miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

Elements of a Story


Dear students,

this post is related to `literacy´

Literacy = a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words ( i.e., read and write), and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

We have been talking about the novel you will read in the first term. The video below explains (hip-hop style) the 5 elements of a story: setting, plot, characters, theme, and conflict. Understanding what these five words mean in relation to a story will help you analyze any kind of novel or short story you will read in the future.

Both videos below are the same but the first one has the subtitles on and the second does not - so you may watch the video and do a listening activity trying to understand its message or you may listen to it and read along - the lyrics are below the video.






Setting, that's like where it's going down,
Could be the train compartment, a castle or a town,
Could be the Arctic winter - like To Build a Fire,
The temperature's dropping, excitement is getting higher,
Setting sets the scene so the scene seems set,
Could be the Italian restaurant where we met,
Setting gives us the where and the when,
Could be modern day, the future, or way back when.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Plot is the action, the quest for satisfaction,
What's going down, what's going to happen.
Four men at sea in an open boat,
Rowing and hoping that they can stay afloat. The plot:
They have to make it to the beach,
But the waves are big, and the shore seems out of reach,
Plot is a series of events... like Lemoney Snicket,
It could be crazy, wild or straight wicked.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Knock knock, who's there? Oh, it's the characters,
The people in the story who carry out the action.
Characters can be pretty, tiny or clean,
Characters can be silly, whiney or mean,
Juliet is a character, and so is Romeo,
Pokemon has characters and so does Yu-gi-oh,
Characters could be dogs, lions, or hippos,
JK Rowling chose Harry Potter. "Why?" Who knows!

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Uh-uh! Put your snack back in your backpack we're not finished!
Something gone wrong! That's the conflict kids,
A struggle in the plot, now who's on top,
Could be a fight for money, like some robbers and cops,
Could be an internal conflict - a struggle inside,
Like I don't want to tell the truth but I don't ever want to lie,
Flick something in your eye, now you're conflicted,
What created drama? The conflict did.

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

The theme of the story is the main idea,
The central belief or the topic that's in there,
It's usually something abstract like sacrifice,
Isolation or resurrection: we're back to life,
Like don't lie, don't practice libel,
The theme of To Build a Fire is survival,
Survival on your own like Fievel Moskowitz,
Flocabulary's something that you HAVE TO GET...

Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme,
Setting, yes these are the 5 things
That you're going to be needing
When you're reading or writing
A short story that's mad exciting x2

Thanks to Flocabulary for the video!


martes, 19 de septiembre de 2017

Song Of The Week, Jack Johnson´s "Better Together"


Let´s start the school year in a tranquil mood practicing some pronunciation with the song `Better Together´by Jack Johnson




lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2017

Back to School 2017


Welcome to the school year 2017-18!!




The video below is an open letter to students returning to school; quite a few important ideas about education there (make sure to click on the captions because the narrator speaks really fast)



In the next video you will get the description of some types of teachers you will find at school; I think there are some descriptions missing, do you agree? Anyway, good luck with all of them.

I do hope you will find someone to thank by the end of the year

 

The following video explains some ideas that I share and I believe in as a teacher; it is called "Transfer of Learning" and I tend to  (try to?) do that in my classes. This is how the video is summarized:  

Schools tend to measure student learning with grades and report cards, but how can educators be sure what they teach will stick with students once they leave the classroom?In this video explainer, Larry Ferlazzo, shares five ways educators can facilitate “transfer of learning” to help students make connections across subject areas and in the world beyond the schoolhouse walls.






Best wishes for a good and profitable school year!




jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Teacher Training in Summer


Some people ( most of them) think that teachers have the same holidays as students. Truth be told, we work really hard at the end of the school year and sometimes we take training courses in summer. This is what I am doing right now.


Go to this link if you want to know more about it: Harrogate. PIALE. July 2017


martes, 27 de junio de 2017

Goodbye For The Summer Break


With my best wishes for a great summer!



lunes, 19 de junio de 2017

The War in Syria, Lest We Forget

What is happening in Syria? 

`Searching For Syria´ is a webpage partnered by Google and UNHCR that explores the most common search queries that people around the world are asking about Syria; based on UNHRC verified data, the webpage tries to ensure that people will understand better the war and the events of the last six years there.


 

jueves, 15 de junio de 2017

Australian English & British English

Actress Naomi Watts  was born in England but she has lived in Australia for a long time; in fact, she thinks of herself as an Aussie. Sometimes people ask her where she is from because they cannot tell from her accent. In this video she teaches some Aussie and British slang.

Can you notice the difference in her accent when she speaks Australian English? 



viernes, 9 de junio de 2017

Manspreading



This is a photo of an ad on the NY subway. What is its purpose, in your view?

`Manspreading´: if you have not heard or seen this word before, what do you think it means? Focus on the word, is it a compound word? do you know all the words included in it? are there any suffixes? Once you have done that, try and define it.


`Manspreading´is all about body language. Since it includes the word `man´, do you think women do that too?

 Watch the video below and form your own opinion about this issue:








lunes, 5 de junio de 2017

Modal Practice









jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

Punctuation: The Comma













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