English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2007-2008

   
   
   
   
   
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  Only a small amount of people know that pride is actually a sin against God, but the history of
the word pride is extremely respectable and so are all of definitions to all of the different
meanings of pride. When some people think of pride they might think of the United States Marine Core
motto, which is “The Few The Proud, The Marines”. I know that I think of the USMC motto when I hear
the word pride. It is very interesting to see the word pride to be in a motto that arrived in 1775
and still be intact today, but pride goes back much further in time then just 1775. Pride dates all
the way back to OE. Prides common usage of the today’s langue is surprisingly the actual definition
of pride. This word teaches us how the English langue has evolved over time.

In 1325 the definition of pride was “love of display or ostentation”, when in current
day English according to The American Heritage Dictionary pride is a sense of one own proper dignity
or value or self-respect. Another dead definition of pride from the OED is “Vitality, mettle, or
spirit in an animal, esp. a horse.” That was a rare definition of the word pride and now for a more
up to date definition from Dictionary.com, pride is a high or inordinate opinion of ones own
dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in
bearing, conduct, ect. In the Etymology Dictionary the definition of pride is “The trait of being
spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards.” I strongly believe that the Etymology
Dictionary describes pride the best, I only say this do to a couple key points I have. For example,
if you are a wrestler then you know the excruciating conditioning we put ourselves through just to
cut weight, and we know that if we do not do one more push up, one more sit up or what ever it may
be then one of your team mates is going to take your weight class. That right there describes the
first part of the Etymology definition of being “spurred on”. The second part of the definition is
easy to explain because no one that has a sense of pride would not fall below their own standards,
everybody always wants to increase their standards by setting their goals higher for one more push
up, one more sit up, or one more mile.

OE stands for Old English which dates back to 600-1000. Pride was first used by the
author Napier Wulfstan in Sermo ad Anglos which was a homily most likely given to the Anglo-Saxon
people at a mass. Napier Wulfstan used pride for the very first time in this exact sentence “Geliece
am dwaesan {th}e for heora prytan lewe nella {edh} beorgan”. In1609 Shakespeare wrote Sonnets Lxxvi,
using the definition of pride that is no longer used and the definition was “Magnificent, splendid,
or ostentatious adornment or ornamentation. Obs. Chiefly poet.” Shakespeare used pride in these two
sentences “Why is my verse so barren of new pride? So far from variation or quicke change?”
Then in 1827 Robert Pollok wrote “Course of Time IX” and used the pride in the following sentence.
“Pride of rank And office, thawed into paternal love”, Pollok is using pride to describe his
position in office. Then in 1954 Charles Percy wrote “New Men” using pride as a consciousness of
what befits is worthy of oneself or one's position or ones own self-respect, or self-esteem, to
a healthy kind or degree.

On October 25, 2007 Neil Best wrote an article for the newspaper source using the word
pride in this very sentence “I don't take any pride in stiff-arming people. That is not how I
like to do business.” Pride is being used as it normally is in current day English by stating
self-respect. On October 24, 2007 Christopher Burbach wrote an article about the south high softball
diamond fields and used pride to describe how the children would react to the newly built fields.
“Will help build pride and participation in South activities, as well as more and better
opportunities for younger children to find and develop their talents.” Brandon Chatmon is the author
of the article “Stadium ushers in new era at Douglass” and this passage uses pride a little
different then the way pride was used in the previous passages. Pride is used in a way to describe
how the school has and its students have acted in the past, act now, and will act in the future.
“The Douglass pride has been passed down from generation to generation as Miller coached fellow
Douglass coaching legend Stanford White, who coached current Douglass coach Willis Alexander.”

My personal belief on the word pride and how it will be used in the future is the
same exact way it has been used for close to five hundred years. The only reason I believe it will
remain the same is do to the USMC motto, and I say this because the military is a very organized
group that does not like change and likes to keep their honor and pride in the job they have chose
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Dear William Shakespeare, I am sorry to inform you that Prentice Hall Literature will no longer be
able to publish your works in our books. Our company has run into some budget cuts, so we asked our
staff to cut their least favorite topic out of Prentice Hall Literature Book. The staff portrayed a
strong dislike for the play you have written “Macbeth”. The staff gave reasons such as the over
whelming presence of military forces, the numerous conflicts that Macbeth endures through out the
play, and lastly the courageousness in the characters. There were also a substantial number of
positive comments such as, I like how Shakespeare makes the important and mysterious character
Mccduff investigate Macbeth through out the entire play and at the end find out the truth, and still
not be crowned king.

