English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  If you were to pull something out of a Hat, but if it were anything it would be magic. Magic is
the use of ritual activities or observances which are intended to influence the course of events or
to manipulate the natural world, usually involving the use of an occult or secret body of knowledge;
sorcery, witchcraft. Magic is what it is, although, people often perceive it as real dark work, but
it is all illusion of the eyes. The word has changed alot since i was first used in 1387; 620 years
ago, but I believe that people do not understand it to a widened perspective.

Many common dictionaries use mainly the same definitions. Merriam-Webster Dictionary says
"magic-the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural
forces." In The American Heritage Dictionary it says, "Magic-The art that purports to
control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural." In
Cambridge University Dictionaries, it says "the use of special powers to make things happen
which would usually be impossible, such as in stories for children."

The Oxford English Dictionary gives many definitions for the word magic, but not everyone might
know that it was that important or that exciting, some people might have thought that it was just
entertainment. Magic is the use of ritual activities or observances which are intended to influence
the course of events or to manipulate the natural world, usually involving the use of an occult or
secret body of knowledge; sorcery, witchcraft. Also this is practice as a subject of study. The
relationships between magic, religion, and science are central to the history of the term in
English. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, magic, and esp. conjuration, are regarded as falling
outside the province of religion proper. However, those areas of magic which stemmed from the
Hermetic and Neoplatonic traditions were widely regarded in the medieval and early modern periods as
legitimate and necessary fields of enquiry, as was much of the field of ‘natural magic’.
Subsequently, with the spread of rationalistic and scientific explanations of the natural world in
the West, the status of magic has declined.

The Word Magic was first used in 1387 by Geoffrey Chaucer in "Canterbury Tales
Prologue", "He kepte his pacient a ful greet deel in houres by his magik natureel."
The word magic was also used by Charles Darwin in 1839 in "Robert Fitzroy & Charles
Darwin", "It immediately fell to the ground, and like magic caught one hind leg of my
horse." The Word Magic was also used by Shakespeare's "Winter's Tales" in
1616, "Oh Royall Peece: There's Magick in thy Maiestie."

Many common magazines and newspapers have also used the word magic, the word magic was 1st used
in the New York Times in 1981 says, "Well, if I had a magic wand, I would like everyone to be
able to feel that they really counted, I guess." By Dudley Clendinen. In the London Times the
word magic was recently used in an article on "Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire"
where it said, "Rowling has even invented another wizard sport: much of the plot revolves
around a gloriously complicated inter-school magic contest, complete with points-systems, conundrums
and tests of ingenuity."

In conclusion, magic is used today as pop culture, entertainment, whereas not as it used to be
when it was used in the terms of a study, art, mystery, and evil, never telling what might pop out
of the hat next.











Dear Mr. William Shakespeare,

Hello, I am Chris Conley, I am a representative for Prentice Halls Literature, it was a hard
decision but I regret to inform you that your piece "Macbeth" did not make it into
Prentice Halls Literature this year. It was a tough choice, but your predecessors just lasted longer
than you did. If you were planning to keep trying, may I suggest your sonnets, they are very good,
and personally i think you could definently make it in with the Sonnets. "Macbeth" just
didn't live up to our expectations. It was very violent, it had a few bloody scenes, and
several backstabbing situations. We also think that there was not enough scenes of certain

We believe that the scene where Macbeth kills King Duncan and Lady Macbeth puts the daggers
back was an awfully bloody scene, and we believe that the idea of the scene, made life look too
fragile, and easy to waste, which is something we don't think children should be reading about.
You could take that part out and replace it, and that would increase your chances. It is too much
violence for the children these days.

Another bad quality was the several minor characters were not shown enough or mentioned enough,
people like Banquo, King Duncan, and Macduff's family. We found that the readers might not feel
sorry for the readers do not know the characters well enough, even though those parts are made to
create sorrow. For example, when Macduff's family is murdered by Macbeth and his troops, the
feeling of the scene is supposed to make the reader feel sad, but in lack of a better term is does
not. They were not shown enough and the reader knew almost nothing about them which means that the
reader will have no emotional motive to feel bad for someone who dies. The same scenario applies to
King Duncan as well as Banquo.

Lastly, another fault with "Macbeth" is the complexity of the literature. The intense
and depths of the twist and back stabs may not be applicable for young readers. This literature
should only be available to older more mature audiences with higher study levels. In fault Macbeth
is a great piece of reading but, only for those with a chance to fully gain the beneficiary effects
of the reading.

