English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2007-2008

   
   
   
   
   
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  They used to experiment on dogs called laboratory retrievers. The way you think of dog in modern
day English language is a quadruped of the genus Canis, of which wild species ir forms are found in
various parts of the world, and numerous races and breeds, varying greatly in size and in shape,
color, occur in a domesticated or semi-domesticated sate in almost all countries. However, in 1586
dog was spelt as dogge, and it was to distinguish sex, thge male species, a male hound. The word
dog has has a big affect on the World History and the Enlgish language because dog is a
"man's best friend". This phrase is said alot throughout the english language and if
dog never existed then neither would the phrase. Some defintions from the Oxford English Dictionary
that are unique are...distinguishing sex, the male species, a male hound....a gay or jovial man, a
gallant, a fellow 'chap'...in rerproach , abbuse, or contempt, a worhtless, despicable,
surly, or cowardly fellow... An informer, a traitior...Something poor or mediocre; a mediocre; a
failure...A horse is slow, difficult to handle. Some defintitons form Webster's ninth New
Collegiate Dictionary that are different from the ones of the OED are " n. a worthless
being.... any various usual simple mechanical devices for holding, gripping, or fastening that
consist of a spike, ro, or bar...uncharacterisitic or affected stylisheness."


Some authors that have experimented with the word dog are Shakespeare, osome examples of his
writing are Jul. C. III "273 caesars spirit ranging for Reuenge, With Ate by his side ...
Shall in these confines....Cry hauoucke, and let, slip the Dogges of Ware." Chaucer, some
examples of his writings with the word dog are, Mercht.770 to "Ianuarie he [Damian] gooth as
lowe, As evere dide a dogge the bowe. in this sentence dogge is being used as an uncharactersitic or
affected stylishness.


The word dog used today from 2000 and on is basically the simple defintion of what we people think
of it today, which is genus canis, of which wild species of roms are found in various parts of the
world, and numerous races and breeds, varying greatly in size and in shape, color, occur in a
domesticated or semi- domesticated state in almost all countries.


The word dog, in my opiniion, is a word that will never change in meaning. I bleieve this to be
true because the word dog as we use it todaY is referred to as an animal. I do not think thgat
people in 2007 and on will change the name of an animal that has been referred to as that for
hundreds of years. I thinmk that the English language will last a very long time due to it being
the worlds language.

   
   
   
   
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Dear Geoffrey,

I regret to inform you that that we will not be using your writings in the following Prentice Hall
British Literature book. This decision was very difficult to make due to the very talented writers
in the book. My fellow editors and I had a long dispute on who to cut out of the book and you were
the one that we all agreed on. This decision does not mean that you are not a talented writer
because you are. However, I am rejecting you because you have animal characters speaking, you use
too much magic, and you have alcohol use.

The first example that I found which led me to rejecting you was that you have animal characters
that speak. For example in the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” a cock named Chanticleer spoke the words “I
beg you not to take offense, but by the Lord I had a dream so terrible just now I had to
scream;”(lines 72-74; pg 122). Another example is "O sweetheart dear, What ails you that you
groan so? Do you hear? You are a sleepy herald. Fie, for shame!"(pg 122 70-72) Here at Prentice
Hall we cannot have children believing that animals can have full conversations with one another.
Children need to learn to their fullest ability and we cannot have set backs with animals talking to
one another.

Another example that I found which led me to rejecting you was that you use too much magic. For
example in the “Wife of Bath’s Tale” the knight made a deal with the ugliest woman that he had ever
seen. The deal was if she told him what women want most in the world, then he would do whatever it
maybe to satisfy her. He then has to marry her and on the wedding night she said “You can have me
foul and old until I die, and be to you a true and humble wife, and never anger you in all my life;
or else to have me young and very fair and take your chance with those who will repair unto your
house, and all because of me, or in some other place, as well may be” (pg 5 lines 41-46). The
knight gave her the choice of what she wanted to be, she decided to magically become young, very
fair, and loyal to him as well. The story never said that this old woman was a witch of some kind.
Regular people cannot be magically changing themselves into young woman. The idea for Prentice Hall
is not to use magic.

The final reason that I found which led me to reject you was that you have the use of alcohol in the
“Pardoner’s Tale” not just once but a few times for example in the first line of the tale page 144
“It’s of three rioters I have to tell who, long before the morning service bell, were sitting in a
tavern for a drink.” Another example of drinking is “And yet God knows that Samson drank no wine.
You fall down just as if you were stuck swine; your tongue is loose, your honest care obscure; for
drunkenness is very sepulture of any mind a man may chance to own.”(pg 144 12-15) At Prentice Hall
we do not want to expose the children to any use of alcohol or any obscene matters because we do not
want them to become alcoholics or get involved in drugs

Again I am sorry that we could not invite you back into the Prentice Hall family. The Pardoner’s
Tale other than the use of alcohol was a very well written story. Perhaps if you change the choice
of drink in the book we could allow you back into the family of Prentice Hall
Sincerely,
Colin Ronayne

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The word tennis does not appear in the OED but it originates from the Greek game sphairistike which
means, skilled at playing at ball. Walter Clopton Wingfield founded this game in 1873 right in
Llanelidan, Wales. Currently tennis is fairly popular in Britain. In sources of the London Times,
The Sun, and The London Telegraph the sport tennis is ranked #7, #5, and #6 in the sport sections.
Examining this sports role in the development of sports in England, we can learn a little bit more
about how the English value the individual, etiquette and respect.

