English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2007-2008

   
   
   
   
   
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  The definition of the word “sit” has not always been sitting in the same forms over time. Sit is a
commonly used word throughout the entire English vocabulary. It is used as a verb most of the time.
In that sense it is used in a form with the word “to” in front of it. Sit means to rest on your
buttocks, and that’s what common people think it means. The word sit was introduced around the year
1000 BC, during the time of when the English language was first written in old English. So the word
sit is about 1000 years old. During this time the word was spelled very differently than it is
spelled now. The word sit has massive amount of spellings, it would be impossible to name all of
them. Old and modern day definitions, old and modern day authors, they all tie into each other. This
word teaches us how the English language has changed over time.

Today, there are so many dictionaries that try to explain a certain word just a little bit better
than the last dictionary did. Some dictionaries have the same definition and some have a totally
different definition. In the American Heritage dictionary, the word sit means “to rest with the
torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks.” In the Webster’s dictionary, the definition
is “to occupy a place as a member of an official or formal body.” In the Encarta Worldwide
dictionary, the definition of the word sit is “to assume a position of rest in which the weight is
largely supported by the buttocks, usually with the body vertical and the thighs horizontal.” As you
can see that all of these recent definitions have some things in common and other things added or
taken out of the definition. But all of the definitions have the same general standpoint of the word
sit.

The first use of the word sit came from a sentence in Beowulf, around 1000 BC. In this circumstance
the definition was to be or remain in that posture in which the weight of the body rests upon the
posteriors, to be seated. As well as Beowulf using this definition, there are branch offs. As to sit
in or upon something, for example if you were to sit on a throne or a seat. Also you could sit up,
meaning you’re in a seat and you’re sitting up straight. That meaning of the word sit would closely
relate to today’s definition of the word. It can also be used as to sit at a table and do something
at that table. This definition was first used around 1494, quoted in Ordin. Household “And the Kinge
sitt in the chamber, that the board must bee on the left hand.” There must be a purpose in why you
are sitting there, or engaged in eating, drinking or something along those lines. The last two uses
of this word are, to sit in or to take part in something in a public place and to baby-sit. Back
then it was hyphenated, but now the change has occurred and it is represented as two words.

Many famous authors have written the word sit, starting in old English all the way up to the present
day. The thing that is most ironic about the whole thing is that the most famous author that wrote
about the word sit was someone that we don’t even know. All we know is that it seems to be written
by a monk, due to the creative writing and the great literacy in the story. The novel that the word
sit is written from is Beowulf in the year 1000. It also has been used by many other authors
including: Malory (1470). The sentence was quoted in Arthur XI, “As he satte so hym thoughte he herd
a noyse of houndes.” Udall (1542)”He cutte the benche yt Darius had sittn on”, Hodges (1893) “The
chair in which he sits.” These sentences with the word “sit” in them all mean the same thing, to
rest with the torso vertical and the body supported on the buttocks in a seat or throne.

The word sit today means the same thing as before but now has many other uses. On October 24th and
article about rugby was found in the London Times. “A move like this did not sit well with some of
the more senior member of England’s party.” In this instance the word mean that whatever move the
coach made, it didn’t satisfy the players.

The English language changes over time as we see from the past. It changes while the people change.
The word sit has evolved in many ways over time, the definitions, meanings and the spelling of the
word. The word sit will eventually change again in another 1000 years while the people change.
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Greetings to Mr. William Shakespeare, there are many good things in this letter, as well as many bad
things. I hope you don’t take anything the wrong way, we both are businessmen and we can handle our
problems in a good manor. As I proceed this was a very hard decision to make on my part. The
Prentice Hall Lit Book will be making some serious budget cuts. My fellow publishers and I decided
that we would have to cut you out of the book. Your style of writing is perfect for our book, the
way you have Iambic Pentameter in every single line. Not only that you rhyme while you have Iambic
Pentameter. That is a sign of a true author that knows what they are doing. But we did not find all
of your play full of excitement and thought it was fantastical, it did not have enough moral lessons
and the conflicts in it were unbalanced.

