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Title: Creative Writing Portfolio 20062007 Forest Park

Creative Writing Portfolio 2006-2007 Forest Park
  • Bobby McCauley
  • 11th Grade
  • Mrs. Dowling

Click here to view my portfolio
  • Id like to thank the viewers who will be
    reading and hopefully enjoying my first
    portfolio. While reading this portfolio, I
    believe you will learn about my personality
    through a few of these writings. I try an put
    emotion into my stories. I especially recommend
    the character sketch because it describes not
    just my personality but that of one of my close
    friends. I put a lot of thought into that
    selection. Thank you for spending your time to
    read my portfolio, and I hope you like it!

Table of Contents
  • Portfolio 1
  • Freedom
  • Story Spinner
  • A Stormy Morning
  • Vegetables
  • Home on the Weekends
  • Paul
  • The Man and the Fire
  • My Name
  • Reflections
  • Portfolio 2
  • The Unknown Side of Me
  • My Generation
  • Sky-Diving
  • Salad Bugs
  • Journal Entry 5
  • Writing Assignment
  • Poetry
  • Additional Work
  • Reflections
  • Portfolio 3
  • Hockey Tryouts
  • Weightlifting Stinks!
  • Street Basketball
  • Birthday
  • SOL Scores
  • Advertisment
  • Poetry
  • Additional Work
  • Reflections

When I think of the word, freedom, I think of
peoples self-rights. Freedom is a word known to
many different people with many different
opinions on what the word means. Here in the
United States, when we listen to the word,
freedom, we think about the Constitution. In the
Constitution, it states that any U.S. citizen has
the right to practice their religion, and the
right to write and say what they want and
believe. My definition of freedom is the ability
to choose and change your future. You are not
free unless you have a say in your own life. I
feel angry when I hear stories of how people in
Iraq and Afghanistan are told what to wear, how
to live, and where to go. I can easily say that
is not freedom. I feel lucky and free because I
know what happens in my life is based on my own
Story Spinner
  • I used to live in Bangor, Maine. We had an
    incident in the Bangor City Zoo about a year go.
    A gorilla had been unrightfully shot with a
    pellet gun several times in its gut. The
    zookeeper, who shot Joe the Gorilla just for fun
    and games, was immediately fired. However, the
    citizens werent satisfied with just the firing
    of the zookeeper because they also wanted to see
    the zookeeper arrested. The zoo decided not to
    press charges, and this made people in Bangor
    furious. The next day, a large mob formed in
    front of the zoo and protested the zoos
    decision. After about four hours of chanting,
    yelling, screaming, and marching, the zoo agreed
    to take the zookeeper to court. The judge forced
    the zookeeper to pay a 5,000 dollar fine, which
    was used by the zoo to improve Joe the Gorillas
    habitat at the zoo. It was amazing how much
    people did in order to protect our animals.

A Stormy Morning
  • This morning my bus stop was a stormy world,
  • Large balls of water were what the clouds had
  • The rain smacked the ground like cannon thumps,
  • Every time it thundered each person had his fair
    share of jumps,
  • So I just stood there while the lightning and
    thunder snarled and rattled,
  • While the rain and the asphalt of the road

