English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  My family trip to Florida was a lot of fun. The trip was to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was also a funny trip because of one thing that happened. This story was funnier to my family then to other people because itís an inside joke in my family and other people wouldnít think of it as funny as we do.

In my family there is my mother, father, and my three brothers. So now Iím going to tell you this story. One night we went to this dinner show, and all of a sudden this random guy from the place dressed up as an Indian comes up to my brother and said ďyour going to be on stage today.Ē They made him wear an American Indian costume. This is when they tell him that he had to dance like an Indian on stage. Itís funny because the thing is, my brother canít dance at all. So heís in front of all these people jumping around, looking like a clown. My whole family was laughing. He also had to dance in a circle and then he had to run away from the cowboys by running back and forth on stage. Then they made peace and smoked the peace pipe.

My brother didnít have any rehearsal and neither did the other kid they picked out of the audience. Some of them made mistakes but it was funny to see this. At the end everyone clapped while my family laughed and clapped.

The story shows how my brother had confidence in himself to get on stage in front of all the people in the audience and he had no rehearsal and performed the best he could.























Dear Doris Lessing,

This was a very hard decision to make. Unfortunately, I have chosen not to pick you for next yearís textbook. What I like in a textbook is a book with many good poems and stories with good themes that are interesting and makes the reader want to keep reading it. Also in a good textbook I like for poems and stories to be expressed with feeling. The student reading this textbook would want it to be interesting, exciting and not boring so they wonít fall asleep or not want to read it.

There are many reasons why I didnít choose your work. I didnít choose your work because it is hard to understand and it is also boring. Imagine that you were a sophomore student in high school and you had to read this work, would you find this interesting? I know for a fact that I wouldnít. If I were reading it as a sophomore, I would fall asleep and not read another word. For example your story ďA Mild Attack of Locusts.Ē This story wouldnít attract a young teenagerís attention.

As I have stated in the paragraphs above, the author does not meet our Prentice Hall Literature Book standards and what we are looking for. Your work is boring, uninteresting and would not appeal to the student audience and does not apply to out cirriculum of works. Thank you for applying and we hope that you try again next year.

The critic I choose was Julian Mitchell, The spectator. Julian Mitchell said that the novel that Doris Lessing wrote was a ponderous bore. She also said that a few readers would want to subject themselves to the demand of this complex and ugly book.

Bibliography: 1. Julian Mitchell, The Spectator, 1962, Rotten Reviews and Rejections 2. Carlson, Joseph L. Burns, Ann. Library journal. Vol. 127, Issue 14 p.235



















Superstition is a big topic discussed in British literature. In many authors poems and stories, they talk about superstition. There are so many authors who use superstition. Now Iím going to tell you about three of them. Two of the poets who used superstition are W.B Yeats, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

An example of superstition is the poem "Lady of Sharbet" written by Alfred Lord Tennyson. This poem is about a princess and if she looks out the window she will die. In this poem it was about a curse in the house. In the end the princess looks out the window and she dies.

Another example is W.B Yeats. W.B Yeats used superstition by talking about fairies. A fairy is very superstitious. He uses it in like 56-58, "For he comes, the human child to the waters and the wild with a fairy hand in hand. In superstition fairies is a very popular topic but usually no one believes in them. I donít believe in them either.

Different people believe in different things. Some people could believe in ghosts, some people could believe in curses, but like i said i donít believe in any of them, but at the end it all comes to that ghosts, curses, and superstition are all a myth and people just believe in them because of stories told. The authors in British literature talk about things like that but there not true.

The critic I picked was Steenie Harvey. Steenie Harvey had something to say about superstition. He says, "The place has the reputation for being a fairy place, haunted by ancient memories, gods, and cultures."