First Mr. Shakespeare your play, Macbeth, showed some enthusiasm, but not what we are looking for.
Some scenes in the play were a bit to fantastical. One aspect of the fantastical because there is so
much killing involved in the play and I believe that the murderers should be named. “first murderer
and second murderer” (350). Another aspect is when Lady Macbeth sees blood on her hands throughout
most of the play. The last aspect of this that my fellow publishers and I picked up is when Macbeth
sees the ghost of Banquo lingering around when the banquet is going around. (scene IV)

Another problem, your play barely has moral lessons in them, or lessons at all. We need to teach
young kids in high school a lesson somehow. Not all high school kids like to read, so by
incorporating these good lessons for them to learn maybe they will be more likely to read our lit
book. By doing this I’m sure it will also incorporate more excitement due to the fact that you will
be talking about real life situations going on with kids these days. Maybe talk about how to stay
out of trouble and don’t get involved with things like drinking and drugs. Another possibility is to
talk about how kids should never give up and always try there best no matter what.

Lastly, I would like to talk about your conflicts being unbalanced. Macbeth faces to many problems
at once and it is hard to keep track of who he is conflicting with at times. While Macbeth is
worried about killing the king, he has to worry about his wife talking to him. “Are you not manly
enough?” (351). Also Banquo is getting very suspicious about the killing of the king. “Are you not
born of women?” (355). Additionally, Malcom and Macduff, by the middle of the play, have an eventful
and intense scene. (361). Lastly, Macbeth needs to figure out if the witches are real and what they
say is real. (368). The reader is as confused as Macbeth is at this point in the play and we cannot
withstand that kind of writing in this addition on the Lit book.

Once again my partners and I are very sorry for this stressful decision that we made to cut you out
from this year’s edition of the Lit book. But I’m sure in a later edition we are going to want to
provide the kids of the world with some great lines of Iambic Pentameter, and we will get that from
your sonnets. I’m sure that you will continue to progress because I know how hard working you are
when it comes to poetry and writing. So we will be able to use your new pieces of work as well as
old ones. Once again I am sorry and I would like you to keep your head up because we will contact
you next year for your writing.

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Boxing is one of the more popular sports in the England, and the rest of the British Isles. Among
all the sports I would have to say it is ranked 3rd or 4th in Britain. The sport of boxing was
originally found in Ancient Greece as well as Great Britain according to the World Book
Encyclopedia. It also has been an Olympic sport since 668B.C. Due to that fact Boxing has been
around for 2000 years. The sport of boxing reveals that the people are very violet and they seem to
have a hate satisfaction about themselves. Also they seem to like the individual style of play
boxing brings to them, they like the 1 on 1 battle. It shows that the British people value the
aggression that these boxers have in the ring. The last thing that it reveals is that the fans of
boxing respect of where the sport originated from and keep the popularity up as one of the top
sports in Europe.

A boxing match typically consists of a predetermined number of three-minute rounds, anywhere from
three for an Olympic bout to up to twelve for a professional fight. The fight is controlled by a
referee who works within the ring to judge and control the conduct of the fighters in a proper way.
The fighter with the higher score at the end of the fight is ruled the winner by the judges. Boxers
are prohibited from hitting below the belt, tripping, pushing or wrestling. The boxer's shorts
are raised so the opponent is not allowed to hit to the groin area. Many people make fun of this
rule but it is an important one to have for the boxer’s safety. They also are prohibited from
kicking, head-butting, or hitting with any part of the arm.

In England, there are many amateur boxing organizations. They are found at the collegiate level
as well as at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games. The amateur boxing is different from the
professional boxing organizations. First, the bouts are only consisted of 4 rounds with each round
lasting two minutes, while professional boxing last for at least six rounds going up to twelve in
Britain. Second, competitors wear protective gear while the professionals do not. Third, the
professionals are obviously more experienced than the amateurs. This is where the British boxing
fans come in and show there favoritism to certain professional boxers.

British boxers are known as the toughest boxers according to the amateur boxing association.
Khalid Yafai, James Degale and Billy Joe Saunders were all quoted saying that Boxing has come a long
way since the early stages back in ancient Greece and it will continue to do so, according to the
British Boxing Board of Control. British fans continue to make the sport even better with their help
and support. All grew up around the area of the British Isles and they got their likening of boxing
from a family member while they were growing up.

European newspapers have recently come out with many articles about boxing. One article posted by
the London Times on March 1, 2008, complimenting boxer James Degale for qualifying for the Olympics
in Beijing. Another posted on March 7, 2008 by the London Telegraph explains around this time of
year the British showdown for world supremacy of the cruiserweight division happens. This year David
Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli go head to head in a twelve round bout at London's O2 Arena. Haye
was confident about his fight and said, "I respect him and won't be going in with my chin
up and arms down, but I won't be cautious.” Four days later, March 11, 2008, the London Times
came out with an article on how David Haye destroyed Enzo Maccarinelli, by a knockout. Once again
Haye was confident, "I talk the talk and walk the walk. I know how hard I punch, I've been
in training camp for a solid nine months to make cruiserweight, Enzo came with a good record and I
showed exactly what the Hayemaker is all about."

