Sunday, 23 April 2017

SHAKESPEARE IN THE CLASSROOM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE!

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According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain of the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptised on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptising a newborn. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - 1^C LINGUISTICO

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Beauty and the Beast  is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740. 
A widowed merchant lives in a mansion with his six children, three sons and three daughters. All his daughters are very beautiful, but the youngest, Beauty, is the most lovely, as well as kind, well-read, and pure of heart; while the two elder sisters, in contrast, are wicked, selfish, vain, and spoiled. 
Continue listening and reading this fascinating story ...



Friday, 7 April 2017

HAMLET - 4^C LINGUISTICO

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Hamlet is generally considered the greatest revenge tragedy, if not the greatest tragedy, if not the greatest play, ever written. The central reason for the play's reputation is the character of Hamlet. His brooding (=gloomy), unpredictable nature has been analysed by many of the most famous thinkers and artists of the past four centuries. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe described him as a poet - a sensitive man who is too weak to deal with the political pressures of Denmark. 
The story of the play originates in the legend of Hamlet as recounted in the 12th-century Danish History, a Latin text by Saxo the Grammarian. Shakespeare was probably aware of this version, together with another play performed in 1589 in which a ghost apparently calls out, "Hamlet, revenge!" The 1589 play is lost, but most scholars attribute it to Thomas Kyd, author of The Spanish Tragedy of 1587. The Spanish Tragedy shares many elements with Hamlet, such as a ghost seeking revenge, a secret crime, a play-within-a-play, a tortured hero who feigns madness, and a heroine who goes mad and commits suicide.


Monday, 3 April 2017

MAGNA CARTA - 3^C

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Signed in June 1215 between the barons and King John, "Magna Carta" is Latin and means “Great Charter”. It was one of the most important documents of Medieval England. Read here and here.
Here you can find a PDF presentation of Magna Carta.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

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.

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.