English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2006-2007

   
   
   
   
   
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  Dear Mr. Waters,

My name is Daniel Furlong and I am a student in the tenth grade at Catholic Memorial High School in
West Roxbury, Massachusetts. First of all I would like to start by saying that I think all of your
work is tremendous and that I listen to your music all of the time. My main reason for writing this
letter is to extend an invitation for you to come to my school and speak to my classmates. I would
like you to come and speak to my classmates because I feel that too many kids today in my generation
do not respect or appreciate music from previous generations or even music of a different genre from
what they usually prefer.

I understand that you went to the Cambridge High School for boys with “Syd” Barrett and later to
the Regent Street Polytechnic with Nick Mason and Richard Wright, all of whom were your members in
Pink Floyd. I read that while you were at the Regent Street Polytechnic you actually studied
architecture. That’s kind of funny that all of you guys studied architecture together and then
suddenly decided to put together a rock band. I’ve also found that you are one of the very few
artists who have been able to clearly point out some of the pitfalls of modern society. I’ve also
found that many of your songs are about the World War II, in which your father, died in the British
invasions of Anzio, Italy. With you being at such a young age at the time it must have been hard not
knowing him as much as you probably would have liked to. Your life and dedication to music at all
costs is one of the main reasons I chose to write to you about the state of music today.

I personally believe that some of Pink Floyd’s greatest work came from your song writing. I can say
this because of your many masterpieces put together including, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were
Here, Animals, The Wall, and the Final Cut. One of your songs that I truly admire is “Time” from the
album Dark Side of the Moon. On particular line that I find interesting in this song is, “kicking
around on a piece of ground in your hometown, waiting for someone or something to show you the way.”
I find this line to be most interesting because I feel that it ties into why I would like to come
and speak to my classmates because in a sense my fellow classmates are actually waiting for someone
to come and show them that all music should be treated with the highest amount of respect. I feel
that someone is you.

I know that you would be able to get through to a lot of my fellow classmates regarding music
because basically your whole life was dedicated to music. I feel that you can relate to this topic
because your generations music is an example of music that is not truly appreciated. I realize that
not everyone is going to like the same things but a lot of people bad mouth other types of music
when they don’t really even know what its all about and also how much work was put into it.

If you do not come to my school generations upon generations of music will be completely lossed.
Other generations of music will be lossed because there is no appreciation for the music that people
like so much today. Finally I would just like to thank you for reading this letter. If at all
possible could you please send a response as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
Daniel Furlong
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Babington Macaulay made a lasting mark as an insightful historian and powerful politician.
However, he won fame as a literary critic with essays published in the Edinburgh review. Thomas
Macaulay's letter to Thomas Flower Ellis on the vote in the House of Commons on the Reform Act
is actually somewhat of a review of the Reform Act. What is revealed by this letter that most
people don't think of when they think of Thomas Macaulay is that he was a ferocious critic, but
could also be a bit sympathetic.

In this letter, Thomas Macaulay is writing to Thomas Flower Ellis on the vote in the House of
Commons on the Reform Act. Thomas Flower Ellis is actually a friend of Thomas Macaulay's. In
his letter Thomas Macaulay recalls the events that took place in the House of Commons regarding the
Reform Act. The Reform Act would change alot of things in England. Some were for the change and
some were not.

The main purpose or function of this letter is to let Thomas Flower Ellis know what is going on in
the Reform Act vote. You can tell that this is the main function because of the way that Thomas
Macaulay recounts the events that occured in the vote of the Reform Act. One example of the way he
describes the events that happened in the House of Commons was when he said, "When Charles Wood
who stood near the door jumped up on the bench and cried out, 'They are only three hundred and
one.', we set up a shout that you might have heard to Charing Cross- waving our hats-stamping
against the floor and clapping our hands." The reader clearly gets a sense of excitement and
exuberance that is taking place during this event. The writer makes you understand the importance
of the results of the vote count.

Some insight that this letter gives to us about Thomas Macaulay is that he is usually considered to
be a hard case when it comes to talking politics. However, some lines in this letter prove that
Macaulay has a softer side. I can make this statement by the fact that Thomas Macaulay says this
line, "We shook hands and clapped each other on the back and went out laughing, crying and
huzzaing into the lobby." This portrays Thomas as someone who is effected by the event that he
witnessed. His happiness is hard to contain as he describes the scene you understand his feelings
as well.

