English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
My name is Michael Grant and I attend Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury Massachusetts. I am writing
to you to see if you are interested in speaking to my English 10 British Literature class.
Unfortunately my class will not be able to read any of your work this year but I have done some
research on your work and enjoy it very much. I believe that your work is well done and enjoyable
for all ages. I would love for you to speak to my class this year.
After doing research on you I decided to write a letter to you. The first reason for the letter is
because of your background in life. I think it is interesting that you did not know what you were
going to be when you grew up. You worked previous jobs and found them boring and not interesting so
you began to write. Fortunately, you were a good writer and were able to get published. You went
through great schools to get to where you are today. When you got married I thought that it was nice
that you and your wife both wrote children’s stories separately and together.
One thing that I like about you is that you write stories that will make kids want to read. Your
work is great and makes it fun to pick up a book. Also I like that you have a variety in your
writing. It is not all just repeated and boring to read. Another great thing about your work is that
you spend time relating and feeling about the books that you write. One of your most enjoyable
pieces is Please Mrs. Butler. “Please Mrs. Butler This boy Derek Drew Keeps copying my work. Miss
what shall I do” This book and line can relate to children in a school and is a fun and silly school
In conclusion I hope that you will be able to come to my school and talk about your work. I can
understand if you are not able to make it because of your busy schedule. Hopefully I can hear back
from you in the weeks to come.
|The author that I chose and found a
letter by them is Stephen Spender. He is not a very popular
author but his work is well done. The letter was written by Stephen Spender in November 1957, to Mr.
Wesley Hartley and his students. We found out that Mr. Spender did not expect a letter to him about
his work and was happy to receive it. The main purpose of the letter is to respond to Mr. Wesley
that he has received the letter from him and, appreciates the letter and is happy to know the
students are interested in his work.
Stephen Spender was born in London February 28, 1909. As a young child he grew up around smart
people. His father was a journalist. As a young schoolboy he showed interest books and politics. He
attended the Gresham’s School, Holt University and the Oxford University. There he began to write
his first major novels. In 1941 he married a pianist Natasha Litvin. He enlisted in the military
services. After the war he works in the congress of freedom. Some popular work by Stephen Spender
includes books like, Poems of Dedication (1947), The Edge of Being (1949), an autobiography, World
Within World (1951), The Creative Element (1953), The Struggle of the Modern (1963), The Generous
Days (1969) and Love-Hate Relations (1974). In 1970 he became a professor at English University in
London. Sadly he died in 1995.
The function of this letter is to let Mr. Hartley and his students know how he felt. He also wants
to know if they are interested in his work if they wanted to check out his autobiography World
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Throughout the English language there are words
that are meaningful, hurtful and useful.