English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Dear Mr. Mac Arthur,

While looking through a pile of books in my schools library one book suddenly caught my eye, your
book infact, The Fleet Street Revolution. As I thumbed through the pages I suddeny realized that I
was studing British Liturature and British writers in my tenth grade english class. My name is Ken
Andrea and I currently go to school in West Roxbury, Mass it attend Catholic Memorial where I am a

After doing some reasurch on you, I have come to find out that you were the founding editor of The
Times Higher Education Supplement, Today, and also the SundayTimes. And I later whent on to find
out that you would become the editor of the Western Morning Times. To learn that you held such a
high standard job as a founding editor is a great accomplishment, I congradulate you.

I later went on to fully reading The Fleet Street Revolution and enjoyed it tremendusely. The book
was a great insperation to me and my brother whom I also suggested read your works, the book
brodaned my veiw on different styles of writeing. For that experrience I thank you. While
reasurching deeper on you I found out that you live in London and have two daughters that also live
with you.

After being educated greatly through your books i would personal like to ask you to come to my
school to present some of your works to my fellow students. I aslo understand that you are a busy
person and that taking up on my request is a lot to ask for but it would be greatfully appreceated.
Thank you for your time.


Ken Andrea








Thomas Macauly is a famous writer who has wrote many letters one of his best and most famous was
"The Reform Act". The Reform Act was written on March 30, 1831 , when Macauly was 31 years
old. The perpouse of the letter was about the voteing in the House of Commons. The letter was writen
to Thomas Flower Ellis , Ellis and Macualy were very big into politics and where close freinds. In
this letter we learn that Macauly is a very aggresive in his writing.

Thomas Macauly lived from (1800-1859), a very short life, on the southern shores on England. Macauly
won fame as a literary critic with essays published in the Edinburgh Review. Macauly later became a
lawyer. In 1834 Macauly accepted a government position in India, where he began a national education
system and drafted a code of criminal law. He later returned to England in 1838 and served again in

In his letter Macauly continued as a force for change in the House of Commons. Pressured by the
prime minester's office to vote for an amendment that would weaken an antislavery bill, Macauly
refused and offerd his reignition instead " Such a scene as the division of last Tuesday I
never saw, and never expected to see again." Macauly again won a majority to his side, though,
and the prime minister's office backed down. "We shook hands and clapped each other on the
back, and went out laughing, crying, and huzzaing into the lobby."

In this letter we learn that Macauly is a very aggresive writer. "We set up a shout that you
might have heard to charing cross- waving our hats- stamping against the floor and clapping our
hands." We also learn that he was a very aggresive person when he was involved in any form of

Macauly's Reform Act passage in Prinsten Hall's literature is very similar to this letter.
In the Prinsten Hall text he writes " They are only three hundred and one" that same line
comes from the actuale letter that Macauly wrote.






A new trial on corruption charges against former Premier Silivio Berlusconi opened on Tuesday March
13, 2007 in Milan, Italy, just as the opposition leader is seeking to capitalize on weaknesses in
the governing coalitio to get back into power.

The trial alleges that Berlusconi in 1997 ordered the payment of at leat $600,000 to his
co-defendant, Britsh lawyer David Mills, in exchange for the lawyer's false testimony in two
trials against Berlusconi in thhe 1990s. Mills deyned any and all aligations with Berlusconi. "
Berlusconi has nothing to fear from this trial because there is no evidence," said defense
lawyer Nicolo Ghedini. "the only risk is to waste time."

Berlusconi and Mills also are defendants in separate case charging a dozen people with false
accounting, embezzlement and tax fraud in the purchase by Berlusconi's Mediaset empire of TV
rights for U.S. movies. Most of the counts have been dismissed due to the exparation of the statute
of limitations, and the remaining counts are set to expire later this year.

In Italy, defendants are not required to appear at thier trials and neither man was at the session,
which was dedicated to procedural matters. if convicted, Mills and Berlusconi could be sentenced to
betwwen three and eight years in prison, according to prosecutors. Berlusconi is the riches man in
Italy with a fortue that Forbes magazine put at $11.8 billion, and at age 70, he has shown little
sign of giving up the reins of leading Italy's conservatives.

Because Berlusconi is a man who has bribed judges, man who hold very big positions in Italyl's
government I found a novel that best connects to this situsation. The story is A Pondering Soul, a
novle which I have read myself and consider to be a great book.

My personal connection with this crime is that I am Italian and I am disapointed to fine that the
Italian government is not a straight as it could be.















The English language has become the most powerfull and complex language in the world. But thier is
one unique atribute that the English language has, english words never keep stagnent definitions,and
the word "defend" has helped human progress by sheding light on catigorization.

Take the word "defend", defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the words
"defend's" etymology comes from Middle English, from Anglo-French
"defendre", from Latin "defndre", from det-frende to strike. Thies three
dictionary deffinitions will help you better understand the meaning of the word "defend".
Merriam-Webster Pocket Dictionary defines "defend" as 1) To protect from damage or attack
2) To act or speak in favor of a person when others are opposed. The American Heritage Dictionary
defines "defend" as 1) To make or keep safe , from danger, from attack or harm, from
another 2) To prottect, as in middle english a castle. Encarta dictionary defines the word
"defend" as 1) a prottecting force 2) to keepin prottection in a court of law.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) the word "defend" was first used in 1314
by, Guy Warw, "ich de defendre sikerly quie bat bout mysits mount defentre de campe". The
meaning of "defend" in the OED is 1) to ward off, protect ,2) to guard from evil or attack
,3) to ward off, advert repel, 4) to keep (from doing something)to prevent ,hinder, 5) to restain ,
to keep oneself refrain ,6) to prohibit, forbid enter. The word "defend" has linked to
english to classify an action that is what the word serves to the english language not the
definition, showing how it has helped human progress with classifacation.

In the OED thier are many qoutes from famous authors and thier books pertaining to defined words in
the dictionary. Some famouse authors that have used 'defend" in thier books are 1) 1385 ,
Chauser ,LW page 279, I hadden without any defence for drede of love words., 2) 1386, Chaucer. Pars
page 532, "Al bis bringe is defended by God and the holy chirche. 3) 1675, Milton, PL page 368
,"No interdict defends the touch of these viands pure.

A broad deffinition of "defend" was by Jun Kim , who spoke another language before english
, " defend means to stop from attack or to stop or protect its that easy ". He later tould
me that the word "defend" was an easy word to learn in Korean, and also associated the
word with Mixed Martual Arts (MMA). I also asked a good freind of mine Jarod Panadue, He also spoke
another laguage before he learned english (Cuban), "Well defend in cuban is a very forcefull
word it is only used in deep conversation", he associated the word Defend with a tribal