Thomas Macaulay, a very hard man who would write a letter to people regarding politics, is somewhat
out of character in this letter to Thomas Flower Ellis on the Reform Act. I say that Macaulay is
out of character by the fact that towards the end of his letter he becomes a little soft which is
very uncharecteristic of his normal style. He lets his emotions show through in the description of
his report of the event, his true character comes across as he reveals his joy in the outcome of the
event. "...and many of us shed tears- I could scarcely refrain." In reading the letter,
it gives you more understanding of Macaulay as a person, as it shows you what he is really like.
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On Wednesday, November 29th of 2006 an Italian design store known as Valentino’s, located at 45
Newbury Street in Boston was broken into by local vandals at around midnight. It is unclear whether
or not anything was stolen but a double-paned window at the front of the store was completely
smashed. This is the second time in two weeks that Valentino’s has been broken into by vandals. The
culprit behind the second break in is a one Michael Vega, 23, who police caught up to and arrested
at Back Bay T station on charges of breaking and entering. This to me was definitely a crime for
power by the fact that this man wanted to steal from a high quality place which sells merchandise
that costs in the thousands. I consider this a crime for power because you can do a lot with
expensive merchandise these days on the streets that could lead you to power.

Because of all the crimes that are coming up within the Newbury Street area all sorts of different
stores along Newbury street are banning together to increase community policing. “It’s very scary”,
Kelly Kavaler, general manager of Maxamara which is a store in close proximity to Valentino’s.
Valentino’s has definitely realized that they will need to jack up security if they want to get the
same amount of customers they were getting before the robbery. This is evident from this quote by
Rossanne Lopez an assistant manager at Valentino’s, “It’s not good when things like this happen
because customers become scared to come down here”. However the people of Valentino’s do realize
that, “you are definitely exposed on Newbury Street”. It’s actually very surprising to me that all
of these stores on Newbury Street don’t have a lot better security considering the fact that some of
the merchandise they sell is in the thousand dollar range. “It’s an affluent area. People come here
to enrich themselves”, said Anne Swan the head of the head of crime prevention committee.

The investigation for this crime that took place on 47 Newbury Street was quickly ended after the
culprit was found about a day later. Again, Michael Vega broke a double-paned glass window at
Valentino’s on Newbury Street. He was arraigned a day later on breaking and entering charges as well
as trespassing and disturbing the peace which he was wanted before even before the Newbury street
incident. Michael Vega’s punishment was a sentence of three years total to be spent in jail for his
crimes.

I think that my crime has a lot in common with the short story known as The Prowler in the House
which was written by Hugh B. Cave who was a British writer out of Chester England. I would say that
my crime compares with this short story by the fact that both the crime in the short story and in
real life evokes fear in people. Also I feel that they are both definitely comparable because they
both speak of breaking and entering. Finally I would say that they are both crimes for power because
breaking and entering is a crime for power. I say this because in breaking and entering you are
breaking and entering to get something and you most likely think that that something will give you
power.

The above writing to me definitely shows that this crime that was committed can definitely be
connected or linked to a person blood thirsty for power. When someone is blood thirsty for power
they will stop at nothing to obtain this power, even if that means breaking the law and going to
jail. Although this is not as big a crime as murder or rape it still shows us that people will try
to obtain power in any way possible, I personally think that is disturbing because you never know
when someone will go looking for some way to make themselves more powerful even if that means
hurting other people.

   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communication is one of the most important aspects of human life on earth. One form of communication
that is truly vital is the ability to speak and use language. One language that has truly taken the
whole world by storm in recent decades is the English language. The English language dates back to
the mid fifth century and was definitely not as influential back then as it is today. One word in
the English language that has truly been influential to the world is the word “acceptance”. The word
“acceptance” has defined periods of time in our own nation’s history by either dividing or uniting
people. In the next few paragraphs I will show to you how the word “acceptance” has had a positive
affect on the entire world.

The word “acceptance” is a fairly new word in the English language only dating back to 1536. That
would mean that this word most likely has its roots in the French language. The American Heritage
Dictionary defines the word “acceptance” as, “approval”. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the
word “acceptance” as, “an agreeing either expressively or by conduct to the act or offer of another
so that a contract is concluded and the parties become legally bound”. The Cambridge Dictionary
defines the word “acceptance” as, “agreement”. All three dictionaries pretty much give different
definitions for the word “acceptance”. Although each of these definitions for the word “acceptance”
are worded differently the still pretty much mean the same. I think that because there is pretty
much one solid definition for the word “acceptance” this decreases the amount of confusion when the
word is used. To me this is a positive affect on the world because confusion can lead to death and
destruction and by having one solid definition there is basically no confusion.

