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Unit 5- Final Portfolio- Raja Ummar

Unit 5

1- College is the latest part of my journey. This year, I am getting adjusted to life as a college student. As a college student, I have a lot more freedom with my time which wasn’t always a good thing for me. In the first semester, I did not face many challenges and got good grades in my classes. However, this semester has been a real challenge. At the beginning of the semester, I was in the middle of moving. This, however, was not as challenging as later when my cousin who I was close with, died. This wasn’t just challenging to me but the whole family. I couldn’t help but constantly think about my cousin’s family and how were they going to get by that now he was gone.

2- For unit 1, we had to write about freedom after reading the story of Malcolm X. This made  me think about what freedom really is. Does the first amendment really give me the freedom or is just an illusion? Are we free in our own homes? Most kids are restricted by their parents from going certain places or being out after a certain time. Do they still feel free? My thought on this was that freedom is more mental than physical. As in the case of Malcolm X, he was sentenced to prison. This forced him to do something with his free time, he chose to read books and eventually fell in love with them. This made him feel more free than ever, even before he was in prison. He felt free because he was allowed to read whatever book he wanted from the library.

3- Unit 2 was about genre, we started out by writing a recipe about something we liked to do or were good at. At first, I chose to write about basketball, but later changed to video games because I felt like I had more to write about it. After the recipe, we were assigned to write about the same thing but in a different genre. I made a comic strip about a boy getting a new game on the release date. I liked this assignment because it forced us to think about different ways to show our writing then the way we are used to since school.

4- We had to do research about something we care about in unit 3. I chose to do research on video games. After doing some research, I realized a lot of people think playing violent video games leads to people becoming violent in real life. Me being me, who has been playing video games from an early age thought this was outrageous. However, after doing some research, my perspective changed. I think video games can cause a person to become violent sometimes if they are not mentally stable. However, I think people who are mentally unstable can also become violent watching movies. I think this is not the fault of the game designers but the consumers. Parents should take responsibility and only buy video games for their children that are rated for their age group. There is no research to backup video games cause violence argument. Most people saying that video games cause violence have never played a video game.

5- For unit 4, we had to change the way we present the things we found in unit 3. It had to be digital so I chose to make a website. I made a website using weebly.


Summary of All Assignments

Ami-Lyon Monsanto


English 1121

UNIT 1- the constraint writing.. i would like to say this is 1 out of 2 of my favorite because i enjoyed you giving us a topic but we couldn’t use certain letters. this was a challenger and i can proudly say if in the future i receive a similar assignment i would be successful in it and write about our fears.

Fears:  I’m afraid of sharks and snakes. i don’t like the look of snakes and how they eyeball you like he wants to eat you. Don’t get me started on how he slither towards his food –  i am the food! – . Snakes have the audacity to climb on us but whats worse are the sharks – this is the reason why i don’t run towards the ocean when i am at the beach.  sharks attack with no hesitation. he smells fear but if there is a scratch.. BLOOD ! its over for me!i am done. this is the reason i am afraid of sharks and snakes. DO NOT GET MY STARTED ABOUT INSECTS!!!!!!!!

Cures: we are on a universe where we can escape our nightmares however when we close our eyes the nightmares are there. i refuse to go anywhere where there is snakes,sharks or even insects.

UNIT 2 – when we had to write a recipe about what we was good at. i personally is good at sleeping – and eating – but this was my other favorite which makes it 2 out of 2.  who wouldn’t want to write about something their good at. when we shared each others recipe ,response to readings, write a poem on what we was good at.

Poem for Sleep

Sleep, sleep , sleep

Oh how peaceful you are

comfortable bed

So nice and warm

mines forever

never letting go

sleep , sleep ,sleep

how dark the room is

deep into sleep

its that easy

you’re head into the pillow

which is so cold


soon i will fall asleep.

Recipe for Sleep

  1. bed – full/queen/king
  2. soft comfortable blankets
  3. cold or warm clean pillows
  4. complete darkness
  5. peace and quiet

Instructions – when you’re in bed make sure you are comfortable. if not you will not fall asleep. lastly, enjoy the next couple of hours.

Response to Navigating Genres – Honestly , it all depends on what you are writing. i personally wouldn’t put anything personal on Facebook. Everybody on that app has put some B.S or just wants to post but overall, there has been post that are true,heartwarming, scary,photoshopped and more. Facebook is not an app you want to play with meaning – you can be watched and stalked. Some rules that i keep in my head – well i only keep one rule – to be completely honest and hold nothing back PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

Response to Donald Murray –

While reading this, i realize that i personally do not re-read my own work nor do i revise my work. i simply just write and edit , re-write it and hand it in. what shocked me was the professors that read Murray book and felt as if they didn’t know what they were doing anymore.  This article and the “Shitty” articles are similar in many ways.

Quote from Murray Article from a professor ” My students are smarter than i am. I have to rewrite and rewrite many drafts”.  He felt embarrassed because he had to rewrite over and over again. I don’t think that makes you question your intelligence.

Response to Shitty Drafts –

I do not write “Down Draft”, “Up Draft” nor do i write a “Dental Draft” , i personally feel like its a waste of time to write all those drafts for one final draft where the reader will still find any little mistake. I wasn’t surprise at her title because its true but all drafts are shitty. I handwrite my essay, re-read then when i am satisfied of what i read and i corrected my mistakes that’s when i re-write my essay which will be my Final essay.

UNIT 3- even though i didnt hand it in physically i did write about toxic relationships and this is what i had s far.

Being in a toxic relationship can lead to many physical, mental and emotional situations where you look at yourself in the mirror and dont even recognize who you are. relationships may seem so “beautiful” but in reality it takes a lot of self working in order to be with someone. As i wrote these few sentences so many flashbacks started playing in my head.  You need to love yourself before you love anyone else.

UNIT 4 – that was very challenging to the point where i gave up.

And We’re Done ! (My Final Portfolio)

My Journey

Ami-Lyon Monsanto


English 1121

Dear Professor ,

I really enjoyed your class even though i was confused 99.9% of the time and had no idea of what was going on but what i can say is , i really enjoyed your teaching techniques , how you made it comfortable and safe place for everyone to say what was on their mind without being judge. I was really nervous the first day but that all went away when i met David & Caitlin – my besties !!!! those two are always there and i love them for that even though we did get on your nerves sometimes when we laugh – sorry about that.

NOW lets get straight to business.. since my middle school years , i have never met someone who 1. had WONDERFUL taste in music 2. was completely honest with her students and 3. let us know that whatever we said was safe in the room. I am not going to say that everything we did was easy because none of it was but i will say this – my brain did run out of fuel in April. i had no more Gas.

I am not going to write a lot honestly because i don’t want this to feel like this is the end or a “goodbye” because it’s not. But i will say this – Thank You for challenging me in ways i didn’t know how to, pushing us to do our best because you knew we could do it even if we didn’t think so ourselves. As i write this , there may have been a few tears but its okay. i really appreciate you.

Sincerely , the girl who loves her caramel frappes ( Ami-Lyon)

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