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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Podcasts


https://independentenglish.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/podcasts/

Dear Students,
I've posted a link that will help you improve your listening skills.

"Possibilities" by Wislawa Szymborska

Poetry


Possibilities

I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the Warta.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love's concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists
who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms' fairy tales to the newspapers' front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven't mentioned here
to many things I've also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose
to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.



By Wislawa Szymborska (Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996)
From "Nothing Twice", 1997
Translated by S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh
Copyright © Wislawa Szymborska, S. Baranczak & C. Cavanagh



 Assignment:




  1. Read the poem and then listen to it read by Amanda Palmer here: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/18/amanda-palmer-wislawa-szymborska-possibilities-poem-reading/
  2. Copy the lines you liked best
  3. Add five or six  lines expressing your preferences as the author has done




Thursday, 3 May 2018

Read this poem by Charles Causley :

"What Has Happened To Lulu?"

What has happened to Lulu, mother?
What has happened to Lu?
There's nothing in her bed but an old rag-doll
And by its side a shoe.

Why is her window wide, mother,
The curtain flapping free,
And only a circle on the dusty shelf
Where her money-box used to be?

Why do you turn your head, mother,
And why do tear drops fall?
And why do you crumple that note on the fire
And say it is nothing at all?

I woke to voices late last night,
I heard an engine roar.
Why do you tell me the things I heard
Were a dream and nothing more?

I heard somebody cry, mother,
In anger or in pain,
But now I ask you why, mother,
You say it was a gust of rain.

Why do you wander about as though
You don't know what to do?
What has happened to Lulu, mother?
What has happened to Lu?

Charles Causley

II Writing Tasks:

1 Write the letter from Lulu to her mother explaining why she has gone away and how she feels.

2  Have you ever felt like running away? What are the main causes of conflict between parents and children nowadays?

3 Write down some information about the poet.

 http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/charles-causley


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

"Crossing Over"

"Crossing Over" by Catherine Storr

Why do you think Catherine Storr wrote a story in which the main character dies?

Find the answer here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1325040/Catherine-Storr.html

Find out where and when the author was born and died.

Activities about the story:

a) Draw Togo´s face  and write down at least five adjectives that describe him.

b) If Togo was such an unpleasant dog, what kept the girl at the disagreeable task?

c) Describe Mrs Matthews fully.

d)Write down the sentences that give the reader a hint about the ending.

e) On a scale of 1 to 10, what number would you give to the story ? why ?



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

"The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury

a) Fill in the blanks with the right word:
Main characters:
The ____________: the sovereign or supreme male monarch of an empire
The ____________: the producer of something for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenuous thinking and experiment.
The ____________: a person who is employed to do work for another person.
Setting:
The Emperor's p___________ in the countryside surrounded by The Great _________ of ______________.
Plot:
The E______________ decides to e___________the F___________ Man whose beautiful and miraculous i____________ poses a serious threat to his d_________________.
Climax:
The e_______________ of the i__________.

II Replace the sentences below by similar ones used in the text:

1 "Don't kill me!"
_____________________________________

2 "Don't say a word!"
_____________________________________

3 "I am not compassionate. No, only very much confused and scared."
_____________________________________

4 "A man's life is sacrificed to save the lives of others."
______________________________________

5 "I must find comfort in this reflection." 
______________________________________

III Explain why the following sentences are true or false:

1 The Emperor of China and the inventor were very talented and they both saw the advantages and disadvantages of the flying machine.

2 When the Flyer called down to Emperor Yuan and his servant from the sky, they
waved to him.

3The end of the story clearly shows that Emperor Yuan would have loved to fly the machine. 



Monday, 16 April 2018

Activity based on "For Carlos, a Letter from his Father,"by Michael Morpurgo.

In no more than 80 words write down Carlos' explanation for not having forgotten his tenth birthday.
Use the sentence given to finish your writing.

 "The Second Gift"
............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
I still have this second gift, I have never grown out of it and I will never throw it away.

Extension:

Having read and heard about the war, express your views in a few lines.


Thursday, 5 April 2018


Michael Morpurgo:"It's good to focus on the universal suffering that goes on in any war"

Read the following article and get to know the background to Michael Morpurgo's short story

"Letter to Carlos."

https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/interactive/2012/may/02/michael-morpurgo-short-story