miércoles, 16 de noviembre de 2011
During the First World War there was intense fighting in Flanders, (west Belgium). The battlefields were devastated and covered in mud and dirt. People died and so did plants and trees. But when spring came, red poppies flowered and brought hope to the soldiers who had survived the winter. Their red colour could be seen as a symbol of the blood of the dead, and their germination was also a symbol of the will to live on.
John McCrae wrote his poem "In Flanders Fields" in 1915, where he speaks of the poppies growing in the battlefield. And Moina Michael replied with "We Shall Keep the Faith" in 1918, promising to wear a poppy in honour of their dead. The tradition had began.
I would recommend you to read both poems and pray for peace.
miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2011
Last 26 September we should have celebrated the linguistic diversity that exists in our continent. Unfortunately we couldn't prepare things in advance and we did not do any special activity. So WE ARE SORRY!!!
If you want, though, you can check out this link where they give us some basic facts about all European languages (they say). Speakers of Asturian may miss some references to our local llingua; nothing is perfect, as it seems :-) .
martes, 27 de septiembre de 2011
Today we have been discussing surrealism in writing with BA1A. Coleridge's Kubla Khan was mentioned as an example of a poem composed while sleeping. Jorge Luis Borges mentions that Kubla Khan had Xanadu built after dreaming about the palace, so Xanadu appears to be a place that first comes up in dreams for artists to work on. Interesting!
Here are the first lines of the poem:
- In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
- A stately pleasure-dome decree :
- Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
- Through caverns measureless to man
- Down to a sunless sea.
- Now look at a sample of the poet's writings on the left. How would you describe his personality by studying his handwriting? Was he arrogant, outgoing, intelligent, shy... ? Was he pessimistic or optimistic? Use what you learnt in today's class and try to guess.
You can read more about Samuel Taylor Coleridge here.
lunes, 4 de abril de 2011
.-New York's sewage system is full of crocodiles which people bought when they were young and discard through the toilets when they start growing.
.-There's the ghost of a girl who stops your car at a bend of the road and tries to warn you to drive carefully (there are many versions of this particular legend).
Do you know any others? You can post them as a comment for everyone to read.
viernes, 1 de abril de 2011
Today is the first of April. On this day, it is traditional for people in English-speaking countries to "fool" others in a funny way (you know you have been fooled when you hear "Gotcha!!!" behind your back).
- It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and leave no doubt. --Mark Twain
- However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him. -- Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux
- [Politicians] never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge. -- Thomas Reed
- He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. -- François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld
- The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer
- Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom. -- Elizabeth Gaskell
- Looking foolish does the spirit good. -- John Updike
- Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed. -- Mark Twain
- A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. -- William Blake
- A fool must now and then be right by chance. -- Cowper
- It is better to be a fool than to be dead. -- Stevenson
- The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. -- Mark Twain
miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2011
viernes, 25 de marzo de 2011
lunes, 21 de marzo de 2011
domingo, 20 de marzo de 2011
sábado, 19 de marzo de 2011
viernes, 18 de marzo de 2011
miércoles, 16 de marzo de 2011
So far we could not show off this nice Lino canvas due to the limitations of the Educastur platform. But there it was all the time. Now it is here for you, in all its glory, thanks to Blogger :-)
Our 2ºESO B students have been busy writing their own comics from the material we work with in the classroom. They used the teacher’s tips to create their particular vision of the story.
You will be able to see the results soon. Stay tuned
Some people say we can breathe freely at last, now that smoking is forbidden near public buildings. We have not been able to find any ashtrays in the Rey Pelayo, but does anyone know how many fire-extinguishers there are in our school? And why are there so many in Building 3?
We have created a new Lino canvas with Halloween content. It is only a dirty laboratory for 2ºESO, but everyone is invited. You can move around and interact with it. So if you have something scary to say, just post it !!!
This is for my dear 2AC students.
If you visit this page, you can do an interesting quiz and test your knowledge of the book. Let’s see how many questions you can answer!
If you get more than seven questions right, you may post your name here
Shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold… Don’t these words “ring a bell”?
It’s St Patrick’s Day (or Paddy’s Day if we use the colloquial expression), Ireland’s national feast. On March 17th Irish people wear green clothes (green is Ireland’s typical colour) and hold parades all around the world.
You can learn more about the celebration at this link.
Now may I ask you a question: What do shamrocks have to do with St Patrick? And what is the relationship between leprechauns and this feast?
If you know the answer, write a comment. I’ll be happy to read it
Now watch a funny short video on St Patrick’s life:
Hello, my dear S2C students!
Don’t you think WALL.E is a friendly robot? People say hello when they meet for the first time, and robots can greet us, too
Why don’t we introduce ourselves to WALL.E ? We can say who we are, where we live, how old we are, what we like doing… And we can also show some interest for him and ask him about his life, job, friends… You can share your comments with your colleagues. Who can write the most original introduction?
(Remember you will need your Educastur username and password if you want to write a comment)
Here is the link to the film’s official website. Remember you can find a link to Frank Abagnale’s personal page in this same blog.
Catch me if you can “The true story of a real fake”
And here’s the trailer:
This youTube film shows how people can only pay attention to one thing at a time. They forget about everything else, even if the person they are talking to is swapped for a different one! Do you understand the directions the man gives to every person in the film?
(Click on the film to get redirected to the youTube page)
This is what our lovely school looks like these days thanks to the reform works.
I confess that I am tempted to start a new contest with the name,
DESCRIBE OUR SCHOOL’S CURRENT APPEARANCE!!!
For example, you could write things like:
Our school looks TERRIBLY MESSY !!!
or, Our school looks DEFINITELY SHABBY !!!
or even, IES Rey Pelayo seems to be UPSIDE DOWN !!!
