Nay's Portfolio

J.Lewis 4

Purpose of writing portfolio

The purpose of creating this writing portfolio is to show how I will progress with my work as the year continues.I think that I will be able to benefit from this because I can find mistakes that I've made and learn from them. Also I will be able to show my work with others and I'll be able to see what you guys think!

A little bit about me!

Hello! My name is Janay and I am a sophomore at Varina High School. One of my favorite subjects is English. I'm also in the club GO FOR THE GOAL!

6 word memoir

"Minor Set Back For a Major Comeback"


I am like the venus try flap because I am rare.

Inwardly, I am like sunflower because I am compound.

Favorite Quote/Response

Quote: "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."

Response: I don't mind waiting on things; for example I work every other weekend and I have to wait until I get my pay check. I don't have a problem with that because when I get my check I get to spend my money on anything that I want.

Reflection of Persuasive Essay

This assignment was quite fun and interesting personally I think I did an “OK’ job ; however I believe I could've done better.I liked this assignment because we were able to write an essay and actually make it interesting.My strengths were staying on topic and being able to make my paragraphs flow smoothly. One of my weaknesses was being able to go on to a different paragraph and have different details & ideas. This is my reflection of my persuasive essay.


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Maya Angelou to receive honorary book award

The poet and author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will be this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday.

NEW YORK (AP) — The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou.

The poet and author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will be this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major U.S. literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.

"Dr. Angelou's body of work transcends the words on the page," the book foundation's executive director, Harold Augenbraum, said in a statement. "She has been on the front lines of history and the fight for social justice and decade after decade remains a symbol of the redemptive power of literature in the contemporary world."

Angelou, besides being a dancer, actress, filmmaker, singer and activist, has made historic contributions to reading and writing. Caged Bird is among the most widely read and widely taught memoirs of the past half-century, memorably documenting her rise from the rural, segregated South to international fame. Her poem On the Pulse of the Morning, which she recited in 1993 at President Bill Clinton's first inaugural, quickly sold hundreds of thousands of copies.

Angelou has been in frail health and is expected to make only a brief appearance at the awards dinner and ceremony in November.

A long list of nominees in the four competitive categories for the National Book Awards, which the Book Foundation presents, will be announced later this month.

E.L. Doctorow will receive an honorary medal for "contributions to American letters." Doctorow, 82, won the National Book Award in 1986 for World's Fair and was a finalist three other times. He is best known for the million-selling historical novel Ragtime, which has been adapted into a feature film and a Broadway musical.

"Doctorow is a master of historical fiction who has brought the events of the past to people all over the world in an extraordinary fashion. It is also a special opportunity to give tribute to a native New Yorker in his hometown," Augenbraum said.

"Any serious award such as this of the National Book Foundation has to be gratifying," Doctorow wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press.

Previous winners of the National Book Award medal being given to Doctorow include Philip Roth, Arthur Miller and Elmore Leonard. Dave Eggers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and National Public Radio's Terry Gross are among those who have received the Literarian Award.

Antigone Biopoem


Loyal, brave, strong

I am the fiance of Haimon

Lover of her family

Who protects her family

Who needs peace and justice

who fears nobody

Who gives off loyalty and braveness

Resident of Thebes

Self -Reliance Essay

Ever wondered why people should make their own decisions? People should either make their own decisions or seek guidance from experts and authorities about life's important matters? People should make their own decisions on life's important matter because people should go with their own instincts and others could often give you bad advice.

To start, people should make their own decisions because you should go with your own instincts. Sometimes you are the only one who knows what's best for you in life. If you wanted to got to a specific college, would you let someone who had a bad experience ruin your dreams? What if someone told you that the job you always wasn't right for you, would you listen to them or would you go with your own instincts?

More than likely, others could often give you bad advice. Isemene tells Antigone that, "..The law is strong, we must yield into the law in this thing and worse. I beg the dead to forgive me, but I am hopeless I must yield to those in authority." However, If Isemene would've listened to her sister Antigone's bad advice she would've done something horrible. Such as going against what the law says. Letting others give you bad advice is not a smart decisions.

On the other hand, some people think they should seek guidance if you need help with life's important matter. Make your own decisions in life's important matter because others can give you bad advice. You should go with your own instincts just to learn a lesson. Nine out of ten people who go with their own instincts are better off in life's important matter.

Self-reliance reflection

I think I did well however i need to work on compound sentences and a stronger conclusion.