If vegetables could talk, then they would tell
kids how healthy they were to eat. They would
tell the kids that it hurts their feelings when
they reject then because they are green. The kids
will either be scared or excited. They might
think its fun to eat something that is talking,
or the talking food could scare them away. The
vegetables would probably brag about their
speaking skills to the fruits . We do not care
if you are sweet, and we are bitter! We can talk
and you can not! Vegetables would say. The
vegetables would become a proud member of the
food pyramid once again.
Home on the Weekends
On the weekends, at around noon, everyone comes
out to play. I can hear my brothers and all their
friends from up and down the street playing
soccer and street hockey. The sun glitters
through the shutters onto my bed. I put on my
shorts and basketball shoes, so I can play with
my friends also. Its windy a lot on the
weekends, so the trees that line up and down my
street are now waving back and forth. Sometimes
it can be a soothing and calm feeling to watch
the trees wave so peacefully. My street is a calm
yet rowdy place on the weekends. I wouldnt want
to live anywhere else.
I remember when I use to play soccer with a good
friend of mine named Paul. Paul and I were about
7 or 8, when we first met each other. We ended
up on the same team in the Dale City Recreation
Centers indoor soccer league. During the first
practice, all he did was talk. I thought he was
loud and annoying. It wasnt until the first
game of the season that I trusted him. I played
goaltender that season, while Paul was a
defender. We were playing the toughest team in
the league, to start off the season. It was my
first game playing goaltender, so I was very
nervous at the beginning of the game. At the
beginning of the game, I choked and let in an
easy goal. Most of my teammates were angry with
me and muttered words under their breaths, but
Paul didnt. He came to me and took
responsibility for the goal and assured me that I
shouldnt let myself be upset about it. I
finished the rest of the game strong, and even
though we lost the game 3-2, we were still proud
of our performance. After the game, I thanked
Paul for cheering me up after the first goal and
for helping me finish the game strong. From then
on, we became good friends. Paul and I both went
to Aquinas for elementary school. Aquinas was a
private school and was also very strict. Paul
was the only person I knew, when I came to
Aquinas in third grade. Most of the other kids
had known each other from preschool. During
recess I felt alone because I didnt know anyone
I could play with. All of the sudden, I turn to
see Paul running over to me. Come play football
with us down at the end of the parking lot, he
offered. I quickly said yes and raced him to the
bottom of the parking lot, where the game was
being played. He introduced me to all the people
playing football. Once again, Paul was a great
friend to me. He made me feel like I belonged
there, and that I was actually wanted. Aquinas
no longer felt like a foreign land to me. Paul
made it feel like home. One day during recess, I
was walking out to the parking lot to play
football, when a couple fifth-graders started
pushing me around. I tried to ignore it and just
walk away, but they continued to bully me. I
couldnt fight back because I was one against a
few of them. I felt helpless, until Paul came
out from the cafeteria and saw I needed help.
Paul was strong and tall for our age, so I
wouldnt rather have had anyone else backing me
up in that situation. He ran in between the
fifth-graders and me. He pushed one of them over
and told them to leave me alone, or theyll have
to deal with him also. They stared Paul in the
eyes for a few seconds, but ended up just walking
The Man and the Fire
There he stands, So lonely an so still, There he
watches his home burn up, Like a barbeque
grill. There he stands, Just watching and
weeping, There he watches his home burn up, While
he collects the memories he is keeping.
My Name
My name is Robert McCauley, although I never use
that name. I think Robert sounds boring and too
preppy. Id rather be called by my nickname,
Bobby. I believe Bobby is much easier to
pronounce, and sounds a lot more fun and
interesting. None of my friends call me Robert,
and Im glad. In fact, my parents barely ever
call me Robert, except for when theyre angry and
I have done something wrong. I get my name from
my father and grandfather. Both of them were
name Robert, and I inherited the name. I think
giving your son your name is sometimes a good
idea, but mostly not. Id rather name my son
differently, because it makes that much more
unique. I dont know why my grandfather was
named Robert, or any story that influenced his
name, so I dont have a story to tell. Im
Irish, which explains my middle name, Forestal.
I believe my middle name is the weirdest name
ever. You know it is a weird name when the
computer believes it is a misspelled word. When
I tell people my middle name, they laugh, but it
is alright because I laugh too. I usually keep
my middle name confidential because I dislike it
so much. The name Forestal is more stupid than
the movie character, Forrest Gump. My last name
also shows my heritage. McCauley is an Irish
last name. I dont really care about my last
name because nobody usually calls me by it
anyways. My grandfather was from Ireland, and
that is who my last name comes from. Im glad I
have a nickname because my actual first and
middle name are not two of my favorite names. I
havent really thought about other names I would
like to be called because I believe Bobby suits
me well. So this year Id appreciate if you call
me Bobby!
  • The Character Sketch was the most difficult piece
    to write because of the challenge of choosing
    someone from my life and properly describing
    their personality in the sketch. I overcame it by
    choosing one of my best friends and explaining
    stories that shows his personality.
  • I am most proud of my journal entry on freedom
    because I was able to express myself best when
    explaining what freedom meant to me.
  • I decided not to put my conflict story in my
    portfolio because I do not believe I constructed
    a solid plot in that story.
  • I feel lucky and free because I know what happens
    in my life is based on my own choices.
  • It was amazing how much people did in order to
    protect our animals.
  • So I just stood there while the lightning and
    thunder snarled and rattled,
  • The vegetables would become a proud member of the
    food pyramid once again.
  • I wouldnt want to live anywhere else.
  • He made me feel like I belonged
    there, and that I was actually wanted.
  • I havent really thought about other
    names I would like to be called because I believe
    Bobby suits me well.
  • I chose these sentences as my
    favorites because they each explained the theme
    and emotional purpose in each piece of writing.
  • The strengths were his ability to put his passion
    in his writing, but he could have been able to
    have better structure in his writings. More
    practice with writing should fix these problems.
  • I would probably make the character sketch into a
    longer assignment because there is a lot more
    stories of me and Paul to be shared.
  • I believe I would be able to change the piece I
    wrote on my name into a different genre. I think
    I could change it into a poem. I could alter it
    easy because it has a lot of adjectives and
    emotion in it.
  • The selection on freedom probably suggests my
    personality the best because it shows my
    patriotism and free spirit.
  • Some of my peers comments suggested that I
    elaborate on some of these selections, so I took
    that into account when creating my final drafts
    for these selections.
  • Hey, Bobby, its Paul. I was just reading your
    portfolio, and I enjoyed it, especially the
    character sketch on me. I think the portfolio
    shows a lot of your personality. It shows how
    your loose, patriotic, and loyal. Ill be looking
    forward to reading portfolio 2. Until then,

