The heart asks pleasure first

13 04 2022

1. What elements make the story feel somewhat Gothic?  

2. How do fairy tale and Gothic elements ‘haunt the edges’ of the novel?

3. What are the ingredients of the genre?

 




How to change people’s minds

11 04 2022

Your task: Convince your headmaster to allow the screening of a trial movie or series.

1. Watch this trial movie online.

2. How can one man, ‘alone against all,’ win?

3. Has prison become a normal life event for some people in America? Read more HERE.

4. How do you define justice? 

 




Best sales pitches

1 04 2022

1. What is your favourite sales scene? Check out this top-ten list.

2. What makes this approach effective? Read more HERE.

3. Do you think this presentation was successful? Why?




The Real Peaky Blinders

23 03 2022

1. Click on the pic to listen to a BBC podcast about the real Peaky Blinders. Read more HERE

2. The Birmingham’s sloggers were just one of many street gangs. Learn more HERE.

 




Jobs people would die for

20 03 2022

1. Watch the clip and sum up the “story.” Give as many details as you can. Find some help HERE

2. What does Andrea’s job consist of? Read more HERE.

 

3. Click on the pic and do another reading comprehension exercise.

 

4. What do you want in a boss? Click on the pic and take the survey. Learn more HERE.




What makes a modern TV hero?

19 03 2022

Final task: choose one option HERE

1. What do you learn about Birmingham, the Peaky Blinders and Tommy?

2. Can you draw a portrait of Tommy Shelby? Read more HERE  

3. How well does the song render the figure of Tommy Shelby and the feel of the show? Find the lyrics HERE 




Screen Tourism

19 03 2022

1. What is screen tourism? Why is it important?

2. Why is Game of Throne the best thing ever to come to Ireland? Read more HERE

3. Click on the pic to find out about the impact of screen tourism in Britain’s second city. Study the text and fill in a MIND MAP

  

4. Complete your mind map with general info about Birmingham and its best tourist sites. Learn more about the Brummie ACCENT.




Playing with stereotypes

13 03 2022

Your final task: Create a vlog on the power of art.

1. Show that the poster uses both cliches and contrast to create humour and raise expectations.  

2. Pick out some of the arguments and language used in the trailer to ‘sell’ the movie. 

3. Click on the pic to find out more on the ‘Hays Code.” And HERE to read even more. 

4. Censorship in movies: what role did the church play? 




The place where it begins.

26 02 2022

Your project: Write a concept note on Irish heritage.

1. Watch the trailer and take notes. Say what the story is about (answer the 5WH & 1H questions). Learn MORE.

2. What do we learn about Jun Tzu’s ‘Troubles’ and dreams? Read more HERE.

3. What makes this movie both a universal story and a very Irish one?  

4. What do Catholics and Protestants have in common? Learn more HERE.

5. How are the people in Belfast feeling right now, after Brexit? Find out more HERE.

6. Pick out details about the history and significance of the  murals. Learn more HERE.




The magic circle

4 02 2022

Your project: make a presentation on an artwork that portrays “female power”.

1. Who shares the blame for Witch Hunts? Take the QUIZ.

2. What happened to Mary Webster in Puritan Hadley Massachusetts in 1684? 

3. What purpose does this ‘ceremony’ really serve? Read more HERE.

4. Analyse the objects of ‘power’. What is the message here? (click to enlarge the pic)