English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  The story starts during the winter at night in my grandparent's house. It involves my grandfather, cousin, and my grandfather's dentures. After hearing this story, I think that my family is a little eccentric.

One night during the winter, my grandfather just finished eating his dinner. After dinner, he has a habit of taking his dentures out and placing them in the bathroom. Approximately a half hour later, he went to get them out of the bathroom. When he got there they were missing. Tired of searching them, my grandfather asked my aunt if she could take him to the store so she could talk for him. The next morning my grandmother was taking the feeties (body suit pajamas) off of my cousin C.J. (he was 3 at the time). When she pulled his feet out, the teeth were there. She asked him "What are you doing with these?" He replied "my feet were itchen".

As a result, my family is a little eccentric. Seriously, who would take someone's dentures to scratch their feet? Why can't they just use their hands? Or at least grab a plastic fork that you would be able to dispose when you're done using it.

























Dear Mr. Dickens,

The competition to be in next year’s edition of the sophomore text book was very high this year. Stories in this book should have a clear understanding and be clear in writing. This way a student will understand it better. Unfortunately it was a tough decision. I’m sorry, but because some of your sentences are not interesting you will not be chosen for next year’s edition.

In your short story “The Signalman” there are a few sentences that were not clear. For example, “do but listen for a moment to the wind in this unnatural valley while we speak so low, and to the wild harp it makes of the telegraph wires” You could have written “don’t do anything but listen…” This is easier for sophomores to read. Another reason is, your work is boring.

“Last year I forced myself through his Tale of Two Cities. It was a sheer dead pull from start to finish. It all seemed so insecure, such a transparent make-believe, a mere piece of acting” John Burroughs, Century Magazine

Once again, I’m sorry you have not been chosen for next years edition. Maybe with my tip you should write another story, and try again next year.


Cedric Lopes






















Many works in British literature deal with superstition. Works like Lady of Shallot or Proverbs of Hell by William Blake. A work not many have read that gets us to believe in superstition is Lycidas by John Milton.

In this poem by John Milton, the superstition is spiritual. Lycidas dies and the narrator kind of prays to “the sisters of the sacred well”. This poem reveals that British people may take their rituals or praying to spirits very seriously. When someone that is close to them dies they pray for them in the afterlife.

This literary work has not been taken seriously because it is not very famous. I think that it is not famous because of other famous authors and play writers that were around. John Milton needs to come up with a much better work than Lycidas. But, it is good enough to become well known. I say that because it is a poem that tells us a story. That is a very hard thing to do and I am sure that he spent a lot of time working on this poem.

"In this essay I will maintain that Lycidas is a more authentic pastoral than it is usually understood to be; that many of its innovations upon pastoral form should be taken as paradoxical attempts to make it feel more 'straight and natural'; that the poem wants to be popular, though it is so only in a highly mediated way."









































Many languages have a lot of words. The English language has too many with different meanings. Other words sound the same but have different meanings. For example, “2, to, too” To me, English is helpful to the world. It is helpful because it is a well known language and many people are trying to learn it.

Dense. This word, like many, has more than one definition. According to the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary it means: “1.) crowded or thick as in dense fog 2.) slow to understand”. In the Thorndike-Barnhart Student Dictionary t means: “1.) having its parts closely packed together; thick 2.) Very great; intense 3.)Stupid 4.) Relatively opaque”. The Webster’s Children’s Dictionary has “1.) Slow in learning 2.) Very thick” for definitions.

In the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) “dense” has several meanings and usages. For example crowded, “thick”(with), or of ignorance, stupidify. The word dense hasn’t really meant anything else besides stupid in some way, slow in learning or thick.

Many people have their own use for the word “dense”. 63% of the people I interviewed all had pretty much the same definition. Tyana Fernandes said: “ Dumb, some who is stupid basically”. Sarah Pires said “Dumb, some thing like that”. CJ Singletary said stupid, slow; you know don’t get the picture. Jocelynn Veiga said, “stupid, dumb”. Hope Fernandes said dumb to. Kelsey Correia said stupid; don’t get things quick; Which leads to the other definitions. Three people said something similar to that. Matthew Ziniti said thick; takes up space. Sidney Singletary said “thick, that all” and last but not least Mary Fernandes said, thick, toughness. The last one out of ten was my cousin Michaela, she said I don’t even know. When I asked Joseph McGonegal about the word “dense” he said “very anagrammatic, thick, stupid”.

Dense has been used in text with all of its definitions since 1599. In 1599, A.M. tr. Gabelhour’s BK. Physicke 56/1 “When or “ the cataracte is so dense and of such a crassitude that heer with they will not be so ackide. In 1776, withering Briti plants (1796) III 366 Grows in dense tufts. In the 1842 edition of Marte d’Arthur by Tennyson, pg.196, he writes “All the decks were dense with Stanley Forms”.

Writers are now starting to use the word “dense” in a new way. For example, Tom Sinclair from Entertainment Weekly uses it as “Lords of the Dense”. Variety magazine uses “dense” as long in the article “Devil’s in the details for dense scary story”. Also Weider's Muscle & Fitness uses as “Get Dense” as in getting bigger.

As a result, the English language is very helpful. If you are a foreigner, the language will help you in the long run. When you travel, you will notice that many European countries, along with North America, have English as a first or second language. If you know English and a country that you visit doesn’t have your language translated, I am pretty sure they have English.
























It is night time
The stars are out
He sits on a branch
Looking about

High in the tree
He looks at the ground
Watching the mice
Scurry around

He chooses his prey
And swoops down low
The mouse sees him
And starts to go

The mouse is quick
But trips on a rock
He successfully catches it
Who would have thought?

He brings it to his nest
Back high in the tree
He looks at the mouse
Ready to eat Dinner Time!


























It is winter time
although it is scary
it may rain or snow
precipitation may vary

saturnine nights are very cold
when you try to drink tea
a fortnight old

days are forshortened
nights seem long
snuyffing the fire
will definitely be wrong

there are many problems in winter
do you agree?