English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  Growing up in a humorous family is always good because everyone can always use a good laugh. When ever I am with my father and sisters something always funny happens. This is a story that shows how my family and I can be very funny no matter where we are or what the situation is, we just know how to have a good time.

When I was at the grocery store, about three or four years ago, something very funny occurred. My sisters and I were waiting for my dad to get all the food accounted for at the register and I felt like doing something funny. At that exact time I couldn't really think of anything to do, but there were two or three people in front of him with a good amount of food. Therefore it gave me a little bit of time to think of something that was funny and that would embarrass him a little bit, or maybe a lot.

Knowing that my family and I are very comical, I knew my dad wouldn't be too upset with me for pulling off this prank. So as I was standing next to the bench I saw my dad just carelessly looking around and I knew it was the perfect time. My dad was wearing mesh shorts which are very loose and a comfortable fit. Very cunningly I snuck over near him without him seeing me. As I became closer to him I crouched down even more and that's hard to do being six feet tall and everything.

When I was just close enough to reach him I grabbed him shorts and boom, his pants were at his ankles. I didn't just get his shorts, but if you must know his underwear too. As he tried to pick them up he struggled because he had the grocery basket in his hand. My sisters didn't know I was doing it so they found it very funny, as did the cashier and the people that were in front of him. I had a feeling my dad didn't think it was so funny, plus you could see in his bright red face that he was very, very embarrassed.

After getting drooped, he still had the person in front of him and also the cashier to deal with, after this very humorous incident. He wasn't very talkative after this little incident; it was actually very strange to stand there as the cashier rang up his food. Although it was strange she laughed at him as he was putting the food on the table. He found it funny also as he laughed with her. When we were walking out to the car with myself, my dad, and my two sisters, he wasn't mad at me, he just said I can't believe you actually did that, as he said it he was laughing, I thought he would be a little mad but he was not mad at all. On the walk to the car we joked about it, and as we were riding home we joked about it also. It was one of the funniest things I think I've ever witnessed and I know I won't be forgetting that to soon.

 Following this incident I knew that I could always joke around with my family, without getting myself in trouble. Knowing this, I always try to do something funny, but only to a certain extent. Getting my father really embarrassed and mad isn't always the best thing to do. Other than my father getting mad once in awhile, we always crack jokes or make fun of each other. It's great to have this kind of relationship with my family.

















Dear Alfred, Lord Tennyson,

In all of my years of being an editor of the collection of books put out by Prentice Hall, I have read many stories, poems, essays etc. After a long thought out process we at Prentice Hall have decided that your writing will not be used in the next year's edition of literature. There is nothing wrong with you, yourself. Nor do I have anything against you, but your writing ability did not impress us. If you are interested in knowing why we will not be using your piece of writing please read on.

In order to have a good book all of the writings must be up to tune and have somewhat of a rhythm so the reader will be interested. In order for the youth of today to enjoy these writings they must be a good length and well thought out for entertainment purposes. When a poem or story is played out and very boring usually the reader loses interest and their mind tends to wonder. To prevent the students from getting bored and losing interest in the text, your writings will not be used next year.

There are some reasons in which you will not be inducted into the next year's edition of our Literature book, representing Prentice Hall. The first reason is for being you're writing were way to long for poetry and they seemed like they would never end. In the mind of young students today they want interesting and up to date poetry which can interest them so they don't get there minds off the material. The second reason was because your poems did not seem to have a plot or a meaning to them. I would read them in the view of a young student and also in my own perceptive, and I had no idea what was going on. I do not think this material is something that students want to be learning in there English classes. An example of a poem that was to long and seemed like it would never end was, The Lady Of Shamalott, this poem was not to my likings and one of the top poems which I didn't not like.

