English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  Although a basketball is round and bouncy, the definition is not so bouncy. The first time that the
word basketball was used in writing was in 1892 by J. Naismith. The word basketball shows how the
English language has changed over time. The word "basketball" was originally hyphened as
"basket-ball". Many people think that there is several meaning of the word
"basketball" as it can refer to the game or a basketball itself.

65% of dictionaries have almost the same meaning of the word basketball. In the Merriam Webster’s
dictionary, the definition of the word basketball is: "usually played in an indoor court
between two teams of five players each who have to score by tossing an inflated ball through the
raised goal". In the American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of the word basketball is:
a game played between two teams of five players each, the object being to throw a ball through an
elevated basket on the opponent’s side of the rectangular court. Players may move by dribbling or
passing with the hands". In the MSN Encarta dictionary they define basketball as: "a game
played by two teams of five players, who score points by throwing a ball through a basket mounted at
the opponent’s end of a rectangular court".

The OED (Oxford English Dictionary) of the word basketball is: "A game played indoors or
outdoors with a large inflated ball, which is thrown from player to player, the object being to
score by casting it into one's opponent’s goal, a basket fixed ten feet above the ground at
each end of the field of play". If you compare the OED definition and the other dictionaries
above, they basically mean the same thing. This is why the English language has such a diversity or
similar meanings of one word.

The first sentence that "basketball" was used in was in 1892 by J. Naismith:
"Interesting basket-ball match". As you can see it was hyphened. Another example is from
the 1898 Daily News. The sentence said: "Syracuse, Cornell, Wellesley, and Rosemary Hall have
each their teams of girl basketball players". Also in 1898, the Los Angeles Times said:
"Basket-ballers are the right sort". One of the latest sentences was in 2003 by J.
Lethem. "He stooped from a basketballer's height, his enormous frame draped in a
dust-colored suit and folded awkwardly behind the table". As you can see in this sentence,
there is no hyphen. This shows how the word "basketball" has changed over time.

Articles from the last seven years about the word "basketball" include: "Boston and
Toronto played the first basketball game of the 2007-2008 season on Saturday afternoon, and it
packed a pleasant surprise". Another one "I'll take quality over quantity every
time, says Danny Ainge, Boston's executive director of basketball operations". As you can
see the word "basketball" is used in many different was which is why the English language
is very diverse.

How long will the word "basketball" last in the English language? The word basketball is
a very popular word in the world. A lot of people use it referring to the game and to a basketball
you bounce. I think the word basketball will last until the year 4,000 as it will wear away with
the English language.
















Dear Geoffrey Chaucer,
As an editor of the Prentice Hall Literature book, I have been informed that I have to make a
budget cut, which means I have to omit one author from last year’s book series. On my part, this
was a very hard decision for me, one that I will most likely regret, but at this time it is
necessary. You are believed to be the “father of English poetry” and have accomplished a lot of
good works such as The Canterbury Tales, and most famously “The Nun’s Priest Tale”, and also “The
Pardoner’s Tale”. In addition to this, there are some negative things in your writing that can’t be
tolerated in this book. One of these is using a lot of capital crimes such as murder and even cases
of rape. These two things cannot be in this book because they are too strong of subjects for
students our age to read about. Another one is that you use animal characters in your poems, which
does not make sense. The last one is that you write about betrayal as a theme of the “The
Pardoner’s Tale”, and also in “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, which is a very meaningful thing at a lot
of schools, as we trust in one another as a community, not betraying one another.

In the tale “The Wife of Bath” it tells us that a knight in King Arthur’s court raped a woman.
“Straightway by force he took her maidenhead” (894). Also if you got caught, the penalty was death.
I think that by talking about rape and a lot of sexuality in this tale will not be comfortable for
the students to handle. In the “Nun’s Priest Tale” it says “And shall tonight be murdered as I
lie.”(239) Then “My friends been killed! Theres been a foul attack.” This is about a cock that has
a dream that a friend had been murdered, and when he wakes up that man has been murdered, as the
dream came true. This can’t be tolerated in this new edition.

In the “Nun’s Priest Tale” it concerns a world of talking animals who reflect both human insight and
error. There is a fox that haunts Chanticleer, and captures him and says “For he who shuts his eyes
when he should see, And willfully, God let him ne'er be free!.”(514) This is an example of how
they interact with each other. Also there are an abundant amount of characters that are in the
Canterbury tales that are very hard to understand and focus on, to go along with the story.

