Charities to make this world better

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 We have been talking about how people can help other people. One way is donating to charitable organizations. 

I. How many charities do you know? In pairs, take one minute to think of as many organizations as you can. What type of organizations are they?

II. Go to the following website and complete the information about the types of charities that we may find. 

III. In pairs, choose a charity you find interesting and prepare a presentation. Follow the steps:

STEP 1. Choose a charity you think it’s interesting.

STEP 2. Go to Google and find information about it.

  • What type of organization is it?
  • Explain the history of the organization. When was it founded? In what countries do they work? How many people support this organization?
  • What actions do they take to raise money for their projects?
  • Choose one of the projects they have been working on and summarise it.
  • Why did you choose this charity? Why do you think it is important to support it?

STEP 3. Prepare a presentation. You can use any tool: Canva, Google Slides, Prezi, etc… Remember to add royalty free pictures and not down the source below the photo. 

 

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Horror Story Contest

Halloween’s coming!

I. Do you like horror stories? Why / why not? Why do you think some people love them?

II. Watch the following video and check what the ingredients of a horror story are. Listen and choose the correct option.

[Thanks to Clara Navarra]

This year you are going to record a horror story for a school contest. The best horror story will be watched in the classes on Halloween day. 

III.  First, you will have to write it.

[Activities designed by Anna Asián]

a) Let’s go through the structure and language of a horror story. Then, in groups, you are going to answer the questions to come up with ideas about how your story will be. Use this worksheet to note down your ideas.

b) Think about the vocabulary you will need.

c) Now it’s time to write your story. You can use the dictionary if you don’t know how to say something. (Cambridge Dictionary / Wordreference)

IV. Now, it’s time to record your story and create a video to illustrate it. Check this example:

a) Firstly, practice your pronunciation. Everybody needs to participate, so you need to decide who is going to say or read what. PRACTICE YOUR PRONUNCIATION AND CHECK WITH YOUR TEACHER.

b) While you’re reading, you can include sounds (a door creaking, a dog howling…). In this website, you will find different sounds.

c) You can record real images or use animation. There are different tools you can use: Animaker, Moovly, Canva, Animoto.

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Resources for higher level students

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What is your level of English? Take a free online test to know it.

VOCABULARY

  1. Check Joe-Flo’s word bank every day.
  2. Choose a topic from the list, listen to the video and do the exercises below. Remember to note down the new vocabulary.

GRAMMAR

  1. How are question tags used in English? Check it out and do the exercises at the bottom of the page.

READING

  1. Choose a piece of news from the paper and look up the words in the dictionary. Remember to note down the new words you learn (write the definition in English, the translation and an example). Once you’re done reading, you can write a summary and send it to your teacher.
  2. Go to the school library and choose a book to read. When you finish, write a review of the book for the school website.

WRITING

  1. Do the writing task and send it to your teacher for correction.
  2. Choose a task from the list: B1 tasks or B2 tasks. Do it and send it to your teacher for correction.

LISTENING

  1. Choose a listening topic from the list and do the exercises. Choose a B1 level or a B2 level of English.

B2 TESTS

  1. You can do some tests to practice for the First Certificate exam.
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Let’s Be Influencers!

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I. Do this consumer survey in groups of three/four and compare your answers. (Source: Together4-Oxford)

  1. a. What do you spend most money on?
  2. b. Are you saving for anything at the moment?
  3. c. Which shops or products are good value and which are a rip-off?
  4. d. What luxury brand would you buy if you could afford it?
  5. e. What products are popular with your age group at the moment?
  6. f. Which companies have the best marketing advertisements?

II. Some important brands use influencers to promote their products. In groups, discuss the following questions: (Source: Together4-Oxford)

  1. Do you follow any online bloggers, comedians, or tutorials? Which ones?
  2. Do you think that marketing influences you?
  3. Do you know any famous influencers? On what social media do you follow them? What do they promote?

III. If you were an influencer, what type would you be? Do the following quizzes to know it. Share your results with the people in your group.

IV. In groups, go to your social media and find examples of influencers. What type of influencers are they? For example, sport stars (fitness, yoga)…

V. Many brands use influencers to promote their products. Do you know any successful influencer marketing campaign on Instagram or TikTok?

In groups, you are going to read some examples. Answer the questions and then explain it to the rest of the class.

20 Influencer Marketing Examples
12 Examples of Influencer Marketing

Worksheet 4th ESO A    –   Worksheet 4th ESO B

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Christmas Ads 2021

Time for some Christmas ads!

Can you remember any special Christmas ad? What is the message they generally send?

In groups, watch one of the ads and explain it to the rest of the class. Try to do it with as many details as possible. Which story do you think is more interesting?

Now, watch them all. Who described them best? Does the best description match the best ad according to you?

