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Linking Words

In our Language class we have started working with linking words. We split into groups, and each had to focus on different types of connectors. I worked with Mara and Catu with the “addition” connectors.

These are our exercises:

– Cata is going out tonight…. Going to the cinema ….. To a bar

– Luna loves dogs… ,she is getting one for his boyfriend next week. Pato loves dogs…
– …, the demilitarization of the rhineland was … cause for the outbreak of the second world war.
– … with the policy of appeasement, there was … policy, the policy of isolation.
– Nico plays football two times a week, and goes to the gym once a week. … he studies and has good grades.
– Argentina is a large and extensive country. … she has access to the Atlantic Ocean.

And these are the posters our group and other groups made:

What are the important places in your life?

In our Language class, we studied the difference between place and space. Here is a picture that my friens, Florencia Araya, shared. I find it very graphic and easy to understand.

place and space

Therefore, we were asked to get in pairs or groups of three, think of a place that we share and brainstorm some ideas that we could talk about to then create a piece of writing about it.

I worked with Florencia Araya and Gonzalo Vazquez Avila, and instead of discussing a place that we share, we decided to talk about our countryhouses, that, even though we haven’t been together to each other’s, we are all very fond of them.

 

If there is a perfect place on earth, for me, it would be my countryside. Located in the outskirts of the huge city of Buenos Aires, “La Ventura” has an enormous place in my heart. Every time I visit it, it is like a new adventure. I go there since I was born so it’s a very special place for me. I remember the first time I went horseback riding on my own (and not with my father). It was midday of a scorching hot summer day. I was utterly scared and my heart was beating faster and faster every second. My father and my brother were besides me, riding other horses. I held the reins strongly and started riding. It was something I had never felt before. I was in complete control and could go anywhere I wanted. The fresh air blowing on my face and the smell of freshly cut grass could be felt in an incredible way up there.

Another thing I enjoy at my countryside is rain. Rain isn’t so common there, but when it rains it’s like a party for my family, literally. My grandma starts singing and everybody is clapping because of the rain. It seems like we are a very strange family (indeed we are) but, everyone is happy because the crops will grow bigger. When it stops raining a delicious smell is left. It’s like a mixture of flowers, grass and water. It’s awesome.

 When the sun comes down and the moon rises, my cousins and I go outside the house. We visit the yard, all with jars in our hands, looking forward to finding fireflies. It’s a very funny activity and we compete with each other to be the person with more fireflies in their jars.

 When I talked about this experience with my friends, I found out that they all feel the same as regards their country sides. Talking with them about it made me feel and imagine their ideal places and I think it was a very interesting activity.

Online test: The Gothic novel

This is out language online test we have to do for October 14th based on what we have been studying: the Gothic novel.

1)Theoretical background:

Publish an infographic including the main characteristics of the Gothic Novel as a genre. Name at least two relevant pieces of work and their writers.

INFOGRAPHIC!

2)Writing Task:

Imagine you had to interview one of the  authors of these stories: The Cask of Amontillado, The Monkey’s Paw and The Yellow Wall Paper. Choose one. Find out about him/her and write the interview. What would you ask them? What would they answer? Publish your interview. (10-14 exchanges)

INTERVIEW TO EDGAR ALLAN POE – THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

A: Good evening Edgar, I would like to ask you some questions.

B: Of course, darling. You may begin.

A: Could you tell me about your childhood?

B: Oooooh my childhood. I was born in 1809 in my beautiful London. My father abandoned my family when I was very young, and subsequently, my mother died from a fulminant cancer. I was sent to live with John Allan, a merchant. I always hated my foster family, until we moved to the USA, where John died and I inherited a lot of money.

A: What about your studies?

B: I went to study ancient and modern languages at the University of Virginia. I studied there for a year but I couldn’t afford it anymore.

A: Why did you enlist yourself in the army?

B: As I mentioned, I was very poor so I enlisted in the army to earn money. There, I made a lot of good friends who helped me to publish my first book titled “Poems”. After I published my book, I retired.

