English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  My family is very different from any others because we come from a different background and each person in our family has a unique perspective on life. Most of our family stories lead up to my dad and me because we do things that normal people would not do. This story is about me and how I went to Russia for the summer. I got lost in the city of Moscow because I didn’t listen to my dads directions. I learned a lot from this story because it taught me that I should pay attention more often and when somebody tells me something I have to concentrate on what that person wants me to do. I definitely need to work on my listening skills and don’t forget things.

My dad and me were coming back from my hockey practice one day when he told me to meet him at this location to meet a hockey player. He drew me a map and told me where to go and I nodded my head acting like I listened and he left me at our apartment. Time past, I ate, slept, and got ready to meet my dad at the location. I stormed out of the apartment, realizing that I was running late. I stopped in my tracks and totally forgot the map my father drew for me. I attempted to remember the map my dad drew but I had a vague memory of it in my head. I started to walk the wrong way and when I asked the people where the hockey rink was they directed me farther and farther away from it. As I was walking, I remembered that my dad said it was 20 minutes away but it felt like I was walking one hour already. I was walking through neighborhoods that were surrounded by drunken kids that were violent which didn’t sound like a good place to be in. In the distance I saw a rink and I ran to its location hoping to get rescued but it was deserted, no cars in the parking lot or anything. I got very worried at this point.

I started to head back to my apartment when the weather started to rain bullets on me. I had been two hours late coming to the deserted rink. I was walking very fast, back to my apartment. The daylight started to fall and the night rose. When I got into my neighborhood, I was so soaked, I looked like I took a dip in the pool. In the distance, I hear a person yell “Phil, is that you,” I signed “Ya!” in a deep relief. It was my dad with his angry eyes staring me down. He couldn’t believe where I had gone for 4 hours. He explained to me that the rink was just around the corner. When he cooled down he wasn’t surprised that Philip Maistrenko could do such a thing.

This story taught me to pay attention more or it will cost you in whatever you do. This was a funny story to us because I am the kind of person who can do that because I am daydreaming most of the time when he talks to me and when he tells me to do something I always find a way to mess it up. I don’t want to be that type of person but I am working on that everyday and we reflect on that story to remind me to concentrate and listen to not forget anything.













































A famous saying once said, don’t judge a book by its cover and it’s true for the words in the English language, which have been full of words that have had a background going back to the 800BC. Words that have had a long history and that have originated in different languages are important to the English language. “Agate” is a good example of a word that has had a long history and that has been used in a lot of works throughout its life. To prove that rich history in three dictionaries had different definitions.

Looking in three different dictionaries, “agate” had different definitions, which meant the word has a background. The Princeton online dictionary told us that it mean a precious stone which took us back to medieval times of Macbeth and Beowulf where the hero’s would have to pull the sword from the stone to be king. The oxford English dictionary gave us something to think about when it said that agate meant a diminutive person or a small person. I started to flip through the New Webster dictionary and I was very surprised by this definition, which put agate as sometimes confused with. The word agate goes back to the 1227 where this Greek word has been changed drastically in history.

Intelligent folks at cocktail parties would speak about the definitions in the dictionaries but I wanted to hear what agate meant to the random people I bumped into on the street. To them, it didn’t seem like the word was helping the English language. Marina Maistrenko said that agate meant a gate or a fence that guards something and many other people said the same thing. Brian Marshall-Riley surprised me with a guess that it was to anger somebody. The word on the street about agate didn’t help me very much because everyone thinks that agate is a fence. We should tell dictionaries not to use the gate anymore to glorify “agate”.

Greek literature reflected the evolution of European modernization in such various forms as French symbolism or British experiments in storyline technique. Many works by people like Nikos Kazantzakis have represented the word “agate” very well in their writings for example in his story 'Journeying where “agate” was referred to as a stone in this sentence, “The agate caught Kostes eye.” Agate was originally a Greek word for love but it was spelled agape. Thomas Hilton used this word in a love statement, “Misinterpretation of the agape love behavior.” Looking back at the history this word is an example why English has so many words that come from different languages and it definitely enriches our language and our grasp on history.

Agate is used to researchers that study rocks because there is a rock called Berber Agate from the Atlas Mountain area of Morocco that is one of the most rarest rocks in the world. The word agate is not only used as a type of rock, but it is used to describe strips, “No gemstone is more creatively agate,” in an article called agate: stripe up the bands. It showed interesting ways to say agate will be presented in the future and this world will probably change in the future.

This word had a history that went back to the 1200’s and went on to change many times to form a very respected word in British literature. This word definitely helped the English language by giving it a history and by making our language better with a rich background. Words can mean one thing on one day and other the next and I was surprised how much agate has grown.