English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  The world ignite can spark much conversation among our peers. It has a long lenghty history,
involving fire. It can spark many diffrent connotations most invovling fire. Although ignite means
to set fire to, or to kindle, it also can mean to strike. Ignite tells us that the English language
has changed over time. This word was first used 447 years ago. Ignite comes from the Latin term
"ignus" which means fire. This is the most common way it is used today. We still use
ignite to mean the same thing it did so long ago. We automatically think "to light on

Ignite can be used as a noun or a verb, each is used as much as the other one is. The Random House
Dictionary defines ignite as " to set on fire, to kindle and chemistry to heat intensely,
roast." American Heritage Dictionary states: "to cause to burn, to set fire too, and to
subject to great heat, especially to make luminous by heat." Word Net by Priceton defines
ignite as: "cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat arouse or excite feelings and
passions." This word can also be used in diffrent forms such as ignitable, meaning something
that can ignite, or igniter, meaning one who lights something on fire. many of these definitions
mean the same thing, generally.

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines ignite as "to subject to the action of fire, to
make intensely hot, to cause to glow with heat; in chemical use, exposed to heat to the point of
combustion...." This definition means that the word ignite is usually used to mean anything
with lighting and to heat with a flame. Another definition in the OED is "to strike (an
arc)". This definition means to hit, not like punch or smash into, but to smack as in an arc
formation. These definitions are still used today, the first definition more than the second.

Over the course of the English language many authors have used the word ignite. In 1823 J. Badcock
used ignite in a science experiment analysis: "His preparation would not ignite any substance
whatever, even un powder." Badcock is using ignite to show how something is combusting, such as
gunpowder in a gun. The first sentence that is recorded with ignite in it was written in 1560 by
Rolland. He wrote: "That we micht knaw his chertie Ignite, Ardent, and hair." This
sentence was written in Middle English. This shows that the word is older than the language that we
know now as modern English.

Because ignite is 447 years old, it has been used over a million times in diffrent articles, with
diffrent subjects. One article using the word on Fox News' website is entitled
"Hunter's Photos Ignite New Debate Over Bigfoot's Existence". This
article's title uses ignite to mean "to start", which comes from ignition, like in a
car's engine. An article in the New York Times uses ignite as "getting started us" as
in people, "But Ellsbury has started five straight postseason games, has helped ignite
Boston..." In the London Times an article on how a caretaker lite a woman on fire, uses ignite
in it's most commonly used way: "Devenny used a cigarette lighter to ignite Iren
Watling's bed clothes". The sentence literally means that the woman was lite on fire.
These sentences all use ignite to get a diffrent point acroos to the leader.

Ignite is one word that has a few diffrent meanings. I believe that the future of ingite will grow
and adapt to the ever changing English language. As long as we start coming up with new wrords, we
will come up with new meanings for the existing words, and the cycle will go around once again.














Dear Scrib,

I regret to inform you that we will no longer be featuring your story “Beowulf” in our up and
coming edition of prentice Hall Literature. Your work is a rite of passage to the English language.
It is the very first story in our modern language, There are three reason I decided not to include
you story; the language itself, you stole your story from people as you traveled the land. And
lastly, your story is just too unrealistic, for the age group that we are targeting.

While it is interesting to be able to see Old English written, it is confusing to many students.
Most of our students cannot figure out what many of the words mean. It is similar to trying to read
a completely different language. For example:
“…men ne cunnon
secgan to sode, sele-rae dendei
haeled under heoterum, hwa paem….”
The characters in some of the words are different from modern English. Also most of the Old English
words are not even recognizable in modern English. Even when a word appears to be a modern English
word, it may not be. At first glance the Old English word “under” looks as if it would mean the same
as the modern English word “under”, but it does not. When the students want to sit down and focus on
reading, often times they get frustrated and soon daze off because they cannot understand what they
are reading.

You wrote your story many, many years ago. We have no record how you came up with it. It seems as
if the tales were told as oral traditions, but were they all from you? Another note while on this
subject, if this is the first story how could you have written it?
My sources tell me that this story was passed down by oral traditions. You seem to want to pass this
off as your own work. As editor, I would like to know the background and sources of this story.

A monster? Really, come on now, a monster that grabs forty men out of bed. Grendel seems very
unusual. He is a hairy beast that lives in a dark cave, and his mother tries to kill Beowulf. The
plot line seems to appeal to children in middle school or junior high school. “ Snatched up thirty
men and smashed them” Most high school students get bored with your story. The age group that we are
trying to target does not find monsters entertaining. For them they are unrealistic.

