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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

"No-one cuddles a crab" by Paul Cookson
http:/www.paulcooksonpoet.co.uk/newpoems.htm

NO-ONE CUDDLES A CRAB

In the shop window there were lots of  toys. Teddy the teddy, Ducky the duck, Mousey the mouse, Monkey the gorilla … and Colin - the crab. But no-one cuddles a crab.

Every day children would come into the shop. Some would choose Teddy the teddy, some would choose Ducky the duck, some would choose Mousey the mouse, some would choose Monkey the gorilla but no-one would choose Colin. Because no-one cuddles a crab.

And every day lots of new toys would come and live on the shelf – Stripy the tiger, Bobtail the rabbit, Laura the lion, Peter the panda, Carol the koala. All of them were soft and furry. There was even Squidgy the cuddly hedgehog. And then there was Colin. Because no-one cuddles a crab.

And because no-one cuddles a crab Colin never ever moved. Because no-one cuddles a crab his legs were bent. And because no-one cuddles a crab his once shiny pincers were very, very dusty.

And because no-one cuddles a crab Colin got pushed further to the back of the shelf and underneath all the other toys. Tusker the padded elephant was sitting on his long green tail, Harriet the hippo was flattening one of his short green legs and Charlotte the chimp was squashing his long green nose. And Colin was very sad and lonely. Because no-one cuddles a crab.

But one day a little girl called Daisy came in with her mummy. She didn’t want a teddy or a duck or a mouse or a gorilla. She didn’t want a tiger, a rabbit, a lion, a panda, a koala or a furry hedgehog called Squidgy. She didn’t want an elephant, a hippo or a chimp. She didn’t really know what she wanted until she saw a lonely pincer  sticking out. “ I want that ! ” she shouted. And Colin began to smile because usually … no-one cuddles a crab.

She straightened his nose, stretched out his legs and dusted his pincers. Daisy was happy and Colin was happy because even though no-one cuddles a crab, today was different.

Daisy cuddled Colin in the morning.
Daisy cuddled Colin when she ate her breakfast.
Daisy cuddled Colin while she watched her favourite television programmes.
Daisy cuddled Colin while she cleaned her teeth.
And last thing at night she cuddled Colin in bed.

Together, they played lots of games.
They played “Snap”
They played catch.
Sometimes they danced to music while Colin clicked his pincers
Sometimes they painted pictures.
Once, Daisy’s mum couldn’t find the cake knife so Colin helped out and cut the cake.
Once Colin used his teeth to cut off Daisy’s hair ( they both got into trouble for that )

Colin can be cheeky.
Sometimes he pinches chips from the plates when no-one’s looking
Sometimes he nips Daisy’s fingers
Sometimes he nips brother’s nose
Sometimes he nips Gran’s knees
Sometimes he nips mum’s toes
And once he even nipped dad on the …

But most of all Daisy and Colin cuddle. They are best friends and best friends cuddle, even if your best friend is a crab. Even though no-one cuddles a crab, Daisy does. Every day.  And every night.  Because no-one cuddles a crab – like Daisy cuddles a crab.
 Paul Cookson

Activity one:
Interior monologue: Write a paragraph( as if you were Colin) with the thoughts that must have crossed Colin's mind when he got pushed to the back of the shelf in paragraph five.( Do some artwork to illustrate your activity)

Activity two:
Write down a short dialogue between Daisy and her mother when Daisy saw Colin at the shop window.

Activity three:
What are crabs like?Where do they come from?How do they behave?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crab

Activity four:
Which was your first toy?Was it a stuffed animal?Did you take a soft toy to bed for company?Was it a toy or a blanket/sheet?Did you cuddle it?
 Would you buy a stuffed crab to a little child?Why/Why not?
www.britishcouncil.com

Trees

Why should people plant and care for trees? Read some of the reasons on the website below, choose 6 that you consider the most important ones, write them down and be prepared to discuss them in class:

https://www.treepeople.org/resources/tree-benefits


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.

http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/video-zone/why-do-people-migrate



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

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, 30 March 2017




Ray Bradbury 

Ray Bradbury

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


died
June 05, 2012


gender
male


website


genre


influences


Read about the author here:
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http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1630.Ray_Bradbury?auto_login_attempted=true

"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.

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


"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.