English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Dear Brian Patten,

This year I am taking studying a unit on contemporary British authors. My class was assigned to
choose an author that interested us and write a letter to them while searching on the UK publishing
website penguin.com I came across your name. After reading up on you a bit and I learned that you
were a humorous poet and had an interesting life. I decided to write to you because of some
similarities sin our personalities.

None of your works were in the book we are studying out of. After looking you up on several
publishers’ websites, I found out that you were a humorous poet. I read a few of your poems from
the book “The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry”, and I liked them a great deal. On a few of
the publishers sites I also learned some facts about you such that you grew up in Liverpool, England
a place that I have learned the location of while studying this British Literature course and I also
knew that that’s the same place the The Beatles came from.

One of Brian Patten’s works is a poem called “Geography Lesson”. This poem is about a school
teacher teaching his students to set high standards for them selves and visit new and different
places that they want to visit. In the poem the teacher draws a map of certain places he wants to
visit. However, he then gets ill and doesn’t return to school, but his lesson stayed with his
students and they redrew the map to the places they wanted to visit. It was a short poem but it
carried with it a very strong message.

Although I can’t promise you a free stay at a 5 star hotel or first class airline tickets, I can
promise that if you came to visit my school your visit would be greatly appreciated. You could
teach many of the kids poetry but could hold there attention easier due to the humor in your poems.
Just think if you didn’t come we wouldn’t get to learn about your great humor filled poems, and
maybe a young aspiring writer wouldn’t have enough inspiration to keep with his goal. That is why
your visit would be greatly appreciated.








Robert Burns was a poet and a lyricist. He is mostly known for being the poet laury of Scotland.
Burns is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and after his death he became an important
inspiration to the founders of liberalism and socialism. Besides writing poems and lyrics, Robert
Burns also wrote a letter to Mrs. Agnus McLehose. In this letter he talked about his burning
passion for poetry. In the letter he is more open to his feelings and emotions that he has, and
wants to put it into his poems and lyrics.

This letter to Mrs. Agnus McLehose was written in a genera; sense to discuss Mr. Robert Burns
burning love for poetry. In this letter, Burns is very open to Mrs. McLehose, and he talks to her
about his longtime love for poetry. The letter to Mrs. McLehose was written during the Romantic
movement on December 6, 1787 on a clear evening. Burns discusses that he will be leaving town for a
few months to spread his poetry.

The function of the letter to Mrs. McLehose was to make her aware of the fact that her friend Robert
Burns would be leaving town for a couple of months to go elsewhere and work on his poetry. The
letter also has a few lines of Burns work in it, because he wanted to know Mrs. McLehose's
opinion of his work because of her being a critic.

This letter reveals a softer side of Robert Burns. It shows us that he was really indulged in his
work and that he highly admired the opinions that others had on his work. The fact that he asked
Mrs. McLehose her opinion of his work shows us that he doesn't feel good about his work until
someone critiques it and gives him a sense of whether it is good or not.

Robert Burns has a very promanate style of writing. If you had not read any of his works except for
this letter you would think he'd be a writer with low self-esteem. You'd think his work
would be dreary and depressing but they are just the opposite.



















It was a normal Tuesday at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado. No one had been
expecting for it to take a turn for the worst. The date was April 20, 1999 at 11:10 am. Where the
deadliest “school shooting” took place. Two students both seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
opened fire on their classmates and teachers. They killed 12 students/teachers and injured 24

This crime was committed due to the extreme hatred Harris and Kelbold had for society. They wanted
more power and wanted to be recognized as important to society. Throughout the shooting spree
witnesses say that before Klebold killed somone he said “You’ll remember me now.” This showed his
need for attention from society.

Harris and Klebold both committed suicide but not after ruining the lives of many people. The
damage they have on families and all the students who were witness to the shooting. Had the two
shooters not committed suicide they would have been charged with several counts of massacre and mass

We read a poem this year in English called “Diameter of a Bomb”. This poem relates to the
Columbine High School shooting bacause the shooting spree that Harris and Klebold went on had an
impact such as a bomb. But also Harris and Klebold both were seeking more power and when a bomb is
set off the person who set it is trying to show there level of power such as Harris and Kebold were
trying to do.

To conclude the Columbine High School shooting I agree with many of the authorities of the
Jefferson County area that said both shooters definitely were suffering from a mental illness of
some kind. But to commit a crime so violent and a crime that has such an impact is awful. Not only
did they kill themselves they killed and wounded innocent people. And Columbine High School will
never be the same again.


















English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian dialects. It has been
around since about the 8th century. It contains more than 800,000 words. There are three types of
English that have originated over the years. There is Old English, Middle English, and Modern
English. The word I chose “noble” goes back a long time to about the 1100’s. It was a very popular
word during the Middle Ages. Even though it is not as popular as I once was the word noble has not
yet died off from the English language. I think that the word noble has a positive impact on the
world, because it’s one more word we can add to our always growing language.

I looked in three different dictionaries for a definitions of the word “noble”. First I went to
the American Heritage Dictionary. They said the word noble was an adjective and meant “Possessing
hereditary rank in a political system or social class derived from feudalistic stage of a country’s
development.” Second I went to the WorldNet Dictionary. They said the word “noble” was an
adjective also and that it meant “impressive in appearance”. And finally I went to the Webster’s
Dictionary they said it was also an adjective and it meant “distinguished by rank or title.” These
three definitions although they are different they each mean almost the same thing.

I continued my search of the word “noble” to the Oxford English Dictionary. The largest dictionary
in the world. They said that the word “noble” had over 15 definitions. A few of these definitions
were “belonging to the aristocracy”, “having fine personal qualities or high moral principles”, “a
person of noble rank or birth”. Once again we have three different definitions that mean generally
the same thing.

People use the word “noble” in daily speech more than they think. Although it isn’t as popular as
it once was it’s still used in the English language today. I surveyed ten people and asked them
what they thought the word “noble” meant and to use it in a sentence. Here’s what a few of them
said. Shane Dorsey a freshmen at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury, Massachusetts said the word
“noble” meant “trustworthy or loyal”. Another freshman at Catholic Memorial TJ O’Brien said the
word “noble” meant “respectful”. I also asked my mother, Lauren Medeiros what the word “noble”
meant she said it meant “someone you are able to rely on”.

I also asked a person for whom English is their second language. Carlos Addame a sophomore at
Catholic Memorial speaks Spanish fluently and also speaks English. I asked him what the word
“noble” meant to him. He answered almost the same as the other people I surveyed. He said it meant
“a reliable person”. This showed that although English is a second language for him the word
“noble” means the same thing to him as to any other person.