The last one is that one theme in the “Pardoner’s Tale”, and “The Wife of Bath Tale” is betraying
one another, which is the opposite of what we want to see out of students. In the “Wife of Bath
Tale” the knight says that he will marry the old women but then doesn’t want to and betrays his
word. “For the harassed knight does not want the hag ugly or faithful” (946) In the “Pardoners
Tale” it begins with “I preach nothing except for gain”(105) This was saying that the pardoner only
cares about money. Then three friends begin a journey and on their journey an old man leads them to
a great treasure. One of the friends says “put it in his mind to buy poison With which he might
kill his two companions”(383). This meant that two of the friends ganged up on one and killed him
by poison.

Again this was a very hard decision for me, and I am very sorry for this to harm you in any way. I
believe that you will be able to get all your works in at a later edition of this textbook for the
students at the junior or senior years at high school. I think your works will especially be
appreciated when students are in college and can understand and develop more out of your writings.
I would like to thank you again for your hard work and there are no hurt feelings between us.

Sincerely, With Regrets,
Dan Mullen

  Horseracing, “The sport of Kings” is a sport of running horses at speed, mainly thoroughbreds along
with a rider. It was first used in 1654 according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The origins of
modern racing developed in the UK. For thousands of years, horse racing flourished as the sport of
kings and the nobility. Modern racing exists mainly because it is a major venue for legalized
gambling. The current level of popularity of “horse racing” is averaged to be the fourth most
popular sport in the British Isles today according to the London Times, The Telegraph, and The
Mirror. The development of Horse Racing reveals that people appreciate old customs, and it is a
great source of entertainment for them. The British also have done a great job spreading the sport
to different countries such as America. According to the Britannica Encyclopedia, Horse Racing’s
first documented race was held in 1651 in France. Horse racing became a professional sport in 1702
in Britain. Racecourses were set up all over England.

There are several pro organizations for Horse Racing in the UK. This includes The British
Horseracing Board, The RCA, and most popular, The Jockey Club. A “jockey” is one who rides horses
in thoroughbred racing. Jockey’s are normally self employed. In 1750 racing's best met at
Newmarket to form the Jockey Club, which to this day has complete control over UK racing. The
Jockey Club wrote complete rules of racing. Since 1814, four races have been called “classic races”:
English Triple Crown, the 2,000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, and the St. Leger Stakes. The Jockey Club
also took steps to regulate the breeding of racehorses. Another interesting thing is the names of
the horses. Some of the names of the horses in the Jockey Club are: Great Brit, United Ken, and
Brittany. As you can see they all have to do with the UK.

There is big news right now for horse racing in Britain. It is a big match up consisting of Kauto
Star (the champion right now) versus Denman (the challenger). This event is called the “Gold Cup”.
This event is on the front cover of the “London Times” and “Telegraph” under “Horse Racing”. In a
recent interview in the London Telegraph, Kauto Star and his owner are very confident that they can
beat Denman saying “We can beat Denman. We will beat Denman”. (Telegraph). This is considered one
of the big three competitions of the year. Well, I watched this race on T V on CBS and this was one
of the biggest upsets in 40 years. Denman beat the former champ Kauto Star, and took control of the
throne. After the contest Denman said: “I don't know what to say, I'm lost for words”, “I
went through the race in my head a million times before and it just went absolutely according to
plan. He's just such a good horse and traveled so well for me, Wow!” This truly tells you how
amazing this news is to Fans of Horse Racing and especially Denman.

Horse Racing is in mainly in the form of Poetry. There is a very good poem that I found consisting
of Horse Racing. It is called “The White Horse” by D.H. Lawrence. This poem talks about what the
horse does for you, and how it becomes part of your life and how to care for it.

I think that Horse Racing still has a long way to go. I think that this sport will continue to be
one of the most watched and enjoying sports in the world. It is ranked the fourth most popular in
the UK and has made great appearances here in the U.S. with events such as the Kentucky Derby and
The Breeders Cup. There is a huge amount of betting on this sport as well so it would be hard for
this sport to lose connection in the UK.