Through out the entire play of Macbeth the military presence is to strong for the current day
events. Macbeth is so obsessed with using the military in play Shakespeare starts the play with the
military and ends the play with the military. Macbeth himself is such an extraordinary soldier
(general) that when King Duncan heard about Macbeth making the Irish and Norwegians retreat, Duncan
gives Macbeth the Thanes of Cawdor house. Duncan only does this because he found out the Thane of
Cawdor was a trader so Duncan had him executed. All of this military action occurs at the very
beginning of the play. At the end of the play when the military is outside of the castle and Macbeth
is inside waiting the soldiers one of which being Macduff enter the castle and attempt to fight
Macbeth. Now obviously knowing Macduff is not invincible Macbeth goes outside and fights Malcolm.
Malcolm is the general of the opposing army, and Malcolm eventually ends up cutting off Macbeths
head. An example of there being to much military fighting is when Macbeth says to general Malcolm
"I'll not fight with thee" (line 22), then Malcolm says "Then yield thee,
coward" (line 23), one Malcolm says this it gets Macbeth extremely mad and Macbeth replies
"I will not yield, To kiss the ground before young Malcolm's feet" (lines 27 – 28 Act
5, Scene 8, Lines 13 – 16).

As a reader I would have had like to be able to enjoy Macbeth but with all of the infinite
conflicts that take place during the play it is extremely hard to keep track of what is going on.
For example, "We will establish our estate upon Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter The
Prince of Cumberland". (Act 1, Scene 4, Lines 37 – 39) The start of the play has itself one of
the most confusing parts because you are just getting into the play and learning the characters but
you already have the Irish and Norwegians fighting with Macbeth, King Duncan finds out that the
Thane of Cowdor is a trader and had him killed. The Thanes of Cowdors’ house is given to Macbeth for
driving the opposing armies out. Then Macbeth meets the three witches and is told he will someday
become king, Macbeth tells his wife this then one evening Macbeth has King Duncan over for dinner
and when the king is safely back in his castle asleep Lady Macbeth gets the guards drunk and leaves
the daggers for Macbeth to kill King Duncan with. All of this is happening at the very beginning of
the play and I believe that there are too many events moving to fast and having to remember them
good enough to recap every event.

The courageousness of characters in a story is usually well admired by its readers but when there
is too much courage in too many people it gets old. The play Macbeth really flirts with over using
courage in the most important characters. By doing this it takes the guy that wants it all but has
nothing right out of play, and from my personal point of view that is the best part of any play. In
the play Macbeth, Macbeth himself tries to be courageous by killing the killing. For example, when
Macbeth says “Screw your courage to the sticking-place, And we'll not fail” (1.7.54) to the
first four men in the castle. When at the same time Mcduff was investigating a Macbeth who has
already killed King Duncan and his best friend. Finally, at the end when Malcolm is in the yard of
the castle and fights Macbeth and ends up killing him. There are too many characters that have the
“I am invincible attitude” which kills the best part of the play.

I can see the dislike and aggravation a student would get from first being forced to
read a play he is not interested in and reading a play that will make him sad because he has a loved
one in the armed forces and Macbeth makes him think of his loved one, then on top of that the
student has to follow along with all of events in the story while translating what Shakespeare is
saying into the common English langue. I am truly sorry that you have been chosen to be the author
that Prentice Hall Literature Book can no longer afford. We do encourage you to keep writing plays
that have the same themes and symbols as this play sure did.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The O.E.D definition of wrestling first appears in 1100 and is defined as “ The action
or exercise of two people grappling or gripping in a contest of strength and adroitness, the one
endeavoring to throw the other by tripping or over balancing him, the fact of contending or throwing
in this manner.” Wrestling most likely originated in B.C. 3000 in the form of hand to hand combat.
There are many books that hold the beginnings of wrestling which date back to B.C. 2000 in the
British Isles. During the Middle Ages wrestling was one of the most popular sports through out the
world and in the British Isles. In the newspaper “The Telegraph” wrestling is not even listed in any
section of sport, in fact you have to go the search bar and request the sport wrestling to get an
article, and even that is extremely limited. According to the newspaper “The Sun” wrestling is
listed within the top three sports but it is not free style wrestling it is WWE wrestling, which
seems to be very well known through out the British Isles. With the current day limited activeness
of free style or Greco-Roman wrestling in the British Isles and the expansion of WWE wrestling it
shows that the British people who were once one of the most violent and staid people around have now
changed their views a tiny bit to now being a part of society that is ridiculous and fake.

