clear for everyone to see, my baby you will always be my boo." - Usher ft Alicia Keys: My Boo - "I just want you to know that you deserve the best you're beautiful, and I want you to know you're far from the usual." - Lil Wayne: How To Love - "I don't deserve this life, I'd make the perfect wife, and I know love's a sacrifice, but who's gonna' sacrifice for me and give me all their love?" - Melanie Fiona - 4 am Blog Discussions Lon found out about the two of them. He showed up when they were together. She left him, and she stayed with Noah. I knew that this was going to happen. Noah and Allie met up again. He surprised her. They went back to her house and made love. She spent the night, and the next morning Allies mother surprised them both when she knocked on Noahs door. Allie had to make a very difficult decision between two men that she loved. Before she made the choice Noah closed his notebook. I think that she is going to choose Noah. I will just have to see when I'm done with the book. Allie chose Noah. I'm so glad that they got together. They lived an extremely happy and full life together. They got married, they had kids. They even died together. She died, and then right after so did he. When she was in the hospital he stayed with her. He didn't have to, but he just did. I absolutely loved this book. Now I can't wait to watch the movie. Thank you for allowing us to pick the book that we could read. My favorite quote, if I had to choose would probably be "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I absolutely love this quote. It gives me hope. It makes me realize that even though I have been through a lot, there is always a bright side. It gives me some sort of hope. When I'm sad and I feel like I have nothing left, it makes me think of how much worse my life could be, compared to others who deal with more than I have to. 1. Favorite Quote Reflection I loved doing this entry. I liked how you let us choose the quote and you gave us freedom in doing this. This entry helped me understand why I really like this quote. I learned that this quote actully helps me understand myself. This quote is important because it gives me hope, it helps me move on. 2. Death Penalty I am absolutely, 100% against the death penalty. I think that the idea is ridiculous. Only god should have a say in whether or not people should live or die. In the bible it says that all sins are considered equal, so what's the difference between a murderer being killed and a 7 year old girl who stole a piece of bubble gum? Two wrongs do not make a right. We are all sinners and god forgave us. So, what makes one person better than the other? I think that the person should just be sentanced to life in prison. Reflection I absolutely loved this daybook entry. I loved how you let us voice our opinion. I feel very strongly about this subject, and I think that it showed. I learned how much I really cared about this. I think that this was important because I believe that everybody should see why there should be no death penalty. 3. The Bet We had a choice to spend a year in a huge house where we can do whatever we want, and eat whatever we want with no human contact whatsoever and we would get 1,000,000$, and I said that I would do it. I think that any more than 1 year would be ridiculous, but for just one year I think that I could do it. I think that it would definitely be difficult, but I think I could keep it under control. It would be amazing to get so much money for just staying in a house for a year. Reflection I had a lot of fun writing this piece. It was very creative. I think that this piece was important because it sort of shows in a way what kind of person you are, and how you think. I learned that even though I love money I love my life more. A year is the longest I would spend without human contact. 4. Freedom? Freedom means everything to me. I mean, where would we be without freedom? Not being free is like being in a cage. There is no room to be yourself. I feel terrible for people that can't be free. That is just so sad. I don't know where I would be in life if I didn't have freedom. Reflection I enjoyed writing this. I think that this was important because it really opened my eyes about how lucky we are. There are still people in this world who aren't privileged enough to be free. I learned how lucky I am to have freedom. 5. 2 Important Events There are many things that I do and experience in my life that I care about. If I had to choose one, I think that I would choose going to Boston every summer. I would choose this because it means so much to me. That's where all of my loved ones are. I don't know what I would do if I could never see them. I am always happiest when I'm with my family. I wish that I could just live up there. But since I can't I will take what I can get. Reflection In this piece I learned how much my family means to me. I learned that going to Boston every summer is bigger part of my life than I though it was going to be. It is important to me because Boston is my hometown, and I miss it so much. I don't know what I would do if I couldn't go every summer. Introduction I went to scarowinds for my birthday on the 14th. I had a blast! I thought it was hilarious to see everybody who was scared of all the "monsters". People had so many different reactions. Usually the characters would go after the people who were dramatically scared. The more the person would scream and flip out, the more the monsters would follow you around. One lady actually started running and FELL! The screech of her terrified voice still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. I thought I was going to pass out from laughing so hard. Reflection All about me My name is Sarah Larocque. My favorite book is The Bible. I don't play sports, but I love to watch them. I play a little piano. I am a terrible artist. I think that I will stand out from my peers because I'm different. I've lived in California for 5 years, and I've lived in Boston for 8 years. I am Catholic. I love my friends and family. I love to cook food, my favorite dish is arroz con pollo. This post was basically me trying to show you other peoples reaction when they got scared. I learned that some people actully fake being scared. I learned that the more the people scream the more that the "monsters" would chase them. I had a fun experience writing this blog post. I liked it because I could choose what to write about. Reflection This blog post was just about me. It was about what I'm like, and the things that I like. I learned more about me writing this because I actually had to write out what I'm like. I had a lot of fun writing this piece because it helped me learn a little more about myself. Revision Sometimes when I don't know what to rite bout I just think really hard and something pops up. It can be hard to think of subjects right off the top of my head. And when I finally come up with something it can turn out to be amazing. Reflection I changed these things because they weren't right. I had two spelling errors, so I marked them out. I had a place where I should have put a coma but I forgot, so I just wrote it in. I dont like him. He make me so mad. I cand stend him I made changes to this piece because it needed it. I put an apostrophe before the "t" in "don't" because it needed to be there. I marked out "can't stand" because I spelled it wrong. I put a period where I didn't have it before because it needed to be there. Reflection Advanced Vocabulary - On rare occasion do I see him. When this occurs I feel the blood bubble beneath my pores. I loath this man. - She was absolutely ravishing. She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I love her more than anything. She was my mom. - I still can't understand the circumstances. He confused me terribly. - The emotion built up inside me. I could feel my eyes gloss over. I was absolutely terrified. The moment was riveting - When I reminice on the old days, and what used to be I feel more excitement than anybody I've ever known. 1st step Finished 2nd step Spark Last step Start (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr Brainstorming three one three two two one Brainstorming Outline - Beginning/Credits - Opening/ Introduction - Falling action - Climax - Shocker - Beginning action - End Reflection I chose to do this kind of outline because it's the kind of outline that I'm used to. It explains everything in order, it lets you know everything that happened and it doesn't leave anything out.
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