The Unknown Side of Me
  • Something people usually dont notice about me
    happens to be that I get nervous a lot. My mom
    always tells me Im too loose, laid back and
    relaxed. However, the truth is I can get
    stressed out fairly easy. I find myself getting
    nervous over school work, issues over friends or
    girls, and even important hockey games. I mean
    people arent totally wrong when they call me
    loose and laid back because I do have my moments
    when I doze off or become a couch potato, but it
    isnt 100 of the time. Basically, what I am
    trying to say is that I definitely have my lazy
    moments, but I also have my fair share of moments
    where Im nervous, serious, and ready to get down
    to business. I have a serious and nervous side
    just like everyone else.

My Generation
  • My generation happens to be a product of the
    1960s generation. People are much more loose and
    relaxed. Not as many people are religiously
    strict anymore. We continue to rebel against our
    elders like all adolescents do. People say we
    are increasing in ignorance and decreasing in
    moral values. They say each generation is
    getting progressively worse, and that it might
    lead to the downfall of the U.S.. I believe they
    are way to harsh and quick to judge. We are
    increasing in individuality and independence, as
    well as strong opinionated personalities. This
    might help our nation by increasing our leaders
    and diversity. We are just another generation of
    adolescents, who shouldnt be judged until we
    reach our adulthood and maturity.

  • Whoosh! The air around me is making a loud
    whistling noise as I fall through the sky.
    Sky-diving sounded like such a fun and exciting
    thing to do, but my legs still froze for over a
    minute when I was suppose to jump off the plane.
    Wow! I feel so scared, yet so alive. I can feel
    my heart pumping at what feels like one-hundred
    beats per minute. My adrenaline is flowing
    through my body and is giving me this tingling
    sensation. I knew I should have gotten a haircut
    before diving because now my long hair keeps
    smacking me in my face! Slap! Wap! Ow! My hair
    feels like a whip when it hits my face. My face
    is feeling weird as it is. I can feel the air
    blowing against my face creating ripples in my
    cheeks. My cheeks feels like an ocean full of
    waves. Speaking of the ocean, Im almost to the
    water. I guess its time to use my parachute.

Salad Bugs
  • If I found a bug in my salad, I think I might
    scream. I hate bugs, especially ones that crawl
    in my food. Ever since I was a child, Ive been
    scared of insects, spiders, and almost any other
    bugs I can think of. Id be afraid to touch them
    and want them no closer than 10 feet from me at
    all times. When my mother told me to squash an
    ant or spider that was in the house, Id use two
    pieces of paper towels to squish it because I
    would not even want to feel the first paper towel
    touching the ant or spider. My fear for bugs
    allowed me to get pretty well acquainted with
    different ant-killing sprays. I have memories of
    me going out back looking for ant hills to spray.

