English 10: Writing Portfolio
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   One summer day in July my mother, Christine Corey wrote a letter to her mother who was in Florida for vacation at the time. The letter dated July, 6th, 1987 which is the most important date of my life because it is the day that I came into this world, my birthday. Since my mother’s mother was not there to share my birth, my mom decided to write a letter to her in Florida. The letter is in poor condition because of its age and the fact that I found it in my basement.                                        
    My mom wrote to her how happy she is to have another healthy baby because my mom was still trying to overcome the miscarriage she had only five years before. Since then she has had my brother and now me. The letter then goes into detail from how my mom got to the hospital, to how long the she had to wait to see me after the birth. She explains how proud she is to have me. She also talks about the look on my older brothers face when he first sets eyes on his new baby brother. The letter is written in pencil possibly because that may have been the only thing she could find in the hospital room. Also the thing that she almost forgot to mention, which is very important to me is my name. I noticed that she almost forgot to mention this because she goes from a line talking about how‘s Florida to, " and I almost forgot to tell you, I decided to name him Christopher William Corey. William is taken from my grandfather who was William O’Neill, the husband who the letter is getting written too.  
    I decided to show my mother the letter that she wrote sixteen years ago and if she remembers it or not. When I asked her about the letter she pretty much new it already by heart probably because she read it so many times. She told me that she remembered that day like it was yesterday and how handsome I looked when she first saw me. She also told me about the letter my grandmother wrote back from Florida. My grandmother told my mom in the letter that she really wished she could have been there but she kid already picture what I looked like because of the detailed description that my mom wrote out. She then went on how she can’t wait to be home and to see her new grandson.                    
    The reason I decided to pick this writing is because it is important to not only me but also my entire family and especially the bond between my mother and her mother. In conclusion the most valuable letter to me in my family is the letter of my birth to my grandmother.





























Al Pachino who plays a football coach, and is written by Daniel Pyne and John Logan delivers the speech in Any Given Sunday. It is one of the most inspiring and motivational speeches I have ever heard. The “Inches” speech is delivered to the players of his professional football team right before the most important game of their season, as he says, “ three minutes to the biggest battle of our professional lives all comes down to today.”  Not only does he get them ready for their big game, but he also gives an inspiring lesson in life, not jus football. One of the motivational quotes Daniel Pyne and John Logan use is, “ I’ll tell you this, in any fight it is the guy who is willing to die who is going to win that inch.” Another motivational quote for the team is, “that’s a team gentlemen and either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.” This quote is basically telling them that not ONE person individually can win the game for them; they have to do it as a team, together.  
      When I first saw the movie and heard the speech it made me want to go play a sport because that is what I do in life. But even if a person has never played a sport in their life it makes them want to achieve a goal that they have always wanted. It basically pumps you up, or motivated you. Its inspiring in so many different ways, to me it’s the theme of anything in life.  
 This speech works emotionally in many different ways. The writers use many different tricks to put a remarkable speech together. One trick that they used is analogy or personal experience. An example of this when the coach says, “ Now I cant do it for you. I’m too old. I look around and I see these young faces and I think. I mean I made every wrong choice a middle-aged man could make. I uh…  pissed away all my money believe it or not. I chased off anyone who has ever loved me. And lately I cant even stand the face is see in the mirror.” This quote is a great example of an analogy because he is using his personal experiences from the past to teach them something about life, and football. He is telling them to make the right choices while there still young because when you get old its too late.  
 Another trick that the writers use in the motivational piece is repetition. A good example of this is the theme of the speech, inches. The coach keeps repeating the word “inches” or “inch by inch”. Some examples are, “ Either we heal as a team or we are going to crumble inch by inch.” We can climb out of hell one inch, at a time.” “ You find out that life is just a game of inches. So is football.” “ On this team we can fight for that inch.” “ We CLAW with our fingernails for that inch, cause we know that when we add up all those inches that’s going to make the f***ing difference between WINNING and LOOSING between LIVING and DIEING.” These five quotes are just some of the repetition phrases they use. In all the quotes there is a basic them. The basic them is that in life and football you need to be ready to gain the inch or yard, that lays in front of you, and that one inch may make all the difference in the world, because it is what “living” is as they say, the six in front of your face.  