Although the British had a reputation of setting trends in both political and social
life this was definitely not the case when it came to the sport of wrestling. Wrestling came to the
British Isles in the form of hand to hand combat, which would train the soldiers to fight with out
any weapons and ultimately give the soldiers moral confidence. The British people did not contribute
to the direction of wrestling what so ever, the British just wrestled do to the nature of the sport.
According to the Britannica Encyclopedia it is told in a Cornish tale that the amateur sport of
wrestling evolved do to the actions Corinaeus, who was the chief of Cornwall. The tale narrates that
Corinaeus killed a monster named Gog Magog who was killing the towns’ people. Corinaeus killed Gog
Magog by throwing him into the ocean and this scene was forever remembered not only as a historical
event but the first ever wrestling match for the Cornish people. This tale interprets the
significance of wrestling to the Cornish people and their history.

According to John Lister who wrote the article “The History of British Wrestling” and
the book "Western Boxing and World Wrestling” written by John Gilbey a wrestler by the name of
Tom Cannon was constantly appearing throughout the article. Tom Cannon was a former heavy weight
British wrestler that once held the European Greco-Roman world title for wrestling but lost the tile
on September 4, 1902 to a Russian wrestler that went by the name of Gorge Hackenschmidt. Tom Cannon
did not only hold the European world title at one time but he was the first British wrestler to ever
achieve winning the world title.

The British Wrestling Association or BWA for short travels all to many different
countries to wrestle. For example the BWA travels to England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The BWA is the most respected and well known amateur wrestling organization in the British Isles.
The BWA wrestles just as competitive as the United States but travels a bit more then the U.S. does.
The BWA competes in numerous tournaments and usually ends up taking the brackets home, which means
the one their division. M. Panazadeh who wrested for the BWA in the 55 kilos (121lbs) weight class
took first place in 2003 and 2004 in the British National Championship. Phillip Roberts was also a
championship winner for the BTA in 2007 for the 66 kilos (146lbs) weight class.

You have to be patient, adventurous, and smart to find an article with the sport of
wrestling actually being the main subject being talked about .For example in “The Times” they have
numerous titles with wrestling as the catch word but when you actually read the article it has
absolutely nothing to do with the sport of wrestling, such as “Wrestling fans grapple with two fools
and a subscription”or “Wrestling” which this article had to do with origins rather then the current
matches and rankings. This is a quote from one of the articles found in “The Times”. “This is real
wrestling, mind you, not the bastardised version known as WWE. It is a sport that involves
grappling, tugging, throwing, gripping and a whole range of other physical interactions that speak
powerfully to Trower’s suppressed sense of masculinity.” This article written by Matthew Syed does
not focus on the current matches occurring in the British Isles but yet the evolution the sport of
wrestling undertook and the mashing of many marshal arts into what is now known as wrestling, the
article also emphasizes the mockery of wrestling now known as the WWE. The closest article that “The
Mirror” has to offer about wrestling was written in February 27, 2008, “The fight forms part of
WWE's "WrestleMania XXIV" in Orlando, Florida, on March 30.” The article is
summarizing Floyd Mayweather and his change from boxing to WWE. Neither of these newspapers have
wrestling on there sport pages never mind the front page. Your best way of reading about the current
matches in the British Isles is to go to the BWA and read the current wrestling information about
tournaments and matches.

Wrestling is found in a poem written by Michael Drayton and is titled “Polyolbion.” The
poem is about the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 and how it was vigorously fought back and forth, so
Michael Drayton uses two wrestlers to describe the intensity of the battle.

The future of wrestling has already begun. Wrestling as we know it today will most likely
not be the same a couple hundred years from now, wrestling will slowly evolve into what is on TV and
is known as WWE. All sports change from time to time take rugby as an example, it started off as it
being the only kind of its sports but then American Football came along. American football got its
origins from rugby. So as rugby evolved into American football, Greco-Roman wrestling has a good
probability of evolving into WWE. I only say this because the WWE is watched by millions on the TV
and is much more popular then Greco-Roman wrestling.