In conclusion, all you need to do is either tweak "Macbeth" or enter with your
sonnets. We believe if you enter next year with your sonnets, that you can definently make it in
next years edition. But if you decide to use "Macbeth" then just get rid of some violence,
make it easier for lower levels of readers, and show a little more of minor characters, so that
people can be emotionally moved by this story. Good luck next year.

Chris Conley

  Formula One also known as F1, is the most dangerous sport in the world. It is also the highest class
of open wheeled auto-racing, claimed by the International Automobile Federation, better known as the
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA. The Formula is a set of rules and
regulations that are listed by and created by the FIA. Formula1 was created in 1946 and the first
race was held in 1947 and the first world championship was held in Silverstone, UK in 1950,
according to the FIA. Formula1 is very popular in all the continents except for our own, North
America because of America's Nascar Association.

In the year 2005, the F1 World Championship had 600 million viewers worldwide, according to the FIA,
but as far as Britain goes, Formula1 is not number 1 it is number 3, in sports news behind
Football(Soccer) and Cricket, as shown by list of popularity in The London Telegraph and The London

As exciting as Formula One is, it is also extremely dangerous, sometimes even fatal, such as the
fatal accident of Tom Pryce. Pryce, a marshal who was struck by a car driving well over 100 miles
per hour was killed. Pryce was attempting to help a driver whose car had had malfunctions. Another
tragic moment was during the dramatic death of Roger Williamson whose car flipped over and burst
into flames after skidding 200 yards down the track upside-down. Only one man held on to hope and
that was a fellow rookie, David Purley, who vigorously tried to save his friend, while others had
lost all faith. So one could say that rookies and pros both get their fair share of experience and
race time, seeing as how rookies are thrown right into the frying pan with the pros once they make
it into Formula One. But it is actually the rookies who put up the good fight in Formula One,
rookies such as Kazuki Nakajima. Kazuki Nakajima, son of ex-Formula One driver, Satoru, will work
with drivers Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz during winter testing of the Williams FW29 car, according to
the Daily Mail. If Nakajima can keep the pressure on pros like Lewis Hamilton he will be able to
win in the best timed lap competitions and get further up the standings.

Formula One is also mentioned and spoken often about in literature, for example Peter Wright's
novel "Ferrari Formula One: Under the Skin of the Championship - Winning F1 - 2000." It
gives a clear view of the technology and power of a modern F1 car, according to Car and Driver

How big will Formula One be in years to come? Minute by minute, F1 makes its way to the last
reserved place on earth, North America which isn't crazy about Formula One yet. Will Formula
One ever overcome Nascar? Maybe some day, once Formula One hosts some races in America which can
very well cause it to be number one in the minds of everyone.
















First of all, I would like to say Good afternoon to all my fellow students, Mr. President, and the
administrative faculty; thank you for having me here today. We are here today to discuss the
preservation or the abolishment of English 10 British Literature. It is brought up today in hopes
that we can settle this discussion. English 10 British Literature is a class where my fellow
students and I learn about poetry, novels, and stories; written throughout Britain’s History. For
many years it has been a bigger part of the English language program at this school for many years.
Students learn about authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the unknown author of Beowulf. But is
this information really vital?

“No” says John Houlihan a fellow student who also takes British Literature. He thinks that if it is
taught at all, it should be taught in 12th Grade to seniors. Many others would agree with John,
because many believe you do not need to know who Geoffrey Chaucer is, when you are working 20 years
from High School and working in a business office. As we all know, English is listed as a vital
class along with Math and Theology. So does that make Beowulf or Geoffrey Chaucer essential to
passing High School? I think that that curriculum should disdain British Literature. British
Literature could be taught as an elective or students can choose to take it. That is something many
other schools do, such as FontBonne Academy. There they can choose which English classes to take and
have to have passed a certain amount in the curriculum.

Another option is to take it senior year as a 12th grader. Many other schools choose this path such
as North Quincy High School. When questioned, Mr. Croteau stated, “As an English Teacher, I think it
should be taught to juniors in stead of sophomores.” Some schools don’t clearly even state what
their English program is in their curriculum, such as Boston College High School. More importantly,
British Literature is taught as a class in the English department of UMass Amherst, which can
symbolize the fact that many high schools must not even have a British Literature class. Many other
schools focus on reading skills and Composition class, during all four years of high school.

Another option would be to change the class to World Literature, because there is also important
literature from all other parts of the world. British Literature is not always the best either at
certain time periods during history and not all of America’s history comes from the British Isles.

Another possibility would be to discontinue British Literature forever. And replace it with
Composition class as a preparation for college, so when students write 20 page essays they will be
prepared. But in conclusion, we must act now.