English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  

Every summer my family and I go to Martha’s Vineyard to stay at our house for a few weeks. While we are getting ready to go down there it is always a hectic morning. We get up at about 6 am and pack. We never want to forget anything so we try to pack things a quick as possible so we dont miss the boat. But this year, my father and I forgot something

My family and I, were on our way to Martha’s Vineyard and we were planning on riding bikes when we got there. So my father and I put the bikes on the rack and put them on the back of the car, then took off. But the thing we forgot was to tie them down right. So, we were riding along the highway and we go over a bump. We hear a huge bang and then a bounce. Well, yes, the bikes did fall off, but luckily there was no one behind us. So our bikes were saved. A little damaged, but they were okay. Both my tires popped and my sister's front wheel did too. So, we got them fixed and we went to the hotel to check in. And that same exact night, we stopped at a hotel. We were all sleeping and then a sudden "bang!" erupted through the room. It woke all of us up. It turned out that my parent's bed springs broke and they slept on the floor the rest of the night. It was a pretty interesting trip. We all had bonding time and we all had so much fun and a lot of laughs.

The reason why I thought it was so funny was because before my father and I "tied" the bikes down, my mom said "make sure those are down right" and my dad and I were like "yeah, yeah, yeah." And then for the bed incident it was funny because we changed rooms before because it didn't have a TV and if we stayed there, in that room, the bed wouldn’t have broken and my parents would have slept comfortably. It shows that me and my dad were kind of cocky, thinking that we tied the bikes down right and we didn't have to be reminded.

The lesson I learned from this story was that I am not always right and I need to double check things. This has also taught me to listen to my mom when she tells me to do somthing. This experience made me realize how sometimes cocky me and my dad were when we were doing jobs or putting something together. We should have double checked it before we took off. And from now on I wont be so stubborn. It has been a beneficial experience for me.















Dear Alfred Lord Tennyson,

I am sorry to say that you will not be included in our English 10 textbook next year. I cannot imagine how hard this is for you, but sitting in my position isn’t easy either. In this case, this was a hard decision, I have reviewed your work at a 16 year olds point of you and you are simply to advanced for 10th graders. You are a great author but you have unconstructiveness. I have noticed that you lack a variety of styles and works. Your stories and the way you use the vocabulary is very careless and very boring. We here at Pretence Hall think that a good textbook should include a variety of styles and works from many different authors. We also look for Every authors that are different from the other and never have the same vision on a poem. However you cannot be a part of this because you are boring, careless and hard to comprehend. The category your in such as poetry and you are the worst in your group.

You are the hardest author to understand and hardest to follow. When I’m reading your works I feel like I’m reading a jigsaw puzzle with all the loose ends the reader has to tie himself. In the Lady of Shallot, line 12, it states: “Through the waves that run forever”. That is very hard context for 10th graders, and they don’t want to read books they don’t understand. Your works are also very boring and mind numbing. You need to be more interesting, for future references. Your run on sentences, vocabulary and line structure all need to improve. Especially the vocabulary. So many words in your works leave the reader clueless and stranded, and I couldn’t picture myself reading your poems for more than 5 minutes. Examples of your useless vocabulary are: wold, flittein, airy, nigh, copse, galingale and mymh.

You will not be included in the Prentence Hall Literature Book because you do not meet our standards. To be included in our textbook you should refer to works such as: Home thoughts from Abroad, Prospice and Sonnet 43. Your placement, literally, in this textbook is a negative for you. You are far from the greatest Victorian poet ever so I think it is wrong that you lead off in this section. You come right before Robert Browning, and after reading yours then his, yours looks ghastly and horrible to read. Reading should be fun and interesting, two things that your not. Don’t just take It from me though. Robert Hass said ,in the book:Autumn 98, Volume 38, Issue 4,on page 669, that you were the “stupidest of all Engish poets”.

Sincerely, John Cassidy Prentice Hall Literature Company





















There are many superstitions, and people have many strange superstitions. Some stories consist of witches,witchcraft, fairys, and other illusional characters. But in “The Ghosts of the New World” the unusual theme are ghosts. During this story the author talks about ghosts in Salem and at battle sites such as Bunker Hill and Valley Forge. This story reveals the supernatural life of ghosts to human existence.

The message in this story is that there are ghosts everywhere there has been a murder or a death, which is pretty much every place. There are ghosts all around us. This also reveals that the British lifestyle was very concerned with ghosts. They were always concerned and always questioning whether a ghost was in their presence. It says “ there are no ghosts you say? To haven't and blaze of night, no shadows in the day, no phantoms at night”. Knowing that there were ghosts around you and not being able to see them, was and is scary.

I don't think that this work was taken serious enough. You have to believe and take this subject more serious because it very possible there could be ghosts present and that they could exist. There have been “sightings” of ghosts around the places that murders and bad things have happened>.Examples of these places are Salem, Bunker Hill and Valley Forge.

In this story ghosts are exposed and it is believed that they are everywhere and they do in fact exist. The author of this story doesn’t pass up too many opportunities to include that ghosts have existed and he will go out of his way to show that, even as far as to go off subject during the story by saying “ghosts are everywhere” almost every stanza. He is a “supernatural junkie” and “he strives on opportunity to expose fiction” says Noyes critic Malcolm Pinett.




































