English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  There is not a single member in my family that I dont love with everything I have. If you asked me, I would just tell you that my family was full of "crazies" but in a good way. If I had to pick a favorite out of all my family members I would have to choose no other than my Uncle Vinny Pizzi. He is probablly the single handed funniest person ive ever met. He has shared many stories with me about his childhood that made me laugh so hard that ive cried, and together we have experienced many laughs through the years. The story that I have picked to tell you is set back when my Uncle Vinny was just a fifteen year old boy living with his mother, father, and only sister. When you picture my uncles family, you have to picture two completely italian parents with the italian accent that some people would have to strain to understand. My uncles sister however, has an american accent and was brought up along his side and through her life has learned alot from my Uncle Vinny.

From the time my uncle was very young to these current days, he has always been known for pulling hillarious pranks and doing crazy things to not only friends and family but, (even if necessary) strangers. He has also had a habit of taking typical household appliences and anything he felt necessary apart. He once saw that his sister had recieved a brand new and felt the need to take it apart with a wrench. As he proceeded to take the bike apart piece by piece, his sister actually sat in front of him and watched the way he took the bike apart in complete amazement. I have been told that she looked so amazed that she must have forgotten that it was actually her brand new bike. When he had completely dismantled the bike, he looked up at his sister, dropped the wrench in the sewer, and laughed. As crazy as that story is, it takes me away from my point.

My uncle's mother Angela often bought quite a few of the daily lottery tickets every day in hopes to one day win the jackpot. My uncle would watch his mother at night sit in front of the tv and wait for the numbers to come out and then he would continue to watch after the numbers were drawn as she would scramble through her tickets to see if she won but, she never did. One day, my uncle happened to hear the winning numbers before his mother did and got hold of one of his mothers tickets and changed the numbers to the winning ones. He told his sister about the amazing prank he was about to pull on his mother and then proceeded to wait until that evening when she would watch the tv and look for the numbers.

That same night after the Pizzi family ate dinner together, my uncles parents were telling him and his sister to get to bed and off they went to the top of the stairs right behind their father who had also decided to go to bed. My uncle and his sister sat at the top of the stairs and waited in anticipation for their mother to flip out. Before they knew it, they were crying laughing at the top of the stairs as they head Angela scream "We won! We won! Everybody wake up we're rich we're rich we won!". When Angela ran up the stairs she had not only reallised that she had almost scared her husband to death but that her two children were crying at the top of the stairs. At first she thought they were crying because they had just won the lottery but unfortunately my uncle had to confess the news after about five minutes of rejoicing.

Although it was a very funny prank, I am pretty sure that after it was all over, that my uncle was somehow in trouble with his parents and was probably grounded. But, as I now know, that small confession didn't stop him from being the funniest man that I know. Although I'm sometimes considered a crazy kid myself, I don't think I would go to that measure to get a good laugh. But I do thank my uncle for making me laugh by telling me the story and teaching me a simple lesson...

"Don't try this at home"



















Dear Philip,

Phillip, as you are probably well aware of, your works were featured in last years edition of the high school education book, “American Literature” that went to private and public high schools and was used all around the globe. We regret to inform you that as we have been looking over our older version of the book in attempts to make new “adjusted” copies, we have decided not to include you in this years version. We must tell you that this was not a quick decision of which we decided your works were just going to be thrown out of the book but, this was a slow process of debate amongst our top team of editors of which the final decision came down to the last votes.

We feel that our new textbook needs works by authors that explain more about the realities in life rather than off reality subjects such as those in “The Explosion” and “The Coming”. Those being two pieces of your work that appeared in our earlier text books. As we look at other works by authors such as Charles Dickens, we see that in his work he features life like situations of poverty in old England. Your works do not have these kind of life-like factors that we now require for the readers of tomorrow.

After our careful reviews, we also have found that your topics may not be positively “influential” for the teenagers entering into the high school level. It has been said that what the teenagers of today read in books, see on t.v., and hear in music affects how they act and what they do when they go out into the world. We do not want the readers to think that “The Explosion” is a positive poem that will make the reader want to go out and make something explode. We understand how this point might seem vague and how you might think we are blowing reasons out of proportion but with high school teenagers, we take every necessary step to ensure their safety. We know you as well as our book would not want to be the cause of a bombing by a high school teenager.