 The piece speaks to all the athletes in the world trying to get better at what they do. Whether it is kids trying to be like his favorite basketball player or a professional




















 William Wordsworth was a defining member of the English Romantic Movement. Like other Romantic poets his love for nature was reflected in his work. For example, when he talks about  the wildlife, the sun, the woodland linnet, and he also says, “ Let nature be your teacher.” Wordsworth concludes in The Tables Turned, in the line, “ One piece of vernal wood may teach you more of man, to explain that nature can be your best teacher.  
 It is pretty obvious the message that  Wordsworth is trying to deliver. He is basically telling people that nature can be your best teach in this world if you  give it enough attention. It is obvious in his words, for example when he says , “ Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; Our meddling intellect Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of thing” or  “ Let Nature be your teacher” He wants to let people know that nature can be just as good a teacher as school , or books .  
  Not only is this poem is Wordsworth saying that nature is a good way to learn, but it is putting down the rest of the things that we study, and who teaches these studies. This is very daring of him. He is basically challenging certain people in our world , and telling them that nature is a better resource for knowledge. Wordsworth has a strong belief in nature, and wants the rest of the world to understand why this is. An example of how he is putting down other references of teaching would be, “He, too, is no mean preacher” referring to nature not being a mean preacher. Also,  “One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man, Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.” Here is more evidence that he appreciates nature more than the other teachers.  
 In the Tables Turned , Wordsworth wants to motivate people. He doesn’t want people to think that other teachers are not good. His main purpose is to make people understand, and have a more intimate feeling towards nature. He wants people to get out there and observe it, rather than waste there time on other foolish things. Proof of this would be,“Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books”.  
 In conclusion, Wordsworth uses many different examples of nature to try to give us an understanding that books and school are not the only teachers in this world. Nature not only is one, but to him it is your best, if you acknowledge it as he does.
























There are many great pieces in the last 65 years or so, but the ones I have selected really emphasize the 20th century. They are what we read, listen, and watch still today.  If any book of great British collections was published, there is no way any of these pieces or authors could not be in it. They are exciting, touching and emotional. Reading and listening to them touches you in an astonishing way. They’ve been read in the past and still read today, and will be read 50 years from now.  
 When we look at great bands of the 20th century the first to come to mind is Led Zeppelin. This band consists of  four amazing musicians, Jimmy Page, John Jones, Robert Plant, John Bonham. To millions they are the best at what they do. There greatest example of there talent is the song, “Stairway To Heaven”. This song came off the famous album, Early Days, the Best of Led Zeppelin Vol. 1. The song has intense and touching lyrics.  The lyrics are hard to understand but once understood can really make you think about life. It is not uncommon to hear this song being played at burials and matters like that, because it is about death. Jimmy Page’s guitar skills in this song are amazing. It fit’s the song so perfect. The song is slow in the beginning but picks up with a great hard rock closing. Many people there is no specific meaning of the song. There are different theories. It mostly likely a song about a woman who is looking for death. You can assume this through lyrics like; “ The pipers calling you to join him, Dear lady can you hear the wind blow, and did you know, that your stairway lies on the whispering land” (brave) . In this quote I think of it as God calling the lady to heaven, as many would. Even though the lyrics are extremely hard to understand, once you, yourself find your own personal meaning the song can change your life.  
