English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
are many reasons why the word reason has changed throughout the history of
language. The most modern definition is a statement of some fact, real or alleged, employed as an
argument an argument to justify or condemn some act. Throughout the history of the English language
there have been a total of eleven different definitions of the word reason. The word can represent
the changing of the English language because in the earlier times, the word reason meant a statement
of a woman. This shows that the English language has changed along side the changes in the culture.
As women got more rights to have their opinions, the meaning of the word reason changed to a
statement by both male and female.
Dear Geoffrey Chaucer,
|According to the Columbia
encyclopedia the sport of lacrosse was invented by the native North
Americans around the 15th century. Lacrosse started out as a brutal, ferocious, violent, and
unorganized game. The game began out a way to get the spirits to favor you over the opponent, who
will be fighting against you in war. Three hundred years later a French Jesuit missionary saw the
game and decided to develop a more organized game called “Crosse”. He brought a version of the game
back to Europe. In the 19th century a less violent version of lacrosse was developed in Canada by a
Dentist. This form of Lacrosse and its rules is what we use today in lacrosse games around the
world. On the English Lacrosse Association website, Lacrosse was said to have its debut in England
in 1867, when the Canadians came for an exhibition match. Although England did not come out
victorious, the people of England quickly developed a league of their own. The sport of lacrosse
started out as a very unorganized and brutal game that turned into a very organized and controlled
game. The sport of lacrosse is not recognized in the U.K or the Isles. They do not have a separate
column in their major newspapers, but it is recognized in the parts of the U.K where lacrosse is a
part of their culture. The sport of lacrosse can tell us about England’s literature and the
development of England as a strong unified country. As lacrosse got rationalized and less violent
so did the country and literature of Britain.
The NLA website states that the sport of lacrosse is similar to the sport of hurling, except the
hurler players play with a stick made of ash and wear no padding. It started in the 15th century,
but has endured many changes and exceptions since then. The game has been developed into a team
sport with rules. In England, there are two men’s leagues. There is a league in the south and a
league in the north. These formed in 1897 and each have 5 divisions in them. In 1892 the English
lacrosse union (ELU) was formed and is in control of all the lacrosse that happens in England. The
main focus of men’s lacrosse popularity in England is in the Manchester area. Manchester hosted the
men’s lacrosse championship in 1978 and 1994. Manchester is also looking forward to hosting it again
in 2010. In college, Lacrosse is mostly a club sport and not an organization, but a number of
private schools have strong traditions.
The sport of lacrosse in England is increasing as the years go by. There are more teams and clubs
appearing all around England from the help of other club teams and schools. But, lacrosse is still a
quiet sport and is not even mentioned in any of the big English newspaper companies.
The sport of lacrosse can teach us about England’s developed culture and its literature in many
ways. In its beginnings, lacrosse was an unorganized sport and was very brutal. The sport was
considered a type of war or battle, and in many cases was a place of death. This can relate to
England’s struggle for control between the parliamentarians and the Roundheads. There were a number
of civil wars between the Catholics and the Protestants for complete power. But as time passed the
Protestants took over and unified a segregated country. England is now one of the most unified and
powerful country in the world. Also British literature started out as unpopular and separated from
the rest, but as time passed, people recognize it as works of art and great pieces of literature.
Mark Whittell is the head coach of the England national team and represented England in two lacrosse
world cups as head coach. Whittell now fifty years old, took up lacrosse as a young schoolboy
growing up in Manchester. The college choice for Mark was heavily influenced by lacrosse. “L played
the next thirty years and stopped because of a blown out knee.” He added to this that “It’s the
fastest sport on two feet, its physical and there’s a lot of testosterone flying around the field. I
could go anywhere in the country as a player and as a referee and know other people were involved.”
This quote from an interview from the London times fully explains Marks love of the game of lacrosse
and his passion for it. After his blown knee, he still wanted to be involved with the game by
becoming a referee.
The Book “Lacrosse: A know the Game Handbook” by all England Women’s Lacrosse Association. This is
about the only book about lacrosse that was published by an English company. This tells of the
minute popularity of the sport in England and especially in its literature.
A recent article from the Manchester Evening news tells about a fight that broke out between two
amateur clubs. The Rochdale was playing the Manchester Waconians at Didsbury Lacrosse Club. Mr
Lafon, a Waconian player but was not on the field, became involved in a sideline fight with Rochdale
player Glyn Morris. The game was discarded and Mr Lafon needed 14 stitches in a gash on his chin.
There were emergency meetings the next day to discuss the possible consequences of the player’s
actions. The Manchester Waconians Club would impose its own immediate ban on the player for the
rest of the season. The head coach of the Waconians added in a following interview that he was sorry
for his players actions and, "The sport of lacrosse is a hidden gem of a game. It needs
publicity but not of the kind that belittles the achievements and dedication of this minority
sport.” This tells of how the sport of lacrosse will always have violence because of the competitive
nature of the sport.
The future of this great sport is hastily on the rise and is spreading throughout the U.K. Lacrosse
in some parts of the U.K such as in the Manchester area. Also in many colleges spread across the
United Kingdom, lacrosse is played just for fun in a club team. But as the sport is being spread
throughout, lacrosse is being played in small town leagues. I predict as the years go by, the sport
of lacrosse in the U.K will pick up rapidly.