lunes, 26 de octubre de 2015

WRITING TASKS: Technology

Love it or hate it, modern technology is here to stay.  This set of technology writing prompts will help you think about ways technology impacts our livesWhat if they had to do without a favorite device or gadget? What if they owned a personal robot? What about wearable technology? Invite your teens to choose from these prompts and explore the possibilities!

1. Computer Crazy

Think about one form of technology you can’t imagine living without. Is it television? Minecraft? Your smartphone or iPad? Write an essay explaining why you’re so crazy about this technology, and tell what you would do in its place if it were taken away for a week.

2. Past Meets Future

Imagine that a time machine has transported you back to an earlier civilization or historical era. Poking through your backpack, you discover some rope, a pocket knife, a roll of duct tape, and three modern technological devices. Where are you? What is the time period? What tech devices are in your backpack? Write a diary or journal entry about how you survive for 24 hours with the help of the items you have on hand.

3. Team Robot

Your uncle has given you an Anti-Lazy (“AL”) Robot for your birthday. Forget sitting on the couch while you order your robot around: AL only works when you do! If you take a break, the robot shuts down. When you start working again, it powers back up.
AL can help you with just about anything, but it cannot do things for you. For example, it can’t do all the dishes, but it can help you dry or put them away. It won’t do your homework, but it can help you figure out a hard math problem. Think of three chores or projects you and your robot could team up on. Describe how you will work together and what each of you will do to accomplish those three tasks.

4. Techwear

Wearable technology, once the stuff of old spy movies, is rapidly moving into the 21st century. Today, consumers can buy wristbands that count steps and track sleep, athletic shoes that monitor fitness, watches that double as phones, and smart glasses that function as a computer or GPS. Imagine that you have invented an exciting new item of wearable technology. Write a persuasive essay in which you describe this item, explain what it does, and convince readers to buy it.

viernes, 23 de octubre de 2015

CONNECTORS: Provided that

provided that

on the condition that. 

EXAMPLE: will come, provided that I am invited.  

                                          I will help you, provided that you pay me.

How to Carve Halloween Pumpkins





ORDINAL NUMBERS IN ENGLISH




Ordinal Numbers from 1 through 1,000,000
1stfirst11theleventh21sttwenty-first31stthirty-first
2ndsecond12thtwelfth22ndtwenty-second40thfortieth
3rdthird13ththirteenth23rdtwenty-third50thfiftieth
4thfourth14thfourteenth24thtwenty-fourth60thsixtieth
5thfifth15thfifteenth25thtwenty-fifth70thseventieth
6thsixth16thsixteenth26thtwenty-sixth80theightieth
7thseventh17thseventeenth27thtwenty-seventh90thninetieth
8theighth18theighteenth28thtwenty-eighth100thone hundredth
9thninth19thnineteenth29thtwenty-ninth1,000thone thousandth
10thtenth20thtwentieth30ththirtieth1,000,000thone millionth

jueves, 22 de octubre de 2015

lunes, 12 de octubre de 2015

English is weird

Creative writing

Creative writing.

CREATIVE WRITING ACTIVITY


http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/a-creative-writing-activity-a-dark-stormy-night?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bc-teachingenglish

Composition: Examples of Complex GRAMMAR STRUCTURES AND LINKING WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS you should be using


    Composition: Examples of Complex GRAMMAR STRUCTURES you should be using:
Here are some examples of important structures which should be used:

Participle phrases and gerunds up front:

"Reducing the retirement age would create significant difficulties for pension funds."
"Having been bullied at school, I know how psychologically damaging this can be."

Passives

"It is often forgotten that ..................."
"............. is considered to be ............."
".......has been linked with ........"
"The conlusion to be drawn is that ............."
    SOME USEFUL PHRASES FOR ESSAY WRITING

Presenting two advantages or disadvantages together:

  • not only ... but ... also
  • not only ... but also

Presenting two opposing views:

  • on the one hand, on the other hand

Expressing Contrast:

  • nevertheless
  • even so
  • even though
  • however
  • in spite of
  • despite
  • but
  • although

Expressing results:

  • because of this
  • therefore
  • thus
  • as a result
  • for this reason
  • consequently

Giving examples:

  • such as
  • like
  • for example
  • for instance

Expressing the opinion of someone else:

  • some people say
  • some people say that
  • many people say
  • many people say that
  • people often say
  • it is said
  • it is said that
  • according to


DOs AND DON'Ts FOR ESSAY WRITING: PAU.

DOs AND DON'Ts FOR WRITING

DOs
DON`Ts
  • Spend a couple of minutes thinking of ideas, choosing the best ones and the order you will discuss them in.
  • Try to have a good introduction. This creates the first impression on the examiner, and first impressions are very important.
  • Make sure that each paragraph in the main body of your essay has a clear topic.
  • Develop your ideas by giving arguments for the opinions you mention, and/or giving examples, or drawing a contrast, or by acknowledging the opposite point of view (if you have not planned to do that in the following paragraph).
  • Imagine that you are writing for someone who is not quite as well-informed as you are, so that you really have to make your points clear.
  • Try to use a good range of vocabulary.
  • Find ways to avoid repetition.
  • Use expressions such as "On the one hand," "Secondly," "By contrast," "Furthermore," "Last but not least," "All in all," etc, where appropriate, to make the connection between your sentences perfectly clear.
  • Vary the length of your sentences. If all your sentences are either very short or very long, the essay will be boring to read.
  • Use some of the advanced grammar structures you have learnt throughout the two Bachillerato years.
  • Keep one eye on the clock and leave yourself a minute or so to check your work. We all make mistakes, and if you can correct some of yours, you will save valuable marks.
  • Write out all numbers below 100 (forty-four, fifty, seven).
  • Use transitions and connectors to help you move from one sentence to another...
    However, Otherwise, Finally, On the other hand, Thus, Moreover, Yet, Equally important, In other words, In addition, First, Second, Last, For instance, For this reason, Similarly...


