The Planners & The City Planners – Essay

We were asigned to write an essay about … with Senior 2, Pato corrected it and finally, we had to re-write it separetly.

This is my correction:

“The City Planners” by M.Atwood and “ThePlanners” my B.K.Cheng share ideas about man and nature. How far do you agree?

    ‘The City Planners’ and ‘The Planners’ share themes about humanity and nature, but in a negative way.

     Firstly, they both deal with modernization and the organization of the cities. In ‘The Planners’ we read “The buildings are in alignment with the roads which meet at desired points (…)”, “The country wears perfect rows of shinning teeth”. This meansthat everything is organized in perfect order, that the houses are all aligned and that they all look alike (uniformity). WHEREAS, in ‘The City Planners’, the writer refers to the roads, “the planted sanitary tres…”. Both descriptions refer to very boring man-made cities.

     Secondly, the poems are also about the negative side of modernization. About how the planners don’t care or respect nature as they “erase the flaws”, for example. Moreover, they don’t give importance to future consequences as they are ignorant, as they only think about themselves. “… in a bland madness of snows.” which means that they are blind and can’t see or don’t care about it. B.K.Cheng also says “They erase (…) the blemishes of the past…” meaning that the planners are destroying culture, nature and history. Anyway, nature shows that they are hurting her, she complains. “… whine of a power mower cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass.”, the autor uses alliterations here to reinforce the cry or the complain of nature for being cut and destroyed.

     Third of all, they mention how the planners are “greedy”, about how they want more, more money, expansion of the cities. “They have all the means”, “That is where the City Planners with the insane faces of political conspirators…” these quotes make reference to the fact that they have everything, money, land, authority, control, power as they are business men, they are the government,

     On the other hand, the planners also develop another theme. “But my heart would not bleed poetry”. By writing this, Boey Kim expresses his feelings, that the planners will not destroy art. That art will always ‘live’ in his poems. “They build and will not stop”. The writer has a negative view of modernization and progress. “Anesthesia, amnesia, hipnosis”. The autor uses this metaphor to say that they make sure that it doesn’t hurt and that we don’t remember the past as they are destroying it.

     In conclusion, these two poems are related with man and nature. The writers express these ideas in a disappointed and pessimistic way.

Summary Writing

We are learning how to write a summary of a strory, so Pilar asked us to make as summary of a story.

A man is walking through an isolated track when he hears the thrum of an engine which he thinks is of a car but when he looks up he sees an aeroplane out of control. He hides and the plane collides. He approaches to the accident to help.

We continue practising tenses “Future Forms”

  • Tell me 5 things you will have done today by the end of the day…
  • Tell 5 things you will be doing on Saturday at the time you are reading this exercise…
  1. – By the end of the day I will have gone shopping.

      – I will have eaten dinner.

      – I will have taken a shower-

      – I will have done my homework.

      – I will have watched TV.

First Conditional Exercise. Put the verb into the correct first conditional form

1. If I GO (go) out tonight, I WILL GO (go) to the
cinema.
2. If you GET (get) back late, I WILL BE (be)
angry.
3. If we DON’T SEE (not / see) each other tomorrow, we
WILL SEE (see) each other next week.
4. If he COME (come), I WILL BE(be) surprised.
5. If we WAIT (wait) here, we WILL BE (be) late.
6. If we GO (go) on holiday this summer, we
WILL GO (go) to Spain.
7. If the weather DOESN’T IMPROVE (not / improve), we
WON’T HAVE (not / have) a picnic.
8. If I DON’T GO (not / go) to bed early, I WILL BE (be)
tired tomorrow.
9. If we EAT (eat) all this cake, we WILL FEEL (feel) sick.
10. If you DON’T WANT (not / want) to go out, I WILL COOK
(cook) dinner at home.

Tenses

Our teacher Laura posted in her blog an excersise were we had to fill in the blank space with the correct form of the verb. This is how I completed it:

1. They HAVE BEEN in Chicago for 20 years (be).
2. I SAW a wonderful film in the cinema last night. (see)
3. The sun RISED at 6:38 yesterday morning (rise)
4. The sun SHINNED when the climber reached Mount Everest. (shine)
5. I promise that I WON’T TELL this secret to anyone (not tell)
6. Unfortunately, just as we got to the airport their plane TOOK off (take).
7. They GO to the movies only once in a while (go)
8. I was tired yesterday because I HADN’T SLEPT well the night before (not sleep).
9. Sh! Someone IS LISTENING to our conversation (listen)!
10. When I left the house this morning, it HAD ALREADY RAINED (already rain)
11. I think Bob IS LEAVING for London this very moment.(leave)
12. The plane WILL TAKE off in a few minutes. (take)
13. I GET up at 7 every morning but this morning I SLEPT long and I
DIDN’T GET UP up until 8. (get, sleep, not get)
14. I AM NOT WEARING my watch because it is being fixed (not wear).
15. This IS an easy quiz so far (be).
16. They ARE LIVING in an apartment right now because they can’t find a cheap house.
(live)
17. Everyone WAS SLEEPING when the earthquake hit the small town. (sleep)
18. She HAS BEEN LIVING by herself since her divorce (live)
19. I was angry that I HAD MADE such a stupid mistake (make).
20. I predict that by 2020, man WILL LAND on Mars (land)
21. He QUIT his job a couple of years ago. (quit)
22. Our daughter HASN’T GRADUATED from the university yet (gradate).
23. They DIDN’T SEND any Christmas cards last year (not send)
24. She GOES to a doctor once a year for an examination (go)
25. They WERE TALKING about me when I interrupted their conversation. (talk)
26. Nothing much HAD HAPPENED when I got to the meeting (happen).
27. My parents WILL BE in New York two weeks from today (be).
28. I MADE two mistakes in the last quiz. (make)
29. Unfortunately, our team DIDN’T WIN any games last year. (not win)

The League of Nations in the 1920s – Questionnaire

Our teacher Lenny left us some tasks while she went on a trip. This is one:

Hi!

