English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear Mr. Lodge,

I’m a student from Catholic Memorial High School. My name is Mark McNally from Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. My class is studying contemporary writers and stories. We have not gone over any of your work but we would like to expand our view on writers and their perspectives. We will not be able to go over your work this year.

Your work appeals to me because it is criticism. Criticism is an important, but not apparent, aspects in peoples lives. It helps people see what is wrong with the world. At the same time it helps people understand all the information and statistics. It helps people with their questions like “What can I do to help?” I think your book, Changing Places, in which an American professor and British professor trade places is your best piece.

As I said before we are studying Contemporary British authors and their work. The class has a very limited view of writers and novels. Students here would awe stricken to see a professional author in their presents. We also have a newspaper that would benefit from some pointers on how to improve the writing.

I would like to invite you to read or talk about your work and how you became an author. I fell the class would be missing out on a great author and his work if you couldnt make it. If you are available, our class would be delighted to have you speak, we are available through May.


Mark McNally
























“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” gets people of all races, ethnicities, orientation, basically all Christians, and some non-Christians, in the holiday sprit. As a result, people are nicer to each other. It was made in the 1500s. Since then, many different music artists have sung the song or made a remake of it, so it’s hard to say exactly who the original author was. The song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” has taught us about English culture, as well as played an important role in world history.

Although the lyrics have changed, the song is still about wishing people all over the world to have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It also indirectly promotes ideas of world peace and for people to help those in need. The original song had, “figgy puddings” mentioned, but over the years the fashion for it mentioned in, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” has faded.

We learn a lot about the time period it was written in, from this song. We learn the majority of the English people were Christians. The recipe for, “figgy puddings” consisted of figs together with butter, sugar, eggs, milk, rum, apple, lemon and orange peel, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This recipe is one way of how the English celebrated Christmas and rejoiced in celebrating in the New Year.























It was the 1990s and, and Slobodan Milosevic was president of Yugoslavia. Hundreds possibly thousands of people are dead or dying in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. Milosevic ordered the genocide after declaring war to gain more land, therefore more power in Europe.

It is safe to assume he doesn’t care or bother him about what he did claiming “… (he does) not recognize this court…” said an article on Yahoo.com, and “(he) declined to enter a plea… a plea of ‘not guilty’ was entered for him.” There were numerous others who could have benefited from this horrific act of violence and flagrant disregard for human life, such as the Russian military to use it as a spring board to launch attacks on other European countries.

There are multiple books on genocide and murder. There is even a movie on genocide, titled, “Hotel Rwanda” and it tells the story of the thousands of people killed in Rwanda, how it was such a waste of life; how there’s still, even today, rivalry and hatred as a direct result of that genocide. Unlike the movie, in Yugoslavia NATO, the U.N., the U.S. and numerous other countries stepped in to stop the genocide and power struggle. Again unlike the movie the culprit was tried on war crimes and crimes against humanity, but died while on trial.

Senseless, cowardly, pointless, horrendous, a scar on human kind, call it what ever you want but all those words describe this appalling attempt to gain more, more land, more power, and while attempting to gain more, it also gained one more unspeakable crime against humanity in the history books.
























The world as we know it has a large number of languages or local dialect. We are the only mammal that can speak so that everyone can get the same idea. The English language is arguably the most influential, defiantly the largest, and the hardest to learn. The English language has done many heroic things, and many malicious in it’s short history. The word “honor” specifically has done many great things over the course of history.

One definition the Oxford-English Dictionary gives is “high respect” (pg. 1326) witch was first used in c1375 in Leg. Rood, “men suld hald pat halt tre In honore”. Another usage is, “as rendered or shown: the expression of high estimation…” (pg. 1326) first used in c1275 by a Mr. Lay. And a third definition is, “as received, gained, held, or enjoyed: Glory, renown, fame…” (pg. 1326) first used in c1200 by a Mr. Trin.

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law defines “honor” as, “to accept and pay.” “A tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction”, is the definition WordNet 2.0 gives. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English defines, “honor” “as admiration, respect, esteem, a right or as due…”

We use this word in modern day English as, “Remembering a fallen hero or soldier” says Betty Smith, “To live up to your end of a deal or your word” as Oisin Kenny, or, “A great privilege” says Lenny McLean. As you can see there much discrepancy between the 1375, “honor” and the 2006, “honor” leading people to believe that words can change a great deal in very little time.

Foreigners may have no difficulty understanding this word, such as the Japanese. Many foreign cultures encompass honor, respect, and morals at or as their foundation of beliefs, morals, and ethics. And there are really no rule violations with this word so is will easily be adapted into their every day life or conversations.