English 10: Writing Portfolio


Catholic Memorial High School



Creative Writing  
  The word "for" has been around for a long time,although most people might not think about
it a lot. Beowulf was the first story to use the word in the year 1000, but lots of stories have
also used it. Twenty-nine definitions for the word have been used . The word tells us a lot about
the English language.

Ordinary dictionaries tells us a lot about the word. The first definition is "intended to
reach, directeddirected, or belonging to”, from the Collins Gem Webster’s Dictionary. The second
definition from the New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language. The definition
is “ as a representative of, on behalf of .” The third definition is “ completely; excessive,
especially. The Oxford English Dictionary also has some strange definitions. The first definition is
“for sale” and the second definition is “ for the purpose of being or becoming.”

The last definition from the OED is “ for (one’s) life.” A couple authors that I have picked out
have used this word over time. For example, “William Shakespeare, Byron, and Chaucer.” In 1593
Shakespeare used the word for in a story called “Richard 2”: “ Heauen for his mercy: what treachery
is here.” Byron uses the word in 1813 in the story called “Giaourdano”: “Away, away for life he
rides.” Chaucer uses the word in 1386 in the book called “Doctor’s Tale”: “ This mayde shal be myn,
for any man.” The authors that used the word “for” has use it in the same sense as we do in the year
2000, so the word hasn’t really changed all that much. It is a common word that we use in our

The OED Dictionary and the modern dictionaries have similar definitions. In the course of the years
the word definition has not changed and it won’t change because we use it in the same sense as
people back in the year 1000.

In the London Times there was an article that used the word a couple of times “ located a route off
the bottom of the table “for” Bolton Wanderers yesterday. The “hellos” can wait “for” another day. “
Placement schemes “for” less privileged school students loan schemes “for” the vocational course are
both in train. In the Boston Globe there is a lot of uses of the word “for” for example, “For
security, please enter the code number… military members putting it all on the line “for” freedom.
Another usage is “ I am all for people to come here legally who want to…especially obey our laws in
this country but not “for” illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Another passage is “ Tax and
deteriorating climate “for’ business were the main factors blamed “for” Britain’s tumble down the

The authors that wrote this passage in their articles are Gary Duncan and Nico Hines. The authors
used the word in the same context as Shakespeare, Byron, and Chaucer. Which means the word
definition has not changed since the year 1000 and it is the same in the year 2007.

The word “for” future versus the English’s future as a “super language” won’t change at all because
in my research the word for has been used in 1000 and the use of the word is still the use of the
word today. So I don’t think they will make a big, dramatic change to the word for. It will stay the
same because he even William Shakespeare used the word for and it still has the same context as it
does now. The word for will be in the English language “for” a long time.









Basketball was invented in the United States in 1891. In the mid 1900s it had become the
world's most popular indoor sport. In 1936 the English Basketball Association was formed at a
meeting at the London Central YMCA. In 1957 the English Schools Basketball Association was formed.
In 1972 the English National Basketball League for men was established(ENBL). According to this
website www.BBL.ORG.UK the professional league for basketball in Britain is twenty-one years old.
Also in the year 2006 to the year 2007 the Guildford Heat won the championship.

According to these websites Times Online.com does not have any information on basketball in Britain.
The Mirror.co.uk also has no information on basketball. On the Telegraph there was a couple of
articles on basketball. "London shoot for NBA All-Star game could be staged at the
London's 02 arena in 2011.

"Britain loses Julius Josep". Great Britain's preparations for the European
Championship qualifiers have been dealt a blow with the loss of Julius Joseph. The reason why they
going to lose him is because of a family crisis in the Caribbean.

"Division 1 Men-Final Home Play-off Beth still open." The race for the final home play-
off spot in the Division 1 took another twist as the London Leopards lost 90 -76 at the Derby
Trailblazers. The British Academy Flyers won 106 - 96 at home against the Sheffield Arrows.

In my opinion I think basketball will continue to grow because it is a sport that hasn't been
around long in Britain. It will continue to get more and more popular each year.

  Mr. Presisdent I am here to talk about why British Literature should be abolish from English 10
courses. British Literature has been taught to our Sophmore class for over 50 years. From my
experience in English 10 I think British Literature is really hard to understand and I think it is
really boring. I think British Literature should be banned from English 10 because it is a difficult
subject to learn and I don't think it will be helpful in the years to come. In my opinion I
don't think British Literature is an interesting topic.

One of my classmates Thomas Munichello did an essay about sports. His sport was croquet. It seemed
to me he didn't learn a lot about his sport and British Literature. The main idea of the essay
was to find out the sport's popularity in Great Britain. The essay and was boring and not
factual. Here is a quote from his essay, "The game croquet looks like it will have a good
future. Even though it was knocked off the top as the national game, it is still a major game in
britain played everyday."

I found out that some local high schools don't even teach British Literature. For example,
Boston College high school has no British Literature courses and it is one of the best high schools
around in Boston. Another school is Fontbonne Academy. It has British Literature, but it is an Honor
course which means not a lot of kids take it. The school Nobles and Greenough don't have a
British Literature course, but it does have a Shakespeare course, which is similar to British

My proposal to you is to let the sophmores vote to see if they want to learn British Literature or
they want a different topic. We want our students to excell and if they don't understand the
subject at all then they would fail. We want the students to do well in all their subject so they
can go to a great college. Children are the future Mr. President.