English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear Susanna,

Hi, my name is Jonathan Anderson. You don't know me, but I'm a fan of your work.

I'm a student/atholete for Catholic Memorial High School up in West Roxbury Mass. I myself am also a huge fan of the whole japanese culture. And I really admire you as a person and as an author.

I really enjoied reading that first book that you wrote, "The Earthquake Bird". It was really suspenceful. It had me guessing from the first sentence to the last chapter of the book.

I can't say that I 100% know how you may have felt when you moved into Japan, becaues of all of the things that you must have had to do in order to adjust to the ways that they usually do things down there. But I guess that I can saythat I somewhat understand. I live in a small town called Mansfield and I just transfered to this school in this city called West Roxbury. Anyway, my favriot types of books are mystery stories, but "The Earthquake Bird" was just something that was on a whole new level. I have not yet read your other book, "Waterlily"' but as soon as I can, I very much will read it.

I'd really likr it if you can come by sometime and stop by the school and read some of your fine work to my english clss. If you don't want to come by, that's cool. But if you can, any time is OK for me, but whatever is cool with you is definantly fine.
























The 19th centur British song is called "Bonnie Dundee". The song explains the whole British culture during the seventeen hundreds or the "good ole days." The song was written to describe the hardship experianced by colonial citizens at the time. @ According to http://members.al.cm/skyelander/dundee.htm before the poem became a song by Alex Beaton, it was a work of literature authored by a man named Sir Walter Scott. In the late seventeen hundreds, Viscunt Dundee was known as "Bonnie" to his peers, whle all of his foes called him Bloody Cleavers. John Grahan and "Bonnie" had decided to create an army of liberation. Upon dong so, it was decded that it would be Dundee wh led the army. Under Dundee's leadership, his wild "Highlanders" as they were known, were on the heels of their enemies before they even remotely had the chance to withdraw their armaments. The Highland army under the contrle of Dundee was so completely devistatingly effective against the Government forces and the English Crown took notice. @ The first thing the song "Bonnie Dundee" teaches us is about Scottish culture in the late 1800s. We are told about the army: " Then let each cavalier who loves honor and me, come follow the bonnet o' bonnie Dundee." Apparently soldiers were called "cavaliers" and leaders were called chiefs. @ Of course this song also teaches us about history. As was said this is a true story about Bonnie Dundee ane the trouble he had rebelling: " Dundee he is mounted, he rides doon the street, the bells ride backwards, the drums they are beat, but the Pruost, douce man, says " Just e'em let him be, For the toon is well rid of that de'll o' Dundee." The songwriter wanted to capture this historical moment in his song. @ The strangest thing is, is that when you hear or read the lyrics to this song, you would never thought about war at all.