domingo, 29 de octubre de 2017


Resultado de imagen para IMPORTANTGo to the above label (2017 EXAMS) for details.
  • GROUP A: those who have PASSED the subject.
    • November 1st: Bring COMPLETE portfolio and STUDENT CARD to be signed.
  • GROUP B: those who have NOT PASSED the subject YET, but are CLOSE.
    • 2 BOOKS>>>ORAL evaluation.
  • GROUP C: those who HAVEN'T PASSED the subject YET, so you need to sit for MAKE UP tests..
    • WRITTEN evaluation: BOOKS
    • WRITTEN evaluation: LANGUAGE

  • Each GROUP is going to be evaluated on their OWN book (WHOLE book)
  • MAKE UP TESTS are NOT forever. You MUST/SHOULD/HAVE TO/OUGHT TO pass them NOW.
  • PORTFOLIOS MUST BE COMPLETE when you hand them in. You cannot hand in an INCOMPLETE portfolio. Pay attention to DATES.
  • The list of students who are to sit for the different make up exams was shared/read last class.

Our Poems.

Paste your CORRECTED poems in the board below:
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VERY EASY TO EDIT!!: Double click anywhere, drag files in, paste from clipboard, or click on the map to post.

ANOTHER BOARD for you to paste your poems.
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CHILDREN'S RIGHTS: poems & analyses.

Last class we worked with Children's Rights & you wrote IN CLASS:

  • a poem: click HERE to go to a SHARED DOCUMENT. ONCE it's been corrected, UPLOAD it to the interactive board.
  • an interpretation
  • an analysis
1- paste the poem, the interpretation of the text and the analysis (use the Chart of Children's Rights).
2- paste the THREE texts onto your portfolio.

DEADLINE: November 1st.

stella :-)

miércoles, 25 de octubre de 2017

The Ghost upon the Rail

This short story is considered an example of Australian GOTHIC  literature in colonial times.

fisher's ghost

"This story by John Lang is set in Australia in the early 1800s. John Fisher had come to Australia as a convict. He worked hard, won his freedom and became rich. One day a neighbor tells everyone that Fisher has returned to England. He says that Fisher asked him to sell all he owns and send the money to him. They all believe this until Fisher’s ghost turns up and spoils the neighbor’s day.
Although this story is far from a masterpiece, it is an important part of Australian literary history. As well as being the best-known short story of John Lang, Australia’s first native born novelist, it is also thought to be the first example of Australian Gothic fiction. Lang claims that the story is true..."
Would you like to GO ON READING? CLICK HERE

Check your comprehension by going to THIS QUIZ.

  • Read the WHOLE SHORT STORY and take down study notes.
  • Paste them onto your portfolio.
  • paste the QUIZ (with the CORRECT answers!)




miércoles, 20 de septiembre de 2017

Children's rights

The UN Convention consists of 41 articles, each of which details a different type of right. These rights are not ranked in order of importance; instead they interact with one another to form one integrated set of rights. A common approach is to group these articles together under the following themes:
  1. Survival rights: include the child’s right to life and the needs that are most basic to existence, such as nutrition, shelter, an adequate living standard, and access to medical services.
  2. Development rights: include the right to education, play, leisure, cultural activities, access to information, and freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
  3. Protection rights: ensure children are safeguarded against all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation, including special care for refugee children; safeguards for children in the criminal justice system; protection for children in employment; protection and rehabilitation for children who have suffered exploitation or abuse of any kind.
  4. Participation rights: encompass children's freedom to express opinions, to have a say in matters affecting their own lives, to join associations and to assemble peacefully. As their capacities develop, children should have increasing opportunity to participate in the activities of society, in preparation for adulthood.

To read something interesting, click on the title below:

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF

If you want to read the FULL version, click HERE


  • PART 1
    • go back to the poem: Harlem's Hopscotch,
    • state the TYPES of rights, according to the sources above, that are present in the poem.
  • PART 2:
    • read the summary,
    • chose ONE right from EACH TYPE,
    • write the NUMBER of the right you've chosen AND WRITE A BRIEF REFLECTION ON IT.


BONUS: songs for PEACE.

Leon Gieco: "SOLO LE PIDO A DIOS" by Outlandish.


Or do you prefer Bruce Springsteen's version?

Listen to the songs and enjoy them!


  • Write a SHORT REFLECTION on your portfolio connected to the CONTENTS of the song. NOT only an opinion ("I liked it because...I didn't like it ...) but a REFLECTION, your own analysis.
  • Look up the LYRICS of the song and add it to this portfolio entry.

DEADLINE: September 29th

st ;-)


Watch and listen to these two songs. Answer in the COMMENTS section: What is the connection that you can find between these two songs and Human Rights?

