English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear: Mr. Roger McGough Hello, my name is Tommy Driscoll, I am fifteen years old and I attend Catholic Memorial High school in Roxbury Massachusetts. This year my classmates and I are learning about British Literature and Contemporary British authors. We started the year learning about British writers and short stories. I saw your name on a website and saw that you write short stories, song lyrics, poetry, and screenplay. Your work did interest me very much.

After reading your collection of 1999 poems The Way Things Are I realized points you were trying to make. One thing I liked about it was how you some how reached into a Childs life, and their Lop-sided innocence to explain the true facts about life. A line from the poem I like was as followed: “ld people do not walk slowly because they have plenty of time Gardening books when buried will not flower. Though lightly worn, a crown may leave a scar, I am your father and this is the way things are.”© British Council, What I liked about this line is that this is a hilarious way of explain bad day. Well the point of me writing this to You Mr. McGough is to ask you to come visit my classmates and I. This year is based off British authors like I said and actually having one in person I think will be great. We plan on reading books and also are textbooks; however, they get old after a while. Having someone here to explain I think will be better. I mean think about it you being able to explain your thoughts of being a British author, and trust me you will be reading to a good class that will pay attention and a great teacher who tries to make it as fun and interesting as possible but he cant do it enough. You being in are class; actually talking would be a way to end the year.

 SO think about it we have plans for you to visit during the spring were Opening and I hope that you can consider this idea we have you. Remember the textbooks get old we could use a break for an actual writer to come in. Sincerely: Tommy Driscoll





















“Ye Jacobites By Name” by Robert Burns, one of his famous Scottish traditional. This song was written in the early 1900’s, tells us about law, and how things were done in 1900 Scotland. This song also teaches use about all the doctrines that were in their system of law, and it has a great effect on politics, and philosophy, because it told us about many things that happened during 1900 Scotland, and how people felt about it.

The song was written in the early 1900’s in Scotland. The background of this song has to do with how people felt about the law, and how things were being done in 1900 Scotland.” What’s right, and what is wrang, by the law?” This is a line from the song that exemplifies how people feel, and they don’t feel good. They seem to feel that there is something wrong in the law, something not faire to all people. That’s how the people felt when they wrote this song.

This song was written to change something in Scotland’s system of law. They want to change “What is wrang:” and that is why they write this song because they state that something I wrong. They also mention “By the law” so that shows that the law was the main part on the citizens argument. So overall this song was written to change politics, and the law in Scotland, and when they did this the changes were made that they wanted.

This song shows us what the Scottish people where like during the early days of the 1900”s. To me I think they were just regular people like us wanted something to be changes. I will quote Tuapc Shukar here when he says “Its time for the world to make some changes” That’s all I think the Scottish people wanted a change. By doing this it also showed that the people were hopeful and enthusiast to change something that wasn’t going good. So there for they did and all worked out good.

This song is remembered today as one of Robert Burns Scottish traditional. It does not have a great reputation in America, but I am sure it had a huge one over there. Infect I believe it goes down as a famous song written by a well known author. This song might not of done much for use but it changed Scotland in a major way.

























On March 1, 2006 Saddam Huessien was brought into court and was charged for many problems during his time of rule. Saddam was accused of the crime of destroying crops and farms during the 1982 year. Saddam admitted to these crimes, and said that he did it for power. This meaning by taking away his citizens food source it would scare them, and cause them not to go against his word, and the way he rules. So I do believe that this crime was done for “crime by power.”

Saddam Huessein was accused of many crimes March 1, 2006. The crime said to be was destroying of the farms and crops in Dujail in 1982. Saddam says “so do you think I am going to deny responsibility or rely on others? I am going to take full responsibility.” We see here that Huessein clearly will accept his consequences for his actions. The town of Dujail was hurt very badly when Saddam destroyed the orchards and crops. During the court case his defendants were largely respectful and ready to accept and consequences thrown at them.

This crime was not just done by Huessein himself. There was said to be others involved in this crime. A man by the name of Barzan Hassan-al-Tikviti, whom is Saddam half-brother, also admitted to the destruction of Dujail. Others not like Saddam half-brother whom where involved in this were said to be threatened. Saddam said he would kill there family members if the government did not accept what he was doing. This is what we have learned so far the only name has been his brothers no others have been dropped.

Saddam acts on March 1, 2006 were really a devastating thing to happen to the town of Dujail. The destruction of the crops and orchards limited the food sources for the people and caused some deaths in the town. However, Saddam did admit to the crime and said to accept the consequences but it is still a horrible thing to do. He has clearly shown us the definition of “crime by power.”



























What Is The Truth About Chill?

When you think of the word chill I am sure there are several definitions and terms that come to your mind. After my researching this word I have gotten a true definition of the word. The word chill is a noun, and it means a sudden cold or a sensation of coldness. This word was first recorded in 1920 and referred to a cold or sudden coldness. However since that time the word has gained a whole new definition. This we will find out the truth and what goes on behind the word Chill.

As I said before the word Chill was first recorded in print in the 1920’s. The word simply meant a sudden coldness. The form of language it was in when first saw in print was considered old English writings. Since that day the word chill has gained a whole new prospective. Such a little word that has came so far and has completely gained a new definition since that day.

The Oxford English dictionary “OED” is something we have been studying in the past month in our last unit of British lit. The OED is collections of words that says its definition and also its origination. My word chill is also in the book along with million of others. My word was first printed in English in 1944; it says the definition was a chilly or cold wind. The sentence it was first used in was “ I walked in the room and felt a chill” as you can see the word is not as old as others but still we now when because of the OED.

The word chill does indeed have many definitions to it as I said before. The online dictionary says “a sudden numbing or death”. The Webster’s dictionary says “moderate cold or chilly”. The Longman basic English dictionary says “Cold or chilly, sudden”. All of our dictionaries around the world have different meanings for it.

In today’s life we realize that our English ha changed greatly compared to the old English times we have had in the past. I guess you can call our language today a type of slang and this is where the word chill comes into play. Since the date 1920 when it was first saw in print the word chill has went through a huge change. It has been transferred form an old English word to a “Black Slang.” This meaning the word chill refers to us now as a complete state of relaxation. This word was first brought into use during the 1980’s brought in by rap and hip-hop artist. This is how I rate to the word today, for examples I would sometimes ask “how bad are you chilling right now?” This is a common way of how teenagers use it today.

Have you ever wondered the language we use today in our United States is different in other countries? Well indeed I have done a survey in my past research and found that my word chill is quite similar. Rose Nikolla my aunt from Albania told me that in her country they simply use it as a cold or chilly. My fellow co-worker Candalia Cruz told me that in Puerto Rico they use the def as simply jus to hang out and a state of relaxation. This definition is quite similar to our now of day slang we use in America.

So as you can see the word chill had changed throughout only forty years of its life. It has gone from a word used to describe cold weather and now it means jus chilling, complete relaxation. I wonder if we will see this word ever change again.