English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  .Dear Suzi Godson,

My name is Antonio Rufo, and I am a student of Catholic Memorial High School in west Roxbury. My
fellow classmates and I were wondering if you would come to our school and read one of your

I have researched a little bit about you from Penguin. I saw that you lived in London as a child.
I have always wanted to go to London and you’re past their interests me. I also learned that at
this time you have two books printed at this time. One of the books you have has one a silver medal
at the art directors club in New York. Another thing I learned is that you have an article in The
UK Times called Body and Soul.

Because I was not able to purchase either of your books I researched a specific article you have
written for The UK Times. This article is called UK and was put in the newspaper on 03/25/2006.
This article talks about a wonderful club in Gleneagles, Scotland. As quoted in your article,
“There's a fun and down-to-earth air about Gleneagles - it isn't the stuck-up, elitist
golfers' paradise I'd half expected.” This club you describe sounds like a wonderful
place to be and I would love to visit. The ways you describe this club allows you to cleanse your
body sounds amazing and relaxing.

The students of CM and I would extremely appreciate your visit to our school. If you do not come
we would be missing out on the ability to meet a true author. The writers of or school newspaper,
the Knight Insight, would miss the chance to meet a reel journalist.

Thank you,
Antonio Rufo

  On Thursday evening, 1818, Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote a letter to Charles Tulk. This letter was
written during a hard time in his career. The letter is criticizing one of Charles Tulk’s works.
Coleridge was known for his poetry but in his letters was a strong critic.

Samuel Coleridge was born on Ottery St. in the Devon cost of England. He was the last of ten
children, only 4 of whom survived. At an early age he started to develop a habit of diving into
books of fantasy. These habits of reading fantasy probably lead him to his writing poems of
fantasy. The feeling of wanting his siblings back was probably another reason he wrote about
fantasy. Later in his life he became friends with multiple poets including William Wordsworth and
Robert Southey. Because he wrote poems of fantasy it is strange that he wrote letter criticizing
others works.

The main purpose of this letter was to inform an artist on the mistakes in his work. Coleridge
states that he has left out the space for love and beauty while viewing the work. This is strange
because beauty is a strong aspect of Coleridge’s poems. This poem was written during a time in his
life were he lost most of his happiness, including his wife and friends. This is probably why he
started to lose his way of seeing fantasy over reality.

In Coleridge’s writing there is a different style then in his letters. In his letters Coleridge is
very short worded and gets his point across quickly. This is shown in the fragment “have
uninterrupted space for loves and sympathies.” In comparison his poems are written as if they were
edge of reel life and dreams. His poems turn true facts into mysterious fantasies. More than any
other romantic poet he used his imagination a lot unlike the letter he writes. The letter makes the
reader believe that Coleridge has no imagination or even no feeling.
















On December 22, 1984, four young men boarded a downtown No. 2 express train on a mission to steal
money from video arcade machines in Manhattan. The motive of this crime was to overpower the boys
who were robbing him. Goetz was presumed guilty. He received multiple changes in his punishment.
The reason that this crime was motivated by power was that he wanted power over the boys who thought
they had power over him.

Goetz entered the same subway car at the 14th Street station and sat down near the four young men.
Goetz stated to the police that approximately ten seconds later one of the boys asked him, "How
are you?" Goetz responded that he was "fine". According to Goetz, the four men gave
signals to each other, and shortly thereafter two of the men rose from their seats and went over to
the left of Goetz. Goetz became nervous because he was n blocked from both doors leading out of the
trian. One man then said to Goetz, "Give me five dollars." Goetz rose from his seat, and
from beneath his blue windbreaker he fast-drew his .38 caliber revolver and fired five shots,
hitting all of the boys. He then was confronted by the train conducter who asked him for his gun,
wich he refused to give up. Later that day he turned himself in o the cops.

