English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2006-2007

   
   
   
   
   
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  Dear Anthony Gottlieb,

My name is Andrew Ziniti, and I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School, in Boston, MA. It
brings me great pleasure, to write you as a fan of your work. My English class, is presently
studying contemporary British authors, and the one I happen to be assigned is you. As I continue my
studies of English British literature 10 through out the course of the year, I am writing this
letter cordially inviting you to on the behalf of my sophomore English class, as a guest speaker. It
sometimes is a blessing to have a break from the busy learning environment, and have a brief period
of relaxation. If you could attend, that would be great. If not, I understand since you have a very
busy schedule.

I studied your work, Truth Wars and how you also write daily for the Economist. The Economist is an
important source of how our economy rock and rolls on a daily basis, and responds to the world, and
how we make a living on money. From reports daily on Wall Street, we need this vast information to
understand how our nation stands in the ideal money making jobs.

I was interested to learn about your novel The Dream of Reason, you caught my attention, by writing
about the ancient Greek Philosopher Socrates. Socrates, was a man who gave education a new from of
life, for Greeks, and the people of the world. One quote that caught my attention in the book was,
“Socrates, the man of all the others, was among the best.” Socrates was the father of education in
parts of Greece, and many consider the world, and it was very fascinating to have experienced his
presence in this book.

Once again I hope you may be in attendance hopefully one day. I would appreciate if I could hear a
response from you, until then,

Respectfully yours,
Andrew Ziniti
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  Sir, George Gordon “Lord Byron” was a simple man. He was born into a wealthy English family from
London, but he had no fortune to accompany his young boyhood. As a boy he was subjected to
alternating periods of tenderness and with periods of extreme violence by his mother. In a letter he
had written to his friend in London, England in 1803, Byron, had complained about foggy weather. I
think that a metaphor, for this letter is that Byron is angry at his mother and the “London Fog”
shows his gloominess.


In 1803, at the time of the letter America was a young country about thirty years, freshly departed
from Britain. London, receives about three times a week a heavy fog. This fog is created when warm
water, from the Gulf of Mexico comes from across the Gulf Stream, and comes through the cold water
of the Atlantic Ocean to the English Channel. In Scotland, it rains three times a week. Sometimes
when people are dazed or depressed people can say that they are in a “London Fog.”
Byron states in the second paragraph, “The great object in life is to feel sensation, to feel that
we are in existence.” Byron might show that he was angry for having a rough childhood. If Byron has
bottled up emotions because, of his mother it was probably could be symbolized by perception. “I get
bored when it rains. I felt a sense of depressed state.”


The one thing that I think someone might want to interpret from this letter, is how Byron’s mother
effected his writing style. In this letter, he showed no hard evidence, but, it was seven years
until Byron’s writing career had taken a successful turn. Byron helped influence Mary Shelly, to
write Frankenstein. His mother suffered from a mental disorder most likely she was Bipolar. So, for
the most part she was nasty, and lashed out, but was caring every now and then. But then again,
there was the fact that she was a motivational influence in his life, without it even him, or,
anyone noticing it.


Lord Byron, grew up in a wealthy family in London. He was surely a man who had an uneasy past,
and metaphorically speaking, by Byron using terms of rain and fog, he shows how he is truly living
in a state in which he has hard feelings for his mom. His writing was surely excellent however.

   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article is about the trial of Jemaah Islamiyah, who is known to have killed hundreds of
civilians in the Bali car bombing on October 12, 2002. In the attack, suicide bombers killed 202
people, mostly Australian tourists, and wounded many in two blasts. The first, smaller blast by a
suicide bomber using a backpack, killed a small number of persons in a nightclub and drove the
survivors into the street, where the vast majority were killed by a massive fertilizer/fuel oil bomb
concealed in a parked van. August, 5, 2006, Al-Qaeda's Al Zawahiri appeared on a recorded video
announcing that JI and Al-Qaeda had joined forces and that the two groups will form "one line,
facing its enemies." How this was powered by fame? Kill the innocent to spread your name.

