English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|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
|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.