   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. President,
We are currently in our fourth quarter here at Catholic Memorial and the sophomores are studying
British Literature. At Catholic Memorial the freshmen study World Literature, sophomores study
British Literature, juniors study American Literature, and the seniors study Contemporary
Literature. The British Literature academic program has been much more then the common study of
British Literature. In this academic course the class as well as I have learned how to write
phenomenal essays some of which do not pertain to British Literature in the main theme. As well as
learning how to write phenomenal essays you will learn how to memorize lines from epic poems, poems,
and stories. The academic curriculum also includes an apprehensive vocabulary course. In Mr.
McGonegals English 10 class you will discover themes and other interesting relations from British
Literature novelties that will be in your mind set until the day you are six feet under. By
abolishing the British Literature course in the English 10 academic program would be a major set
back, do to the writing, vocabulary, reading, and memorization are all essential skills to know in
the future years of our high school academic life.

Matthew Vignali wrote a letter to Mr.Chaucer whom is a British author we have covered this year,
Matthew pointed out three specific reasons of informing Mr. Chaucer why Prentice Hall would not be
allowed to publish his works from this point on. “The three principal reasons for us not accepting
your work is that of in the Miller's Tale there seems to be an infatuation with sex and love
outside of marriage and we at Prentice Hall cannot stand for that. The second reason is that of the
Pardoner's Tale is they have too many drinking references and how they lie and cheat. And the
third is that in the Nun's Priest Tale there are too many animals talking and we find that
pretty illogical to a story.” Matthew Vignali pointed out three specific themes of Mr. Chaucer who
was a writer way before our time and yet Matthew has magnificently found a way to relate British
Literature from hundreds of years ago to current life and may not have had been able to do this if
he did not take British Literature, which has taught him to find and extrapolate themes in old
poems, epic poems and books written by British authors. Michael Woodall also wrote a very
prestigious paper about the sport of lacrosse and how it is in some way related to Britain. In
Michael Woodall’s essay on lacrosse he stated “ The origin of the sport and word is from Canada
and the word is only about 244 years old. The earliest use of the word was by A. Henry in 1763,
according to the OED.” The O.E.D. is the oldest dictionary around and contains most of the English
vocabulary up to the current day, and the O.E.D. was started in Britain. Michael Woodall also wrote
in his paper “Many sources such as the World Book and the Britannica say the French were the first
Europeans to come across lacrosse played by the North Americans in Canada. Then the six tribes of
Iroquois adopted it and called it Baggatiway.” This paper is not directly pertaining to British
Literature but uses many important sources that began and were written by the British, and even
though this papers main focus in not on a topic of a British author or book it shows that Michael
Woodall can acquire numerous facts on a topic that is limited.


Catholic Memorial has a profound education program set up and the English department being part of
it has a unique set up compared to many other schools. Catholic Memorial has World Literature,
British Literature, American Literature and Contemporary Literature, this is in order from freshmen
year at Catholic Memorial until you are a senior. As surprising as it may seem a high number of high
schools do not have British Literature in their academic program for sophomores. Boston Latin School
has American Literature in line for their sophomore students and British Literature in line for
their junior students. Boston Latin Academy also has the same English academic set up as Boston
Latin School and Mount Alvernia also follows the same academic curriculum as Boston Latin School and
Boston Latin Academy. Norwell High School was ranked the best high school in Massachusetts, and the
Norwell High Schools’ English curriculum is identical to those listed above. Even though all of
these high schools do not teach British Literature in sophomore year the schools still find it
essential to be taught, which shows that British Literature is a crucial piece to any academic
curriculum.

Ms. Demora has hit the nail on the head when she said “I think that studying British Literature is
very important. It is a passion of mine and I think that Juniors and Seniors would be more
appreciative. Developmentally, studying British Literature is, however, as I tell my student, they
have a touch stone of the world rich, the they can further develop in college and beyond.” This
shows that British Literature is not only helpful through out your high school and college career
but beyond your education it is helpful in life.

Katherine Baldwin is a writer for the London Times and Katherine has stated “British Literature
should be taught in a high school lesson but only in periodic way relating directly to how the
English studies are set in your school. Katherine Baldwin is not saying we should take British
Literature in the 10th grade but more importantly studying British Literature prior to American
Literature or contemporary Literature mainly to understand the origins of where the literature you
are studying comes from.

As I stated before I strongly believe that the presence of British Literature being exposed to
sophomores will greatly enhance sophomores minds and be greatly appreciated when in later years they
have research papers and then can use the experience they have learned from the British Literature
class and apply it to various academic programs. By studying British Literature now in the sophomore
year at Catholic Memorial the students are at a much greater advantage do to the fact that Catholic
Memorial students study American literature their junior year. So by understanding British
Literature sophomore year the students will have a better understanding of American Literature.