English 10: Writing Portfolio

Essay the first: Origins  
Essay the second: Literature  
  This funny story is about my Uncle Tom. When he was sleeping up in the attic of our New Hampshire house. This all happened on a saturday morning. He got scared of a mouse in the attic. What I learned from this experience is that my family is strange in a way. The funniest story about my family was when my family and I went to New Hampshire for the weekend. One of the mornings when we got up and my uncle was in the attic, he saw a mouse. He came running down the stairs as scared as he could be like he had just seen a ghost. He came running down the stair's wearing a hat, glasses, T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, snaeakers, knee high socks, and gloves because he was so scared that the mouse would crawl on him. He was wearing all of the clothes that he had brought up for the weekend. He came running down the stairs after waking up and screaming " theres's a mouse in the attic, there's a mouse in the attis". But everyone was laughing so hard because of what he was wearing no one even cared. Every one jus took pictures of him and made fun of him. For the whole rest of the weekend he was being made fun of. What this story tells me about my family is that we are really funny when we are scared. What this story also tells about my family is that we are silly in a way because he wore all of his clothes that he had brought up for the weekend.

















Dear Robert Browning,

I appreciate that you submitted your work to try and be published in our textbook. But,This was a very hard decision to make but your writings stuck out the most to me. The writers who appear in our textbook should be creative, open-minded, and they should get the reader interested. I'm sorry but you do not fit into my vision for our new textbook because I think that your work wouldn't be appealing to the students. Also I think that your work would be boring to the students and they wouldn't be interested.

I think your work would be boring to the students because they do not care about British Literature. Especially from a long time ago. I don't believe students would show any interest in your work. Also another reason why I think your work would be boring is because they wouldn't understand or care for the meaning of your stories.

I think your work would not be interesting because they wouldn't understand what you are talking about. They would want to read something more modern like what is happening in today's world. These reason's are similar to the reason's why your work would be boring.

Another person who can support my reasons is John Stuart Mill. He said that " Browning's early poem, PAULINE, showed a morbid state of self-worship." So I am not the only person who does nto support your work. I wish you the best of luck in the future.




















Superstition affect's many piece's of British Literature. Some author's who include superstition in their writing's are Tennyson with " The Lady of Shalott" and Robert Browning with " My Last Duchess." These are just a couple, there are many more. One work that not many people have read and include's some kind of superstition is "Village Ghost's" by W.B. Yeats.

This story is about a village in Leinster, where there are ghost's haunting them. These ghost's are also helping them, by bringing a great amount of luck to the people who believe in them. In " Village Ghost's" a woman named Mrs. Montgomery died and her spirit came and haunted another woman named Mrs. Kelly. Mrs. Kelly did not know what to do until a priest in her town told her to talk to her. Then she went and talked to her. Mrs. Montgomery only wanted to ask her for a favor. One line from the text show's her talking to the ghost is when she said " What keeps you from rest?" This took courage to ask the ghost because Mrs. Kelly was so confused and did not know what to say to the ghost. The favor that she asked was that she take her children from the workhouse.

These superstition's reveal to us that British people were frieghtened and superstitious. They believed all different kinds of crazy fairy tale's. They were very gullible people. These superstition's are different from back then because people know that there are no such thing as ghost's. The only thing that may be similar between the past and now is the little superstition's. For example, by going through the same routine everyday. That is only a minor superstition although. There are major difference's between now and then because they dont believe in big superstition's like ghost's.

This work has not been taken seriously because these are modern day's and people do not believe in these sort of superstition's anymore. This was written in 1893, that was a long time ago. Now we are in 2005 and people know that they are fake. They are not as scared and frieghtened as they were back then. This is because now we have scientist's and other researcher's that can prove they do not exist. One reason why this work should be taken seriously is because people may still believe in superstition's. That is the only reason. Other than that there's not really any reason to believe in it.

One critic who agree's with my review is James Lovic Allen. He said that his work is hard to understand. That not many people would be able to understand or get it without being confused. One line that supports my review is that he said " It is difficult to understand Yeat's work and imaginative thought." Another is he said " It is frequently misunderstood and misinterpreted." Those are two quote's from him that supports my review.




























English is a common language in the U.S. It's also a very creative language. Yes, it is a very hard language to use but I think it should be the official language of the U.S. English has adopted many of their words from other languages. Even though my word "appreciate" has many definitions it is very useful and helpful to the English language. This word is helpful because by learning it's definitions you will have more knowledge.

The root of the word appreciate is appretiare which means “to appraise.” Webster’s Dictionary defined this word as “ to value justly” and “ a rise in value.” The American Heritage Dictionary defined this word as “ to recognize the quality”, “ to be fully aware of”, “to be thankful”, “ to admire greatly” and “ to rise in value or price.” The Scholastic Children’s Dictionary defines it as “ To enjoy or value”, “ to understand something” and “ to increase in worth.”

The Oxford English Dictionary defines this word as “ to make or form an estimate of worth, quality, or amount” , “to estimate aright, to perceive the full force of”, “to be sensitive to, or sensible of, any delicate impression or distinction”, and to esteem adequately or highly; to recognize as valuable or excellent; to find worth or excellence in.” Most of these dictionaries defined this word all similarly. The first time this word was ever used was in 1769.

After seeing the word defined in the dictionary many other people thought the word meant different. When asking Mike Walton what came to his head when I asked him what appreciate meant he said “ ‘preciate it.” When I asked John Moriarty what he thought he said “ Mr. McGonegal ‘preciate it.” Joe Mcgonegal thought the word meant “precious” and “showing some king of value.” Half of the people I asked in my school referred to Mr.Mcgonegal. Then, 30% of the people thought it meant to look up to someone. The last 19% of the people referred to a super hero.

My word was first used in 1769. It was used by Carl Burk and he said” Let us calmly... appreciate those dreadful and deformed gorgons and hydras.” The other less common definition of the word , to rise in value, was first used in 1882 by P.Tidman in Gold & Silver Money 85 where he said “ Gold has been steadily appreciating in value.”

Even though there are not that many new definitions or spellings of the word I was able to find one. It was used in the London Times on June 9,2001 in an article called “Too many blue plaques.” In this article he said “It is precisely because I truly ap-preciate the historic interest of blue plaque memorials that I hate to see the concept devalued in this way. In this he spells appreciate ap-preciate. After not finding any other articles I asked some students in my class who has English as their second language. When I asked Ostap Nalysnyk how it could be used in a sentence he said “ I don’t know.” Appreciate is a fairly new word so it is hard to find new definitions or new usages of the word.

After researching this word “appreciate” I am surprised at how new this word is. I am also now more smarter because I learned a new definition of this word that I did not even know that it existed. This word to most people is all used as the same. It does not have that many different meanings to it.



































Do you ever realize how fast time goes by? Second after second, minute after minute hour after hour, day after day week after week, month after month year after year. Time can go by in a blink of an eye or it can go by for a long time. Depends on what you want to do have fun or let it go by I would choose to do sumthign with it while you can.