English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Dear, Sebastian Barry

I go to Catholic Memorial in Boston Massachusetts. It is a pretty small school, of all boys from
grades seven threw twelve. I am in my sophomore year and, I play three sports here, football, hockey
and also lacrosse. So far my four years at this school have been pretty fun. I plan on attending
Catholic Memorial, for the rest of my high school career.

After I had done some re-search on some of your work I came across your latest novel “A Long Long
Way,” and just by the name of your title alone caught my eye, because from the second I read the
title of the book I felt as though it would be about war and it turned out that I was right.
Although it is very unfortunate that my class and I will not be able to read any of your work this
year in school, however I will try to read that book over my breaks. Including my summer vacation.
When I was reading a summary of your book I noticed a quote that I like “We shall fight to the end,
even if the end may hurt.”

I have also done a little bit of re-search about tour life, and I pilled up some in formation that
was very insightful to me. I noticed that you are from my favorite part of Ireland. I had previously
known that you where from Ireland, but when I knew that you where from Dublin that’s when I knew you
where a winner. The reason I love Dublin so much is because all four of my grandparents are from
Dublin. So that means I have a lot of relatives over their. Which means that I visit there very
often. So it is possible that we may bump el bows on church street near my Uncles pub. Well the main
reason for this letter my class mates and I where wondering if you could make Catholic Memorial a
visit, and insight us with your great knowledge of writing poems, and also short stories. I would
like you to think about this invitation, and please right back with a response.

Sincerely, Joseph Kane







Scottish author Robert Burns, wrote many poems in his life time, as well as letters. One particular
letter in which he wrote on January 29, 1788. He wrote to his fiancé Agnes McLehose. Robert wrote
this letter as a sign of sorrow, due to his un-gentleman like actions that he must have expressed in
past nights.

Robert wrote numerous letters to his fiancé Agnes McLhose. I chose this one because it shows a more
loving, and romantic side of Robert. Yes, burns is known for poems some romantic and some not burns
expresses true love and sorrow in this letter to Agnes which you cannot find in his poems, or folk
songs. Robert Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death, he became
an important source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism.

This letter tells us a lot about Burns and his relationship with his soon to be wife Agnes. It
shows us that Burns has a rocky relation ship with Agnes, and also that he truly loves Agnes and
does not want to loose her. This letter shows that this isn’t the first time Robert has disrespected
Agnes, because it seems that Robert is very upset with him self, because he has such a heavy mind
that he might loose you. This could also mean that Robert may have a drinking problem.

The authors style of writing does appear many times during the course of this letter. I fact he
actually wrote a poem dedicated to Agnes in this letter to show how sorry he really was towards her.
Robert mainly wrote romantic poems and also folk songs so this letter was no surprise for me, or
anybody else who has read this letter.
















The city of Boston is having increasing numbers of gang violence in the past years. This does not
just put the gang member’s in harms way but it also buts their family, friends, and also civilians
in harms way as well. An eighteen year old woman was shot and killed only steps away from the John
P. Holland School in Dorchester, which is an elementary school for kindergarten through fifth grade.
The victims name was Quinntessa Blackwell, she was currently attending Roxbury Community college.
Her sister, Ginnairiss Blackwell,25, said “ Quinntessa was ambitious beyond her years, waking up at
6 each morning for work.”

She was walking with a friend when she was gunned down about 1:30 p.m. steps from her home. “she
waved to everybody,” said friend Malinda Jones. “The whole school was put on lock down, with all 700
students inside until the Boston Police declared that it was safe for the students to evacuate,”
said school principle Michele O’Connell.

The police say, that they have not found any culprits yet, but they do have some ideas of who they
might be. They also go on to say that they feel that this was a gang related crime even though
Quinntessa was most likely not in a gang herself, but she could have been mistaken as another
person, or it could have been gang members looking for revenge and or power in that neighbor hood,
maybe to scare off some of the other local gang members.

From what I have read Quinntessa Blackwell, seems to me like she is completely innocent and was
just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The family members and neighbors from Dorchester, set up
a march to reduce the amount of killings that has been happening in that neighbor hood in the past
couple of years. They are looking into making their community closer by opening more after school
activities and sports. They are also bring back the Guardian angles which is almost like a second
police squad. All of these new changes and additions should lower the amount of killings in the city
of Boston dramatically.



















In my recent studies of the English language. I have come across many different words and how they
are used. The word that I have chosen to deeply research is the word “together,” which dates all the
way back to707 A.D. This word is 1,300 years old and still kicking. This word has ultimately helped
the world, even though this word is usually used in times of a struggle it shows that people can
help each other to make things better.

The online etymology of the word together is, “O.E. togædere, from to (see to) + gædere
"together" (adv.), apparently a variant of the adverb geador "together," related
to gadrian (see gather). Ger. cognate zusammen substitutes second element with O.H.G. verbal cognate
of Eng. same (OE also had tosamne "together"). Adjective meaning "self-assured, free
of emotional difficulties" is first recorded 1966.” Also the various definitions on the online
dictionaries that I have researched are almost the same definitions. Starting off with the online
American Heritage Dictionary definition for the word together is, “In or into a single group, mass,
or place: We gather together.” The Dictionary.com definition is, “ into or in one gathering,
company, mass, place, or body.” The definition on Webster’s online dictionary is, “in or into one
place, mass, collection, or group. While reading these definitions and researching the origins of
this word I feel as though this word has made the world a better place.