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? 

 




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 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) 




The artificial woman

17 01 2022

1. Do you know the story of Pygmalion who fell in love with his ivory statue Galatea? Read more HERE.

2. Listen to this song and your offsprings might well be spared… Read more HERE.

3. Is Samantha the perfect ‘woman’? Read more HERE.  

4. A timeline on US feminism you can complete and expand.




Witch hunts

3 01 2022

Final project: 

Write an article to present the work of a political artist who used her or his art to denounce a witch hunt. Explain the artwork and the message behind it.

 

1. Click on the pick to learn more about the ‘We the People’ campaign.

 

2. What is street art for? Learn more about Shepard Fairey

3. What is the link between the posters by Fairey and this video? Read more HERE.

4. Learn more about the “second red scare” and then take the QUIZ

5. Do you know how to spot a witch? Build up your vocabulary HERE.

6. Here’s another street artist’s contribution against scapegoating. Read more HERE.

7. Click below to practise your grammar skills




The Handamaid’s Tale: The opening

27 09 2021

Final Project: Act out an interview with a classmate. One of you is a Washington “Handmaid’s Tale” protestor and the other is a journalist.

1. How do red robes and white bonnets contribute to the impact of the protest? Read more HERE.

2. Listen to the audio recording of the first chapter. Read along as you listen HERE

3. Watch the trailer and list any dystopian elements you can spot (consider the voiceover, images and dialog). 

4. Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a dystopian regime has captured readers’ imaginations since its publication in 1985. What explains its success? Try the QUIZ.




Asking for mercy

9 03 2021

1. “Would you call this a man?”

2. Learn about the writer and his journey. Read HERE a passage from his book.

3. List the different steps and say why the process has come under criticism.

4. She argues that “law should be a tool for social change,” but who is Letitia James? 




Ordinary is just what you are used to

26 11 2020

1. Read along as you listen to the audiobook (Chapter 4 starts at 28:52). Use this MIND MAP for your analysis.

2. What are the brutal realities of the tale? Recap the main characters and roles HERE.

3. ‘There’s nothing in the book that hasn’t already happened.’  The reality behind the fiction.




Develop your English listening skills

11 10 2020

1. Watch this for some great tips. You can also visit their site for more. 

2. Listen for effective tips that you can use to improve your English listening skills.

3. Time for a bit of practice. Listen up to 1:35 and try to recap what you understand. Use this HELP

4. Can you sum up the message of this clip? Use this PAGE for help.

5. Sum up the story including enough detail. You can find some help HERE.