I myself am not the only one who thinks that your work is bad. I have researched some authors and readers of your work and found out that they agree with me and believe that your writings are not good. "The work is too old, and just seems never ending."(Mike Allen). The reason that your writings do not seem to amuse me are because they're very boring to read. Some authors agree with me and say that your work is awful. Over my years of editing I have never read such awful work. A lesson to be learned is that when you are writings for a teenage literature book, it must be up to date to keep the learners occupied. I am sorry to tell you that your work will never be put into this literature book.

Sincerly, CEO Prentice Hall,

Kurt Martell





















Much of British Literature is written in two different ways whether it is true, or false. , and the topic which caught my eye was some superstitions work by Seamus Heaney. This piece of work is called, “A disappearing Island”, by Seamus Heaney. It explains superstition and dreamlike topics throughout the poem. Whether it be feeling like a dream, or feeling like it is really happening, Heaney uses his great text to get the reader excited and interested in the poem.

Heaney uses the poem in a sense that he is narrating it, using “we”, or “our”. The poem takes place on an island which they were randomly placed on. He strongly explains how the island was a vision, but it also seems like it is real. The island was explained to be “sand less”(2), and explains it being between two blue hills which surrounded him while he was on the island. Heaney uses the topic as if they were there for a short time, saying “gathering driftwood”(4), showing that they just had came onto the island.

This poem is very visual, and one must be able to vision this poem as one may read it to get the true topic and meaning of it. “The island broke beneath us like a wave”(6), shows that you must be able to vision it so one can really understand where heaney is coming from. The people in the poem were on a piece of land which supposedly had a firm stance, therefore they stayed on it. Later in the poem it says how it was all just a vison, but Heaney did a very good job explaining the poem as being real.

British Literature is characterized in many different ways. This type of writing reveals that it can be written to many extent’s. Whether it be a piece like Macbeth, or Frankenstein, this shows that one can go outside the lines, if I may say, of social constructs. Many readers of work written by British writers have a varied audience meaning that in order to get the attention of someone they must change up the way that they write. The way that you can do this is writing a piece like “A Disappearing Island”, to catch the eye of a reader who would not normally be concerned with a Heaney piece. The way that the writers get the attention of various reader types is change the topics in which they write about.

Although some of Heaney’s work is cherished and loved, some of it is also criticized in the way which he would not like to hear it. He is a magnificent writer but some critics think otherwise of his work. His subjects of writing vary a lot and are looked at by many different readers. This critic does not agree with my thoughts and some of other critics. Mike Allen one of many critics says, “Although he is a very talented man, this piece of work completely changes my perspective on his work”. This is an example of a critic who does not enjoy reading all of Heaney’s work .





























From the beginning of life existence on the world there has always been some kind or way to communicate. With that being said, how do we know how they did it. Whether it was a jester with hands, or some sort of screaming, people did in fact communicate. There are simple words like “meadow”, which has many different meanings according to different people, or different times. There are over 800,000 words in the English language and the question being asked today is, “Is the English language making better of or worsening the world?”.Well in my eyes I believe that it is making better of the world. I can see why it may be seen as a “dominator’, or something of that nature but, just because you go to another country and see more English written directions, than other languages doesn’t mean it is bad. English is just one of the more popular languages.

The word “meadow”, has different meanings which are shown in different dictionaries. Now I will be explaining the usages of this word from three different dictionaries which are used all over the world. The first dictionary which I used was, The American Heritage Dictionary, which defined meadow as being, a tract of grassland, either in its natural state or used as pasture or for growing hay. This definition is the one that I think is most used for a meadow to this day. The second dictionary which I used was, WordNet 2.0 which is made up by Princeton University defined meadow as being a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay. This next dictionary dates back to 1897 and it is called Easton’s Bible Dictionary, and it defines meadow as an Egyptian word transferred into Hebrew meaning, some kind of reed or water-plant.

