Writing Tasks

In our writing classes we have been doing some work. The first activity we did was related to the story “The Gold Cadillac”. We had to read the story and write and record in vocaroo a summary about it. Here is my recording:

https://voca.ro/6orJni61evR

I enjoyed this activity because I like reading very much, and the story talked about racism and segregation in America, some interesting and important things to read about.

At the same time, we have also been working with festivities. We did some group work about some important British festivities and then we did an individual writing about a local festivity that takes place in Argentina. I chose to write about the “National Sun’s Festival”. Here is my writing:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tDgvE3ULTpO0xZCigW9Oy7j0WfTIUkRKov0x8tgxKgc/edit?usp=sharing

Passive Voice Activity

Passive Voice:

  • We use passive voice when we want to focus the attention on the person or thing receiving the action.
  • The agent is the person or thing performing the action. He is the subject of the passive sentence.

  • Simple present: LIBRARY IS VISITED BY LITTLE GIRLS  EVERY WEEK
  • Present Continuous: IMPORTANT DECISIONS ARE BEING TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT
  • Simple Past: AT THE MUSEUM A HIVE OF BEES WAS FOUND
  • Past Continuous: WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED TWO MEN WERE BEING TORTURED
  • Present Perfect: STREETS HAVE BEEN BLOCKED BY PROTESTORS
  • Past Perfect: KIM KARDASHIAN HAD ONLY BEEN SEEN BY HER FANS ONCE UNTIL TODAY

The boy who harnessed the wind

1- Harness: control and make use of natural resources, mainly to produce energy.

2- William Kamkwamba is a Malawian engineer, author and innovator. He saved Malawi from starvation by creating a windmill that supplied them with water during the dry season, when no crops would grow.

3- Malawi is an African developing country. It is the third most poor country of the world. This is because food production is very low. Also, people are very poor because they earn their money from farming and fishing, so when there are droughts they are very affected.

4- William Kamkwamba realized he could save Malawi from starvation because of a book he read in his school’s library. It was about energy and explained how you could produce water out of wind with a windmill. With some elements like blue gum trees or his dad’s bicycle, the boy could do it.

5- Famine: Extreme scarcity/shortage/lack of food.

Starvation: Suffering/death caused by food.

These words are related to the movie “The boy who harnessed the wind” because in Malawi, as I explained before, there was a lot of famine and people died because of this, because of starvation, as they didn’t have any food.

7- “Nothing can stop the mind with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal. Nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.”

The quote is connected to William’s attitude in the movie because nothing could stop him from his aim. He wanted to find a solution. Once he had realized the windmill would save people from hunger by making crops grow again he did everything he could to build it. He never gave up. It didn’t matter to him that his friends left him alone or that his dad didn’t trust and support  him, he kept on working hard to find a solution to the problem until he succeeded.

 

8- Writing Task.

            THE KID WHO SAVED MALAWI

 

    Last week in Malawi, a miracle occurred. With fourteen years, William Kamkwamba, borned in a poor family, created a windmill out of bicycle pieces, blue gum trees and other materials. This not only saved him family from starvation, but his hole town, and probably, very soon, his country.

    Since he was little, William explains, he always wanted to attend school. He wanted to learn things, to study. One day the boy found an uniform in his bed and realized his dream was going to come true, he was going to go to school. However, this didn’t last much. Soon, his father didn’t have enough money to keep on paying for his son’s education. Anyway, the boy kept on going to the school’s library. Because of his reading, he created a project. He would create a windmill to produce water and save his family and town from the hunger they were suffering. It took effort, but after a lot of hard work, the windmill was built, and it worked. “I hadn’t seen people so happy for a very long time”, his father, Trywell Kamkwamba, explains.

    Now that the windmill has worked, many more will be built in Malawi and other parts of the world where there is famine. Everyone is very proud of William and his perseverance although he explains he couldn’t have done it without his father’s help. People call him “Malawi’s hero”.

    

    

 

War horse: activity

In our last Language class, we presented our work on the final activity we did on War Horse. My group was formed by Emilia Varela and Serena Braun and we had to present a medal Joey could have won, why he could have won it and what it each part represented.

We believe Joey deserves a medal because he was the most loyal horse, who would always look after and suffer the loss of his friends and riders and tried to get his beloved owner, Albert, back, and didn’t stop fighting until he got it. He also deserves a medal in honour of his braveness since he got wounded lots of times and never gave up. Moreover, even though he was scared he never even thought about running away and forget about Albert, his friends and all the people who were always by his side to look after him.

 We designed this medal like this because the red cross represent England, the little boy represents Albert and the loyalty he has toward him and the Horse represents Joey. Moreover, the horse represents his good friend Topthorn and the flags are of some of the countries involved in World War One.