The sport boxing has been around for 2000 years and has had a huge influence on the culture of
Britain and they love the sport. It is big now but I believe that it will become bigger because in
today’s population, the people are looking for violence and action. That is exactly what a boxing
match brings.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Greetings to you Mr. President,
I welcome you here today to discuss the very important issue of keeping British Literature in the
curriculum of the 10th grade students for English. Right now as I see it the Students enjoy the
poetry and other literary pieces of art that are being covered in the classrooms. I have done a
series of surveys to prove that fact that will be brought up later on in this meeting. I believe
that English 10 is the most important year of English that you will get. Due to the fact that you
get to learn about British authors and what their early life was like and see how there writing
compares to that of American poets. My experiences with English 10 have been great. I mean we read
many poems or sonnets from the greatest poet that ever lived. Not only did we read those sonnets, we
read the famous play “Macbeth” all by William Shakespeare. Other great poets we read were Robert
Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, A.E. Houseman and Charles Dickens. There is no way British
Literature should be abolished from the curriculum of the 10th grade students.

When you look at what 10th graders look at it is irrefutable that there are certain lessons for
students to be learning. Take the work of James Donovan in Mr. McGongal’s class. James’s research in
the class is the word “randomly” has been great. “ And lastly I thought it was interesting to look
up how old the word was, and when it was first used. How long will the word “randomly” last. I think
the word “randomly” will last for two hundred years.” Looking up the history of a word clearly
taught James a lot more about his own language. To look at another persons work from Mr. McGongal’s
class, Tj Bryan, wrote an essay on marathon running. Studying British Literature helps the students
reflect on their Americanism. “ This could be true from looking at the growth in popularity in
American sports in England such as Football, basketball and baseball. This shows that England may
make an attempt in the future to become more like America both in sports and culture.” If Tj did not
write this one worries of he would have done this much thinking about America.

As some surveys tell the truth and others are just lies, I strongly believe that this one does not
lie and gives straight fact. I went to the local public high school, Ponnagansett, where they also
study British Literature in 10th grade, and took a survey out of ten kids to see which ones wanted
it to be in the curriculum and who didn’t. Eight out of the ten kids said that they would rather
have it in then not. These kids actually went on to explain why they want it in. Jordan Perry of
Ponnogansett High School said that he would like it in because the romanticism shows us a thing or
two about life and the way to treat other people. Another student, Matthew Macedo, also of
Ponnogansett High School, said that he would like to keep it in the curriculum because William
Shakespeare was his favorite writer and he inspired Matthew to do good in school because of his
writings. The two kids that said they didn’t want it in the learning process of 10th grades said
they just didn’t like English. So obviously they weren’t the greatest people to interview.

Another survey was with two teachers of Ponnogansett High School. One Mrs. Ann Lohr who was British
Literature for 10th graders and Ms. Mary Tucker who was a math teacher. I got a math teacher because
I figured it would be a different point of view. Both had nothing but good things to say about the
English 10 set up for the students. “The kids can learn a lot from the old poets back in Britain,”
said Mrs. Lohr. She also proceeded to say that at Ponnogansett they do not just teach British
Literature, they also incorporate other literatures from different countries away from the British
Isles. Ms. Tucker said, “The kids can learn many things from reading any kind of literature but not
a lot of kids like to read. British Literature is actually interesting so the kids enjoy reading it.
I believe that it is the most important subject in school and it should definitely not be removed
from the curriculum,” said Ms. Tucker.

Mr. President, please don’t get me wrong, things can definitely be changed to make the learning
process better for us students. I believe that we could get some kind of workbook to go along with
the regular book so we can understand the readings better and take the poems literally and try to
find out something new about them every time we read it.

As one great British Literature teacher says that I know, “If it’s a good piece of art, you should
find something new about it every time you read it.” To conclude this I would like to thank the
students and teachers that helped me with the survey and to convey a great point about how students
need British Literature in their curriculum. I hope you found my deep point in all of this talk and
I hope to hear that the English 10 British Literature Department in schools has lived on and not
been abolished.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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