Ray Bradbury ”published hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes” (from raybradbury.com)
”Set in the twenty-fourth century, Fahrenheit 451 introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation, and censorship has taken over the general population. The individual is not accepted and the intellectual is considered an outlaw. Television has replaced the common perception of family. The fireman is now seen as a flamethrower, a destroyer of books rather than an insurance against fire. Books are considered evil because they make people question and think. The people live in a world with no reminders of history or appreciation of the past; the population receives the present from television” (from Cliffnotes)
”Is it true that firemen used to put out fires and not burn boooks?”
Verbs are often a problem area for students of English as a second or third language.
As such English is quite easy when it comes to regular verbs as you only have the -ed ending (talked, walked…) for past actions, the ing-form for continuous action (and some other cases) and the s-form for the third person singular in the present tense. That only amounts to three different verb endings; -s, -ed, -ing. The problems come with how to use these verb endings, and then, of course, you have all the irregular verbs.
Irregular verbs are common and frequently used. You should learn the most frequent first. (There are more than 200). There are lists in books and on the internet. I will include a few links here below. When you go wrong with an irregular verb. I strongly suggest that you take some extra time to learn the correct form. This is an effecctive use of your study time and will quickly give you and improved proficiency.
50 Most Common Irregular Verbs in the English language, but does not include the auxiliary verbs ”do” and ”have”. (87% of irregular verb use in English!
The symbaloo webmix is a living document and continuosly updated, which means tiles may be moved and link added or removed. It is however made public and adapted to the ESL course English 5. There are general resources for language learning, as well as assignments, games and tools.
Last year, Wendell Scott became the first African American inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Who was Wendell Scott? If you want to learn more…
Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system, from 1877 and the mid-1960s, which is mostly associated with the Southern States in America. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were made second class citizens. Find our more about the Jim Crowe era at the Jim Crow Museum.
”Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, ”Jim Crow” came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States”.
”Jess just wants to play football but her wedding-obsessed parents have other ideas so she hides it from them. But when Jess and her friend Jules join a ladies team and get spotted by a talent scout, it all kicks off…” Read the first chapter at Google Books,
You just can’t study English and escape Shakespeare. Not only is he the most famous playwright, he has also contributed an astounding number of new words to the English Language and coined many expressions such as, ”all that glitters is not gold”, ”break the ice”, ”a heart of gold”. Examples of words are eyeball, elbow, luggage, glomy, unreal or skim milk. These are words and expressions we use everyday or regularly without giving a thought to where they come from.
Blackadder though is less impressed with Shakepeare as you can see in the short clip below.
Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.
The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.
Homework 4: Write a text (400-500 words) where you:
– Tell your reader of the most important thing happening so far in the story. – Your impression of the main characters.
Chose one part of the text which you find especially interesting. – Quote the passage (giving page no after the quotation)
– Motivate why you chose this part from the text
– What is happening during this sequence,
– Why is this event important in the story or for Christopher?
All writing tasks should be handed in before the next lesson giving the teacher enough time to prepare feedback on students’ writing. Feedback should focus on form and content. See General writing outline.