The O.E.D., also known as the Oxford English Dictionary defines “meadow’, as being many different things. Its first simple used definition was defined as, a piece of land permanently covered with grass to be mown for use of hay. Its first usage in writing dates back to as far as the Old English Charter: Bishop Oswald to Wulfgar which started in the beginning of the 700's. Its used in a sentence which goes as follows, “acras on west half paere starete and an “medwa”, beneoan paem hlipe.”Used in many other writing in this way to be defined but it also means something which many people would not think that meadow actually meant. An area of sea ice in which seals haul out in large number. This is rarely used but it still to this day is the definition of meadow. This usage of meadow came about in 1694, in Acct. Several Late Voyage(1711) “ice-fields that area meadows for the seales.

Although a very well known word the word meadow is not always used in the normal teenage conversation, nor the average adult conversation. Meadow is used to described a large grass area with some water, not to many people carry on the word meadow in there conversations with each other. I asked my friend Michael Allen what came to his mind when he thought of meadow and I got the response, “some grass with water crap”. I then asked 3 more people what they thought I got the same response as being “an area with a bed of flowers lots of grass and some water.” Knowing I would get a well defined answer I asked my Mother and Father what they thought of Meadow and I got the usual response of, “grass area, with water and flowers.” I then asked a group of my friends which were in a group of four what they thought a meadow was, Billy Moccia said, “ grass”, Brendan Kelly said, “grass land with some water”, Chris Corey said, “grass and stuff”, and finally Tim Golden who said, “That thing with the thing of grass.”Mr. McGonegal used it saying, “a large grass area, with tall grass, where I wouldn’t want to go through because I may get tics. With that being said the word meadow has many different meanings according to different people, it all depends on how you look at the word.40% of the people i asked used it in a different way than it is defined, the other 60 % used it normally.

Many writers have used the word meadow in some way in there writings over the past hundreds of years. The author William Shakespeare in used it as, “Looking down all downewards to behold our cheekes, how they stained like meadowes yet not drie.”This is a usage by a very well-known author who has been writing for a while . He uses meadow as being almost what is has been defined as, as a wet grass land. Another author who uses meadow is, J. Baxter who used it in 1830, “the proper grassland that continue to produce the richest and most permanent pastures and meadows”. Another writer who goes by the name J. Robertson, writes in agriculture. , and he says, “It is perhaps more proper to name all land, from which hay is taken from the meadow. Finally, one fore writer uses it to say, “to look down at the bottom of the hil, there in that meadow”.

Meadow tends to have some of the same and some other meanings according to the different lifestyles in which every person in this world lives. I asked my friends father, who is a Spanish man, what he thought of meadow, and to use it in a sentence. He said, “It is where we used to play, our soccer and some other sports”. This is obviously a grass area, but im sure that there was no water involved. Another women i asked worked at Dunkin’ Doughnuts, and she had a Brazilian background and when I asked her what she thought of the word meadow she simply said, “ I don’t know”. I get the sense that maybe she had no idea what i was talking about, or she just had never heard the word before. On the campus of Oakland University, the have a theater which is called the Meadow Brook Theater. This is home to many plays, and other means of entertainment. A word this old, which does not have much meaning to it carry’s a lot of depth behind it. A soap company decided to call here company, Rainbow Meadow. This goes to show that a simple word like meadow can be used in a numerous amount of ways. In a recent headline of a cooking magazine it read, “Long Meadows of Beauty”, which can be looked at exactly as it is defined.

In today’s world the English language is the most dominate Language spoken all over the world. A simple word like meadow in some way has been said by another speaker who does not speak English. As old as this word is, it does not mean that it is not used today. It is used in many different ways, from naming theaters, to stadiums, to headlines, and even soaps. To answer the question is the English language hurting the world?, in some ways of course because it is taking away from all of the hundreds of language which are spoken throughout the world. Also when asked is my word hurting or making the world better. Well i don’t have any answer to that because it is doing neither. A word like meadow is a word which is used rarely, and loosely. It maybe said randomly when talking about a specific topic, not used in a normal conversation in this day and age.