English 10: Writing Portfolio

   
   
Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father and son projects aren’t all there cracked up to be in my house. they usually involve pain, aggravation or lots of laughter. Fortunately this was a painless one full of memories that we share at our family greetings.

It was the end of a long day and my dad has just gotten home from work. We were sitting down watching the beginning of the Red Sox game. Tiredly and with little or no enthusiasm he says to me “you no we have to fix the toilet today for your mother”, and I go “yea we got all day”. My dad was very impatient and wanted to it that instant. So were taking it out and its around four thirty and my mother and sister has just walked in the door.

So we get the toilet half way out and my dad is holding the toilet over my head and I say to him “please don’t drop the toilet on my hand I already hurt it” and being at the splendid age of 53 basically all his hearing is gone he goes “Whaaa?” and drops it. Luckily I was able to soften the blow with my shoulder. Now mother is cooking supper and my little sister is hovering over our every move.

Towards six we finish and my dad has my brat sister clean all our mess and we get our supper. After supper my dad goes to check his work and says “what’s that smell?”, without missing a beat my sister says “your mustache” and me and my mother and I had to hide our selves from him because we were laughing so hard. The end of night was very comical as we sat watching T.V. together because we could not speak with out laughing out loud.

What I learned from this family experience was equality amongst family members. It also showed me that my family isn’t perfect but its just right for me. We tell this story around the table on family occasions, it fill everybody with cheer and laughter. That’s why it is my most memorable funny family moment.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Orwell

Hope your summer was relaxing. It is now a new school year and it is very anticipated by many of our new tenth grade students. As you no there will be novels that these students will have to read. A good novel should appeal to all of the readers and make them want to read more. It should also fill them with knowledge but not bore them to death. Another thing its should do to the readers is make them want to learn more. Your novel 1984 unfortunately does not do that.

Further more in your novel the students saw that there was more analysis to the book than there should be. An example would be the quote “Who controls the past controls the future Who controls the present controls the past”. That quote prove to difficult to my readers and was probably one of the reasons for the less and less reading in the class. That seemed to bother the readers and make them less enthused in reading the book. This is one of the many reasons why you have ben chosen not to be in our novel program this year.

Another thing they like are books with action or feelings and events that the could relate to. Don’t get me wrong there was a lot of action, but you then made it something that the could not relate to because of there age or states of minds. An example would be the relation ship between Winston and Julia. The students found it especially hard to relate to because there only in tenth grade. This relation ship proved to be very advanced for their age.

Also I found that the over powering figure of big brother was a little too much. He seemed to be more fantasy than a realistic powerful figure that every one was suppose to fear. An example of this would be the flat screens that he had watching every one. Also the fact that one man controlled every thing and changed the past. This was a mockery in the classes and the students did not seem to take to the idea of this all powerful leader. Those are three basic reasons why we have not chosen you to be apart of our novel program this year.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many world in the world today. Many of them are obsolete, some are used in everyday life. Some words meanings have changed overtime, forcing us to adapt to the ever changing language of the world. We also get a lot of our word from other languages, giving us a larger more broad range to get our meanings from. Also the further we advance in society and the more cultures become predominate English loses its flare. The word is “story” some of you might think it helps the world language some of you might think it hurts the world language. Though with such a good rep the word “story” has it could not possibly be hurting the world language but helping it progress further in our ever so changing world.

The word “story” derives from the Anglo-Saxon language group. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “ a tale past on from generation to generation”. Another dictionary, Miriam Webster defines “story” as “ a historical event that served some significant purpose”. Lastly the Miriam Webster Colligate dictionary defines it as “explanation of something that happened, recalling an event”

The O.E.D. defines it as, “A narrative, true or presumed to be true, relating to important events and celebrated persons of a more or less remote past; a historical relation or anecdote. Obs. In early use the most frequent application was to passages of Bible history and legends of saints. In quot. 1303, although the possessive denotes authorship, the n. prob. retains the general sense”. This definition has since then been dead, but it still holds great meaning. Another way the define it would be, “A mere tale, a baseless report. Obs.”, this is also died with in time. A more recent and still used definition that the O.E.D. has would be, “An allegation, statement; an account or representation of a matter; a particular person's representation of the facts in a case. Phrase, the story goes that...: it is reported. to be all in one story, to be in the same story: (of a number of persons) to agree in their account of a matter (usually implying collusion)”. This definition is more up with our times and helps us understand what the word generally means in our world today.

