English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  .Dear V.S. Naipaul,

I am writing to you today to ask you if you would like to join my class and I to speak to us. My
name is James Triglia and I am a sophomore at Catholic Memorial High School in Boston, MA. This year I am taking a British Literature course, and so far we have read some of your best works. I would
like you to come because, your works are much different than everyone else's. If it is
convenient for you, it would be great to have you join us.

The main reason that I chose you is because of your background and life. I admire you because of
your integrity and passion of writing novels. I can appreciate this because, I enjoy reading the
type of books that you write. I admire that you have studied at one of the best colleges in the
world. My dream is to attend a college or university as prestige as Oxford University.

I have read a couple of your books like B. Wordsworth, and A Way in the World. I loved both of
these books because, I personally like the way they played out. Your works have even earned you many
literary prizes, which is a big accomplishment to a novel writer like yourself. You have really
inspired me with your works, and I’m hoping to read more of them in the near future.

My favorite work of yours I have read so far has been B. Wordsworth. In B. Wordsworth I liked it
when you said: “I looked at B. Wordsworth, and he told me this lovely story, he seemed to grow
older.” I liked this sentence because it shows how people can change in so little time. This story
is a very good story of yours, and I hope to read it again.

If you do not come, I think you will be missing out on meeting some of the most intelligent and
fine student in the greater Boston area. Also if you do not come, I feel that you would have made
yourself a bad decision. I am hoping that you would come and join us because, if you do you would
make the right decision in doing so. I would be very pleased if you would come and join my class and


James Triglia






Beyond what most people know about this British poet S. Coleridge in his letter to Charles Tulk he
talks about a book he wrote, and also a problem he has in his mouth. In this letter he is telling
Tulk about the problem with his lower lip and his gums. Coleridge also has a problem in his chin.
This letter, which was written around 1800, teaches us that he has a problem with his lip and gums.
The purpose or function of this letter is very important. In this letter to Charles Tulk, Coleridge
is talking about on of his books he wrote, and also a problem he has in lip and gums. In this letter
Coleridge writes “Between the lower gums and the lower jaw, these are the only repulsive faults I
have noticed. Also in this letter Coleridge writes “ It is in the inter space between the lower gums
and chin”. These are both said by Coleridge talking about himself, with the problem that he has.
In this letter to Charles Tulk, Coleridge talks about something many people would not know about
him if they didn’t know him personally. In this letter he talks about the problem he has with his
lip and gums, if you did not know S. Coleridge you would probably never know this. Charles Tulk must
have been one of S. Coleridge’s close friends, if he were going to write to him saying he has a
problem with his lip and gums. I, as well as others, would have never known this about Coleridge if
it weren’t for this letter he wrote to Charles Tulk.

Coleridge’s letter-writing style compares to style of writing in a few ways. In both this letter
and books of his he has written, Coleridge writes with great vocabulary and never really gets to
into detail with what he is writing about. Also in his letters and his books, they both consist of
one person communicating with another person. Lastly the biggest way S. Coleridge’s letter-writing
style compares with his book writing styles is, they both are written very good, and you learn
something from them too.

  Over the past years there have been many crimes committed for power. The criminal that
committed this crime for power is Lewis “Scooter” Libby. Scooter Libby who was a former Chief of
Staff for Vice President Dick Cheney in Washington D.C, was caught lying. He was caught in October
of 2005. The main reason why Libby committed this crime was for power.

Not to long ago in an article from CNN news, a quote from Vice President Dick Cheney
was released. Cheney said, “Mr. Libby has informed me that he is resigning to fight the charges
brought against him. I have accepted his decision with deep regret. In our system of government an
accused person is presumed innocent until a contrary finding is made by a jury after an opportunity
to answer the charges and a full airing of the facts. Mr. Libby is entitled to that opportunity.”
Libby was in court early this month on March 6th, and was convicted guilty on four of his five

Lewis “Scooter” Libby was caught lying in a CIA leak case in 2005. Scooter Libby’s case
was being investigated for a couple of years up until March 2007 when he was found guilty on four of
the five charges against him. Scooter was charged for two counts of perjury, and two counts of
making false statements. Libby was sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison along with a $1
million dollar fine. Scooter will now have to deal with his mistakes, and face the consequences for
his actions.