The Oxford English Dictionary has many definitions for the word “acceptance”. One definition from
The Oxford English Dictionary defined the word “acceptance” as, “the act or fact of accepting or
taking what is offered, whether as a pleasure, as a satisfaction of claim, or duty”. Another
definition given by The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “acceptance” as, “favorable
receptions”. A final definition found in The Oxford English dictionary defined the word “acceptance”
as, “the state of being accepted”. All three of the definitions given by The Oxford English
Dictionary positively affect the entire world by giving hope to people. What I mean by saying that
the word acceptance gives hope to people is that being accepted or accepting something which is the
basic definition of the word “acceptance” gives people something to look forward to in life.

To get a better understanding of how the word “acceptance” is used today in our culture I
interviewed various students at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Brian
Kealey who is a freshman a t Catholic Memorial used the word “acceptance” in this sentence, “I was
surprised to see the acceptance that I got from the lacrosse team regarding my purple helmet”. Brian
Walsh who is a sophomore at Catholic Memorial used the word “acceptance” in this sentence, “I will
take this most valuable player award with great acceptance”. Finally, I asked junior Mike Collins to
use the word “acceptance” in a sentence and he came up with this sentence, “my acceptance into
college is a great accomplishment for me”. All of the sentences that were provided above all show
the word “acceptance” in a positive light. I think that all of the individuals interviewed use the
word “acceptance” positively because I think that the word makes people feel confident. This
confidence, in my opinion truly affects the world in a positive light because it drives people to
achieve.

The word “acceptance” has been used in literature throughout history. The word “acceptance” was
first used back in 1536 by Spenser in, The State of Ireland. Then the word “acceptance” was used in
1596 by Shakespeare in, Merchant of Venice. The word “acceptance” was next used in 1649 by Seldon
in, The Laws of England. As you can see the word “acceptance” has been used in literature for a long
time. I think that this fact positively affects the world because every time someone reads a book or
an article containing the word “acceptance” the get a better grasp of what the word means and I
think that is important because, as I said before it decreases confusion.

People who have learned the English language as their second language at some point had to learn
about the word “acceptance”. To get an understanding of what it was like to learn the word
“acceptance” I interviewed a few students at Catholic Memorial whose second language is English. The
first person interviewed was sophomore Yung Jun Kim whose first language is Korean. Yung Jun said
that the word “acceptance was really not that difficult to learn. Yung Jun defined the word
“acceptance” as. “being welcomed”. I then spoke with senior Tyler Medeiros whose first language is
actually Portuguese. Tyler said the word “acceptance” was not that hard to learn. Tyler defined
“acceptance” as, “taken in”. Finally, I interviewed sophomore Antonio Rufo whose first language is
Italian. Antonio said that the word “acceptance” was very difficult to learn. Antonio said that the
word “acceptance” meant, “to allow”. This shows that the word “acceptance” is truly put into a
positive light all over the world. This definitely shows that the word “acceptance” has affected the
world positively because it shows that people all over the world believe and when many people
believe in something very deeply sometimes the impossible can be conquered.

With the information provide above you can now truly see how much the word “acceptance” positively
affects the world by providing hope, confidence, belief, and achievement which all combine to create
unity. Personally I feel that bilingualism in our schools is something that should not be permitted
because I think that if you come to the United States you should have to learn the official language
which just happens to be English. Tell you the truth I feel that English should be the official
language of the entire world because it would make communication that much less confusing when
speaking to people whose first language is not English, besides most countries in the world learn
English as a second language because they know how dominant the language has become. In the end I
believe that unification of the entire world will truly depend on communication through one
language, the English language.




Kealey, Brian. Personal Interview. 2007
Walsh, Kevin. Personal Interview. 2007
Collins, Mike. Personal Interview. 2007
Kim, Yung Jun. Personal Interviw. 2007
Medeiros, Tyler. Personal Interview. 2007
Rufo. Antonio. Personal interview.2007
The Oxford English Dictionary. 1989
The American Heritage Dictionary. 1976
The Meriam-Webster Dictionary. 2005
The Cambridge university Dictionary. 2002

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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