According to CBS News, three militants serving time in East Kalimantan's capital of Balikpapan
received reductions of four months, paving the way for one, Puryanto, to walk free on Thursday, said
Edi, a prison official who uses a single name.


Nine other men imprisoned on Bali island had their sentences cut by four months, said justice
ministry official Djoko Bambang Untung. This is an example of how they could spread their name and
faces to get famous. "I accept that I was imprisoned as my fate," he said in a telephone
interview. "I'm happy that I can now live together again with my family, but I'm
still afraid the stigma of terrorism will follow me."

The bomber has appeared in many local newspaper, and viedo tape interviews in his country. He also,
and a poem called justice in which the names of the some two hundred victims names where read as
their memorial services continued.

In conclusion, the bomber even though he was allowed to walk into freedom, he in my point is guilty
because, he killed two hundred people. God doesnt; want people to be killed so, in my thoughts, I
believe he was wrong.

   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It is believed that on an average day, men speak 4,000 words and women speak 7,000words, even
animals communicate in unique ways. Besides English, many other languages are spoken in this world,
and many have even influenced our very language. It’s interesting because, just think of all the
words that are said daily, and how they may be used in a sentence like the word fresh. Throughout
the history of the English language, I believe that the word fresh has not aroused any types of
controversy. It has made the English language easier by providing this adjective/ noun.

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the word fresh means to be unduly or sharp and crisp.
To be “sharp” or “unduly” does not cause controversy in my mind. Like American Heritage, American
Webster states fresh as to be “clean and new.” Dictionary.com claims that fresh means to be “newly
found and present.” It may be safe to say that while there are three definitions that are some what
similar they still have yet to prove as to why they may cause controversy. According to these
dictionaries, since fresh means “new”, or “crisp”, it can only help the English language by
providing positive adjective word forms, for example I felt fresh after taking a nap.

In the grand daddy of all dictionaries, the Oxford English Dictionary, “OED” has fresh first
appearing in 1349 and was used by Hampole Psalter , “There was a sang and a welle fresh and clere.”
In 1390 Sir Mendracks said , “While not fresh they lacked.”

When asking sophomore at Catholic Memorial Mike Lombardi what he thought the word fresh meant, “New
begging of ones journey.” In a sentence he stated, “The solider felt fresh after his resting.”
Another sophomore Sean Farrell said when asked what he thought fresh meant to him, “Rested or new,
ready to go.” Defined in a sentence by Farrell, “My feet felt fresh after I sat down because, I was
standing for so long.” To these two students they represent evidence that fresh does not cause
controversy in the English language, once again using positive meanings of the word fresh, only
again proving positive adjectives used in a sentence.

When asking my cousin Frank Ziniti, who spoke Italian as a first language, what he thought fresh
meant he said, “To be reloaded or newly ready.” After he learned English, he said when he leanred
fresh as an everyday vocabulary word, he though nothing of it, “It was as though any other ordinary
word in Italian.” My neighbor, Victor Martinez, who spoke Spanish as a first language said that
fresh meant really nothing to him too when he leant this word. “Fresh to me, was very simple when I
first learned this word. I would use it in a sentence as, the cars paint appeared fresh and
gleaming.”

Many people may argue that while many generations of English speakers may progress, that word forms
may change. Listed in the Oxford English Dictionary, there are many different listings of the word
fresh. In my research I have found that one new meaning of the word fresh as used in a sentence,
“Don’t be fresh Youngman.” My mother would say this to me as I was behaving badly in public, or
behaving badly in general.

Concluding my final thoughts, I believe that simply there can’t be a strong enough way for this word
to be used to hurt someone. Fresh, which as very many different meanings simply can’t generate
enough bad buzz because of this word. In the almost 700 year existence of the word, it hasn’t yet
sparked my interest of being used negatively in the English Language.

   
   
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