Tuesday, 5 September 2017

" Robert and the Dog" by Ken Saro-Wiwa

Answer the following questions about the story:

1 Why did Robert feel extremely grateful to his new employers?

2 Did anything alter this idyllic situation? Why/Why not?

3 What was Robert's viewpoint and how did he express his anger?

4 Who are the victims of  injustice in the story? Explain why.

Ken Saro-Wiwa was a political activist in Nigeria. He was a committed campaigner on human rights and environmental issues. He was hanged for his beliefs in 1995.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Dear 7 th year students,

Do the following activity for next week, please. Follow the instructions given on the website.


Monday, 21 August 2017

"Full Stop"

"Full Stop" by Alecia McKenzie

Reading Comprehension questions:

1 How do Carmen and her grandmother communicate?
   What is unusual and surprising about it?

2 What do we get to know about their personalities?

3 Have you found any contradictions in Grandma Scottie's behaviour?

4 Stand in Carmen's shoes and write some of her thoughts after her mother's visit.

5 Consider the title of the story carefully and write about it.

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.