English 10: Writing Portfolio

 

Catholic Memorial High School

 

2007-2008

   
   
   
   
   
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  Looking at the word "Malarkey" we seehow a word can change so often in a short amount of
time. Over the course of eighty plus years, the word Malachy has no problem evolving in th english
language. Malaky origionated in Irlenad. But a connection between the Irish word and the English
language an only be guessed that it was brought over by Europeans in the early 1900s.

Malarkey was first used in 922 in th "Call & Post" news paper in San Francisco. The
word doesnt appear to be used correctly though. Not until 1924 when a man name Dorgan, quoted in the
Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) "Malachy, you said it". In 1929 J.P. Mcevoy wrote in
"Hollywood Girl vii" "its awonder you notice me, /i told him. That's a lot of
malaky, says he". In 1938 the word was quoted and spelled "Mullarkey". The word
altered in spelling approvimately half a dozen times until 1964 when it was spelled the same way it
was in 1938.

The word spread very slowly after that, Rarely used only a couple times each decade. That was able
to be traced in History, The word itself is a perfect example of how humans have the power to alter
the English Language in the palm of thier hands (literally) by using a writing utensil.
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. William Shakespeare,

Due to a significant cut in our finances, we as a committee on the Board of Editors for Prentice
Hall British Literature have been forced to make cuts in the next edition. This has been a
difficult decision, because you have a very unique, attractive writing style that has complimented
history in a beautiful way. Unfortunately your sonnets are a bit too deceitful and romantic. Also
there is a great deal of sorrow and mourning. These three aspects are the basis for our rejection
because it creates too much of a negative attitude for learning.


The first reason your work is not acceptable for our next edition is that there is too much focus
on love. Looking at one sonnet in particular, Sonnet 116 we saw your obsession with love and
marriage: “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds…” clearly your focus is on
personal relationships. When our texts need to focus on worldly issues and problems bigger than
what goes on between a man and a woman. Later, in another poem, you write “and yet by Heaven I
think as rare, as any she belied with false compare one’s love to anything does not qualify as
subject matter that is suitable for a high school audience.


The deceit displayed in your sonnets is too negative for a young audience which is the second
reason we are rejecting the sonnets. Your transition from romance and love to negative deceit is not
what we are looking for. For example, when you speak of “my mistress’ eyes are nothing like the
sun”, the negative use of the words deceives the audience. The reader wants to hear that your
mistress’ eyes are like the sun.


The third reason for rejection is for how sorrowful and mournful your writing is. Such as in
Sonnet 29, “when in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state!”
Again, you are focusing on personal emotions and issues, which aren’t positive or joyful. This
attitude of writing is not what we want in our book.


The next edition of our Prentice Hall British Literature Book wants to provide a positive outlook
of British literature to the reader. That is the main reason or overview for all of our aspects
that we have decided are inappropriate for our next edition. We hope you continue to do your work,
because you are a great writer, your work is just not what we are looking for. Thank you and good
luck in the future.

Sincerely,

John Mackie

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sport of marathon running has long been a challenge of endurance for the athletes that face the
torture. Marathon running is one of the hardest things a human being can overcome. The Development
of this sport teaches us about the ability that any one human being has to overcome, and face
failure and be successful in the long run. This can be closely tied with British Literature. Many
British Authors have faced turmoil when their outspoken words have been deemed inappropriate. Often
by government or religious authorities, because they speak out against the common law or have
heresies. In 1981 the London marathon was created by former Olympic runner Chris Brasher. The London
Marathon is 26 miles long. In 2007 more than 35,000 people ran the London Marathon its biggest crowd
in history.

Former boxer Michael Watson, who a paraplegic was told he would never walk again due to an accident
in a fight. He finished the London Marathon in 6 days in 2003. He is now a national hero of England.
Another noteful amatuer athlete (according to "The Independent" UK) is a young man, twenty
two years of age who collapsed after finishing the marathon. hospital doctors say he went to rest
peacefully. He died later the next day. The young man has remained nameless. But this account is a
perfect exaple of how grueling the London marathon is.

The course starts in Blackheath, goes on route through Greenwich, then passes Parliament and
ends at The Mall.

Many people have described the marathon as one of the hardest things to do. Which in fact it is
being a little more than 26 miles. But many people take great pride in running the London Marathon.
“Frankly, there is so much mystique about the sacred 26.2 it’s surprising that it’s not an official
religion.” As said by Rosie Milliard in the English Times a newspaper in London.

Marathon Running in England can be tied to British Literature easily. Out of the hundreds of
Thousands of people that run and compete in marathon running mostly in the London Marathon, had to
have written texts and books and composed stories about
the journey of a marathon.

Marathon running is a worldwide event. It is done all over the world. The sport will most likely
evolve and adapt just as many other sports do in the future. But for now marathon running hold a
pretty steady. Consistent record of being just long endurance
running. More British Literature will most likely be written as well.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The English program for sophomores at Catholic Memorial is not what it should
be. Majority of the students who are involved in the British Literature program at
Catholic Memorial are uninterested in what the course offers. Should British Literature be
offered as an elective course at Catholic Memorial next year? Or should it remain the way
it is and be taken as a mandatory class? This is the question for our new president that is
taking over for Brother Mcdonald.


I have taken into consideration that whether or not an individual likes or dislikes a
particular academic course is simply personal preference and opinion. That is why I have
done some research as to why students in today’s day are less apt to grasp the English
language do to overwhelming commitments that they have no control over. Or in other
words they are forced to learn the fine print of English at an early age. But many still
don’t grasp the language. As they get older they are mandated to take other languages as
part of their curriculum and then to study classes such as British Literature.
I took it upon myself to study one individuals overall English composition.
Thomas Monticello a fellow student of mine who has made the unaware mistake of starting
one of his essay paragraphs of with this sentence “Now lets get at the papersw with my
OED research on it.” With a more rigorous and elaborate education on the English
Language, perhaps Thomas would have misspelled “paper”, and perhaps he would have
had more knowledge on how to begin a paragraph. Because that is certainly not the
correct way to do so.


I quote Author Martina Powell “British Literature is a benefit to anyone’s
knowledge, but is it a necessity…absolutely not.” I easily interpreted what Powell said
about British Literature as something that is an extra. Then I thought about the things in
life that I need and the things in life I have that I don’t need. Such as my cell phone which
I need to keep in touch with people. But do I really need my cell phone to play Tetris. I
think not very similar to our English program. The students need English, but do they
need British Literature. Is the student really even going to incorporate British Literature in
his future career or occupation? In fact is the student even going to remember his British
Literature Education when he is older. I quote a former sophomore student who is now a
junior when I interviewed him, what he remembers from his British Literature education
last year? Dylan Kelly quoted “I remember that story we read about Beowulf, but I don’t
remember the name of the book”. Is this what we are wasting our students time and
money on. British Literature certainly didn’t affect this students mind.


I also interviewed former English teacher Nicole Linnville, who taught at Surry
Grammar School in Maine. She quoted “British Literature is either liked or disliked, but I
don’t believe it should be mandated, yet offered as an elective.” I strongly agree with Ms.
Linnville’s opinion and recommendation on how English should be taught to students.
I believe that English 10 British Literature should no longer be mandated at
Catholic Memorial, but offered as an elective. I am not disregarding anyone’s personal
preference because that would be immoral and be defiant against our country’s freedom.
Thank you for your time and patience

   
   
   
   
   
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