According to the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Since the establishment of the ITF Technical
Department in 1997, the profile of tennis science and technology has been raised through the
encouragement of research in the areas of tennis equipment, tennis facilities and the way in which
the tennis player is affected by development in these areas. The ITF is fully committed to
continuing its support of such research and believes that technology can, and must, play an
important role in the future development, growth and health of tennis. The ITF now has a machine
that tells you if the ball is regulation size, if not regulation the ball gets recycled and made
again.

According to Time Magazine a professional tennis player by the name of Henry Wilfred
"Bunny" Austin was very successful in the world of tennis. While he was an undergraduate
at Cambridge University he reached the semi-finals of the men's doubles at Wimbledon in 1926.
In the 1930s he was ranked in the world's top ten players. In his first Wimbledon men's
singles final in 1932 he was beaten by Ellsworth Vines of the United States in three sets. In 1932
he decided that the traditional tennis attire, cricket flannels, weighed him down too much. He
bought a pair of shorts and used them at Forest Hills and subsequently at Wimbledon. In the years
1933-6, he and Fred Perry helped win the Davis Cup for Britain. In his Wimbledon career “Buddy”
reached the quarter-finals or better, ten times. In 1938 he played Don Budge in the final, but won
only four games. The next year he was seeded first but lost in an early round. It was the last time
he played at Wimbledon. Henry said "I’m disgracefully ostracized by the All-England Club
because I am a conscientious objector".

Recently in the tennis world in England according to the Sport page in the London Telegraph, Roger
Draper, the chief executive of the LTA, has opened up a debate after Great Britain's defeat to
Argentina. As an example of this gauging he cites being aware of precisely known facts about the
physiques of successful players in the Sport section of the London Telegraph, “We know if we want
more players in the top 100 in the world the average height on the ATP [men's] tour is 6ft 2in
and the average height on the women's tour is 5ft 11in. So the chances are that if you've
got hundreds of kids who are going to be pretty small, the likelihood of them getting into the top
100 is going to be minimal.” Also, according to the Sport section of the London Telegraph, Andy
Murray has been handed a bye in the first round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. The tournament
starts today but the British No.1, seeded 13th, will not be in action until the second round, where
he will face the winner of Simon Gilles' match against Mario Ancic.

An amateur tennis player by the name of Brendan Grealish gives his incite on how the game affects
him. “I love the game of tennis, it is competitive and also fun at the same time! Auntie is not a
big fan me playing it, but I do anyway” Brendan is my cousin from Callenish Cork, Galway Ireland

Tennis has recently been a used in a movie Wimbledon written by a British writer by the name of
Jennifer Flacket. The movie stars Paul Bettany as Peter Colt, an aging tennis star shuffled down to
the backside of the tour and Britain’s dark horse for bringing the Wimbledon crown home. Colt has
problems at home and with his game. His only salvation seems to come when he mistakenly walks in on
female tennis phenom Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst). There is an immediate attraction between the
two players and a romance develops much to the dismay of Lizzie’s father (Sam Neill). Peter exclaims
“We all start off in life with a dream, don't we? For a tennis player, it's being in the
final of a Grand Slam, Centre Court, a high lob... a smash. Game, set and match. You're a
champion. You're number one.”

Tennis has a great future ahead; more children have begun to pick it up as a regular sport. Tennis
is very inspirational and it can also be fun to play. TV ratings for tennis have skyrocketed and so
have the ticket sales. Tennis will do very well for itself in the years to come.

   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hello Mr. President, I would just like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to
meet with me about the subject of English 10 British Literature. I think that you should keep this
subject present at the 10th grade level. British Literature is a big part in these young men’s
learning experience.


Look at a few students of British Literature who have learned a thing or too throughout this
school year. My first example is Daniel Roche, Daniel learned that “The Word Movement is very
similar in all dictionaries, most conclude that it means “the act or process of moving”, which was
located in the Webster’s Dictionary or “the actor instance of moving, a change in place or position”
found in the American heritage dictionary.” Another example is Ian Reeb, Ian learned that the word
discover means “to remove the covering (clothing, roof, lid, etc.) from (anything); to bare,
uncover, esp. to uncover (head), to unroof.” And the final example that I will use is Brandon
Pierce, Brandon learned that the word funny “comes from the word “toxophily” which was used because
the toxic in which was put on the bow came from the root of the word.” These examples prove to you
that these students are working at a high level of academics and are learning a great deal about
Britain and the routes of Britain as well.


Three schools that I looked into that taught British Literature locally were Boston Latin Academy,
Boston Latin Scools, and West Roxbury High School. According to the Boston Latin Academy website
they do not currently teach British Literature at there school. This could be for many reasons; they
are not academically inclined to learn that level of literature. Or their teachers are not qualified
to teach the high level of literature. And according to the Boston Latin School website they do
not teach British literature either this could also be the same reason for Latin academy they are
not academically inclined to learn that level of literature. Or their teachers are not qualified to
teach the high level of literature. And West Roxbury High School was the last school I looked at and
they do not teach British literature either, this obviously proves that these schools don’t have the
high academic mentality that we have here at CM.


I had recently interviewed with Mr.Hurley who had been teaching English Literature for a while in
Catholic Memorial. When I asked him about the British Literature, he replied “I hate British
Literature” and also added comments such as “I can barely remember teaching British literature but
the memories I have of it are terrible” I
recently had a chance to e-mail my cousin John Shea who is a writer for a small paper in Dublin,
Ireland. He told me that “We should absolutely teach British Literature at the 10th grade level”

Mr. President this is what I think we should do for the next years English 10 class, don’t change a
thing. Everything is going great this year with my present British Literature teacher, my peers and
I have learned a lot and we think that British Literature is very inspirational. I hope that I have
changed your mind about getting rid of English 10 British Literature because it will be a big
disappointment for the following class next year.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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