English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2006-2007

   
   
   
   
   
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  .It was a late Saturday evening when Jamal (a Dorchester city boy) found an iron that he thought
could be even older then him. The 16 year-old young man was examining this object like an episode
of C.S.I. In his eyes he saw that is was very light, almost weightless. And that it was very rusty
and looked as if it hadn’t touched a shirt in decades. Jamal put the iron back in the closet were he
found it, because he felt that if he had held it any longer, in might break. After his observation
of the object, Jamal didn't find it to be interesting at all, but little did he know, this object
would be a huge problem for him later that night.


Later that night, Jamal is having trouble sleeping, Jamal keeps thinking about what he had
found. Jamal is baffled as to how something as simple and uninteresting as an iron can be keeping
him up at night. The time is now 3:30am and Jamal is still not at ease with his discovery, so he
decides to take another look at the iron to see if there is something he missed. He notices
something new, he sees a name on the side, the name is Dan. Jamal then hears a strange sound at
the stairs, like there could be someone is coming. Jamal then hides in a dark corner, and watches a
mysterious man walk passed him in his house.


This is all moving way too fast for Jamal to comprehend at the time, so all he thinks about is
what the connection between this man and the iron might be. He stays in the corner for about 10
minuets and eventually musters up the courage to confront the man. He then pushes the man into a
wall breaking his nose. Jamal yells at the man, "Who are you? What do you want from here?"

The man simply says, "I just want my iron." Jamal then stands in his place, completely
flabbergasted as to how all of this could be happening over an old, smelly, possibly broken iron. Time goes by while standing in that one place, to suddenly find himself back in his bed with the iron on the
night-stand next to him.

This might sound corny, but to me, in the case of what this story could mean to American, I would say that Jamal can be characterized as a tourist and Dan could be an American  citizen who know what this country has come from and the struggle to get were it is. The iron can  be anything important to America, wither it be a copy of the Declaration of Independence or simply  an American dollar. This would show that Jamal is unaware of the importance of what he has found,  and Dan came along to protect the object that he is proud of.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  It was a late Saturday evening when Jamal (a Dorchester city boy) found an iron that he thought
could be even older then him. The 16 year-old young man was examining this object like an episode
of C.S.I. In his eyes he saw that is was very light, almost weightless. And that it was very rusty
and  looked as if it hadn’t touched a shirt in decades. Jamal put the iron back in the closet were he
found it, because he felt that if he had held it any longer, in might break. After his observation
of the  object, Jamal didn't find it to be interesting at all, but little did he know, this object
would be a huge problem for him later that night.


Later that night, Jamal is having trouble sleeping, Jamal keeps thinking about what he had
found. Jamal is baffled as to how something as simple and uninteresting as an iron can be keeping
him up at night. The time is now 3:30am and Jamal is still not at ease with his discovery, so he
decides to take another look at the iron to see if there is something he missed. He notices
something new, he sees a name on the side, the name is Dan. Jamal then hears a strange sound at
the stairs, like there could be someone is coming. Jamal then hides in a dark corner, and watches a
mysterious man walk passed him in his house.


This is all moving way too fast for Jamal to comprehend at the time, so all he thinks about is
what the connection between this man and the iron might be. He stays in the corner for about 10
minuets and eventually musters up the courage to confront the man. He then pushes the man into a
wall breaking his nose. Jamal yells at the man, "Who are you? What do you want from here?"

The man simply says, "I just want my iron." Jamal then stands in his place, completely
flabbergasted as to how all of this could be happening over an old, smelly, possibly broken iron. Time goes by while standing in that one place, to suddenly find himself back in his bed with the iron on the
night-stand next to him.

Author's notes: This might sound corny, but to me, in the case of what this story could mean to

American, I would say that Jamal can be characterized as a tourist and Dan could be an American
citizen who know what this country has come from and the struggle to get were it is. The iron can
be anything important to America, wither it be a copy of the Declaration of Independence or simply
an American dollar. This would show that Jamal is unaware of the importance of what he has found,
and Dan came along to protect the object that he is proud of. NOW REALLY,

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Phillis Wheatley was born on the wast coast of Africa in 1754. At the age of seven Phillis Wheatley
was kidnapped from her home land and sent to Boston, MA to be sold as a slave. soon after Wheatley
was given a home she had already thought herself how to both read and wright. Later in life she
would go on to write her autobiography entitled “Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons”. This effort
would be different from the rest of her works because she was almost exclusively a poet, all she did
was poetry so for her to come out with a book was a big thing t the time. I chose this book for two
reasons, the first reason is that Phillis Wheatley usually writes poems and the second reason is
that the book made me think long and heard about myself the first time I read it.


The first reason was that it was a book, even though it was an autobiography, it was still
different from a lot of her previous work in poems. this is what makes her a great writer to me, the
fact that she can do just one thing for such a long time and become a master at it. And then just
jump strate to a book and do great at that to, this is what makes this work different from the
rest of her works because its not what she usually does. She is an abstract poet that is great at
finding the core of the feeling she is striving to touch
the second thing is what i thought about after I had read the book for the first time I thought
about how I take a lot of what I have for granted and how Phillis Wheatly didn't't have
an 8th of what I have, but she managed to become more than I can ever hope to be. She now goes
down forever as an ex slave and a current ledgend in American liturature She is a prime example of
determination, and she did it with no resorces at all. She wa sent even allowed to read or write,
and not only did she do that but she also became an author.


To be able to accomplish as much as she did in a regular life is something worth celibrating. so
when someone it a tourable situation like her's can do that, its difinateley something special.
And that is what makes it different from not only her other works, but anyother work in American
literature.