25/3/09

Knowing SHAKESPEARE...



LITERARY WEBQUEST ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE






1. lesson plan information:

* Instructional Level: Intermediate user.
* School Level: 13-15 years.
* Curriculum Areas: Language Arts, Literature , Drama and History.
* Class time: 1-2 hours.
2. Teacher guide:

+Objectives:
1. Develop an interest in learning about Literature and the English culture.
2. Develop confidence and resourcefulness in searching the web.
3. Develop the mathematic competence, the students will solve problems and they will interact in a creative way to fulfil their objectives.
3. Procedure:

STEP 1: Present a list of questions about the topic. (clear, concise and with short answers are best for this activity)
STEP 2: (optional) Present a list of useful links to carry out the webquest. This way the activity is more controlled by the teacher, it will be better for small students.
STEP 2: Group the students in teams of two.
STEP 3: Set a deadline for the hut itself (such as one class period)
STEP 4: The students will present their answers to the class. The fastest and the best answered questions will win the prize. The class can vote the best group.

The Questions for the WEBQUEST: Knowing Shakespeare!



1. When was William Shakespeare born?
2. Was he married? you have to give the name.
3. How old was Shakespeare when he published his first literary work?
4. How many sonnets did he write?
5. Tell the title of four of these sonnets.
6. Who are the main characters in the play " A midsummer night's dream"
7. Find the name of five shakespeare's works adapted to the cinema.
8. When did he die?
9. What's the name of his theater?
10. Find a basic definition of the typical elizabethan theater.
11. Who was the queen or king at that time?
12. How did he/she become king/ queen?
13. Give the name of the people who wanted to close the theaters in that time.
14. Name four of his comedies.
15. Is Othello a comedy or a tragedy?
16. How was the relationship between England and Spain ?
17. Where did Shakespeare take his inspiration for writting HAmlet?
18. Did he write about the roman empire?
19. What is the name of the two families who lived in Verona?
20. What is the full title of the work: the Merchant of............


List of LINKS :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare

http://shakespeare.mit.edu/

http://www.shakespeare-online.com/

http://absoluteshakespeare.com/

http://www.online-literature.com/shakespeare/

"Neither a borrower nor a lender be;For loan oft loses both itself and friend,And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.This above all: to thine ownself be true,And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man.Farewell: my blessing season this in thee!"--Lord Polonius, Hamlet Act I, Scene 3


Avril lavigne---SKATER BOY---


This is the video for the song we've worked in class. First we've listened to the cd song, and now, in our hour in the computer laboratory we can watch the music video, (an extra aid to understand the song better).By the way...
WHAT'S THE TOPIC OR MAIN IDEA EXPRESSED BY THIS ROCK SONG?
A) Double Standards.
B) A skater singer.
C) Betrayed Love.
D) Becoming popular.


AVRIL LAVIGNE'S SK8ER BOY:

VOCABULARY CORNER FOR THE SONG:
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- TO STICK UP your nose (stuck up, past): When you feel more important than other people because of their appaerance or richness. ( Mirar por encima del Hombro).
We also have the adjective Stuck-up: engreido, presumido.
- Come back down to earth: come back to reality. (Bajar de las nubes).
- Baggy Clothes: ( ropas anchas, holgadas) Skaters and surfers clothes. They're casual and wide.
- Not to be good enough for someone: When someone feels that you are not at his/her level. (no ser suficientemente bueno para alguien)
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Videos tu.tv




AVRIL LAVIGNE's WORKSHEET FOR THE SONG

24/3/09

Unusual Uses of Get and Have

Unusual Uses of Get and Have
have + the past participle

I have my oil changed once every three months.

or

get + the past participle

I get my oil changed once every three months.

Both sentences have the same meaning. What makes them different from the passive voice is the word order:

S + V + DO + V

Generally, when you use this word order, it sounds like you had some kind of work done for you. You paid someone or got someone to do something and you didn't do anything.


EXAMPLES:
He got his hair cut by a barber.

(A professional barber did the work.)

They had their house painted blue.

(Professional house painters did the work.)




She got her teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist.

23/3/09

welcome to London

This is the first of some great listenings from BBC to improve this skill in your students.

Listen to the conversation Here


Language tips - vocabulary
the Tube - the popular name for the underground train system (Metro System)the Underground - another name for the Tubea coach - comfortable bus usually used on longer journeys

get stuck in a traffic jam - you can't go anywhere because there are too many cars

convenient - easy to use

rush hour - the busy time in the morning and afternoon when everyone travels to and from work

Language tips - grammar
Comparative adjectivesMore convenient and quicker.Long adjectives like convenient use more to make them comparative, but short adjectives like quick use er to make them comparative.

19/3/09

14/3/09

Idioms beginning with A


These are some idioms starting with A, just to revise your knowledge about these difficult-to-learn terms:


about time = finally.
It's about time they got married. They've been living together for five years.
about to = almost, soon
He's just about to blow out the candles on his birthday cake.
after all = after everything that happened / despite the facts
This was an expensive car, but I decided to buy it after all.
all of a sudden = something happens quickly.
All of a sudden, the boy slipped while riding on his skateboard.
as if = similar; something has a similar quality.
His headache was so bad it felt as if his head was in a vise.
as soon as = after something happens; immediately after
Peter started to eat his food as soon as it was served to him.
as well as = and
She's strong as well as beautiful.

9/3/09

Reported speech practice

Here you are this complete activity for advanced students. You can print directly. I hope you find it useful in your classes.
Reported Speech Practice