 Charlie and the Chocolate factory ,by Road Dahl is notorious  among children. This book makes children’s   dreams come true. It is there every fantasy to be in an all you can eat candy house. You cant find many kids who wouldn’t cherish the dream Charlie lives. Charlie is the main character and the story. He is a young boy that comes from a large, less fortunate family. To get the “golden ticket”, is to live the true child goal, too many. In the kids who get the ticket are not like Charlie. They are selfish and rich. They do not appreciate how fortunate they are. This is the reason why in the end of the book Charlie is the one chosen at the end to live in the factory and be the new owner. The book is a childrens novel but every adult who have read it remember it greatly. It brings children hope and joy, and brings adults a piece of there childhood back.  
 Without poetry life would be hard to understand. Poets words give meaning to some things that we cannot figure out. A poem that defines a meaning of life clearly is , “Continuing to live” , by Philip Larking. The poem is difficult to understand but if you look at it closely and think about the words it gives a chilling and meaningful definition of our life. Larkin is known for this.  In “Continuing to live” , the poem  explains the role of life. Larkin explains that the end of life comes to everyone and you cannot dodge it. You can see this in the lines, “This loss of interest, hair, and enterprise -- Ah, if the game were poker, yes, You might discard them, draw a full house! But it's chess.” (poetry connection) In these lines he is basically saying that these things come to you towards death, you cant hide them. If it was poker you could beat them, but its not, you cant win.  This poem will still be read in years to come. It is a sad poem its meaning gives incredible value. Philip tells us that our life is ours, we live this life, no one else does. This is evident in the lines, “On that green evening when our death begins, Just what it was, is hardly satisfying, Since it applied only to one man once, And that one dying”( poetry connection). You can look at this in a positive way. When we die we know that our life was not controlled by anyone but us. Even though death is depressing, this poem gives truth, its not a comfort poem, but the meaning of this poem is one that we should all take and give it consideration.  
   One of the best writers of this time was an absurdist. His name is Samuel Beckett. He  was born on Good Friday, April 13, 1906, near Dublin, Ireland, he died 1989. Proof of him being an excellent literary writer is that in 1969 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. One of his great works is the play “Happy Days”. The play is not very long but it is extremely interesting. It does not get the fame it deserves. A lot of people do not consider it his best work but in my definition it is his best. The main theme of the poem is death, and loneliness. The two main characters, Winnie and Willie are best friends. They do not want to be separated. Winnie is saddened when she comes discover that her lover and best friend is dead. She wont except it. She does not want to believe that he has died, she still tries and talks to him and makes up excuses when he doesn’t answer. This is evident in the line, “The bell rings, and Winnie asks Willie questions and, getting no response, says it's like him to not have an opinion”( Act one, Part 4). Death is part of life, we must accept it. Its hard but you cant deny it, its not something that you can just ignore. Samuel Beckett writes a lot about death and I think that is important since it is so major in our life. To many people death is the only thing in this life that is guaranteed to us.  
 Mysteries are a great piece of British Literature. The best mystery writer of all time is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He has wrote over 100 mystery stories under the series, Sherlock Homes. One of his short stories is, “The Lions Mane”. The story is very disturbing and exciting. It keeps you thinking.  The story is about a  human that is killed by a giant jelly fish. The scientific name for this is Cyanea sp. The story really makes you wonder about these creatures. You may think that it is one of those stories to just scare you and it could never really happen in true life. But the detail in this short story helps you believe that these monsters of the sea really can be deadly. They can grow up to eight feet wide with tentacles up to 60 feet in length. That is pretty amazing when you think about it. Doyle is known for his exhilarating mysteries. He is not one of the best writers out there but when it comes to mysteries no one can beat him. His collection is huge, and every mystery in it is worth reading. They will be read forever, right now no one can beat him when it comes to mysteries.  
      When you think about it in the last fifty years have changed significantly. Our language is no where the same. Same meanings but new words our being used now. Its not like we don’t have respect for the people and writers who came before us but its time for change. Without these writers and artist a large portion of today’s musicians, rap artist that many of us consider poets, or any of our favorite books writers would not be as good as they are. We learn from what came before us, we learn from there mistakes and there wisdom. Just because our language changed it doesn’t mean we don’t have the same concepts as they did fifty or so years ago did. We still rap and write about love, hate, death just like the great novelist did back then. Just in a different manner.