With all the new trends popping up our language is affected all over the world. So you can imagine with all that’s going on and what’s gone on things have changed globally. One thing you can count on is good ole “story” one word that has stuck it out through the years. Yes it has basically been the same “story” that your grand parents, parents have used back when u had to walk to school in seven feet of snow. Story has basically been the same for as long as our modern world of fast motor cars n jet planes has been around probably even before that too.

There are many usages in lit for the great word “story”. For example in “cerca 1470's Chron Harding’s. XI. iv, He died so, and in his temple faire Entombed was, with stories all about” etc.. This usage tells us how the word story was perceived back then. A more recent usage would have to be, “1992's P. Theroux’s Happy Isles of Oceania xix. 527 How do I get my faucet to work?.. Suppose I want to shut off my hot water?.. What's the story with my fan”. This is what our people wanna see. The word “story” used in definitions that we actually understand and can relate to. The same as the usages in speech it’s never changing, helping us by not confusing us like other words and there foolish meaning jumps.

In conclusion we find that the word “story” actually has helped us in our journey through out the world history of language. Wether you appreciate the solid definitions or the same ole spelling , “story” has helped us by keeping it real and as simple as it could make it. If you don’t agree that “story” has helped the world language in any way shape or form then you have a hard essay to follow because its all out there for you, you just need to access it and use it to your means of taking this great word down. Till then don’t bother arguing with me.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many world in the world today. Many of them are obsolete, some are used in everyday life. Some words meanings have changed overtime, forcing us to adapt to the ever changing language of the world. We also get a lot of our word from other languages, giving us a larger more broad range to get our meanings from. Also the further we advance in society and the more cultures become predominate English loses its flare. The word is “story” some of you might think it helps the world language some of you might think it hurts the world language. Though with such a good rep the word “story” has it could not possibly be hurting the world language but helping it progress further in our ever so changing world.

The word “story” derives from the Anglo-Saxon language group. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “ a tale past on from generation to generation”. Another dictionary, Miriam Webster defines “story” as “ a historical event that served some significant purpose”. Lastly the Miriam Webster Colligate dictionary defines it as “explanation of something that happened, recalling an event”

The O.E.D. defines it as, “A narrative, true or presumed to be true, relating to important events and celebrated persons of a more or less remote past; a historical relation or anecdote. Obs. In early use the most frequent application was to passages of Bible history and legends of saints. In quot. 1303, although the possessive denotes authorship, the n. prob. retains the general sense”. This definition has since then been dead, but it still holds great meaning. Another way the define it would be, “A mere tale, a baseless report. Obs.”, this is also died with in time. A more recent and still used definition that the O.E.D. has would be, “An allegation, statement; an account or representation of a matter; a particular person's representation of the facts in a case. Phrase, the story goes that...: it is reported. to be all in one story, to be in the same story: (of a number of persons) to agree in their account of a matter (usually implying collusion)”. This definition is more up with our times and helps us understand what the word generally means in our world today.

With all the new trends popping up our language is affected all over the world. So you can imagine with all that’s going on and what’s gone on things have changed globally. One thing you can count on is good ole “story” one word that has stuck it out through the years. Yes it has basically been the same “story” that your grand parents, parents have used back when u had to walk to school in seven feet of snow. Story has basically been the same for as long as our modern world of fast motor cars n jet planes has been around probably even before that too.

There are many usages in lit for the great word “story”. For example in “cerca 1470's Chron Harding’s. XI. iv, He died so, and in his temple faire Entombed was, with stories all about” etc.. This usage tells us how the word story was perceived back then. A more recent usage would have to be, “1992's P. Theroux’s Happy Isles of Oceania xix. 527 How do I get my faucet to work?.. Suppose I want to shut off my hot water?.. What's the story with my fan”. This is what our people wanna see. The word “story” used in definitions that we actually understand and can relate to. The same as the usages in speech it’s never changing, helping us by not confusing us like other words and there foolish meaning jumps.

In conclusion we find that the word “story” actually has helped us in our journey through out the world history of language. Wether you appreciate the solid definitions or the same ole spelling , “story” has helped us by keeping it real and as simple as it could make it. If you don’t agree that “story” has helped the world language in any way shape or form then you have a hard essay to follow because its all out there for you, you just need to access it and use it to your means of taking this great word down. Till then don’t bother arguing with me.