English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  A funny story that I have about my family is last year my an my were outside in the snow and my grandma, aunt, mom, and little cousin were coming home from the food store when we got the idea to hide in the bushes and ambush them.

This story begins last year in the winter time in New York at my aunt’s house. What happened was that everyone went food shopping but me and my 14 yr. old cousin. We were board in the house so we got the idea to ambush everyone when they got home. We made about 50 snowballs in advanced so we didn’t have to keep on making them when they come. The houses in my aunt’s neighborhood are really close together so we were in the neighbor’s yard. They pull up in the car and we get ready.

We came up with the game plan to hit everyone but my grandma, because she is old. They get out of the car on to the slippery sidewalk and we attack. We get everyone a couple of times but I zone in on my 7 yr. old cousin, who is carrying a couple of heavy bags, and I absolutely unleash a snowball at him with all my strength. The snowball hit him in the head, the groceries go all over the place, and he falls on his arm and it breaks.

What I learned from this experience is that you should not throw snowballs at people carrying bags or walking on ice and that you should think about your actions. What this says about my family is that we don’t really think things trough.

















Dear Mr. Yeats,

 When you put together a text book you try to pick the best literature that you can find. That is my job as editor of this book. When I was creating the outline for the sophomore literature books, I did not find your name in it at all. The hardest part of my job is to deny someone the change to be put into a book to showcase their skills.

 What I look for in an author is a short story that cuts right to the chase. To be frank Mr. Yeats, kids today do not want a book that has long pointless jibber jabber, which is why I am also going to write a note to Charles Dickens, they want a light, picture filled book.

Now do not take this as some sort of personal attack but, other people, Ruth Bauerle, says “Yeats's emotional and financial difficulties (which were many)”. If us at the book company find out in any way that you are emotionally unstable.

Despite have a good reputation and having a little something written about you by W.H. Auden (In memory of W.B. Yeats). Mr. Yeats, I am deeply sorry for the cuts, but if I did not then who would.


Tyler Miller

























British literature has many works that have the base of superstition. For example, the Scottish play Macbeth deals a lot with superstition. The rumor is that by saying the full lines and acting out the play in its entirety is bound to bring you bad luck. An uncommon work that makes us believe these superstitions is “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs.

This story gets us to believe that there is such a thing as magic monkey paws and that they will grant you wishes, but the more important lesson in this story is that every action has an equal or greater reaction, sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse.

This story had showed me a side about the people of Britain that I had never seen before. It shows that the people in the story are very gullible and trustworthy towards people they never met. It also shows me that they do not use there brain when making decisions, or thinking about results.

This story has not been taken seriously for several reasons. One reason is because it was used as a skit in a television show “The Simpson’s: Tree house of Horror”. Another reason is because the base of the story is somewhat lame. A stranger comes into these peoples lives and introduces a “magic monkey paw” and they fall for it.

In conclusion I do not think this is a good work of literature. I am not the only one who thinks this, I have found someone whom shares the same view on this work: “this work can not be taken serious in England because it makes our people look foolish” – James Wellington.
























The English language is a very complex one. Some people say it is one of the most difficult and confusing languages to learn in the world. Lets look at the history of English through a word like “weak”. This might be a word you would use to describe the language. This word I not making English any better, lets see how it contributes to the downfall of the English language.

The word “weak” was first written and recorded as “weyke”. Over the hundreds of years this word has been floating around the English language it has had many different definitions. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines weak as “lacking strength”. The American Heritage dictionary defines weak as “Lacking physical strength, energy, or vigor; feeble.”. Both of these definitions are very similar, as they would be when you just think of the word in your head.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word weak as “Of a material thing;”. That definition of the word is no longer used in the English language. At around 1366 the word weak was 1st recorded on paper. One of the greatest English writers, Geoffery Chaucer, was the 1st to use it. “..Upon a perche weyke and smalle..” that was the 1st time the word weak was used in English.

The use of this word in literature is to describe somebody’s physical strengths or faults. The word is also used to describe something that is bad. In the movie Hardball the main character “G-baby” says, “that’s some weak ass bullshit..”, I asked a neighbor of mine what the word “weak means to him, being that his was born in the Dominican Republic there might be a different response than that of a person who was raised speaking English. He said, “debil, that’s what weak is in Spanish”.

We know now what this word is doing to our language. The word, is, was, and always will be a negative word in the English language. The words definitions are negative, when you hear it spoken by people it is referring to something negative also.

Mr. mcgonagle, sorry about this being late, but I was somewhat pressed for time being that I was out of school for about 2 weeks due to financial difficulties, so please be kind when grading.