A:  Is it true that you were the first American that lived by the money he earned only by writing?

B: Yes it is, but I don’t recommend it. Sometimes, I had way lot of money that I could enjoy and waste. But also, I found myself begging in the streets for a penny. I think the key is to have a balance and always think in the future.

A: Did tuberculosis have a great impact in your life?

B: Of course. My mother and my father died from it. I already hated this illness but when I first saw that my wife, Virginia, had the same symptoms I felt I might go crazy.  I couldn’t stand my wife’s death. I started to drink uncountable amounts of alcohol and I was very depressed.

Description

This is the description I had to make for my language class with Pilar Pando, hope you like it!

Task: Write a description of a place you’ve been to on holidays. Focus on the natural environment and/or one person you’ve met. Include the vocabulary learnt in class.

QUEBEC

After long-lasting familiar discussions, we finally had chosen the destination of our journey. We were going on a trip to Canada! I have always thought Canada was very similar to the United States but I was completely wrong. Canada has nothing to do with the States.

I had never been to a country with such extreme temperatures like Canada. I hoped the breeze of the soft but crisp winter would delight me. I was very anxious and intrigued about this trip. Firstly, we were going to visit Quebec.

Situated in one of the most chilliest countries in the world, Quebec, is a unique city. What makes this city so special is the delightful blend of cultures it possesses. The strange but intriguing mix of the canadian, english and french traditions create a  particularly marvelous atmosphere.

Every day I walked through the gloomy,  mysterious and frosty allies was a totally new surprise. The french cozy pastries, the elegant chateaus and the blankets of snow that laid over almost everything in the city, were simply breathtaking.

The day we went skiing was an intense one. As I drifted through the snow-covered rocky mountains I could catch a glimpse of a black bear beneath a frozen pinecone. Although this activity was quite exhausting, when I reached the wooden cozy cottage and tasted the hot-creamy-chocolate, it was totally worth it. The warmth of the chimmney penetrated my skin and I felt like I was at home

I would totally recommend this place to people that are in love with winter, traditions and warm drinks. Also Quebec is a place for adventurous souls that are seeking for extreme experiences.

quebec

Online test

For my language class I had to do an online test. Here is my work!

Task 1.

Choose a poem by Benjamin Zephaniah and prepare an analysis. Write a paragraph explaining why you have chosen it. Focus on the message of the poem and analyse at least two literacy devices present in the poem. Then, find a picture to illustrate the ideas present in the poem and post it on your blog as well. If you are good at drawing you can also make a drawing of the poem yourself. Take a picture of it and upload it too.

Who’s Who by Benjamin Zephaniah

“I used to think nurses

Were women,

I used to think police

Were men,

I used to think poets

Were boring,

Until I became one of them.”

This poem is very short, it only has one stanza and seven lines. It doesn’t have a rhyme scheme. Here you can identify enjambment, you have to read the whole to stanza to understand the main idea (stereotyping is wrong). Also, this poem is very ironic because the voice starts mentioning all the stereotypes he had until he reaches to the part when he says “I used to think poets were boring, until I became one of them”. Here the message he wants to transmit is that not always stereotypes are right, he has experienced this. He used to think poets were boring until he became one oe them so here he’s saying that he’s not boring as he had thought. I chose this poem because it deals with stereotypes and stereotyping which is very common this days. We all have stereotyped once and it’s important to remind ourselves that this is an erroneous thinking.

I found these two pictures very interesting because they deal with stereotypes all over the world.

IMAGE 1

IMAGE 2

Task 2.

Write your own poem on one of the typical topics present in Zephaniah. Include at least one form of Inversion and highlight it. (two stanzas and a name)

THEY SAY

Muslims are terrorist they say,

Americans are ignorant,

Asians are yellow,

Aussies ride kangaroos,

but all I have to say is

incorrect they are,

and must be crashed by a car

 

And when I look

to the world I say,

Oh what a stereotypical place!

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