No contractions (shouldn't = should not, won't = will not)

No first or second person (I, me = first and you, our = second)
Detach yourself from the writing and the reader!

Do not use “dead”, empty words (for example, thing, stuff, good, very…).

Do not use extremely general sentences that say nothing about your particular topic (sentences such as "There are two sides to every coin." "Everything has its drawbacks." "Nothing is perfect." etc).
USE OF VOCABULARY: Do not just use the simplest expressions that come to mind first, and avoid repeating the same words if you can.


When you finish:
1. Check your spelling.
2. Check your grammar.
3. Read your composition again.
4. Make sure each sentence has a subject.
5. Make sure your subjects and verbs agree with each other.
6. Check the verb tenses of each sentence.
7. Make sure that each sentence makes sense.
8. Style and Organization:

    1. Make sure your essay has an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a summary paragraph.
    2. Check that You have a thesis statement that identifies the main idea of the essay.
    3. Check that all your paragraphs follow the proper paragraph format.
    4. See if your essay is interesting.

PAU. QUESTION NUMBER 1. WRITING AN ESSAY.

QUESTION NUMBER 1. COMPOSITION.

  1. PARTS OF A COMPOSITION

  • INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH
    The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay. It introduces the main idea of your composition. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and tells why your topic is important. To write this paragraph:
1. Write the thesis statement. The main idea of the essay is stated in a single sentence called the thesis statement. You must limit your entire essay to the topic you have introduced in your thesis statement.
2. Provide some background information about your topic. You can use interesting facts, quotations, or definitions of important terms you will use later in the essay.
- SUPPORTING PARAGRAPH
Supporting paragraphs make up the main body of your composition. They develop the main idea of your essay. To write a supporting paragraph you should first of all list the points that develop the main idea of your essay. Then you should place each supporting point in its own paragraph. Finally you develop each supporting point with facts, details, and examples.
CONNECTING PARAGRAPHS: To connect your supporting paragraphs, you should use special transition words. Transition words link your paragraphs together and make your essay easier to read. Use them at the beginning and end of your paragraphs. Examples of transition words that can help you to link your paragraphs together:
For listing different points
First
Second
Third

For counter examples
However
Even though
On the other hand
Nevertheless

For additional ideas
Another
In addition to
Related to
Furthermore
Also

To show cause and effect
Therefore
Thus
As a result of
Consequently

  • SUMMARY PARAGRAPH
The summary paragraph comes at the end of your essay after you have finished developing your ideas. The summary paragraph is often called a "conclusion." It summarizes or restates the main idea of the essay. You want to leave the reader with a sense that your COMPOSITION is complete. Restate the strongest points of your composition that support your main idea. Conclude your essay by restating the main idea in different words. Give your personal opinion or suggest a plan for action.



viernes, 9 de octubre de 2015

It is not happening here but, IT IS HAPPENING. QUESTION NUMBER 4.





It is not happening here but, IT IS HAPPENING. QUESTION NUMBER 4.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD? THE REFUGEE CRISIS

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR WORLD? THE REFUGEE CRISIS


In this video John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns" among others, discusses the Syrian refugee crisis and the growing number of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Eritrea crossing the sea with the help of smugglers to seek refuge in European Union nations.

Articles and excerpts to read and discuss:




The Reluctant Fundamentalist  (2012)

jueves, 8 de octubre de 2015

martes, 6 de octubre de 2015

lunes, 5 de octubre de 2015

TIME FOR A SONG - U2, "SONG FOR SOMEONE"

U2, "SONG FOR SOMEONE"



U2 formed in Dublin in the fall of 1976. Since then,  they have been one of only a few bands to achieve consistent commercial and critical success across three decades.  U2 has charted success on its own terms on both the artistic and business sides of the music industry. From the band's earliest days in Dublin, Ireland, to the present, U2 has broken free from the traditional limitations of what a rock band -- and rock music -- could and couldn't do. By combining an original sound with honest lyrics and a challenging social message, U2 has earned the respect of their peers and critics, and an almost fanatical following of fans around the world.


This is their story

Song for someone - Tasks

1. Watch the video, listen to the song and complete the lyrics  (Task 1 HERE)

2. Watch the video and write a short story inspired to the mini-film (Task 2 HERE)

3. Read a short article about the video and the song



Read 10 things you didn't know about Bono and answer the questions in the WORKSHEET (Task 3)

AVOID USING VERY

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason,  and laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”



wikientry
very
ˈvɛri/
adverb
  1. 1.
    used for emphasis:
    synonyms:extremelyexceedinglyexceptionallyespecially, tremendously
    ,immensely, vastly, hugelyMore
adjective
  1. 1.
    actual; precise (used to emphasize the exact identity of someone or something).


  2. 3.
    with no addition of anything else; mere.


    synonyms:meresimplepure, pure and simple, plainbasic