There have been many crimes committed in acts for power. In Ted Lewis’ book Get Carter
there was a crime committed very similar to the one of Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s. In the book Get
Carter a crime was committed for power, Scooter Libby committed a crime for power as well. These two
crimes resemble each other because, both of the crimes are not committed by killing.

Scooter Libby was the Chief of Staff at the White House from 2001-2005, until he was
caught lying on October 28, 2005. Libby could face up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced
June 5, but under federal sentencing guidelines he is likely to face far less. Today, the
56-year-old Libby is now living at home with his wife and two children awaiting his sentence.
Scooter Libby has served this nation by doing anything in his power he could, but also made a very
big mistake and will now have to serve his time.




















Undoubtedly, language is the most important use in our everyday life. Without language there would
be no communication by word, which means our lives would be significantly different in many ways. It
does not matter what language you speak, whether it is Spanish, Korean, or even English, language is
a huge part of everyone’s life. Though there are at least 800,000 words in the English language,
that word that I have chosen has a very deep meaning no matter what language it is spoke in, which
is “loyal”.

There are several different dictionaries throughout the world, all who have different meanings of
words. I have looked up in three of them what the word “loyal” is defined as. In the American
Heritage Dictionary the word “loyal” is defined as “faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or
duty”. In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary “loyal” is defined as “faithful in allegiance to ones
lawful sovereign or government”. Lastly, in the Cambridge Dictionary, “loyal” is defined as “firm
and not changing in your friendship with support for a person or an organization, or in your belief
and your principles.”

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “loyal” in a few different ways, all which are still alive in
the English language today. The first use of the word was used in 1531 under which it was defined as
“faithful in allegiance to the sovereign or constituted government.” The next use of the word came
in the year 1598 under the definition which means “of things, actions, characterized by or
exhibiting loyalty.” Just a few years later in 1604 the word “loyal” was used again in which it was
defined as “true obligations of duty, love, and faithful”.

Just not to long ago in a speech from the President of the United States George Bush, he used the
word “loyal” in his speech. Bush said, “We, as citizens of this country, must be loyal to it…”. Bush
was addressing the nation stating that all citizens of this country should be loyal to America. Also
in many other famous speeches over history has the word “loyal” been used in a very honorable way.
In 1531 the word “loyal” was first used in a sentence in a book named Elyot written by Proheme, and
he wrote, “I do nowe dedicate it vnto your hygenesse [the king] verily trustynge that your moste
exellent wysdome wylle therein esteem my loyall hatre and diligent endeavour.” The next use of the
word “loyal” was used in a sentence in a book named Merry W. written by Shakespeare, he wrote, “Each
faire Instalment, Coate, and Seu’rall Crest, with Loyall Blazon, euermore be blest.” Lastly, in 1604
the word “loyal” was used in a sentence in a book named Faire Wom written by Warn, and he wrote, “To
his wife, in all this city, none more kind, regular more loyal-hearted.”

The word “loyal” no matter what language someone speaks it in has a very deep meaning. Recently, I
sat down with a Korean student here at Catholic Memorial High School, Jun Kim, and I asked him about
the word “loyal”. First, I asked him how hard it was for him to learn the word “loyal”, and he told
me that it was “not that hard”, Jun defined the word loyal as “being devoted, good, and faithful”,
and used it in a sentence saying “James Trigs is loyal to his master”. Carlos Adame, a student here
at CM, grew up speaking Spanish, told me that the word “loyal” was “not hard at all” for him to
learn, Carlos also defined the word as “Faithful to something, truthful, and never betrayed”, and
used the word in a sentence saying, “I have always been loyal to my parents”. Lastly, I sat down
with Julio Baez, another Spanish speaking student here a CM, and he said the word “loyal” was “easy”
to learn, Julio defined this word as “Faithful, and to have someone’s trust”, and lastly used it in
a sentence saying, “The Knight was loyal to his King.”

The word “loyal” has been around for almost 500 years now and in every language and every way the
word has been spoken, it has always had a very deep meaning. I believe the word “loyal” will always
be around, and will be spoke by many people all over the world for many years and generations yet to
come. I have leaned a lot researching the word “loyal”, but the one thing I will always remember is
to always be “loyal”. “Loyal” is one of the most important words ever used by man.