Goetz confessed to the shooting but argued that his actions fell within the New York self-defense
statute. Under Section 35.15, "A person may not use deadly physical force upon another
person...unless...He reasonably believes that such other person is committing or attempting to
commit an offence. Goetz was first charged with a year in prison for illegally having a weapon, but
he only served eight months of the sentence. The New York Court of Appeals reversed the grand
jury’s punishment towards Goetz. They the changed the charge to attempted murder, assault and
criminal possession of a weapon. The court held that Goetz's actual belief that he was indanger
was not adiquit. Goetz was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree. He
was initially sentenced to six months in jail, one year psychiatric treatment, five years'
probation, 200 hours community service, and a fine of $5,000. He appealed, and the court affirmed
the conviction and ordered a resentencing of one year in jail without probation.

In my analysis of the investigation I consider Goetz guilty. He new that the event was not life
threatening and over reacted to it. One reason might be that Goetz was mugged multiple times before
this occurance. He was mugged once in the mid 1970s while with friends returning to a Harlem subway
station. Goetz was then mugged again in 1981 by three men and sustained injuries from the assault.
All these earlyer muggings cause him to carry a gun and gae him a reason to have anger towards the
four boys who were trying to mug him.

In my personal opinion I think what Goetz did was wrong and that he deserved his punishment.
Expecially since one boy now has to live his life paralized. Even thought Goetz had the past
muggings to back his anger it was not right to jump. The boys might not have mugged him and even if
they tried there are cops and other people in the subways to see the action and stop the criminals.
And to add to my defence Goetz was only asked for five dollars, they weren’t trying to get that much



















In the English language there are hundreds of thousands of words, each with its own history. The
history of each word allows us to see how it was used and the influence it has made on modern life.
An example would be the word Corrupt. Using the OED and other dictionaries we can see how this word
has influenced the world today.

The word corrupt has been defined in different ways in different dictionaries. The American
Heritage Dictionary says “Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved” for a definition. The
Online Etymology has a different definition; it says, “to destroy, spoil, bribe.” The
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law says, “having an unlawful or evil motive.” Each
definition is different but the word has the same overall meaning. This word has made the language
stronger because of its solid definition.

In order to find the way people use the word in modern times I conducted a survey. This survey
asked what the first three things that came to mind and included different races, genders and ages.
A sixteen year old said the first things to come to mind were, “the police, Bush, and the war.” My
mother said, “The government, police, and Bush.” The word corrupt has obviously given a stronger
connection between people who speak English because most use it the same way.

I then asked a few people who learned English as a second language. My grandmother said “the
word was hard to learn to pronounce, but the meaning was very understandable”. Then I asked my
other grandfather, he said “that the word was easy to learn because it distinguishes a certain thing
that is common in every country”. Because the word corrupt has a universal understanding it has
made the English language stronger.

The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) gives an n insight on the words past and how it has
changed. The OED also allows us to find the first writer that used the word in his work. The first
definition was used in 1383. It means to spoil or destroy by physical dissolution; to turn from
sound into unsound. The second definition was used in 1591. it means blood of attained person.
The third definition was used in 1548, it meant to render impure. The fourth definition was used in
1881, it meant to adulterate. As the OED shows the definition of corrupt has changed multiple
times. Even though the definition has changed the idea that it is a bad thing remains. This allows
the word a solid base to grow from; allowing it to broaden the English language.

The word corrupt has come up a lot in modern writings. SETBACK TO WAR ON CORRUPTION uses the word
corruption in the title and in the article itself. It says, “A month ago, it seemed as if the World
Bank was ready to press forward with renewed zeal to battle corruption.” The article Satan's
Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century uses the word
corruption in the title. Another article Corruption Plagues Iraq Reconstruction Effort also uses
corruption to describe war and the government. One quote from this article is, “reconstruction
efforts have been plagued by waste and corruption.” The use of the word corruption or corrupt to
identify problems might be a reason the word is making the world better.

The word corrupt has been used in a new way by a journalist. The writer uses the word to
describe a game. The game that the writer describes as corrupt is cricket. A couch was murdered
because his team was doing so well. Because of this, the journalist considers the game is corrupt.
This is the first time the word corrupt has been used to describe a game.

In conclusion I believe the English language has only benefited from the word corrupt. It allows
us to identify a certain thing that is common among many people. It also has a definition that is
universal which allows the language, of English, to spread over to other countries.