Today, August 7th, you will be answering questions on the chapter of the League of Nations. Here are the instructions for the work:

  •  You can work in pairs, with the person sitting next to you. 
  • Create a post in your blog with the rubrics in this post and the slideshare with the questions. 
  • Answer the questions in your blog. If you do not have access to a computer, you may start answering your questions on paper. 
  • The final product, i.e. your answers, must be in a post in your blog. 

DUE DATE: August 14th. 

 

  1. To discourage agression from any nation, to encourage countries to co-operate especially in business and trade and to disarm and to improve the living and working conditions of people in all parts of the world.
  2. There was an election but Wilson wasn’t re-elected and the new government did not approve of the League.
  3. Because they had never approved of the USA joining the war against Germany so they did not want USA to sign the Treaty as it squeezed reparations payments out of Germany.
  4. That people thought that it would be as if they signed a blank cheque. That they thought that the USA had become a powerful country by being isolated, by staying out of European affairs.

6. Because the population was largely Polish. The League didn’t act about it because, at first, they protested to Poland but she didn’t withdraw, then they sent French and British troops to force the Poles out of Vilna but they did not and they didn’t insist because Poland could become a future German ally.

7. Because it was an important industrial región because of its rich iron and steal industry.

8.They didn’t solve it, Poland just kept Vilna.

9. That Finland should keep them.

10. Because an Italian general (Tellini) and his team were killed and the Italian leader (Mussolini) blamed the Greek government and demanded the murderers should be executed. But the Greeks had no idea who they were so Mussolini bombarded and occupied the Greek island of Corfú

12. Because before it was signed there was a general election in Britain and the new government refused to sign the Protocol worried that Britain would be forced to agree to something that wasn’t in her interests.

13. Because some Greek soldiers were killed on the border.

Todos tenemos dos personalidades

Ya que leímos el libro, Dr.Jekyll y Mr.Hyde, un cuento sobre un científico que separa sus ‘dos personalidades’; nuestra maestra Carol nos dijo que escribamos un texto de 200-250 palabras sobre si estamos de acuredo o no con la frase: “todos tenemos dos personalidades”.

Este es el que yo escribí:

     En mi opinión todos tenemos dos personalidades, una buena y una mal. En general, la buena predomina pero todo depende del estado de ánimo en el que uno está o por la etapa de vida por la que uno está pasando.

     Por un lado, tenemos características ‘buenas’ que forman la ‘buena’ personalidad o, mejor personalidad. Ya que es preferible ser amable y generoso que egoísta y amargado. Estos rasgos se muestran dependiendo de la situación en la que uno está. Por ejemplo, si te encontrás con una persona que no veías hace mucho tiempo, probablemente estés muy alegre y cariñoso. Sin embargo, por muy estable que sea una persona, siempre, en algún momento, hay algo que hace aparecer la ‘otra parte’ de esta.

     Por el otro lado, existe la otra personalidad, la que noes tan buena, la que es ‘mala’. Ya que las características que la conforman son negativas, como ser agresivo, pesimista, egocéntrico, entre otras. Por ejemplo, si te sacaste una mala nota en una examen te podes poner de mal humor y violento. De todas formas, esta ‘fase’ no se refleja tan a menudo como la anterior, pero todos la tenemos.

     En conclusión, todos tenemos dos personalidades que se reflejan dependiendo de lo que esté pasando a nuestro alrededor. Aunque la buena es la que, generalmente, más mostramos, todos tenemos una mala también.

Journal of a Journey

This is an exercise from our book Oxford English, page 53.

Last month, I went on a trip to Paris. It was a very short one as I only stayed there for four days but it was amazing anyway! To be honest, it was very stressful! First of all, I arrived at the airport, passed security at the right time since I had to board the plane at 10 p.m but they had me waiting until 2 a.m because the flight was delayed! Second of all, I stayed at a very poor and cheap hotel since I preferred spending the money that I saved from staying in an expensive one, on shopping. I was seriously embarrassed of staying in it! It was on terrible conditions! Anyway, besides all this, I had a blast! The first day I took a touristic bus that took me to go around the city. I got to see the Arc of the Triumph, the Eiffel Tower, the modern Arc of the Triumph and finally I got off the bus to do shopping at the Gallery Lafayette. The following day I went up the Eiffel Tower to the top. It was breathtaking! You could see everything because it was unbelievably tall!! Then I went to the Louvre Museum and finally I just went to rest at the hotel. The third day I went to the Notre dame Cathedral and took lots of pictures and finally the fourth day I left. It was the best trip I my life!

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