I’M MALALA : Our illustrations.

These are our illustrations of the story we are reading: I’m Malala.

These drawings represent some of the killings perpetrated by the Taliban regime in Malala’s town in Pakistan.

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Malala at UN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_sIP08PZ6I

Watch Malala at UN. Choose an extract and explain what relevance it may have for humans in general in your opinion. Write a paragraph (50 words)

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I´m Malala. Quiz 1.

http://www.gradesaver.com/i-am-malala/study-guide/quiz1

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Revision of tenses.

http://www.english-grammar.at/worksheets/tenses/t035-present-past-present-perfect.pdf

http://www.english-grammar.at/worksheets/tenses/t14.pdf

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Revising used to and be used to!!!! Let´s practise!

http://speakspeak.com/english-grammar-exercises/intermediate/used-to-be-used-to-get-used-to

http://www.englishspanishlink.com/ejercicios-ingles/be-get-used-to.htm

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Listen to Malala´s speech.

Listen to the speech. Post it in your blog and include three questions you would have asked Malala if you had had the chance.

http://blog.ted.com/malala-yousafzai-meet-my-father-and-my-mother/

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Revising Subjunctive Mood.

Do the activities and post the answers as a post!

http://grammarist.com/grammar/subjunctive-mood/

 

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Online Test

Read Passage A carefully and then answer the questions.
Passage A:

First fill in the gaps with the correct tense and then answer the questions.

The Sleeping Giant
A new and extreme tourist attraction………………..(just explode) on to the scene in
Iceland: Volcano Walking. It would appear, according to Trip Advisor, that
this is one trip that cannot be missed, despite the extortionate cost.
The idea of making Thrihnukagigur volcano accessible was the brainchild
of Ami B. Stefansson, a doctor in Reykjavik and a lifelong cave enthusiast.
He ………………………………..(study) caves in Iceland since 1954 and some would argue
that there is no-one who has more experience. Thrihnukagigur has always
been special to Stefansson ever since he was the first to descend down to
the crater base in 1974. Like most people who experience it, he was utterly
spellbound by its uniqueness and beauty and made it his mission to
protect and preserve this stunning natural phenomenon. Unlike others
who may have only seen the profit that could be made from walking into
the mouth of a volcano, Stefansson …………………(believe)   that the primary focus was
to treat such a grand natural wonder with the utmost respect, to protect
and defend it. The first ‘volcano tourists’ entered the volcano in 2005 and
it has since been labelled as one of the most unique tourist attractions in
the world.
Volcano walkers ……………….(take)to the mouth of the crater from where they
are lowered in a basket into the depths of the earth. People once thought
that volcanoes were portals to Hell and associated with death and destruction
and yet the entrance to the crater is awe-inspiring and almost
ethereal. The vastness of it can feel overwhelming; it is the size of a cathedral
and the Statue of Liberty could easily fit into the shaft. After 6
minutes and 120 metres, visitors arrive at the crater base. The ground
space is the size of three full-sized basketball courts placed next to each.

Practice Paper: Text A (pt2)
At the bottom there is a reverent hush. People whisper in respect to the
sleeping giant who has lain dormant for 4,000 years. The subterranean
walls are scorched with colours from a divine palette: magenta red, vibrant
purple, burnt orange, vivid green and honey yellow. The colour intensifies
in certain places where 4000 years ago the magma was pushed
out with brutal force. This is Mother Nature’s secret place, her private art
studio where visitors feel like trespassers. The protruding rock faces show
a tapestry of patterns and formations that have been moulded by heat,
pressure and time. Floodlights illuminate the walls and draw attention to
the beauty humans were never intended to see. A light rain weeps from
the porous rock above and covers the crater sides with a shine that makes
it sparkle. The scorch marks……………..(can see) close up – at one point in time
these rock faces were glowing red with fiery heat. This giant, although
sleeping, is still dangerous: an 80-metre drop into the void is disguised by
a collection of rocks close to where visitors stand.

It is a soul-enriching experience and visitors often report feeling deeply
moved by the beauty and tranquillity of something that was once so destructive
and angry. Confronted with this result of the unrestrained forces
of nature, it is hard not to feel small and powerless in comparison. Sadly,
the magical spell is broken when the basket appears, indicating that it is
time for visitors to return to reality. On the return hike, visitors walk
across the lava fields as though they are astronauts on the moon. They
pass enormous open wounds where the landscape is literally tearing itself
apart as tectonic plates slowly shift. It serves as one final reminder that
this giant is merely dormant, not dead.

Re-read the descriptions of:
(a) The volcano in paragraph 3, beginning, “Volcano
walkers… ”
(b) The crater in paragraph 4 , beginning, “At the
bottom…”
Select four powerful words or phrases from each paragraph.
Your choices should include imagery. Explain
how each word or phrase selected is used effectively
in context.
Write about 100 to 150 words

Explain the meaning of the words in bold. Use synonyms to explain them.

Finish these sentences in an appropriate way.

If I hadn’t visited Mary last week,…………………………………………………………………

If I could help Sue,……………………………………………………………………………………..

You need to study more if ………………………………………………………………………….

Why don’t you go to the doctor if………………………………………………………………?

Suppose you had the chance of moving abroad,………………………………………………..?

Jack can lend you the money as long as……………………………………………………………..

I wish I………………………………………………………….(BE) taller. I would love to work as a model.

