"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality" (John Lennon)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley: getting ready to visit a special house in Rome

In these two presentations 3rd year students will find some information on the life and works of two of the most famous British romantic poets: Keats and Shelley.
As on Thursday 5th we are going to visit Keats-Shelley house in Rome we read some poems at school as well as their biography some weeks ago.
Now it's time to review what we read so to be prepared about what we will see.

Clicking on the link below you will find info on Percy Bysshe Shelley and on Mery Shalley too.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Romeo and Juliet!

Talking about favourite movies with 3rd year students we came across Romeo and Juliet and ...
Every time I think of this play a song by the British band "Dire Straits" comes to mind and here it is.

Here is a scene from the 1968 movie directed by Franco Zeffirelli

And this is taken from 1996 movie with Leonardo Di Caprio

This is from 2013 movie with Douglas Booth

These are the verses at the beginning of the balcony scene, there are more, so if you are interested just ask me for the play at school!

Romeo and Juliet
Act II. Scene II.
The Same.  CAPULET’S Orchard.
Enter ROMEO.
  Rom.  He jests at scars, that never felt a wound.  [JULIET appears above at a window.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun!        5
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green,        10
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady; O! it is my love:
O! that she knew she were.
She speaks, yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.        15
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?        20
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See! how she leans her cheek upon her hand:        25
O! that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek.

Finally I think all of you know a bit about this story. Some weeks ago I found this very nice comic strip and I share it with all of you!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rosa Parks: a webquest with thinglink

3rd year students here are the questions for your webquest on Rosa Parks

1. When was she born?
2. Where was she born?
3. What did she do?

4. What was her job?
5. What was she famous for?
6. When did she die?

You can find all the answers on the following thinglink and you will also find a video and a song. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Martin Luther King: a webquest using thinglink

3rd year students here are the questions for your webquest on Martin Luther King

1. When was he born?
2. Where was he born?
3. What did he do?
4. What was he famous for?
5. How and when did he die?
6. What prizes was he awarded?

You can find all the answers on the following thinglink and you will also find a video and two songs

Friday, January 16, 2015

A special guest in Lugnano: our friend Dawn!

This morning students of the school in Lugnano had very special guest in class, in fact Dawn came to talk with all of them. She is our American friend and since last year help our students to improve their English speaking skills for free.

When she arrived she was immediately welcomed by some students and then we started the activity asking her questions on her life. 

The students were all very curious, willing to talk with Dawn and all of them asked a lot of questions such as:

Where were you born?
Do you like school?
Have you ever flown a plane?
Why did you decide to live in Italy?
What do you like most about Lugnano?
What's your favourite book, film, actor ...?
What do you do in your free time?
Do you like cooking?
Have you got pets?
What did you study at university?
What was your job?
Where did you work?
Where did you live before coming here?
... and many others! 

Dawn also brought a pleasant surprise for all of us: gingerbread cookies with a delicious icing 

 and we loved them! 

We were very happy and glad because she came to spend some of her time in our school, her presence among us is really  extraordinary and invaluable and for this reason we want to say a huge and sparkling

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Alastair and Helen: special guests in Giove

This morning 3rd year students of the school in Giove had very special guests in class, in fact Alastair and Helen came to talk with all of them. They are now our British friends and since last year help our students to improve their English speaking skills for free.

When they arrived they immediately introduced themselves and the students started to ask questions to get to know the two of them better.

Some of the questions were:

What Italian city do you like most?
What do you like most in Italy?
What is your favourite food?
Where were you born?
Who is your favuorite poet?
Which school did you go to?
What languages can you speak?
Where did you like in England?

The questions allowed the students to know more about our two guests. We talked about poetry, history, art, languages, food and much more.

Next meeting will be in February!

A big

to Alastair and Helen for their extraordinary, incomparable presence among us.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My favourite film: a mind map

Here is the mind map we created at school and that the students used to describe their favourite film.

If you loose the photocopy you can print it from here whenever you want to!