Once again, I apologize for delivering the bad news to you. Maybe we can work something out. If you
can dig into records and cite your sources, we may be able to meet and discuss your options.

Thomas A. Flaherty















According to The London times the mile sprint is surprisingly a very popular, even in
Britain’s athletics. It is in the top ten top sports of Britain. This sport has been around since
history was written down, and possibly before the first story, “Beowulf” was written down. Britain’s
Athletics is where many profession train under and where armatures want to be seen by “scouts”. In
the professional atmosphere betting is strictly forbidden, unlike many sports in America. Many of
the rules that the USA Track and Field team use are international along with the British tracks
teams. According to the Oxford English Dictionary sprint means to run at full speed for a short
distance. To many of the runners that run the mile sprint, this is a very short distance, but to
many amatures the mile can seem to be very long.

According to many historians, it is believed that humans started to run because they needed to
hunt animals and travel great distances. Many historians believe that the human body developed
because of running and hunting. Many believe that this was because other scavengers would race to
carouses and if a human were there, then they would be eating dinner first. The first record of an
actually competition for running was in Greece, in the late 700 B.C. It wasn’t until the 1800’s when
track and field became widespread, and today is the most popular sport at the summer Olympics.

A very popular armature club is the British Milers Club. This club has some of the fastest
runners in Britain and the world. According to the BMC's offical website, the club was formed
in 1963 in association with UK Middle Distance Running. At first the club was not very successful,
and many thought it would be a failure, but it eventually brought England to be the supremacy of
middle distance running. This club came up with the very popular rule of notifying a club if you
cannot make a race that you qualified for. This was put in place after many members just would not
show up to races. Today most runners in Britain are members of this club.

According to the British Miler’s Club official website, the British runner that currently
holds the record for the mile sprint is Mohamed Farah. His time is three minutes and fifty-six
seconds. After emigrating from Somalia, where he was related to a major warlord with connections to
the attacks on U.S Troops delivering supplies, Farah became one of the Best runners in the English
school system. Living in London he ran for the Newham and Essex Beagles. He won his first major
title in 2005, and it was the Junior Championship, and continued to run long distances.

From evidence collected from many useful websites the future of the mile sprint will only make
it more popular. As more people get involved with running, and more people become health cautious,
records will be broken.
















Greetings Mr. President and welcome to our wonderful school. I am a sophomore, and I currently take
British Literature as a form of the English Language. I also am aware that you are debating to
cancel this class as a subject in our school for the tenth graders. I personal believe that the
British had formed this country, not to the extent of what it is now, but we most likely would not
be here today, if the original thirteen colonies were not formed. This is our language. It is
important that we learn what the language started as, and I believe many of my fellow classmates
have learned that this is very important.

One student that had learned how the roots of English are important is David Falco. Falco found out
that the word “sword” does not always mean a sharp weapon, but it can also mean a deck of cards.
That is one of the meanings a majority of Americans do not know, as noted in his essay. Michael
Embolton found wrote an entire paper on how horseracing affects British Literature. It in facts does
affect the British tabloids, because of all the scandalous news with illegal moves and such. These
events are sure to spark up and idea in one writers mind in the near future. Mark Glen is a student,
who is not in an honors class; like the students mentioned before, but he is your average Catholic
Memorial High School student. Glen had to write a rejection letter to Chaucer, and he recognized
that he wrote very good Romanic poetry, but he also identified that the stories that were published
were not of the best quality. This shows that they in fact had learned what British Literature is
about, and the roots of their language.

As we all know, Boston College High School is one of the biggest rivals for our school. BC High has
British Literature, it seems that they believe that the origins of our native tongue is important to
teach students. Waltham High School is a public high school in a small suburban city also teaches
British Literature, but they offer it as an elective. This may be an alternative to your decision of
eliminated British Literature, but not too many students are aware of the importance of this
subject, and may rather the extra study.

Ms. Demoura, an English teacher at our school, believes that British Literature is great. She
knows that it is our roots of language. She understands the importance of the understanding of it
for our students. She told me “I think that it is great, and that our students should be able to
understand this more, and comprehend it more”. I must say that she spoke great words, and put it

Mr. President I do believe that British literature is the root of our language. With that being
said sir, I strongly believe that it is important for our students to learn it, and to continue
teaching it to our sophomore students.