English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|Dear Ricky Gervais,
My name is Mark Anderson and I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School. For sophomore
English we are studying British Literature and as of recently we are studying contemporary authors.
So far we have studied and read from authors such as Shamus Heaney. We have yet to study or read
any of your work. I am writing to you to ask if you would come and either talk to us or read one of
your works to my class.
As I have told you I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, MA. I play hockey and
lacrosse and watch TV and go on the computer all the time. This is my first year studying British
Literature and I find it very different and interesting compared to modern English writers. So far
most of our authors that we have studied this year have been authors that have only written books.
Having written the comedy show, The Office, you are different from all our other authors. I have
your show and have seen both English and British versions. The show is absolutely hilarious and
relatable to most working people.
I am very much puzzled how you graduated from London University with a degree in philosophy but
then went onto work at the University as entertainment manager for the university Students Union.
What made you change your mind as to what do to for the rest of your life? Are you happy with your
decision? If you could change it, would you?
By having you come to our class and speak to us, it would very much broaden our point of view on
British authors. It would allow us to hear from some one who has written both books and TV shows. It
would give us the experience of just hearing a very well-known author speak. We could really learn a
lot from you and you could share with us all your success that you have had. My classmates and I
hope to be hearing from you soon and maybe you could make the trip here to see us.
Percy Shelley is one of the most well-known
British poets. Percy has become famous for his poems
|On Sunday March 11, 2007, Chris
Simons of the New York Islanders set a new NHL record, a suspension
of 25 games. Three days before, Chris brutally hit New York Ranger forward Marty Mcsorly in the face
with his stick. Mcsorly was taken out on a stretcher and did not return to the game.
“ I want to appologise to my team and to the Islander fans everywhere,” Simons said Saturday at a
press conference. “My actions Thursday night played a major part in our team loosing a crucial game.
I also want to apologize to the National Hockey League for the damage I have caused to this great
game of ours.” The following day, the leagues disciplinarian Colin Cambell replied, “The National
Hockey League will not except the use of a stick in the manor or fashion in which Mr. Simon used
his. Our decision on the punishment will be released tomorrow.”
On Sunday the punishment was decided. “ As a consequence, Mr. Cambell has given up the privileges
of playing in an NHL game again this season, regardless of how many games the Islanders ultimately
play.” This relates to power in the following way. The playoff season is arriving very fast and
players are willing to do anything to have a shot at the Stanly Cup. However this is not the first
time that Chris has been suspended due to his acts on the ice. He was suspended for 3 games in 1997
for illegal contact on the ice to another player.
In conclusion, in the pursuit of the Stanly Cup, a violent act was commited that never should have
been committed. Chris Simons is suspended for 25 NHL games which is a league record.
The world that we live in
today is comprised of numerous languages, English being one of them. The