1.en.5 Newspapers: Past & Present

1.History of the Newspaper

Modern technologies allow people to inform themselves about current events in a faster way than in the past. However, for an extended and deeper approach to news we will still need newspapers, either in the old paper versions or the newest online ones.

We are going to learn a bit about the history of newspapers in order to start wondering what is all this fuss about being informed. Watch the following video and answer the questions below:

QUESTIONS 1:

True or False?

1. Roman citizens could buy Acta Diurna at the nearest newsagent.

2. Kaiyuan Za Bao was the first newspaper printed on paper.

3. Gazetta was the name of an ancient coin.

4. The oldest European newspaper is the London Gazette.

5. The funeral of the hero of Trafalgar was the first newspaper illustration.

6. Cartoons were first published in the XIX century.

7. The first newspaper to include news in its front page was the Daily Mirror.

8. The first tabloid was published at the beginning of the XX century.

2.Who reads the newspapers ?

Watch the following video. It’s from a British comedy called Yes, Prime Minister.

Yes, Prime Minister is a comedy sitcom which was very popular in the 1980s. It is set in the PM’s office. There are three main characters, Jim Hacker, The Prime Minister; Sir Humphrey Appleby, his permanent secretary and Bernard Woolley, his private secretary.

In the scene the PM and his permanent secretary comment on some recent news and the PM  classifies British newspapers by the people who read them.

Do you know the name of Britain’s current PM? Where does the British PM live? What public office in Spain  is the equivalent of that of PM? Where does he live? Who is currently holding this office in Spain?

Well, now you can watch the video and answer the questions below:

Questions 2:

1. What news has hit the headlines recently?

2. What has the PM decided to do about it? For what reason?

3. Look at the list of British newspapers in the box. What people read each of them according to the PM? Match the names of the newspapers with the descriptions.

 The Daily Telegraph     The Daily Mail     The Times     The Guardian            The Morning Star     The Financial Times     The Daily Mirror

a) People who think they run the country: …………………………………………………………

b) People who think they ought to run the country: …………………………………………….

c) People who actually do run the country: ………………………………………………………..

d) The wives of the people who run the country: ………………………………………………….

e) People who own the country: ……………………………………………………………………….

f) People who think the country ought to be run by another country: …………………….

g) People who think the country is run by another country: ………………………………….

4. Now, what people read The Sun according to Bernard, the PM’s private secretary ?

5. Think about Spanish National newspapers. Would you be able yo say what people read them? Do these newspapers cater for people with different social, political or religious views? You might need to ask an adult about this. I suggest you ask at home or somebody you trust. Bring the result of your interview to class. We will see whether everybody agrees.

DEADLINE: 15 October 2012

3.en.66 Renaissance Man: Learn while singing in English

With Vicent,  in your History Lessons, you are currently working on the Renaissance, so you are familiar with some of the most emblematic figures and artworks of this period. In English lessons we are used to sing along, aren’t we?

Historyteachers channel in You Tube aims at making learning history fun. Do you think they achieve it?

Try to identify the artworks, philosophers, writers and artists you had learnt about in your History lessons. The music is by a band called the violent femmes

Here you can see another video about Reanaissance painters with some comments written in English.

 

  • Which of the two videos did you like best?

Homework: You have a week to sort out the lyrics of the Violent femmes video. You know how we do it. Each person in the class must contribute. Write a sentence to the blog. Then,the next person must continue writing where the previous student left it. Hurry up! the sooner you do it, the easier.

2.en.36 A great site to explore Gothic Palma

Hi everyone!

I promised you this morning I would upload to your blog a link to an excellent web site about Gothic Palma. You have been working this epoch with Vicent, your History teacher, who has already uploaded several videos in English. This site, Palma Gòtica, gives you four language options: Catalan, Spanish, English and German, so it is a great tool to help you move from one language to another with little effort. Its visual support, drawings, images and videos make it really attractive.

HOMEWORK: Tasks that will help you become familiar with the site. They should be done for Friday 17th

Activate the English option and visit one of the emblematic buildings that appear on the site.

  1. Choose one building (its main features) and an aspect you would like to comment (a part of the building, a story, an annecdote).
  2. Situate the building in the interactive map.
  3. Investigate route 2, which proposes 5 different itineraries to explore five districts of the city.
  4. Use the histogram to compare the date when it was built with another building in Palma and  another one from Spain or Europe.
  5. Investigate route 2, which proposes 5 different itineraries to explore five districts of the city. Chose one itinerary andread about it. Find the key words you need to be able to explain it en English with the help of the map.
  6. Surprise your classmates with an interesting finding. Browse the site, choose your favourite aspect and post it to the blog.

Copy the answers and new words in your notebook and post the answers to the blog.

There are 13 buildings and you cannot repeat any building more than twice. So, the faster you do it, the wider choice you have. If you are are the second person to do a building, you must comment on an aspect of the building that your classmate has not mentioned. 

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1.e.29 let’s learn more about feudal times!

In 1.gh.18 Vicent uploaded a very good video about The Middle Ages. Well, by now you all must know what a moat is, so let’s see if we can learn more about castles in medieval times. Watch this video and pay attention to the following words:

draw bridgemoatnutches, bows, siege, arrow slit, wooden door, metal grate, murder holes.

Did you hear all of them?

Can you try to explain what they are?

  1. How many towered walls did most castles have?
  2. How many courtyards  were there?
  3. Where were the stables located?
  4. Where was the most fortified part of the castle located?
  5. Where did the lord of the castle live?
  6. Where did the lord of the castle eat his meals?
  7. What time did they have their big meal?
  8. How long did it last?
  9. Did they use forks?
  10. Why was the Lord’s table lifted ?

Homework : Friday 19th November. Post your answers to the blog and copy the vocabulary in your notebook.