English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
Throughout the years, my family has gone on vacation a lot all around America. When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my family and I went on a camping trip in New Hampshire. Our family goes here once every year to relax and have a good time. My family loves to joke around with each other and laugh together.

This year brought us closer together, especially because we had a lot to laugh about. We arrived at the campground late in the afternoon. We were all very tired and ready to relax right as when we pulled in. My uncle, who is the black sheep of the family, feels as though he doesn’t need to do any work, and he starts vacationing on the toilet. He parked his camper in any old spot, which he will regret it later on. As time went on the rest of my family was sitting down eating lunch. It wasn’t until 5 minutes later, that we hear a creaking noise from my uncle’s camper. We watched in laughter as the oversized camper slowly rolled down the hill with my uncle still on the pot. In the background you could hear him frantically screaming to my father, “Russy! Russy! Help!” He felt that he was on a never-ending ride and, his reaction made it seem that way when, the camper had rolled only half a foot.

This unforgettable moment with my uncle is one everyone will remember in perfect detail. My uncle was his usual self when he forgot to put the stabilizers on his camper. This just shows how our family is the kind of people that are fun to be with. I also learned that my family has never changed. This event happened 9 years ago and, you could still say we are the same family we were then.


















Dear James Joyce,

Writing this letter to you was very difficult for me to do. I am writing this letter to let you know that you will not be in next year’s textbook addition. There were a few subjects that brought to my decision. I only have room for thirty authors to be included in next year’s textbook. That is thirty out of five hundred authors fighting for the same position. You have a very unique way of writing and I encourage you to keep on writing.

The story Araby is the main literature that I focus on here. I did not agree with the main idea of the story. I did not agree because children do not know what they want in life and sometimes do absurd actions. Children have not gone through life long enough to realize love. Knowing that, this could lose your readers attention, as it did to mine.

Another major point that I thought should be focused on was is when you talk about death and rainy weather. This is supposed to be a love story with happiness. You should disregard death so the story becomes more up beat and happy.

Other authors have also agreed with my thoughts on some of your novels. Authors Daniel Ferrer and Michael Groden say, “ Genetic critics are not new in the study of James Joyce”, about The Romanice Review.

You are a great writer indeed. We hope you will keep writing and submit to us a new or revised writing for the years to come. Thank you, Mike Rawding























Superstition is a major part of British literature. It sets the mood of the story and also brings the story to a whole new level. Many famous authors from all over the world have used superstition in their works simply because it is easy for them to think beyond what is real. Samuel Coleridge has been a writer for his whole life. He is an author with a variety of themes, who also uses the theme of superstition in his work "Ode on Astronomy".

In his poem Coleridge shows how people of his time, which was around 1793, would believe in many gods at one time when he states,"I boast, O godess, to thy name". These reasons of worshiping more than one god could result in why people do not take it so seriously today.

To most people in the 1700-1800's religion was a way of life. Coleridge tells us how they worshiped their gods in this poem, for example he states,"Chariots of happy gods! fountains of light! Ye angel-temples bright!" This way of expressing supertitions shows us how the belief of angels and more than one god was apart of their way of life.

Another example of superstition is in the image of another world outside the one we live in. "Beyond where Mars his fiercer light can fling, and Jupiter's vast plains", is a prime example of how Coleridge uses the outside world to express his style of superstition. Samuel being able to show us his view of superstition lets us know just how important superstition is to him in his works.

"Coleride's sense of importance to philosophical reflection of intuition, emotion, and generally of the non-rational or feeling is continually evident in his writing", says author David Vallins. David's criticism says how Coleridge's statements are not all generally true. Tho Coleridge has his criticism against him, he still manages to be one of the greatest poets of British history.

























The English language has been one of the most changing and most unique language and yet it is the most world wide spoken language today. With its wide diversity and strange complicated rules, it has somehow brought the attention of millions of speakers world wide that have taken the time to learn the language. One of the most unique words of the english language is the word "cloud", which had helped the world to become more understanding and betterly communicated. "Cloud" and its unusual style has brought its own individual design to the English Language as well.

The American Heritage Dictionary has defined "cloud" as, "a visible body of very fine water droplets or ice particles suspended in the atmosphere at altitudes ranging up to several miles above sea level." The Random House Dictionary has defined "cloud" as being, "a visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air." The Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary simply defines "cloud" as, "a covering." As you can tell from the definitions of "cloud", the word can be defined as detailed as a few sentences to as short as a few words, but all with one common meaning. Each source is also defining the word in a very clear and understandable way.

The Oxford English Dictionary is a usefull source that helps find where a word came from in its language. The OED entitles the word "cloud", as "a visible mass of condensed watery vapour floating in the air at some considerable height above the general surface of the ground." Also "cloud" used to have different meanings years ago that are not used anymore today such as "a mass of rock, a hill" or " A consolidated mass of the earthor clay." As you can tell now the english language is a growing language from the past definitions of "cloud" all the way up to the modern day meaning.

Though "cloud" may seem like it is your everyday word, you would think that most people would know what it means, but that is not the case at all. In fact 20% of people asked had no response to define "cloud." On the other hand Pat Carr, James Donavan, and Jonn Ramaci all summerized "cloud" as being "a puffy thing in the sky." Another 30% of people has hesitated before stating their meaning of the word, but all concluded that it meant, "a umm... white floaty thing in the air." This not being a clear definition of the word, but it is still an accurate response by people with no idea of the meaning. Finally Michael Hechavaria and Corey Dizzaglio both stated, " I think of animals, puffy bunnies and cotton candy that sweetens the sky." For the most part a majority of people did know the meaning of "cloud" and perhaps if more words were like "cloud" in the world, then the world would be less complicated and easier to communicate in.

One of the best ways to show how a word has changed over time is to show when it has been used from the earliest records to the most recent. In c893 this first use of the word cloud was used in Alfred Oros. VI.ii, where is states, "Cludas feollon of muntum." A more recent usage of "cloud" was in Cursor M. around the 1300's. In this text is say, " A uoice pan thoru a clod said." Also one of the closest records of "cloud" being used during our time was in 1846 in Ruskin Mod. Paint, where it states, "Clouds..are not so much local vapour, as vapour rendered locally visible by a fall of temperature. The meaning of cloud has changed very little if any over hundreds of years. With this in mind is it safe to say that "cloud" had helped the world by not confusing the average people by having a new meaning every ten years.

After hundreds of years of holding on to its meaning, "cloud" is one of few words that have changed very little. Some words in the english language have changed so much and changed to completely different meanings over night. Luckly for words suchs as "cloud" people will not have to worry about learning new meanings. If more languages had words such as "cloud" then there might be less confusion in the world and it could result in a better world.






















































Crossing The Pole-

Sun light and morning chimes,
and a soft call for motion.
And let there be no show for crimes.
Then throw it to the Ocean.
As you stretch across the road.
too confused for the sign.
Just to find yourself at home,
Forever you will be mine.