English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

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  When most people think of the word green they think of a beautiful color or of the Irish culture .
My word green shows us how the word english has changed overtime.

There are many different definitions of my word. The first one comes from the American Hertitage
Dictionary which says " of a season or year: characterized by a abudance of verdure; hence of a
winter or christmas." The second definition comes from the Webster Dictionary. It says that
green is used " applied to meet that is putrid from long keeping, with reference to the green
surface tint which it acquires." The final definition is from Random on a Bridge Dictionary.
That dictionary says " to see anything in green in (one's) eye: to detected any signs of
gullibility."

The O.E.D has a interesting definition of the word green. The O.E.D says " denoting the colour
which in the spectrum is intermediate between blue and yellow; in nature chiefly conspicous as the
colour of growing herbage and leaves." In 1590 Spencer F.Q. 111 v. 40 says " a dainty
place .. planted with mirtle trees and laurells greene."

Some qoutes from the O.E.D, for example is from 1500 Chaucer's Dreme 1267 Sailing. " Over
the waves high and greene." Another one is from 1648-60 Hexham Dutch Ditcionary. "The dark
green grass." Also " a most beautiful metallic golden-green grass."
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  The one mile track event had dated itself all the way back to 776 b.c. to a.d. 393. It was
originated in Greece when they competed in this sport in the Greek Olympics. This sport made its way
over to Britain in the second half of the 19th century. In Britain the current level of popularity
is not very high. Mostly people like action sports like soccer and archery not running. The
devolpment of running reveals that Britain does not want to be known for just enjoying violent
sports but known as open minded people.


There are not many rules that come into mind when you think of running. The only rule is that
you must stay in your own lane and must not cut off the other runners. Usually when you think of
running the mile you think of running around a ovel. Back when the Greeks invented it, they ran in a
straight line and the shape of the track was a rectangle. A interesting fact that happend in history
was that running from the 4th to 12th century was banned from England. The sport was banned by royal
decree because it interfered with archery which was a vital army activity.


A very popular professional runner in Britain is Roger Bannister. He was born in Harrow,
Middlesex, England. Roger first started to become competitive with running when he recieved a
scholarship from Oxford University. After attending there he went to the Olympics in Helsinki in
1952. There he ran the worlds fastest mile. He ran the mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. This is
an amazing thing because he only had 45 minutes a day set aside for training. This happend because
even though he was a competitive runner he was a full time student at St. Marys Hospital Medical
school where he took on medical studies.


There is a very popular amateur runner named Louis Baker. "He had wanted to run his whole
life" said his mom. Louis like Roger also attented the Oxford University for running. But when
Louis was there he had injured one of his legs in a practice. At first Louis thought of giving up
and never running again. After a little while Louis was up and running again in city wide
competitions. Louis said "The best quality in a striving athelete is determination." I
find this signifigent because when Louis had hurt his leg he could have just gave up and stopped but
his determination had kept him going and he is still running to this day.


There has always been a organization for men when it comes to the sport of running. But for
women the first organization in Britain on a national level was formed 1917. The Federation Sportive
Feminine Internationale or known as (FSFI) was formed in 1921 in Great Britain. Since then there has
been many more organizations for women, which help them get a chance just like men to play a sport
they love.


There is many peices of literature that talk about running in Britain. One book that stuck out to me
was "Sprinter." This book came out in 1961 in Britain and was written by W.R. Loader. This
book was about a boy whose ambition was to become a runner. The overall point of the book was,
striving is good as means to an end, and may even be better as end itself." In the London Times
the sport running is not one of the sports listed on the main page. It is not even listed on the
"other sports" section. A business was also named after a runner. The business Nike was
named after the runner Pheidippides.


I believe that the one mile track event will stay one of the lower looked upon sports in
Britain. I beileve this because they have stayed true to there customs and stuck with old time
things like archery. I believe running has shown they have tried to incorporate new things, but I
think running in Britain has not reached its peak.

   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. President this year at Catholic Memorial I am learning about British Literature. In our sophmore
class we have been learning about great Britsh writers like William Shakespeare. He is one of the
best writers ever in history. There is so many great writers from British Literature I believe it
should be taught our sophmore year. So many of our American roots come from Britain and its
literature.


This year our British Literature teacher has made us do an essay every quarter. One of my
fellow clasemates, Colin Hackett, had to do one of his essays on the word "reason." He
said that, " The word can represent the changing of the English language because in the earlier
times in Britain the word meant a statement of a women." This cleary shows that if Britain
never came up with that word. would it even be in our vocabulary now? A young scholar with name
Frazier had to write his essay on the word "reinvent." He says, " This was
interesting because "reinvent" was a relatively new word and it turns out it dates back to
the 1600's". This shows that, that word dates back to 1600's when British Literature
was going. A student with the name Hurley did his essay on the word "comedy." He said
" However in actual history "comedy" was seen throughout the works of William
Shakespeare and Homer and etc." He has learned that a very popular word now you can almost see
or hear everyday came from British Literature. As you can see our peers have been learning new
things everyday about our vocabulary now while studying and writing about British Literature.
There are alot of schools these days doing the same thing as Catholic Memorial. For example
Canton High school teaches Britsh literature and so does Fontbonne and the O'bryant High
school. There curiculum consits of Britsh literature because they also believe students should learn
it. I asked a girl from Canton High school I names Sarah Mcdonough and she said " Even though I
am not always entertained by learning British Literature I know it is teaching me great
things." I also asked one of my friends from the O'bryant school who is an inspiring
rapper named Kevin Walker. He said " Studying British Literature has brought new words to my
rap songs" Mr. President we are not the only school teaching this so it shows it has shown an
impact on alot of people.


An English teacher I questioned was named Mr. Largess from Boston Latin Academy. At this
school they do not teach British Literature. I e-mailed him asked him, " Even though the school
you teach at does not have British Literature in the curiculum, do you think it is a vital subject
to learn?" Sometime later he e-mailed me back and said " I hope one day they might include
British Literature into our curiculum because I learned it as a young man and it has taught me
wonders." This shows that grown men even think it is a great subject to be taught and that is a
good sign because it means that British Literature can still be remembered in thier minds from as
much as 40 years ago.


I went on the London times and found a British author by the name of Philip Wardwell. I
e-mailed him and asked him, " Do you think British Literature should be taught in high schools
these days?" He replied back, " I simply just love British Literature. I was taught it
when I was in High School and my son is studying it right now. To answer your question, YES i do
believe it should be taught in High Schools." This is just another solid peice to my
arguement.


Mr. President British literature has changed the world in many ways and it should keep being
taught. As you have seen there are many students, teachers and authors agreeing with me. A proposal
may be that it could be that for an elective you could learn about a different literature but for
right now, Catholic Memorials teaching of British literature should stay

   
   
   
   
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