3.en.83 Peer correction. Improving Andrea’s summary

Last Friday, the diary was not published. Andrea had sent a paragraph which really needed some improvement and I opened a google doc to give you the opportunity to correct  your peers.

The initiative was not very successful, but some students gave it a try. Congratulations to those who made an effort: Philline, Emil, Lovepreet and Sarah Borrás.

Friday 15th April English lesson summary
First attempt: Andrea’s version

ENGLISH: Today in English we started to prepare San Jordi’s day. We talked about the post about the Great Figure poem and we started with the preposition, in the poem there are some prepositions and we learnt and we classified them, and with the partner we made a list of the prepositions we know. Later Maria explains the stressed syllables. After we recited the poem and we talked about the Easter task:
Books -authors – characters – narrator – pages – stories – publishers – spoilers – set – climax – key words – ending – chapter – parts –
genres – comedy – thriller – detective – horror – play – memories – biography – imagination – fiction.

Emil’s correction

Today at study class we began by trying to remember all the words that appear in the Great Figure(3.en.75 Some poems and paintings to prepare Sant Jordi’s).

Later, we wrote all the prepositions of the poem in our notebooks sorting them in different categories, like position, if they produce movement… After that, we wrote down  the difference between : among and between:

Among – is used when we speak for more than two things.

Between – is used when we speak for two things.

Then, Maria explained what stressed syllables (sílaba tónica) and unstressed syllables (sílaba átona) are. At the end of the class,  we recited in groups the poem “Great Figure”.

Sarah Borrás’  SUMMARY
In English session we talked about Sant Jordi’s day. Also, we did the vocabulary of the Great Figure’s poem. Then we recited that poem in groups of 4 people, except Rodrigo, Pilar and Philline. We started with prepositions and stressed syllables.


In study class we worked with prepositions. We classified and analyzed them. These prepositions were from the Great Figure’s poem. Then, we added more prepositions that we knew.

Lovepreet Kaur

ENGLISH: Today in English we started to prepare San Jordi’s day. We talked about the post about the Great Figure, the poem that Maria uploaded, we recited it in groups, and Pilar, Philline and Rodrigo, did very well the onomatopoeia.  Later Maria explained the stressed and the unstressed syllables. We  also talked about  Easter.
This is the vocabulary that we have revised, and we have to make an acrostic or something related with the book day, with those  words.
Books -authors – characters – narrator – pages – stories – publishers – spoilers – set …

Philline Vicente’s contribution
Today in English class we prepared Sant Jordi’s Day. We read ‘’The Great Figure’’ poem. we learned some new prepositions such us: Near, under, behind…., we classified then in groups such us: ‘Movement’ and ‘Position’, and Maria explained to us the difference between ‘’among’’ and ‘’between’’.
Later, in groups of four we recited the poem, except, Pilar, Rodrigo and me, we did the onomatopoeia. Then, Maria explained the stressed and unstressed syllables.

Well, I hope you realise how useful peer correction is. Working collaboratively the results are much better!

3.en.82 Easter tasks: the Canterville Ghost and some grammar practice

What do you think of this quote? Oscar Wilde was very witty, so he is a never ending source for quote lovers.

During Easter, you must read a short adaptation of a classic book The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde. The book is a parody of gothic novels but also a humorous picture of the culture clash between a sixteenth-century English ghost and a late nineteenth-century American family.

We’ve been doing lots of work with Onomatopoeia , if you had to produce a sound track for a gothic novel  you’d need to be able to produce...spooky sounds.

wind, especially howling rain, especially blowing
doors grating on rusty hinges sighs, moans, howls, eerie sounds
footsteps approaching clanking chains
lights in abandoned rooms gusts of wind blowing out lights
characters trapped in a room doors suddenly slamming shut
ruins of buildings baying of distant dogs (or wolves?)
thunder and lightning crazed laughter

You can download the text in pdf from hereYou can also read it directly in the site, and do the comprehension question exercises.

The site where this version of the Canterville Ghost is found, English on line grammar 4U,  is also very good to do some revision of verbal tenses and exercises.

I recommend you to do 4 sets of exercises:  simple present, present progressive, simple past and irregular verbs (levels 0,1 and 2). After Easter, we shall start writing short narratives and you cannot make mistakes with these basic tenses.

Post to the blog the time you sit down to do the exercises and feed back on the ones you do. Remember to keep a record of the time it took you to do them.  After Easter there will be a test on the Canterville Ghost. Further information on Oscar Wilde by clicking here.

3.en.80 First illustrated poems on the blog: Judit and Pep Toni’s

We have spent some lessons working with poems. We started with Acrostics, then with Haikus, Limericks and  Cinquains. Taylor wrote a poem full of onomatopoeias and alliterations and we rapped along with Michael Rosen.

We recited and payed attention to rhythm and rhyme.  We learnt about patterns, and verse combinations. We counted syllables and noticed the stressed and unstressed ones. We looked at the classics (Shakespeare) and at some modern ones (William Carlos Williams). We learnt some poems by heart and tried to memorise  them collaboratively. Much more fun!

We learnt the difference between metaphore and simile and the power of words. We learnt that poetry is not necessarily long and difficult to understand, though it can be so.

We used an on line application to help us get started and some good results came out of it. Now you will decide which poem you’d like to illustrate and learn by heart for San Jordi’s day.

The first two ones to arrive were Judit and Pep Toni’s. They are very nice indeed!

I will open a new google doc presentation for you to upload your illustrated poems. 

  • Tuesday 19th April will be the deadline. 

Here you have the first examples. By Tuesday, I hope everyone will have finished the task.

A new set of poems has just arrived (Monday 18th 20:·30)

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3.en.79 flash mobs, carrot mobs, smart mobs

We have talked about publicity and innovative campaigns several times in English lessons. Do you remember the theory of fun? the musical stairways in Stockholm?  which aimed at making pople change their behaviour by making  things attractive and fun to do?

Well, this post has to do with publicity and changing your consumer habits. Ideas spread fast in a wired world. Flash mobs are part of this phenomenom. I’m sure that all of you have seen them in You tube, on TV or you might have even taken part in one.  This weekend there was a piece of news in El País about one of these initiatives taken place in  Zaragoza. You can read the whole article clicking hereHere follows a link to the web page where you can find more about the origin of this idea and the campaigns they are involved on.

Here’s a video.

  • Would you say that it is just another way of making money?
  • What makes it better than a boycott?
  • What kind of media did they use to advertise it?
  • Can you see any drawbacks?
  • Would you say it is a good idea?
  • Would you change your consumer habits if you knew part of the profits would revert in a good cause?
  • Have you learnt any new words?
  • Did you hear the following words and expressions?  ” instead of” sustainable” “to go green” “a chord” “hardware store” “bike locker” “local business” “good impact”
Homework: Post your answers and comments to the blog for 2nd May

3.en.78 Rock along with the prepositions

Last Friday we looked at the different kind of propositions in William Carlos Williams poem, don’t you remember. Then, you got together in groups and ended up with a large list.

  • Watch this video. Are there any new ones you had not written on your list?

By the way, I sent you a mail to google group asking you to improve Andrea’s diary. I have not got any answers so far, only Lovepreet.

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3.gh.5 Esquemes del tema 8

3.en.76 Some images and haikus to trigger your inspiration

Some haikus with images to trigger your inspiration.

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