Hockey Tryouts
  • On Friday night, Prince William held tryouts for
    their hockey team next year. I thought I played
    well, but I was not initially picked for the
    team. I was angry and thought I was cheated, but
    realized I probably had some things I could have
    improved on. However, next week the coach called
    me on the phone and offered me a roster spot. I
    was relieved.
  • I wrote this because it was very disappointing
    for me not to get picked at first, but I was
    extremely when he picked me up next week. I felt
    I needed to put that on paper.

Weightlifting Stinks!
  • I understand that in order to get better at
    hockey, I need to weight lift. On the other hand
    I also know how not fun it is. I mean take the
    squat for example. No one enjoys doing squats,
    especially not me, but you have to do them to get
    stronger and more athletic. I guess the saying
    No Pain No Gain really is true.
  • I wrote this response because Ive had to lift a
    lot of weights lately for hockey, and I thought
    Id put my frustration on paper.

Street Basketball
  • I am a hockey player, but lately Ive gotten to
    enjoy basketball a lot too. However, this does
    not mean Im good at it. Sure I can make an open
    jump shot, but when someone is covering me the
    closest my jump shot is to going in the top of
    the backboard. This has given me a lot of
    respect for NBA players, who have to make shots
    in other players faces all the time!
  • I wrote this because I have developed a love for
    basketball. I think it is a fun sport to watch
    and play. However, I usually stick to watching
    it because my playing skills are a little bit

  • Yesterday was my birthday, it turned put
    alright. I didnt want my family to do anything
    to serious or expensive for my birthday, so we
    stayed at home and my mom cooked steak and
    shrimp. The food was delicious and so was the
    three cream cake we ate afterwards. The good
    feeling in my stomach ended, however, when I had
    to go to hockey practice, which included several
    sprints, with a full stomach.
  • I wrote this for the plain old reason that it
    was my birthday yesterday, and Im happy Im
    finally seventeen.

SOL Scores
  • So far, my SOL scores are great. I received a
    pass advanced on my English Writing SOL, as well
    as a pass advanced on my Geometry SOL. My
    parents were pleased, and so was I. I still
    havent seen my scores for Chemistry, History,
    and English Reading SOLs. I hope I do just as
    well on them.
  • I wrote this because I was very enthusiastic and
    pleased with my SOL results so far, but Im also
    anxious to hear about my other ones.

  • The love to compete,
  • Flows through mens veins,
  • The fear to lose,
  • Lingers in mens brains,
  • For their pride of victory,
  • Is what a man gains.
  • I wrote this poem about competition because of
    how competitive I am, and I thought it would neat
    to express my competitive nature in a poem.

  • As the ball hits the rim,
  • The following loud noise is despised by all.
  • This poem I wrote about the immediate sense of
    failure, such as a missed game winning shot in

Power Skating
  • Power Skating,
  • Tiring, Boring, Exhausting,
  • Hard-work, Persistence, Determination, Heart,
  • Faster , More Balanced, Stronger,
  • Better Hockey Player
  • I wrote this because I dont enjoy power skating,
    but it will make you a better hockey player in
    the end.

My Jumpshot
  • My jumpshot feels like rhythm and rhyme, when
    leaving my fingers.
  • My jumpshot flows in an arch through the air.
  • My jumpshot falls downward in a spiral aiming for
    the circular basket.
  • My jumpshot makes a sweet, poetic noise, when it
    swoooshes through the basket.
  • I wrote this because I love the sound your jump
    shot makes when you swoosh it.

  • Intercept the pass, skate, pass the puck,
  • Pass the puck, receive the puck, stickhandle,
  • Stickhandle, make a move, prepare to shoot,
  • Prepare to shoot, make a shot, SCORE!!!
  • I wrote this because I thought it would be easy
    and relaxing to write my final poem as a list
    poem about scoring a goal in hockey.

