English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  

The Hechavarria family has many funny stories that have accumulated over the years, but there is one story that sticks out the most. The story of the air horn tells a lot about me, and how my family raised me.

As my parents plan out our first trip, I begin to wonder what upstate New York will be like. I already know the family that we are visiting, so I have a good idea of how they will be acting. Before we got up to their house in the Adirondacks, my father generously gave the family a sailboat for their lake. As we enter the household at the front door, a short, fat, bald man with a short temper and narcoleptic qualities greets us. His name is Mark, and he is the father of the Granger family, the family that we are staying with. As my family and I travel to the backyard, we notice that the sailboat is halfway to the bottom of the lake.

We immediately tell Mark while myself, my brother, and my father take out the water that has entered the hull. As I look inside the boat I come across an air horn, which tickles me with curiosity. I step out onto the dock and stand next to mark. Keep in mind this is a very stressful situation, and mark is always on the edge of losing his temper. As mark continues to take charge of the sinking boat, I press the air horn button and a startling loud, “HONNNNNNNNNNNN!” blew from the small canister. Next thing I no a large splash hits the water as Mark falls in. He was so startled at the noise that he had jumped in the water by accident.

This story is funny because it shows you how my family raised me. The more curious you are, the more likely you are to make a lasting impressing. This teaches me that no matter how stressful the situation is, there is always a way to brighten up the day.






















Dear Elizabeth Barret Browning,

I have Received your literature that you wanted to be placed in the 2005 Prentice Hall text book, but I regret to inform you that your writings did not meet up to my standards, and will not be appearing in the compendium of text. Because your work is very respectable the decision was made more difficult for me, and brought competition to a new level.

I believe that a good and well-compiled textbook should provide a numerous amount of textural examples that show the time period, and place that the writer is in. For example in your poem Sonnet 43 it states, “I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need…”(858). Students need to learn more about the history of literature rather then simple poems that do not express culture. I find that your work dose not express enough cultural background of the time period you wrote in.

In conclusion to your rejection, we also find that your literature is quite boring for the average student 15 to 16 years of age. However, we also find your work very professional and creative although you did not make the cut. When I read your poems I find myself blanking out, and dosing off because it dose not hold the suspense the students are looking for. For example, also in Sonnet 43 it states, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”(858). This line in your poem makes the reader feel like you are going to bore them to death with a long list. We hope that this letter has made you understand why we did not choose you. Have a nice life.

Sincerely, Michael Hechavarria



























Over past history superstition has greatly reflected on British literature. Some authors that have produced major works that deal with superstition are: Alfred Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Chalot, and William Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Often authors like to use the idea of curses in their writing to express certain traits in characters. In this essay I will explain how superstitious works get us to believe in superstition, what it reveals about British society, and why it was not been taken lightly. One work that I will be analyzing is Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant.

In this particular work Oscar Wilde gets us to believe in a giant that lives in a small town in England. The author makes the work sound believable by having the giant and the main focus point of the story, and everything else surrounding him is normal human society. Wilde clashes the giant into an everyday life perspective. For example there is one part in the story where the giant interacts with his neighbor over a garden dispute. The giant says to his neighbor, “My own Garden is my own garden.” This interaction that the giant made gets us to believe that there really are giants out there in the world.

This story was written in the 19th century A.D. At that time in England these stories were getting more and more popular, which means more and more people will actually believe in superstitious things such as giants. This revealed that British people were very gullible at the time. Although the writer is composing a fictional piece of literature, the people that read it take it literally.

This work has not been taken seriously enough because Oscar Wilde did not make the short story something everybody could relate too. The small town setting is not something a person that lives in a dense city would find interesting because of the lack of relation between the two. This is one reason why this is not one of his more famous works.

In conclusion The Selfish Giant is something that we can choose to believe in, or not. Supernatural occurrences have happened to people, which inspire writers to expand on certain areas, such as giants. British writers seemed to be more interested in the subject of superstition than a lot of other places.

































The English language over centuries has clearly become the most dominant throughout the entire world. From the beginning of Middle English during kingships spread all over Europe, to today’s modern time, the spoken word has been chopped, stewed, and chewed making the words much easier to say. Although some may argue that’s today’s modern English is ruining society, and the growth of America, I have to disagree one hundred percent. If the United States civilization had never created slang or abbreviated words such as “jiggy”, our entire culture would remain stagnant. If this were to happen the U.S would end up years behind other countries around the globe.

The word “jiggy” has three broad definitions. It can be used as a noun, adjective, or verb. As a noun its means money, or wealth; this slang word can be used in sentences today on the streets expressing the amount of one’s money, for example, “I just robbed a store and got lots of that jiggy from the cashier”. As an adjective jiggy is used to show excitement and describe the way somebody gets involved in anything, for example, “That girl was on the dance floor getting jiggy with the music”. Although it is used as a slang word, it helps people to related more to a statement, than something that would confuse them.