English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  .Cool has been in the English language for about 1000 years, is that cool or what? The common
perception of the word cool is similar to hip, hot, or chill and used too describe a hip person. But
the word was first used to describe a tempreture that was relatively cold but at a relaxing level.
The word was spelled with an E at the end and with only one O and went through many different
spellings over 1000 years as would any other word that old. Compared to today's use it shows
the changes words have made over the years in English and how they are still changing.

In Webster's dictionary cool is "neither warm nor cold" and is commonly used as an
adjective. The American Heritage dictionary's defintion of cool is "moderatly cold, a
comfortable tempreture." The Chambers dictionary says "to lower the tempreture" used
as a verb.

The OED's defintion of cool was first spelt "col" and in Old English to describe
water. The word was in the book Boeth Metr and we do not know the author so he must have skipped out
on his publishing debut. But cool has had the unfortuate history in which threeof it's first
three uses had no author. Another use of the word means to depress or to unheat an object that was
too hot. Since the OED gives much more detailed defintions for every word most other poser
dictionaries have used cool in the same light although some have put the first dictonary second to
the common perception of the word cool as in hip or very popular and the real defintion in second.

The author Sir R. Guylforde used cool to describe the wind and the cooling effect it had o his back.
This use is describing a relaxingly cool tempreture of the wind. Shakepeare used cool to describe
being calm and as an adjective. Nathaniel Thomas used cool to describe a faint and almost
extinguished scent.

The word cool is perfect example of how the words in English language have changed and become
popular over the 1000 years in its long existence.














Dear William Shakespeare,

I hope this letter finds you well. I was writing you to let you know we will not be using Macbeth
in our 10th grade book next year. It truly was a difficult choice since your writing is superb and
you have such a wonderful imagination. But for boys at this age I do not think it would be suitable
for their studies. I believe Macbeth to be violent, depict treachery and deceit, and depicts avarice
with bad morals to the reader's whose minds are still growing.

One obvious reason I decided against your story was the violence. I was shocked when I read of
Banquo's death and the attempt at his young sons as well. And on top of that his body appearing
as a ghost to Macbeth. Or when Macduff describes himself being untimely ripped from his
mother's womb! On one occasion Lady Macbeth describes how she had found the daggers that killed
Duncan and stuck them back into his lifeless corpse, I was devastated. But there is a benefit to the
gory and bloody events of the story which is a perfect example of how great and artist you are and
how you are excellent at depicting everything realistically.

A second bad quality in Macbeth was the treachery. In everyday life the world must cope with
treachery and deciet and the kids are not ready for that yet. The story reinforces the ideals and
somewhat makes it look like it is worth it in the end.
"I go, and it is done, the bell invites me, hear it not Duncan, for it is a knell,
that summons thee to heaven, or to hell.
This line told by Maceth is a very poerful message of betrayal for Macbeth is giving in to the perks
of treachery.

The last and very important negative quality in Macbeth is avarice. In the beginning of the tale
Macbeth is not greedy or egotistical but ends up a victim of these things. At first he commits one
murder to gain the throne. But when Macduff flees, Macbeth says "Sieze upon Fife;give to
th' edge o thy sword, his wife, his babes". This means he will slaughter an entire family
to keep the throne. This is an extreme case of avarice but if someone is capable any avarice, why
not this? The story must be rectified so no one can assume it is right.

So I apoligize again for not accepting Macbeth. I personally loved the story but it is not
appropriate for these boys. Now I also love your sonnets and assure you they will be in Prentice
Hall English Literature. I may also reconsider Macbeth for next year.
Sincerly Yours,
James DeMoura












To Americans hockey is a very popular and professional sport that has been a great success when it
comes to professional and amatuer games. But the game of ice hockey has not successfully spread to
the British Isles. It has a very small fan base and is not widely recognized by most as a British
sport. Ice Hockey, according to the OED, was originally called "shining" or "hurley
on ice" because of its similarity to the Irish sport of hurling and was first played in Nova
Scotia. Hockey first came to Britain in 1908 by a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.
Because of it's out of country orgins it wasn't an immediate hit and still struggles to
gain popularity equal to sports such as football and cricket.

According to Times Online hockey is beginning to boom in Britain and will be very popular among the
isles in the nest ten years. Because of the skill, conditioning, and determination the sport
requires it attracts young aspiring athletes who are not skilled at the popular sports but wants to
prove temsleves. It is also becoming popular in some media outlets because other than football there
is not really any other popular sport being played during hockey season therefore could be a very
succesful during the winter season. Although other media centers like the Telegraph have not yet
recognized hockey as a growing sport and will soon have to report about it seriously soon.

Players of Ice Hockey compete at both professional and amatuer levels and team all throughtout the
country. There are three professional and semi-professional leagues in the country. There is also a
national association with over 8,000 members. The British National hockey team has also greatly
improved because of player transfers from Nova Scotia to helpthe British squad become a powerhouse
in Europe. But they will have to overcome a huge barrier because countries like Sweden and Iceland
have very skilled teams who have played for much longer. But if it continues to grow in Britain it
will be better and and guarenteed success with a wide fan base.

The rules of Ice Hockey are the same as anywhere else because they are under the International Ice
Hockey federation. They have the same positions and roles on the ice. But there is also a class
called "enforcers". These agressive, tough players are the soldiers on the team. Britan
seems to love these players the most for their passion and brute force and recognize them as the
true players of hockey. The fans tend to like them as well because they play for the game and their
team rather than money and fame. Their passion brings back memories of great wars of Britain

















Dear Mr. President,
Welcome to Catholic Memorial. I am addressing you and the members of the Board on behalf of the
future sophomore classes. The issue I am writing to you about is the termination of British
Literature. I hope to dissuade you from making this decision. You simply cannot teach any form of
English without touching on the founders of the language and the writers who made it beautiful such
as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Mary Shelley, or even William Shakespeare. They are a huge part of the
English language and cannot be ignored. The other studies of English which are Contempory, American,
and World literature would be left with a huge gap if British were terminated.

I have found from other schools in neighboring Boston that British Literature is taught to
sophomore and even some junior classes. At Mount Alvernia British literature is taught to the junior
class and is very important to their curriculum. The students enjoy the class much greater then
American and World and couldnít imagine a replacement. I also learned that the subject is taught to
the sophomore class of the highly esteemed Boston Latin School. This shows that if such an
intelligent school deems it necessary to include Brit. Literature in its curriculum I believe we
should do the same. Also although our rivals, B.C. High teaches it to there sophomores as well and
we cannot allow them to out shine us in any department.

If that didnít persuade you I have also interviewed an English teacher from C.M., Ms. DeMoura. She
said "I believe British Literature is very valuable to any high school students, any exposure
to this subject would only help his or her understanding of the English language". I have also
tried to interview Mr. Hurley but he was very reluctant and has yet to reply but I feel he thinks it
is a very important subject.

My most moving act of convincing you to keep British Literature should come in this paragraph. The
argument doesnít come from a teacher or an author but the students themselves, the people who
benefit and take the full effect of British Literature. One, Matthew Dalton clearly has benefited
from his class because he understands "beowulf" so much but also can dissect it like a
true English scholar and point out its flaws even though it is one of the greatest pieces of
Literature in the world. Garret Fitzgerald has also gotten something out of the class because of his
in depth knowledge of the sport of lacrosse and its leaves in Britain.

British literature should continue to be taught to Catholic Memorial sophomores next year and the
next and so on and so forth. Although my fellow students may disagree I strongly believe we have all
greatly benefited from this class and still are. And as the great band Queen would put it," The
show must go on!"