It has been said that your “violent” subjects can be interpreted into trying to make the reader sad for they come with pictures in out textbook of people looking upset that something just exploded. We feel that the sadness effect that you try to achieve within these poems is in-affective and it will simply bore the readers. One critic (W.S. Di Piero) agrees with us on the in-affective sadness effect. He is quoted in a magazine titled poetry stating “I have never felt an affinity for Larkin’s style of sadness, and his technical gifts don’t tempt me to sympathy.” The reason we quote Di Piero is so you know that we are not singling you out and our opinions are shared by major journalists around the world.

In conclusion, we again let you know that this is not a personal “thrash” to all of your work Mr. Larkin and we invite you to send in other choice pieces of work to our company and maybe in a future version, we will be able to put you and some of your works back in. We do hope that you send in new works and thank you for understanding our opinions.









































Ever since man started speaking, language has been a very important part of the way things work in the world. With language, people have been speaking and communicating to each other basically since the beginning of time. Language has allowed all people of every race to speak to each other in different dialects that in the end always come out as a certain way of speaking called “Language”. Words are a very important part of language when you put them all together to make phrases and sentences. Without words, there wouldn’t be such a thing as language because there would be nothing to speak to form a “language”. Every language ever created is made up of millions of words. So, I guess you could say that if words are important then the word “word” must be important too because without even the word “word”, we still would have nothing to speak to others in our languages.

Over the years, there have been many different words have been created and used in millions of different ways. Using letters and sometimes symbols, words have represented many meanings for things that we speak, write, and read about every day. If there were no words, I would not have an essay to write today for every black mark on this page are letters that are put together to form words that ultimately are forming this essay. Over the years (since its creation) the word “Word” has been described ironically using a variety of different words, all meaning about the same thing. The American Heritage Dictionary has said that “word” means “A sound of a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing of printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning.” And “An utterance, remark, or comment.”. Webster’s dictionary’s version of “Word” was strikingly similar as it stated, “A speech, sound, or combination of sounds having meaning and used as a basic unit of [language] and human communication”. I pointed out the use of the word language in Webster’s definition just to prove the point from my first paragraph. ****Upon further research of the word “Word”, I have found that it has been used since way back around the year 800. Ever since then it has been used in many texts by many famous authors including Colleridge, Dickens, and Shakespeare. Shakespeare used “Word” first in Macbeth such as when Macbeth states “We would spend it in some words upon some words upon that business. If you would grant the time.”.

As I have already stated, the word “Word” is very important to languages around the world because without the word “Word” or actual words in general, there would be no language at all because there would be nothing to speak. Upon going further into research of the word “Word”, I have found a new use for it. I found documents containing “Word” put together by a hyphen, creating the word “Word-search”. After locating the word “Word-search” in different texts from an EBSCO search, I then went to the Oxford English Dictionary website and found no dictionary entry/definition for the word “Word-search” therefore, giving new meaning to the root of word-search, “Word”.

Another step that I took during my research was asking friends and family what the word “Word” meant to them. I had a variety of answers from all of them stretching from one as close to the actual dictionary definition as you can get, to a smart remark by a cousin of mine that simply can not be put down in this essay for “Explicatory” reasons. One night when I went to my girlfriend’s house I asked her and her parents what they thought of “Word” and this is what they told me. My girlfriend Kayla said, “I have no idea haha Matt, why are you asking me this?”. That statement did not help me much so, I then turned to her parents. Kayla’s father Jim said, “Words are what we speak and that’s a tough word to do an essay on Matt.”. Then Kayla’s mother Joyce (Who happens to be a librarian) said, “Words are things that we have in books to read that fill the library at the school.”. Those all were interesting takes on the word and two out of the three actually come pretty close to the dictionary definitions, except that they “Worded” their opinions in their own way. As you now see, it takes different “Words” to actually change and give new meaning to the word “Word”.

I wanted to find out how the word “Word” could be used in other languages so, I asked my Uncle Vinny who (Having growing up with Italian parents fresh off the boat) can speak fluent Italian. “Le persone parlano delle parole di molti significati diversi in molte lingue diverse ogni giorno, tutt'intorno il mondo.”, he said. Which means in English words, “People use many different words with different meanings in many different languages all around the world today.”. The word “Word” is said in Italian as “Parola”. My uncle told me that in his opinion we need words and we need them translated into all the different languages so people from different countries can speak every day of their lives. I could not find a critic online stating how they liked or disliked words.

In conclusion, we need words. We need words everyday. Every word that I am typing now is a word that I need and all of the words in here make sentences that make an essay. Sounds confusing but all in all, it generally means that we need words. Without words, we would all be staring at each other trying to figure out what the other wanted to say or do. That wouldn’t be much fun so therefore, you’ve got to love words Word up!