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.
Does Nick Hornby plan his stories? ___________________________________________________________
What do Nick Hornby and Woody Allen share about how to get ideas for writing? ____________________________________________________
When he starts to write, what does he take as a starting point? ________________________ or ________________________________
What is the structure he has when he starts writing a novel? A _____________,a ___________________ in the middle and a kind of _______________.
Why can’t his brother-in-law, Robert Harris, use the same strategy when plotting?____________________________________________________
As a screenwriter, why did he think he was not a professional writer? ___________________________________________________________
Why doesn’t he like treatments?__________________________________________________
Does he revise his texts a lot? __________ How many drafts does he write? ____________________________________
A research study has looked into what happens inside your brain while you read and listen to music.
You know that thrill you get when listening to your favourite music? That exciting feeling down your spine when you hear your favourite melody or rhythm? According to a recent study, it seems the same thing can happen while you are reading, but not with every kind of text. This opens up fascinating questions around how music, reading and emotions are connected in the brain.
This is how I discovered this beautiful spoken song. It was published by @culturainquieta on Instagram and I couldn’t tear my eyes away…
IV. Write a short text answering the following questions: How do you think poetry and music are related? What do you prefer? Can you think of any songs or poems that stirred up your emotions? Which ones and why? (Remember to organise your ideas and use paragraphs and connectors. Write 80-100 words)
II. Go to the infographic and choose an area of the world. What are the OECD countries? Discuss with your group what countries protect women’s rights and what rights are still not guaranteed. Note down three facts you find the most striking.
The Guardian 2013
1- East Europe & Central Asia (23 countries)
2- East Asia & Pacific (13 countries)
3- Latin America & Carib (19 countries)
4- Middle East & North Africa (14 countries)
5- OECD (30 countries)
6- South Asia (5 countries)
7- Sub-Saharan Africa (36 countries)
III. Write an opinion essay on the topic: Women’s rights struggle is going for a long time. How have governments contributed to equality worldwide and what does it still need to get done?
II. Do you recycle plastic at home? Have you ever found plastic in the sea when you go to the beach in the summer?
III. Watch the video and fill in the gaps with the missing words (up to 1:16)
The world produces more than ______________________ tons of plastic every year including billions of plastic bottles and __________________ plastic bags.
Plastic is wonderful because it’s ____________________ and plastic is terrible because it is _________________. Almost every piece of plastic ever made is still on the planet in some form or another.
Half of all the plastic produced will be used just once and then thrown away. By _______________, when the population explodes to almost _______________ people, it’s expected that plastic production will triple.
The problem with that is that today only _______________ of the plastic that we produce is recycled.The rest ends up in our environment and it’s coating our lands and our oceans like a disease.
IV. Listen to the rest of the video and say if this sentences are true or false (correct the false ones)
1. Garbage thrown away in the USA can make its way to Asia.
2. There is one ocean current that pulls plastic into the center of massive gyres.
3. Seabirds pick up plastic off the surface of the ocean and they feed it to their chicks.
4.This provides scientific data in terms of where the plastic comes from, its distribution and how it breaks up on the ocean surface.
5. The plastic found in the stomach of the bird accounts for 5% of its body mass. In human terms it is equivalent to having 2 to 3 kilos of plastic inside our stomach.
6. 90% of birds have swallowed plastic at some point in their lives.
7. There is an equivalent of a large garbage truck every hour of every day dumping plastic into the ocean.
earth / evolve / environment / evolution / unlikely / however / diversity of life
II. Watch the video up to 0:32 minutes and answer the following question:
Why is the Earth the best planet for us?
III. Why do you think life can exist on the Earth? In pairs, think about possible reasons.
IV.Watch the second part of the video and complete the reasons why there’s life on Earth with the missing word.
surface habitableoceans atmosphere magnetic cosmic rays moon solar
We’re located in the ____________zone of a main-sequence star that doesn’t produce too many killer __________ flares.
We’ve got a thick _______________filled with oxygen and nitrogen that we can breath
The planet is large enough so that it’s still molten in its core with a rotating ball of iron that maintains a planetary _______________ field. This combined with a thick atmosphere protects the surface of the planet from _____________, the worst of ultraviolet radiation from the Sun and deadly solar storms.
We have plate tectonics that constantly recycle material on the _____________ of the planet bringing fresh chemicals up from its interior.
We have a relatively large _____________ which probably keeps our planet more stable in its axial tilt with tides that helped early life-forms transition from the oceans to the land. But not too big a moon.
We have huge ______________that help regulate the climate of the planet moving warm waters to cooler regions to make them more diverse and habitable.
IV.In pairs, write the introduction of your article on a Google Doc.