Languages in the world today effect all kinds of aspects of life. The English language has the most words, and is the most advanced language existing. English is single-handedly taking over the world. It is becoming a primary language in a lot new places and most everyone in the world should know it because it is spoken commonly now. The word “safe” has many different meanings. Many words have helped the world become better, and I believe that “safe” is one of them. It has made the world a safer place.

“Safe” comes from the Middle English sauf, from Old French and from Latin salvus, healthy. The roots of this word in Indo-European. “Safe” is an all around comforting word. It can be used as a noun or an adjective. In the Merriam-Websters Dictionary it uses “safe” as both. In the noun version it says:”secure from threat or danger, harm or loss.”As an adjective it means: “Successful at getting to a base in baseball without being put out”. The American Heritage uses it as a noun meaning:“a metal container usually having a lock, used for storing valuables”. “Safe”is used again in this dictionary also meaning:”a repository for protecting stored items, especially a cooled compartment for perishable foods”. The Cambridge International Dictionary uses it as an adjective. It reads:”meaning to describe things which do not involve any risk”.These three dictionaries all use the word safe differently, and it is expanding the broad view of our meaning on this fascinating word.

In the Oxford English Dictionary it explains the uses of safe as both nouns adjectives, just like the other three dictionary sources. It is mainly used as a noun and is defined twice by:“a receptacle for the storage of articles, valuables, etc.” Secondly it is: “usually made out of iron or steel, with one or more doors secured with locks”. They use it twice as an adjective also, by saying: “free from hurt or damage: unharmed”. And used again as: “the state of being safe, to reach or arrive. This dictionary can date back to the very first word, or the very first time you used a word and tell you where it was used and in what year! It has so much information and so many sources that has expanded the English language because these days everyone is to lazy so everyone just types in a word and know the origin. This dictionary is perfect for our day and age.

When you think of the word “safe”, you actually think of the adjective form before you think of the noun form. It is a proven fact. You want examples? Well out of the ten people I asked seven of them thought adjective and three thought noun. When I asked Mary Cassidy she said “Umm...secure, safe and sound”. Jake Endres said “miles away from chaos”. Justin Marmite said “ something not likely to cause harm or injury”. Joe Pessa said “to reach your destination: home”. Matt Carle said “ an object that overrides danger”, and lastly Conor Foley said “arrive somewhere without harm. Those seven thought, when I said “define safe” their mind triggered adjective. Matt White used it as a noun saying “a place to store stuff, things that I don’t want to get stolen”. Shannon Keaveny said “an unbreakable box”, and Brendan Chapin said “what an umpire says when you reach a base, like in baseball”. I also asked Mr. McGonegal and he added to my research saying “safehouse, bar in Milwaukee Wisconsin,we’re safe now, busting open a safe”.

Some of the greatest authors ever have given “safe” a good name. The first person who ever used the word safe as a noun was George Promp in 1440. He said “ Almery of mete kepynge, or a sauf for mete”. Ruben Glovic, in 1297, was the first to use it as an adjective saying, “If hire vet be anne sauf wi oute wemm inge”. Some of the more familiar authors were Chaucer in 1374, who used it in “Troylus” by “But elles wol I founde, myn honour sauf, please him day to day”. The first time Shakespear used it was in 1590, in saying “Answer me, in what safe place you have bestowed my name”. Then one of the greatest poets ever, Chalres Dickens, used it in 1870, saying “The part of the world is at a safe distance”. All these forms are used as adjectives. In about 1951, P.J Wodehouse used safe in “Old Republic” by “ are you a safeblower, magically gifted with the art of buttling, or a butler who has picked up the knack of blowing safes”. “Safe” originated from “sain et sauf”, “sanus et salvus” and the most recently “save”. This word has many prefixes and suffixes such as safely, safety, safeness and save. It can also be found in the most common sayings, such as: safe and sound, steady and safe, better safe than sorry, etc. Some times safe becomes a complex word that will one day turn into a compound word like: safe-area, safe-deposit, safe-edge, safe-house, safe-lamp, safe-hand. These words will some day get taken over by the English language and become one word. Very important people use this special word to express the way they feel about a certain subject. George Bush said “The only this I am guilty of is trying to make Texas a safer state”, in his Gun Control Speech. Bud Selig said in his most recent speech on steroids that “I’m just trying to make this sport safer”. And Colen Powell said that “we will do whatever we can to keep our troops safe”.

In many different languages safe has a totally different spelling and sound but same meaning. In Spanish you say “seguro”, in French you use su’r, and in Italian you say cassafarre. Many people have used safe unlike any definitions I have studied throughout my research. In “ESPN The Magazine”, Tony Larussa used it by saying “We could have been the world series champions, and safe-away from the lottery draft”. Then in “Legs, Joints and Muscles”, Blickhan Heinhard said “Furthermore, general leg design strategies for animals and robots are discussed with safe leg operation”. These two men have taken the word safe and advanced the meaning by using a form of the word safe that has not been used or recorded.

I think the word safe helps our understanding of things instead of hurting. It is a generally positive word. If there was no such thing as the word “safe” then people would have nothing to describe when they feel unharmed or comfortable. People use this word a lot, so I think that it has a positive effect on our world. It has made the world a safer place.




































To Beowulf

Where will you fall into rank this yearfor works of literature? How did u defeat Grendel? What tactics did you use to beat him? How did u finally finish him off? What are some hidden messages in Beouwulf? What main themes are there in this story? What other characters will be introduced to me? Are they anything like you? Did you feel like an outkast? How did the people in the village make you feel? Did you ever make a deal with anyone? Who was your "best friend"?