Mr. President, as it stands now, students in English 10 are studying British Literature in our
school. As students, we are studying the very beginning of British Literature from Beowulf all the
way to present day British Literature. This year has been a large part of the English program at
this school because of many reasons. We have learned all of the various authors and their great
works of poetry, and stories. I have experienced a lot of great works of poetry as it is in motion
around us. I have learned a lot of history of the English language as we have written essays on the
subject of a word in the OED. I think that students should continue to study British Literature in
English 10.& nbsp; The students need to study and understand the English language in many ways
as possible. Poetry is a great example of understanding. Without this course of understanding the
reading and writing of stories then it will be hard to understand and write intelligently about a
story or poem

When you look at the sophomores this year in British Literature, there are great examples of work
that show how students are learning. For example, Sam Mcgee wrote: “As you can see between the two
modern definitions there is still one main definition that is used in all modern dictionaries and
that the word seems to have maintained one definite definition in all of it 1000 years”. This shows
that he learned the proper definition and how it is used today. Also Christopher Masterson
wrote: “While croquet continues to grow slowly in popularity, it is never going to be as big as
cricket, rugby, or football in Britain. Additionally, it will probably not end up being a major part
of British culture or literature any time in the near future”. This shows that he learned about the
origin and culture of British Literature sports. According to my peers, British Literature has
helped them understand the origins of British Literature, the culture, and how to read and write
poems and stories. It had helped them t remendously with their vocabulary also. Jaewon L. wrote
“One of the most famous authors in literature who usually called 'author of tragedy'
Shakespeare also uses the word 'illustrate' in his literature. In his literature
‘Love's Labor Lost' page 128 he wrote "This most gallant, illustrate and learned
Gentleman”. This shows that he has learned works of a famous author (Shakespeare), and how he uses
the word “illustrate”.

I surveyed Mark Fisher from Westwood High School and he said “British Literature has not only
helped me with my understanding of poems, but simple things such as reading the newspaper.” Mark
later told me that British Literature should remain as a prime course by saying “British Literature
should be studied the whole year in your sophomore class.” According to the website of Westwood
High, “Readings include the works of Sophocles, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, and Geoffrey
Chaucer. Students continue to improve their understanding of the phases of the writing process, with
particular focus on revision and editing.” I surveyed Marc Champagne from Canton High School and he
said “my sophomore year studying British Literature has helped me understand the cul ture and
tradition that was used in the British Isles”. The last person I observed was Arya Bazl from
Lincoln-Sudbury High School. Arya explained to me that “British Literature helps us in our daily
lives by understanding the vocabulary of individuals.” He then went on later to say “British
Literature should be taught to sophomores in high school so they are ready to understand how to
intelligently read and write.” On the school website, it says “This course provides students with
an overview of British literature with an opportunity to follow the chronology and relationship of
literature and life. Students examine the pattern of attitudes, philosophies, and literary forms
that emerge, develop, dominate, change and then fade as a reaction to them begins the process anew.
Students develop a sense of time, and recognize literature as an expression of the issues, needs and
aspirations of society. Students begin to examine the place of British literature in the Western
tradition. Early British Literature includes selections from the Anglo-Saxon period through the
mid-18th century. Modern British Literature begins with works from the romantic period (late 18th
century) to the present.”

The British Literature teacher I chose to interview was Mrs. Eberly. I asked her if she thought
British Literature should be taught to sophomores as a main subject. Mrs. Eberly’s response was:
“Well, it is needed to get a better education of the English language, and to understand how it was
used in different articles such as poems and stories.” She then went on later to say “British
Literature is a great subject to all matters of reading and writing and is very necessary to learn.”
I agree with what Mrs. Eberly said. I think you can learn something new every day by taking
British Literature.

I chose Andrew Crumey for a British author. His statement was very brief while I asked him the
question whether British Literature should be taught to sophomores. He said “I believe if you take
the steps to learn the greatest literature then you will excel into college with much knowledge.”
This shows that British Literature should be taught to sophomores because I have provided an example
of a present day British author.

Mr. President, I propose that British Literature shall remain the main subject of the studies of
English 10 for sophomores at your school. I have given you enough information to conclude that
British Literature is needed. I think that you should give the option for students to take
whatever class they may want. British Literature should be one of the classes. This way there will
be no complaints by any students