And girls will be women

11 09 2020

Speaking task – Pair-work presentation:  compare and contrast the two trailers below, highlighting the similarities and differences. Use the points you have noted in this  worksheet to shape your response, and aim for a lively and informative presentation style.

1. To what degree is this a more modern version of the original book? Study an excerpt from the novel HERE

2. Observe the painting closely (click on the pic to access a larger version and use either of these two APPROACHES) and listen to the recording (till 01:40). What changed for middle-class girls in the 19th century?

 

3. What happens to the four sisters in this coming-of-age story?

4. What is ‘Visual Literacy’? Learn more with the Toledo Museum of Art.

 




The Power of Words

6 05 2020

Your final project: 

CHOOSE A BRAND / PRODUCT AND CREATE YOUR OWN ADVERTISING SLOGAN

1. Click  below to learn more about the real story of this WWII poster. Take the QUIZ. Read more HERE.

2. Click on the pic. Do you recognize any of the slogans featured? Do you know the brand or product they advertise? Which one do you think is the best / the worst? What are its strengths / weaknesses? 

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3. Choose one slogan and explain why you think it is so effective. What do you think are the “golden rules” for a good slogan?

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4. Watch the clip. What makes a good slogan? Sum up the recipe for success.

5. Click on the pic to do a reading comprehension and some grammar exercises about advertising slogans. You will also find out more about your final task. 

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All animals are equal

25 03 2020

1. The pigs have reduced the principles of Animalism to Seven Commandments. Click below to study a passage from the book. 

2. ‘Animal Farm’ was the first animated feature produced in England. 

3. Click below to learn how the CIA played a central role in getting the movie done.  




On and around Animal Farm

11 03 2020

YOUR TASK: choose  any two or three documents (texts, visuals, videos, audios…) and build up your student portfolio. You can combine pieces related to either or both of the works we are studying this year (i.e. Oscar Wilde’s play and George Orwell’s novella 🙂 

1. Click on the pic below. Why did T.S. Elliot refuse to publish Animal Farm? Read more HERE

2. Do you find this graphic novel to be faithful to Orwell’s original?

3. Listen to this punk version of Old Major’s song. Analyse the original HERE.

4. What was Roger Waters’ source of inspiration for this album?

5. Listen to the audio book until the end of chapter two. List the main events of the story and answer this QUESTION. Read it in print HERE.




‘Four legs good, two legs bad.’

8 02 2020

1. A few terms to remember: find out about fable and allegory. Find out more HERE.

2. Learn more about the novella’s historical background.

3. Who was George Orwell? What was his motivation for writing?

4. More on the historical and political context.

5. Listen to the audio book version of the story. Read the story in print HERE.




The Power of the Word

18 12 2019

1. What is poetic meter? How does it work? What is the secret of the power of iambic pentameter? Take the test HERE.

2. What is the rhythm we always carry with us in our lives?

3. Hip Hop or Shakespeare?

4. Akala, the rapper. Analyse a few lines from this piece HERE.

5. YOUR TASK. Are you ready to write your own verses or rap in iambic pentameter? Revise the basics. Find more help HERE.

 




Wanting to break free

11 12 2019

1. What were women’s roles in 1950s’ America? Read more HERE.

 

2. Analyse and discuss this 1961 ad. How are gender roles portrayed? Click on the pic for some help.

3. What makes the scene important in the story? Read more HERE.