War Article

In our last class of Language, our teacher told us to search for an article about a war and describe the words related to it. Here is the one I worked with:

Beasts of burden

The extent of the logistical apparatus that made the war feasible is almost impossible to imagine. Today, hundreds of tons of armaments remain to be discovered under the former battlefields of Belgium and France. The numbers and weights involved are vast: during the Battle of Verdun, for example, some 32 million shells were fired, while the British barrage preceding the Battle of the Somme fired some 1.5 million shells (in total, nearly 250 million shells were used by the British army and navy during the war). Railways, trucks and ships transported these munitions for much of their journey, but they also relied on hundreds of thousands of horses, donkeys, oxen and even camels or dogs for their transport. Field guns were pulled into position by teams of six to 12 horses, and the dead and wounded carted away in horse-drawn ambulances. The millions of men at the Front and behind the lines also had to be fed and supplied with equipment, much of which was again hauled by four-legged beasts of burden. Because of the deep mud and craters at the front, much of this could only be carried by mules or horses. Even the British army, which could boast that it was the most mechanised of the belligerent forces, relied largely on horse power for its transport, much of it organised by the Army Service Corps: by November 1918, the British army had almost 500,000 horses, which helped to distribute 34,000 tons of meat and 45,000 tons of bread each month. The animals themselves needed feeding and watering, and British horses had to carry some 16,000 tons of forage each month. In total, perhaps six million horses were engaged by all sides. Looking after these animals were specially trained soldiers, who knew how to care for such beasts from their jobs before the war, and who were also trained in modern methods of animal husbandry (although the level of training varied from army to army).

 

vocabulary

battlefield: the piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought.

shell: an explosive artillery projectile or bomb.

barrage: a concentrated bombardment over a wide area.

munitions: military weapons, ammunition, equipment, and stores.

hauled: pulled.

belligerent: a nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law.

forage:  search widely for food or provisions.

husbandry: the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals.

 

 

Language activities: “Goats tobacco”

In Language our teacher divided our class in groups that had to work on different chapters of the book “Boy” of Roald Dahl. I worked on “Goat’s Tobacco” with Santiago Guerrico, Emilia Varela and Manuel Carrizo. Here is our work:

Drawing:

Rap:

Hello I am Roald Dahl

And this is my rap.

When I was about nine,

My sister met a guy.

He was always with his pipe,

it never was out of his mouth.

As we hated him,

we made up a plan.

We put some goat droppings

Inside his pipe.

And with this,

we got him mad.

 

Dialogue:

Fiancee: Everyone in your family is crazy! But at least I have my pipe.

Sister: Please, don’t say that. They’ve been kind all the rest of the trip.

Fiancee: They almost killed me! I don’t find that nice at all.

Sister: They are kids, you need to understand that.

Fiancee: Your mother was in this as well.

Sister: She was just having some fun!

Fiancee: I will never come back here again.

Sister: If we get married you will have to do so.

Fiancee: Then I break up with you! You and all your family are insane!

Sister: How dare you?

Fiancee: I am gonna leave this place tomorrow and I’ll make sure none of you knows where I’m going.

Sister: Please, stay. I love you.

Fiancee: Then let’s escape together.

Sister: Fine.

Fiancee: And you must never see this people again.

Sister: Never! Go wherever you want! I will never leave my family!

 

Poem:

After feeling close to death,
the man recovered again.
We felt some pain,
But we enjoyed our game.

Now we feel shame,
as we caused a huge mess.
It would be a bless,
if we don’t have to meet him again.

 

Venn Diagram:

 

Fill in the blanks-tenses:

Roald _______ (like) to spend time with his sister, but when
she got engaged, he could not play with her. He ______
(hate) his ancient sister’s fiancee, while his sister _____
(love) him. The man __________ (be always smoking) pipe. As
Roald ____ (not like) him, and he _____ (not enjoy) being
with the Dahl family, he _______ (decide) to put goat’s
droppings in his pipe while he ________ (be)at the beach.
While he _______ (fill)the pipe everyone ________ (stare)
The man _____ (think) he was dying when he took the “goat’s
tobacco”, and he started ______ (say) that he wanted to get
out of there.

 

Fill in the blanks-vocabulary:

When Roald was about nine, he went on his typical family
trip to Norway. But this time, his ancient sister, who had
just ____________took her ________ with her. This man, was
always with Roald ancient sister and also smoking tobacco
with his pipe. One day, at the beach, a great idea
___________________: he would put goat’s droppings in his
pipe. While he was doing it, his sisters and mother were
_________ at him, but they didn’t do anything but ________.

Words to use:
staring-giggle-got engaged-fiancee-sprout in (Roald’s)
mind.