The winners would get boots to help them move from one building to the next and some other useful prizes.
After so much
politics rhetoric I think it is time for us to relax and enjoy a nice song. I have chosen this one because it sounds funny. Don’t worry if you cannot understand everything they say (I don’t understand it ALL either).
As always, comments are most welcome
Some people say that Barack Obama speaks like Martin Luther King did.
Just a few days before he was assassinated, Reverend King gave his famous speech in exactly the same place where President Obama spoke on January 22nd. It is known as the “I have a dream” speech because of the words he used to express his conviction that some day white and black Americans would live and work together without any discrimination.
I am posting it here so that you can decide for yourselves if their styles are similar. The “I have a dream” part is at the end of the video.
Last Tuesday Mr Barack H. Obama became America’s 44th president. His speech is a good example of excellent rhetorical ability, so I thought I might post it here. His speech is 19 minutes long. I have divided it into two parts for your convenience. I would be sooooooo happy if you could post comments with the sentences that you understand. Give it a try!
A screamasax was a Viking short sword. This poem is an example of the use of “kennings”, where the writer describes something in a number of vivid ways without actually mentioning what is being described. It was a favourite technique in Anglo-Saxon and Viking literature.
If an axe was a dragon-tongue, what would you call a tongue? :
You may choose one of these options or invent your own. (There’s a prize for the winner, believe me!!!).
Write a comment with your choice.
Note: Teachers whose name starts with the letter “M” are explicitly excluded from the contest
the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse;
The poem which begins with the words above was written by Clement Moore in 1822. It tells children about the visit of Santa Claus, and has become a classic of Christmas-related literature. You can read it by following this link.
Our holidays begin tomorrow. I’d like to wish you all the best for these days.
Hi there, my BH2A students,
I would like to apologise for our last class in the IT (Information and Technology) classroom, a.k.a. (also known as) “aula modelo”. Things didn’t go as well as I had imagined, partly because of bad connectivity and partly because of me; I think I should have started something diffferent before I did so that you didn’t feel frustrated or disappointed.
Anyway, I am already planning a new class there :-). I hope this time Internet won’t let us down and we will be able to have some fun together.
Have a nice time
Follow your teacher’s directions and try and see if you can write a comment to this post.
I will try to add you as registered users as soon as possible, so that you can write your own articles and not only comments.
Remember you have to write a comment with the heading “Merry Christmas!” before Friday.
What do Tineo and England have in common? Well, you can find the answer in one of the links I have added to the links page. “An English corner in Tineo” is a blog where teachers and students at IES Tineo gather and comment on their teaching/learning experiences. It is very nicely laid out and in my opinion it is certainly worth more than a visit, as I think it will keep growing in the future.
After you come back, do not forget to post a comment here!
The video above was made by combining lots of photos of body parts from different people. If you like it you can stop the clip and try to describe the result. It may be funny, and it is definitely good practice!
Frank Abagnale Jr, the real protagonist of the film Catch me if you can has his own website, which can be visited here.
In it you can find information about what he has been doing since he stopped conning bank clerks into cashing him phoney cheques. It is definitely worth a visit.
Now we can send emails to the future!!!
According to Genbeta blog there is an internet service called Time Machiner , which allows you to write an email and "freeze" it for as long as you want. Then, on the appointed date, it will send the message to the address that you have chosen.
The problem is, though, will people still have the same email address in ten or twenty years' time?
The protagonist of the famous Disney film gradually falls in love with the beast, which may seem a bit strange considering Beast is a monster. Don't you think the film is telling us a case of identity crisis disguised (disfrazado) as a children's story? Feel free to post your opinions.
Or just mention other cartoons that speak about identity. I'm sure you will find some more Disney films that do exactly that.
Remember the man we talked about in class? The one who could play the piano but had forgotten his name? I have found a link to his real story; it was published on a British newspaper and you can read it here
If you are interested, but your English is not soooo good (I mean, if it is sooooo bad), then visit www.hombrepiano.com . The page is in Spanish
There is an episode in Homer's Odyssey where Ulysses and his friends are about to be eaten by a monster, a cyclops called Polyphem, who has trapped them in a cave. This monster had only one eye -and very bad temper. When he tried to kill Ulysses, this stuck a pole into his only eye (ouch!) and blinded him. Then Polyphem tried to catch the hero, but since he could not see, he was not able to get him. When he realised that they were getting away from the cave, he asked to know their names. Ulysses answered: My name is Nobody.
Now Polyphem was in very good relations with the gods. He called Zeus and complained: Nobody has blinded me with a pole!
And of course, Zeus did nothing to help him.
Do you know cases or stories where the name is used to hide your true personality? Please post a comment here and let us know.
I know that many of us may have had an identity crisis, especially when we are young, or when we become older.
Here I suggest some readings or films that deal with identity crisis in some way. Could you add more?
The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka (a novel)
Groundhog Day (atrapado en el tiempo), a film directed by Harold Ramis
Is being yourselves important to you? What does "being oneself" mean?
I made a mistake when I told you about Summerhill school. Contrary to what I said, decisions at the school are taken between both teachers and students.
I've been visiting the Summerhill website and I found a quotation that I think you will find interesting:
"No one is wise enough or good enough to mould ( moldear ) the character of any child. What is wrong with our sick, neurotic world is that we have been moulded, and an adult generation that has seen two great wars and seems about to launch a third should not be trusted to mould the character of a rat".
This was said by A.S. Neill, the founder of Summerhill, who you can see in the picture below:
You can read about the school in the following page:
Our 2ºESO B students have been busy writing their own comics from the material we work with in the classroom. They used the teacher's tips to create their particular vision of the story.You will be able to see the results soon. Stay tuned :-)