English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  

During the summer I stayed over my aunt’s house. She has daughter that nags me about doing the dishes. So one day I got tired of her nagging and asking me about it so I gave her a chance to do it.

Me as a prankster I thought it would be a good idea to play a joke on her. I was in the kitchen one and she was in there with me. I looked at her, and then I looked at the sink. The sink had dishes in it but, she couldn’t really see them. So, what I did was asked her if she still wanted to do the dishes. She said “ya, ya”. I said go tell your mother that I’m going to let you do them. She said “ok” and went off to her mother’s room. While she’s away I did the dishes in the sink myself. About the time she comes back I had just finished the dishes.

So, I told her that there are forks, spoons, and a plate to clean. She looks so happy when I tell her this. I left the kitchen and went into the other room. Then when I hear a screeching chair moving on the floor I come out and I stand by closely and look at her. She climbs up the chair and looks in the sink. All of a sudden a loud cry goes out. My aunt rushes from her room to the kitchen and asks my cousin what happened. My cousin starts screaming “there’s no dish left”. My aunt then yells at me for doing it.

Till this day ever since I told everyone, people in our family whenever they come over they always tease her about the dishes. This incident has taught me that doing things to people younger than you is not right. But, it is funny. Since people used to things like that to me when I was younger I feel that it’s fine to do it back.

Now my younger cousin gets teased by everyone. She always cries whenever someone brings up the story in front of the family because we all start to bust out laughing. It seems like she’s traumatized for her life. But, in the end it turns out as a funny story and a good time for me and the rest of my family.











I think that a good textbook should have stories that are funny and humorous. Also, stories should be about topics that appeal to kids in the age range of teenagers. Now, our textbook is published across the world and every kind of person reads it. If you make a story about a specific type of person, they might take offense. So, since you make fun of a person who stutters you cannot be published. We enjoy humor, but not the kind about real people.

First, to start off you won’t be included because; in your stories you try to make them funny. You do this because, you are a humorous writer. Such as, “two men sitting in the bar”…., also, “and when the second man, catching my eye, winked at me with a sort of humorous misery, I smiled sympathetically back at him”. These are parts when your story is funny.

Now, not all of the parts in your story are funny. “if he had to earn his living, he would undoubtedly have found this affliction a great handicap,……, this is not something good to say about a person who is challenged, because, it makes them feel bad to know that their not like everyone else. Also, by stating “it must be very embarrassing, I said for a man with such a painful impediment in his speech to open conversation with strangers.” Why would anyone say this about a person, if someone has a disability why would you say that it’s embarrassing for them to have a conversation with a person?

In conclusion, you will not be published in the 2005 – 2006 textbook for the reasons stated above. You’re a writer who likes to write humor but, you take it as far as to the point where you’re making fun of people who have disabilities. Also, as Laura Mooneyham says, “it must be conceded that these acts of humor are unfashioned in the twentieth century.” This is why you’re not going to be included in our textbook.