Wednesday, 1 March 2017

THE VICTORIAN AGE - 5^C AND 5^D LINGUISTICO

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The Reform Bill of 1832 gave the middle class the political power it needed to strengthen the economic position it had already achieved. Industry and commerce flourished. While the wealth of the middle class increased, the lower classes, thrown off their land and into the cities to form the great urban working class, lived ever more miserably. The social changes were so fast and brutal that intellectuals rapidly gave way to attempts either to justify the new economic and urban conditions, or to change them. The artists of the age had to deal in some way with the upheavals (=disorders) in society, the evident injustice of affluence (=wealth) for a few and squalor for many, and, emanating from the throne of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), an emphasis on public rectitude and moral propriety.
Here you can find a mind map of the Victorian Age.


MARCH

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

HAPPY PANCAKE DAY!

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According to Christian tradition, Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday is the last day before Lent. It is also known as Shrove Tuesday.
Here you can read about this movable festival which  is determined by Easter.


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THE BLUEBERRY STORY

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Do you know why schools shouldn't be run as businesses? Read here a clear-cut article about this controversial issue.

Monday, 27 February 2017

JOHN STEINBECK

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John Steinbeck, American author and winner of the Nobel Prize in 1962, was a leading writer of novels about the working class and was a major spokesman for the victims of the Great Depression in the 1930s, during which time millions of people lost their jobs.

He was born in Salinas, California, on 27 February 1902.   
He was the type of author who liked to know his material firsthand. He didn't want to narrate a story which had no basis in fact. Thus, many of his works take place in California, where he lived, and they deal with subjects which he thoroughly understood. Within his novels are characters who seem to breathe the very reality of life itself. Read here.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

REVISING BEOWULF - 3^C LINGUISTICO

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Here you can find my previous post about Beowulfthe longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest. More than 3,000 lines long, Beowulf relates the exploits of its hero, and his successive battles with a monster named Grendel, with Grendel’s revengeful mother, and with a dragon which was guarding a hoard of treasure. 
Here you can download a PDF presentation.

It is to be noted that there are many similarities between J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Beowulf.  
Tolkien uses many concepts found in Beowulf.  In fact, he was a professor of Anglo-Saxon, and an expert on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem. Read here.


Friday, 10 February 2017

THE TEMPEST - 4^C LINGUISTICO

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Here and here you can find my previous posts about this delightful Shakespearean play.  
You can read The Tempest here and you can find a fascinating interpretation of the play here   -  it contains echoes of Shakespeare’s earlier plays, and the powerful art that Prospero possesses can be compared to the playwright’s theatrical art.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Saturday, 28 January 2017

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - 4^C LINGUISTICO

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A Midsummer Night's Dream was written in 1595 or 1596, at about the same time as Romeo and Juliet. There  are evident plot links between A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, both plays give emphasis to the conflict between love and social convention, but the plot of "Pyramus and Thisbe," the play-within-the-play of A Midsummer Night's Dream, parallels that of Romeo and Juliet. Critics have wondered if Romeo and Juliet is a serious reinterpretation of the other play, or just the opposite  -  perhaps Shakespeare is mocking his tragic love story through the farce of "Pyramus and Thisbe."
Most critics believe the play was written for and performed at an aristocratic wedding, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.
Here you can find my previous post about this enchanting play.


Saturday, 14 January 2017

LEWIS CARROLL

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Lewis Carroll, author of the children's classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, died on 14 January 1898. 
Here you can find a detailed analysis of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Sunday, 8 January 2017

MY SUNDAY MOVIE

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Here you can read a review of the movie.

Sunday, 1 January 2017