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    she goes to work because through all the tensions
    and stresses of acting, this is the only gel that
    will keep her hair disciplined and looking
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  • This was a creative writing assignment, where we
    had to write an advertisement script for a random
    product. I used exaggeration and lies to get my
    point across.

  • Courage is used to describe a person standing
    up to his or her fears. Throughout the years, it
    has been considered an honor to be thought of as
    courageous. Most people relate the word courage
    to war or a hero in battle. Although it is very
    courageous to fight in battle, there are other
    forms of courage in life. Courage can be used
    for anyone who faces their biggest fears. It
    also can be used to describe someone who puts
    themselves in harms way for others. Courage
    requires strength, confidence, and generosity.
    Strength is needed to fight their fears,
    confidence to believe in themselves, and
    generosity to allow people to commit an act of
    courage for others. Even though courage can
    happen anywhere, it is scarce and hard to find.
    Lately it is rare to find people who care about
    anyone but themselves. However, there is one
    example from elementary school of a simple
    courageous act that may not be extraordinary, but
    it did show unselfishness and strength.
  • I remember back in elementary school there was
    a friend of mine named Matthew. One day we were
    in the computer lab listening to a lecture on the
    internet, and Matt and I were bored and started
    talking. We spotted demerits, or detention
    slips, on Mrs. Cuccerinis desk. Ignorantly, we
    stole the demerits while she had her back turned.
    After class we realized what we had done was
    wrong, but we knew if we gave them back it would
    be sure detention. Unfortunately, walking away
    was not going to be that easy. Next period, Mr.
    Raines came into our classroom and told the class
    of the incident with the demerits. He told us
    the whole class would be in trouble, if the
    perpetrators did not come forward. After a
    couple minutes of silence, Matthew came forward
    and admitted his guilt. When they asked if
    anyone else was involved, Matthew told them that
    he was alone. Matthew was given detention, and
    after school I realized how brave of Matthew that
    was and how cowardly it was for me. He had taken
    the blame and the detention, so I could go free.
    Even though this is not a blockbuster story, it
    is still a small act of courage that we rarely
    see anymore in life.
  • At the end of The Red Badge of Courage, Henry
    achieves what he was longing for throughout the
    book. He found the courage to keep on fighting,
    and at one point even led a charge against
    Confederate troops. He fought through his own
    personal issues and doubts, and was able to give
    his fellow soldiers faith when their hopes were
    faltering. He was able to fight through his
    greed, cowardice, and youth, and showed courage
    in leadership. He proved that anyone can be
    courageous, but there is a mental battle to win
    before you can begin to the fight the physical
  • Courage can be found almost anywhere out of
    almost anyone. It can be achieved in mental
    struggles as well as physical struggles. Courage
    can be shown by young students, adolescents in
    war, or even elders in nursing homes. Courage
    may be found in war, but battle is not needed to
    find this special value. It is always important
    to realize that no matter how small the act of
    courage it should still be considered very
  • This was an English assignment, in which we had
    to describe courage and give examples on what
    courage is. I am proud of this essay.

  • 1.      Over the year, I have learned how to put
    a story together, so that the reader is
    entertained throughout. I have learned about the
    different styles of writing, and I have
    discovered the styles of writing I enjoy most.
  • 2.      These writing exercises helped me write
    well-formatted and descriptive essays. The
    lessons about writing I have learned in this
    class led to a 600 on my writing prompt.
  • 3.      My best pieces of writing are my Japanese
    poetry. In my Tanka and Haiku, I was able to
    express my feelings in a short, few lines, rather
    than having to extend it out.
  • 4.      Whenever I ran into a challenge in this
    class, I just wrote with my feelings. I told
    myself that I should be having fun doing this,
    instead of stressing out on the writing. It
    always got me past the writing blocks in my head.
  • 5.      I tend to do a good job of putting comedy
    into my writing. I believe you should have a fun
    time reading my writing.
  • 6.      I learned that I may not be the best
    writer, but if Im having fun writing, than so
    will the people that are going to read it.
  • 7. I still need to develop my ability to put
    great imagery in my writing. I still need to do
    a better job of describing my story, so that the
    reader will be able to paint a more accurate and
    entertaining picture with my story.