English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Mr. Simon Callow,
This is Michael Woodson of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Actually
its more of a request than it is a question. I was wondering if you would come and speak to our
student body here at Catholic Memorial. We are doing a project on contemporary British authors in
our class, English Literature. While I was searching for an author , I saw your name and information
and it really stood out to me.
The fact that you are not only an author, but also an actor and a director amazes me. This is why I
am writing you, to invite you to come and speak to us about your experiences, because they sound so
interesting, and we would love to hear about it.
Seeing that you were born in 1949, I am sure you must have many stories to tell. As a Britain, I am
sure you have seen and experienced many things throughout your life. Your education at Queen
University of Belfast has led to many great things in your life. I see that you were recently
awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1999. Your life as lived so far
seems very interesting. But the books that you have written interest me even more. Particularly,
Shooting The Actor, which accompanies Being an Actor, is one of my favorite. I favor Shooting The
Actor because it reveals the truth behind being a film and theater actor. It tells the story of your
deep involvement with films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Amadeus”, “ Phantom of the
Opera”, and your role in “ Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.” Shooting The Actor reveals more about
film making than any normal film guide could.
I really hope you read my letter and understand how much we would appreciate your visit here at
Catholic Memorial. If you don’t come visit, how will we ever learn what it is like to be both an
actor and a director? Those are the two main components of film, and you have been successful at
both. We would love to hear more about your other experiences and participation in the arts of film
and theater, and also of the books you have written. I look forward to you coming to speak to us.
|When people hear the name William
Wordsworth, they think of all the poems he has written. But what
people don’t know about Wordsworth is that he was very adept to his surroundings, and often
responded to them. He wasn’t just stuck in his own poetic world. In 1811, Wordsworth wrote a letter
to his friend (who is not named in the letter) talking about an essay which a Captain had wrote on
the Military Policy of Great Britain, and other books and sonnets which he had recommended to his
William Wordsworth was a poet. He was born in 1770 and died in 1850. He wrote many famous pieces of
poetry, such as The Prelude, and Lyrical Ballad. He also loved nature, and tied it into several of
his poems. Wordsworth never married, but he did have an affair, with a woman named Annette Vallon.
With her, he had a daughter, whom he named Anne Caroline. Wordsworth later wrote a poem about the
affair called Vandrocous and Julia. But after he wrote it, he attempted to cover up the affair.
When we read this letter, we are given a look into Wordsworth’s life. This letter shows us that he
doesn’t just read and write poetry all day. He also reads essays, sonnets, and other books. From
what we see in the letter, he seemed to also comment on the work he would read. He commented on the
essay which was written by Captain Pasley of Great Britain. The Captain was writing about the
Military Policies of Great Britain, and how they could be improved. Wordsworth gives this essay some
creative criticism, while talking to his friend about how the armies could be improved and other
things that also need improving. The power, strength, and depth of the army needed improvement and
Wordsworth agreed with that. The letter’s purpose was to inform his friend of this essay, and what
had been going on with the military.
This letter revealed that Wordsworth cared for his society, and the things that were happening in
it. He was interested in military, and what the military did for him.
Many people out there commit crimes with only
one intention: To gain power. These people simply