English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  

Dear Sergeant Ryan,

I am an American tenth grade student at Catholic Memorial High School in Boston, Massachusetts. I plan to join the U.S. Army after high school and I am very interested in military history.

I have read The One That Got Away and it is by far the best book that I have ever read. The conditions that you survived in are amazing. Walking 180 miles through the Iraqi desert alone with no food, no water, and almost no working equipment for one week is astonishing. You displayed incredible strength, discipline, and fortitude in your survival. Field Marshal Lord Bramall was correct when he wrote, “Your personal bravery, sound judgement and quite understanding resolve were an example to all SAS soldiers.”

I would like to invite you to speak to my British Literature class. Unfortunately, our class does not have the privilege of reading any of your books this year. I am sure that if you were to speak to the class, many students who are unfamiliar with you would become very interested in your work and the school might even add you to the curriculum. Please respond if you are interested in coming.


Robert Creaven