"Get up, Stand up", by Bob Marley.

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2

If you want to learn more about this song, go to WIKIPEDIA. Would you like to listen to the song and read the lyrics? Click HERE.

There are two Bloody Sundays in Irish history. The first was in 1920 when British troops fired into the crowd at a football match in Dublin in retaliation for the killing of British undercover agents. The second was on January 30, 1972, when British paratroopers killed 13 Irish citizens at a civil rights protest in Derry, Northern Ireland. The song is more about the second Bloody Sunday. (thanks, Céire - Dublin, Ireland)

The lyrics are a nonpartisan condemnation of the historic bloodshed in Ireland - politics is not something you want to discuss in Ireland. Bono's lyrics in the song are more about interpersonal struggles than about the actual Bloody Sunday events.

Bono used to introduce this at concerts by saying: "This is not a rebel song."

U2 performed this in Croke Park, the site of the 1972 Bloody Sunday in Dublin.

Bono started writing this with political lyrics condemning the Irish Republican Army (the IRA), a militant group dedicated to getting British troops out of Northern Ireland. He changed them to point out the atrocities of war without taking sides.

While performing this, Bono would wave a white flag as a call for peace.

Bono was trying to contrast the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre with Easter Sunday, a peaceful day Protestants and Catholics both celebrate.


Choose the BEST answers (at least 6!!) & paste them onto your portfolio.

DEADLINE: September 26th

This task is COMPULSORY, so your participation (in due time) will be assessed.

stella :-)

sábado, 9 de septiembre de 2017

POEM: "Harlem Hopscotch" by Maya Angelou

One foot down, then hop! It's hot.
Good things for the ones that's got.
Another jump, now to the left.
Everybody for hisself.

In the air, now both feet down.
Since you black, don't stick around.
Food is gone, the rent is due,
Curse and cry and then jump two.

All the people out of work,
Hold for three, then twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
That's what hopping's all about.

Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost, I think I won.

COPY THE POEM ABOVE and bring it to next class.

You can read more about her, and watch her videos and photographs if you go to her OFFICIAL SITE

A present!!

stella :-)

miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2017

Forbidden Clothes.

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Reread the short story and answer 
  •  Page 63 >>> ACTIVITY 1: 2,3 & 4
  • Page 69 >>> ACTIVITY 2: 1, 2 & 3. ACTIVITY 4:  1 &2 
  • Page 72 >>> ACTIVITY 1: 1 & 2 (NOT discussed in class!!)
  • ADD the NEW ENDING & the MORAL.

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Jamila Gavin

Paste the questions and answer them.



domingo, 16 de julio de 2017


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You're going to MAKE/WRITE/CREATE books, books and more books...

GROUPS can be found above, in the corresponding label.


stella :-)

viernes, 30 de junio de 2017

"Hullabaloo in the Tree."

Read the short story and answer these questions,  We' re going to discuss them in class next Wednesday.

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The first part of the story:
 1) Who uses the words "disrespect" and "indiscipline"? Do you think the words match the impression you get of the children?
2) Do you agree that children talking like this are typical "Western"?
3) When the kid replies: "The problem is…he's a brown face", what do you think the father has said about his friend?

The last part of the story:
1) Look at the lines of the characters, e.g "I'm coming to get you ball…just you wait…ball".  How does the language differ from the language of the third person narrator?
2) Why are the descriptions of the tree so detailed, and what does the tree symbolize?
3) When you look at the father's memory of his papa, what is your impression of the papa as a character? Give examples from the text.
4) What is your impression of the other men in the street?
5) Why is it stressed that "Papa had never thought of children as an obstacle, or nuisance. They were everywhere, part of life"?
6) What do you think Papa would have thought of his grandchildren?
7) What is your impression of the man who gets the ball out of the tree?
8) When they leave the park, why are they described as "the family caravan"?
9) Look at the sentence "If children, like desire, broke up that which seemed settled, it was a virtue." What does it mean?
10) Do you only get the father's point of view in the story, or can you find examples of anyone else's opinions? Explain.

For a thematic reading of the whole story:
1) How does the father resemble his papa?
2) How do you think the father feels about his cultural background?
3) What does the father learn from the experience with the tree?


Paste these questions and answers on your portfolio.




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Since we still have to practise a lot, to improve our language, I'm uploading EXTRA EXAM PRACTICE. Click on each title. (Answers can be found on the same site.)

  1. Use of English 1: A first time for everybody.
  2. Use of English 2: The Goulburn Valley.
  3. Use of English 3: Agriculture in Australia.
  4. Use of English 4: extra practice.

Adapted from:

  • These exams should be included in your portfolio, too.

DEADLINE: July 14.