English 10: Writing Portfolio    
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I have searched and asked my parents if they have kept anything they've written for the past 10 to 20 years, nothing. Before that, I asked if they had anything from their parents that they have kept, nothing. So one night I ask my father to write anything on a piece of paper and he did. After he was done, I looked over the paper and he had wrote about how difficult it was coming to America.  
My father writes very different but strangly my father writes normally. He did misspell some words like foreign but still it was well written for some who spent less than 20 years in America. My father also describes how language was so hard for him when he came here. He also describes how learning back in his country was different.  
When I asked my mother who had wrote this and she said, "your father". She of course knew his hand writting.
My father's writing is really writes well and his english is very formal. He uses a lot of formal words and speaks like a regular adult. I speak more slangly and not with so much descriptive. So there is really a difference between my father and I's language.






















A Few Good Man is a movie about the military and it features Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and  Jack Nicholson. Jack Nicholson plays Col. Jessep and he talks to one of the soldiers at the base because he was acting up. The speech is about war, choices, honor and loyalty which is a good theme.
After reading the speech, I felt proud of my country. “Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns,” is the first line which says it all. I think other people who hear or reads this speech will feel the same way I do. I think writer, Aaron Sorkin wanted the viewers to feel that way.
One thing that the writer does is using the word “you” a lot. This is a style called repetition and it is very clever. “You weep for Santiago and you curse the marines. You have the luxury,” is an example of this in the speech.  
The writer also uses “I” as a form of repetition, to keep the attention of the soldier. “I would rather you just said thank you and went on your way.  Otherwise I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a d**n what you think you are entitled to,” is an example of this speech.
I think this film is ahead of its time because it deals with issues that we still go through today. Like war, in Iraq, we are bombing people and fighting against terrorism.  We have to make choices whether to fight or not, which is difficult. Also patriotism, after 9/11, we became closer as a nation and helped to rebuild our country. This movie will definitely be remembered for generations to come.  






























William Shakespeare, what a great poet he was. Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Midsummer Night's Dream were all so great, so tragic, and so funny. But before his success, there was the great Christopher Marlowe. A young poet who's poems were so brillant and touching. Like, "A Sheperd to His Love", showing how a peasant can explore his love in many ways. But the one that touched me like no other was, "Who Ever Loved, That Loved Not At First Sight". I thought it was very real and moving, how he expresses love in such a powerful and spirtual way. The title is what really surprised me, because it was so clever. This truly shows what Christopher Marlowe is all about.  
The short poem is about love, of course and the reason why we love  The first two lines of the poem show this, when Marlowe says,"It lies not in our power to love or hate, for will in us is over-ruled by fate." Where Marlowe express that it was fate that brought these two people together. Also, another example of this is, "What we behold is censured by our eyes." Which means love is blinding. That it happens so fast, you can't catch your breath.  
The rhyme scheme in the poem is very simple. It is very common poems used in the 15 to 1700s. He uses rhyme couplets, which can be used for humor. It can also be used seriously and for a challenging tone. This form can also be found in plays or even musicals.   
This poem is wonderful and really is a work of art.  You could even say it is ahead of it's time. As I said before, this is a kind of poem that people today go through. This poem, even 20 to 50 years from now, might be read my other students or writers who are inspired by it..  
































The new unit for British Literature will be a one that people will remember for even more years to come.  It will show how the world has evolved in so many ways.  That why I think my unit should be could the “Evolutionary Age”.  It will give students a different prospective on life, that I know they will enjoy.  It will make them realize how far literature has come and has changed in so many ways.  I know it will be a unit that they will enjoy reading because I think they define the 20th century.  My 5 pieces of literature are: “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, “The Homecoming” by Harold Pinter, “Ignorance” by Phillip Larkin, “Evolution” by The Beatles, and “The Story of Lucy Gault.  
    The Beatles had to be one of the most famous and biggest band in world in the 50s, 60s, and early 70s.  Each of the four contributed to the group and they were very close as well.  Then the group released “Revolution”, which became a hit.  The song, of course, was focused on war.  It was a great message to people of the world that world doesn’t pay.  It showed that even musicians have their on ideas on social conflicts.
      I can truly say that one of the best books I’ve ever read was “The Outsiders”, written by the brilliant author S.E. Hinton.  When finishing the book, I was so amazed on how good it was.  To see the street war between to gangs, one being rich boys and the other middle class was great.  I love each of the characters, but my favorite would have to be, Johnny, the sensitive but really tough inside kind of guy.  I also found his death touching and heroic.  I’m telling after reading this book I never realized how good reading could be.  The story is so touching, heart-breaking, and the ending is a one to remember.  I think the most shocking is that a female author wrote, this book.  I mean I couldn’t believe how true she was to the life-style of men and boys of the 50s.  A Wonderful novel indeed.
   “Strange to know nothing, never to be sure” is line 1 of the Phillip Larkin poem, “Ignorance”.   The poem in many ways is one of the main views of the 20th century.  It was a time where most people were ignorant, not thinking of the actions. “Even to wear such knowledge for our flesh.  Surrounds us with its own decisions”, lines 11 and 12, which show our bad judgment.  Just look at how we bombed Hiroshima in Japan during World War 2.  We thought we doing the right thing but we really didn’t, we just made it worst.  Then about 60 years, we are storming Iraq, killing innocent people.   I think it is true that ignorance clouds our judgment.  Phillip Larkin was a true visionary to see that.
       “Starlight Express” by Andrew Lloyd Webber was seen was such a great play, and musical by most of the performances.  But it is a great production, set light-years into the future.  A young boy imagine himself as a train conductor, where he starts a race of different trains.  Also, follows him as he falls in love and a lot of roller skating energy is put into it as well. Many critics say, “Choo-choo race roller skates with  choreography tuned up and pistols reground”(Time Out, page 2
www.londonnet.co.uk).  I think this is a play that is good for children as well as high school students to read.  Though sometimes average, but many times inspiring, one that will be remembered for times to come.  
William Trevor is greatly known for “The Story of Lucy Gault”.  I think the story is very clever and innocent.  Showing how a 8-year-old girl wants to explore the world.  I like the lessons that not she learns, but her parents.  Readers agree it is a great tale of a girl trying to have her own adventure, but goes through some danger around the way.  It will not only be good for readers to read, but learn from as a life lesson.  Defiantly deserving of being in the new unit.
You see that my Unit should be called the "Evolutionary Age", literature has become more complex.  Songs have become more inspirational, novels more amazing, and plays so touching.  Also authors have changed as well, they have made readers not only interested in the stories.  But gave them a chance to except reality and take an adventure, which is how British literature should be.