Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

"Possibilities" by Wislawa Szymborska



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


  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, 30 March 2017

Ray Bradbury 

Ray Bradbury

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in Waukegan, Illinois, The United States 
August 22, 1920

June 05, 2012





Read about the author here:
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"The Flying Machine"by Ray Bradbury

I. Explain why these statements are true or false:

1 Emperor Yuan acted on impulse.

2 The people in his dominion led an uneventful life.

3 Emperor Yuan and the Flyer were both awed by the splendour of their inventions.

4 When the Emperor asked himself" What is the life of one man against a million others ?" he was very pleased with himself.

5 The Emperor did not seem to appreciate the magnitude of flying.

II. Answer this question:

1 What did the Flyer and the Emperor have in common and why were they both bewildered and afraid ?

Friday, 24 March 2017

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 ther main causes of conflict between parents and children nowadays?

3 Write down some information about the poet.


"The Brave Little Parrot"  Rafe Martin

Listen to the story here:

 www.youtube.com/watch ?v=mhAorrx6fGs

After you have read and listened to "The Brave Little Parrot", write down in a few lines  what you think the message of the story is.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

"Smart Ice Cream" by Paul Jennings

After reading the story do the activities below:

1 Describe the narrator .

2 Would you use the expression "It served him right!" to refer to his fate at the end of the story? Why /Why not?

3 Design a book cover for the story.

Read Paul Jennings´ biography here http://www.pauljennings.com.au/about.asp
and write the most interesting facts about it.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

"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:


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 ?