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Writing a Horror Story

[Activity designed by Anna Asián]

I. What makes a horror story a horror story?

II. Watch the short tutorial on how to make your writing suspenseful and then answer the questions.

1. According to classic horror writer H.P. Lovecreaft, what creates the strongest kind of fear in a story?
 
a) Monsters
 
b) Fountains of blood
 
c) Fear of the unknown
 
d) Things that jump out

 

2. What effect does “a state of suspense” have on the audience?
 
a) The audience is terrified
 
b) The audience is satisfied
 
c) The audience does not know what’s going on
 
d) The audience anticipates what’s coming next
3. A “limited” point of view means that . . .
 
a) the story is told from the perspective of an omniscient narrator
 
b) the story is told from the perspective of a character who doesn´t really know what is happening or why
 
c) the audience knows more than the characters themselves
 
d) the story is told from the point of view of various characters
4. Suspense and tension can be created by . . .
 
a) using vivid imagery
 
b) setting the scene in a dark, sinister or deserted palce
 
c) using short or fragmented sentences
 
d) all of the above
5. “Dramatic irony” means occurs when . . .
 
a) the narrator says the opposite of what s/he means
 
b) the story is funny and serious at the same time
 
c) the audience knows elements of the story that the characters don´t know
 
d) the audience is kept in the dark until the end of the story

III. Now it’s time to write your story.

a) First of all let’s check the guidelines to write a horror story.

b) Now have a look at this specific vocabulary. What words are you going to use in your story?

Now you’ve already got the basics to write your story. Hands on!

IV. Once you’ve written your story, go through this rubric to check out whether your writing follows all the steps to be a perfect scary story. 

V. Design a booklet for your story.

 – Design a cover and choose a title for your story.

 – On the second page write a bio about the author (that’s you!)

 – Then write the story

 – Design the back cover. Write a summary or blurb and a design to illustrate it.

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Cinquain

Saint George is coming!!!!

It’s time to participate in the school’s literary contest. This year we are going to write a cinquain.

But what is a cinquain?

Have a look at this cinquain poem by Khaled, an adult intermediate-level ESOL student at the University of Oregon:

Nature
by Khaled

Nature 
Beautiful, pure 
Refreshing, enjoying, relaxing
Nature is healthy. 
Fun

I. A cinquain is a 5-line poem. An what is its structure? Match these parts of speech to the 5 lines in the poem:

PART OF SPEECH EXAMPLE IN THE POEM
a) 2 adjectives. They describe the noun in line 1.
b) 1 short, complete sentence about the noun in line 1.
c) 1 noun. This is a synonym for the noun in line 1.
d) 1 noun. This is the topic or theme of the poem.
e) 3 gerunds (verb + ing). They describe the noun in line 1.

II. Now check the structure:

 

Other examples:

River 
by Miki

River 
Clear, wonderful 
Slapping, whirling, flowing 
The river is cold. 
Water

Dove 
by Min

Dove 
Active, free 
Flying, sitting, crying 
A dove is free. 
Bird

Have a look at the poems written by Mireia Xortó’s students.

Now it’s your turn!!!!

[All activities inspired by PIZZAZ & the University of Oregon and the post has been adapted from Mireia Xortó’s blog]

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Patricia Highsmith and her criminal mind

Have you ever heard of Patricia Highsmith? Do you know any of her works?

I. Watch the video and fill in the gaps with the missing information about Patricia Highsmith’s biography.

  1. Born in her grandmother’s boarding house in _____________ in ________.
  2. She was born ______ days after her mother divorced her father.
  3. Her mother went off to Chicago to be an _______________ and left her with her grandmother. This was the author of much of her _________ in later life and she never forgot.
  4. She had a wonderful ability to ___________ herself in her work.
  5. Her interesting mother was the ______________ for every noir bitch that turned up in her writing.
  6. She wrote two famous books turned into _________ :”Strangers on a train” and “The talented Mr. Ripley”.
  7. Hichcock thought her work was too _______________ and he toned it down.
  8. The film version of Mr. Ripley isn’t as  ______________ as the book.
  9. Both men and women found her extremely seductive but she has a preference for ___________. 
  10. According to the speaker, she was an obsessive, homicidal, ______________ lesbian who never ceased thinking about ___________.

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About Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is a British writer, novelist, screenwriter, and essayist. He is also a music and literary critic as well as songwriter. As a philanthropist he set up a kids literacy project called “Ministry of Stories” aimed at helping children and young adults develop writing skills and to help teachers inspire their students to write.

PRE-WATCHING – Check the meaning of these words.

tentpole / treatment / ministry / debt / charity / background / to grant / literacy / dystopian

I. You’re going to listen to Nick Hornby talk about different topics. In this first clip he talks about tips to come up with ideas for writing. Listen and answer the questions.

  1. Does Nick Hornby plan his stories? ___________________________________________________________
  2. What do Nick Hornby and Woody Allen share about how to get ideas for writing? ____________________________________________________
  1. When he starts to write, what does he take as a starting point? ________________________ or ________________________________
  2. What is the structure he has when he starts writing a novel? A _____________,a ___________________ in the middle and a kind of _______________.
  3. Why can’t his brother-in-law, Robert Harris, use the same strategy when plotting?____________________________________________________
  4. As a screenwriter, why did he think he was not a professional writer? ___________________________________________________________
  5. Why doesn’t he like treatments?__________________________________________________
  6. Does he revise his texts a lot? __________ How many drafts does he write? ____________________________________

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