I wish you…………………………………………………..(stop) smoking. It’s bad for your health.

Writing Task

Compare the two main characters of More than just the disease and Face. What do they have in common? Write a paragraph (90-100 words)Include at least one conditional sentence and one compound adjective. Include at least three of the following terms:

grope for – overcast- to prune- to scold- nosy- sip- to shiver- to hum- to quiver- reluctant- to coax- gloomy- to gleam- scorching hot- rusty- to scratch.

 

 

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Writing fantastic stories for kids.

Read the following fantastic story for kids before writing ours. Prepare a plan similar to the one below. Think of the values your story will transmit, the characters and the setting.

After reading the story The Lake Princesses analyse the features of this type of writing. 

  • How do these stories begin?
  • What do these characters look like?
  • What are the typical settings in place of these stories?
  • From the point of view of grammar what structures and tenses are present in the story?
  • Now write your fantastic story for kids. Include some visual element to attract the children’s attention.

Values

You don’t achieve things by waiting for them to happen, but by actively working to bring about everything that would help these things to happen.

 

Setting

An island in a lake

 

Characters

Two princesses and a monster

The Lake Princesses

 

A short story about clever strategy to liberate oneself

Only when the wicked King and his court of wizards and fortune-tellers had been overthrown did it become known that a brave Prince was destined to liberate the Princesses from their captivity.

When the wind carried this news to the island, it filled the Princesses’ lives with hope. The youngest, who was much sweeter and more beautiful than her sister, patiently waited for her love, making small decorations from flowers and clay, and singing love songs. The older Princess, however, didn’t enjoy having to wait.

“I’ll have to do something to help the Prince rescue me. At least so he knows where I am, or he knows what the lake monster’s like.”

Determined to help the Prince, she set to work, making signal fires, building towers, digging tunnels and a thousand other things. However, the terrible lake monster always did his best to scupper her plans.

As time went on, the older sister felt increasingly uncomfortable. She knew the Prince would choose the younger sister, so she felt there wasn’t much sense in keeping waiting. From that point on, she concentrated on trying to escape from the island and the lake monster, not worrying any more about the Prince or whether he would rescue them.

Every morning she would prepare a different escape plan, but the monster would always manage to ruin it. The escape attempts went on day after day, and always ended with the monster capturing her. They became like a game of cat and mouse between the Princess and her guard. Each escape attempt was more original and ingenious than its predecessor, and each form of discovery was ever more subtle and surprising. They put so much effort and imagination into their plans that at the end of each day the Princess and the monster would spend hours chatting like friends, about how they had each prepared their strategy. And when the moon came out they would say farewell, until tomorrow, and the monster would dive back down to the watery depths.

One day, the monster bid farewell to the Princess like this:

-“Tomorrow I will allow you to go. You are a clever and brave young girl. You don’t deserve to remain imprisoned like this.”

But the following morning the Princess didn’t try to escape. She sat by the water, waiting until the monster appeared.

-“Why haven’t you gone?”

asked the monster.

“I didn’t want to leave you here all alone. It’s true that you’re scary, and you’re enormous, but you too are clever, and you deserve something better than just guarding Princesses. Why don’t you come with me?”

-“I can’t,

answered the monster, sadly

-“I can’t leave the island, I’m attached to it by a long chain. You will have to leave on your own.

The Princess approached the terrifying beast and hugged it with all her might. So tightly did she hug the monster that it broke up into a thousand pieces. And out from among those pieces appeared a slim, smiling young man, with the same intelligent expression as had had the lake monster.

And so it was that the Princesses discovered their rescuing Prince, and that he had been with them all along. They hadn’t known that for him to rescue them, first they would have to rescue him. This was only made possible thanks to the spirit and positive attitude of the older sister.

And the Prince, being the clever young man he was, was in doubt about which Princess he would choose to marry… leaving the younger sister to her songs, her beauty and her sweetness,.. ever waiting for some foolish Prince that would love a girl with so little initiative.

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Writing fables for kids.

Read the following fable before writing our own.

  • What features can you find in this type of writing?
  • Comment on the characters. Who are they?
  • What about the message or teaching?
  • What about the vocabulary?
  • What type of verbs are used in them? Explain them

The Lion and the Mouse

letter lA small mouse crept up to a sleeping lion. The mouse admired the lion’s ears, his long whiskers and his great mane.

“Since he’s sleeping,” thought the mouse, “he’ll never suspect I’m here!”

With that, the little mouse climbed up onto the lion’s tail, ran across its back, slid down its leg and jumped off of its paw. The lion awoke and quickly caught the mouse between its claws.

“Please,” said the mouse, “let me go and I’ll come back and help you someday.”

The lion laughed, “You are so small! How could ever help me?”

The lion laughed so hard he had to hold his belly! The mouse jumped to freedom and ran until she was far, far away.

The next day, two hunters came to the jungle. They went to the lion’s lair. They set a huge rope snare. When the lion came home that night, he stepped into the trap.

He roared! He wept! But he couldn’t pull himself free.

The mouse heard the lion’s pitiful roar and came back to help him.

The mouse eyed the trap and noticed the one thick rope that held it together. She began nibbling and nibbling until the rope broke. The lion was able to shake off the other ropes that held him tight. He stood up free again!

The lion turned to the mouse and said, “Dear friend, I was foolish to ridicule you for being small. You helped me by saving my life after all!”

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