War Vocabulary

In our Language class we have read some extracts of stories and newspaper articles on war. We were asked to highlight words and phrases in relation to the topic, and then to chose some pictures and write a description with the phrases taken from the texts about them. I worked with Luz and Delfi and this is the descriptions that we made on the chosen pictures.

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Linking Words

In our Language class we have started working with linking words. We split into groups, and each had to focus on different types of connectors. I worked with Jose, Luz and Epi on “Condition”, this is the poster that we made:

These are the posters that our classmates made:

ACTIVITY: Fill in the blank.

1. __________ that The Rolling Stones come to Argentina, I will buy tickets for their show.

2. You may watch TV, _________ you do all your homework.

3. _______ you read the book you will understand the class.

4. _______ you realize you were wrong you will feel better.

5. ______ you had studied you would have passed the test.

6. ______ you were wondering i will go to the party

7. _______ i know you studied, i will give you a second chance.

8. I have done all of the work for the project, _______ you still haven’t done your job, and it is due tomorrow.

9. We were now sure ________ it will rain

10. You may go out tonight ________ you prove yourself loyal

What is an important place in your life?

In our Language class, we studied the difference between place and space.

Therefore, we were asked to get in pairs or groups of three, think of a place that we share and brainstorm some ideas that we could talk about to then create a piece of writing about it.

I worked with Cata and Gonzalo, and instead of discussing a place that we share, we decided to talk about our countryhouses, that, even though we haven’t been together to each other’s, we are all very fond of them.

 

The countryside, as a kid, seems like a place full of life and magic, and as you get older you become very fond of it and attached. With my mates, Cata and Gonzalo, even though we have never been to each other’s countryhouses, we have discovered that we share this emotion.

Although each place is different and special in their own way, we came to the conclusion that they share particular things that make them so significant to us. We all have many anecdotes, both good and bad, that we’ve made throughout the years since we were little with our friends and family. For instance, when mentioning rain, different memories came into the mind of each of us. Cata remembered that in her countryside, whenever there’s a storm, everyone starts clapping to celebrate since it is good for the crops; Gon described that he remembered the smell of wet grass and watching at night the lightings light up the sky; and I described that what came to my mind was my mother running through the house looking for buckets to put under the parts of the roof where water was leaking. These three memories, altohugh they are very different, put a smile on our faces as we looked back on them.

Putting anecdotes aside, many of the things that we remembered were connected to our senses. We all shared the different food that we ate, even though it turned out that we ate very similar things like meat, scouns and salads; and the sounds that animals made that we heard during the day.

So, in conclusion, we all realised that the love that we feel for our countryhouses is in fact shared. We all have a special place in our heart for it in our own special way.

Online Test: The Gothic Novel

As we’ve been studying the Gothic Novel as a genre in our Language class, in order to test our knowledge on how much we learnt, Pilar prepared a test for us:

TASK 1: Publish an infographic including the main characteristics of the Gothic Novel as a genre. Name at least two relevant pieces of work and their writers.

This is mine: ‘The Gothic Novel

Untitled Infographic

And for the second task we had to prepare an interview to one of the authors of one of the three stories we read in class: ‘The Yellow Wallpaper‘, ‘The Cask of Amontillado‘ and ‘The Monkey’s Paw‘.,  following this task:

TASK 2: Imagine you had to interview one of the  authors of these stories: The Cask of Amontillado, The Monkey’s Paw and The Yellow Wall Paper. Choose one. Find out about him/her and write the interview. What would you ask them? What would they answer? Publish your interview. (10-14 exchanges)

I chose to do it on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author of ‘The Yellow Wall Paper’.

I: Good morning, how are you?

C: Fine, thank you.

I: I must congratulate you for your story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. It is amazingly well written and is incredibly powerful!

C: Thank you very much.

I: It portrays very well the reality that many marriages face. What would you call that?

C: I would call it the deterioration of a marriage.

I: And may I ask what it was inspired on? If it is autobiographical as many people believe?

C: In a way yes, it was. My first marriage to Charles Stetson was a very hard time for me.

I: During that time you suffered from a medical condition, right?

C: Yes, almost immediately after we got married I started suffering from severe depression.

I: And both in your life and in the story, while going through this, there was a baby.

C: Yes, there was. In real life for me it was very difficult to take care of my daughter, Katherine, since, as I mentioned before, I suffered from post-partum depression and in the story the narrator goes through a very similar thing with her child.

I: So it could be said that there is some sort of parallelism between your life and the narrator’s life?

C: Yes, definitely.

I: What was the purpose of writing this short story?

C: I am a feminist, I encourage women to become economically independent, so through this story, I wanted for women to feel identified and to know that they don’t have to stay in that situation.

I: And you are the living example of that.

C: Yes, that’s right. I myself got divorced, got out of that situation and am living a much happier life.

I: What do you believe is the reason for that happiness?

C: My second marriage. I am now living my life the way it’s supposed to be. Not by being almost completely inactive and oppressed.

I: And those things that you attribute to your first marriage are also reflected in the story.

C: Yes. The narrator is constantly having to rest while her husband goes to work which again, represents not just my life, but the lives of many women.

I: Well, congratulations for your success with this piece of work! And thank you for coming and answering these questions!

C: It was my pleasure! Thank you for having me!