Mrs Reed, an English teacher, has again provided us with another dictionary skills powerpoint. In this one, we look at how we can find words which have different meaning so that we do not write silly translation!
Look through this powerpoint and see if you can improve your use of the dictionary:
As part of a cross-curricular day, Year 9 have ben involved in discovering war poetry. I thought that it would be a great opportunity for them to discover Apollinaire poetry and to create their own poems.
In preparation for the day, we watched "Joyeux Noël" and did the research as stated in my post last year First World War)-
On the War Poetry Day, I told them that Poetry had developed at the end of the 19th century as more people were able to read and therefore poems did not need to be read aloud so much. Poets started experimenting with shapes as inspired by Chinese and Arabic literature. Guillaume Appolinaire invented the word Calligrammes, he used to write them from the trenches- Here are some of the examples, I showed the students.
The students only had an hour to come up with a poem. First, they were told to think about emotions, smells, colours that a soldier would have experimented in the trenches, then they drafted their poems-
Once the poems were produced, they thought about the shapes. We looked at pictures from this website which I think are very thought provoking.
They really raised to the challenge and I have been very impressed with the work produced and in awe of the creativity shown by all of them. Here are some examples of the work produced.
It is very sad to hear that Jean Ferrat has died yesterday. He was part of my youth He has always been an advocate for French songs and his discography is very impressive. (liste des chansons de Jean Ferrat)
He has put music to so many great poems especially poetry from Louis Arragon.
My favorite song is Nuit et Brouillard which was written in memory of the victims of concentration camps and of his dad who died in Auschwitz. It always brings tears to my eyes.
In a reading comprehension, you can often been misled by words which look similar to English. Before rushing to answer a question with a translation, check that your translation makes sounds right in the context.
To help you, I have found some worksheets which may be useful. I am not the author and I would like to say thank you to the person who provided them to me.
It was nice to see so many people at the West of England conference yesterday. This was a succesful conference with very positive feedback.
In my talk, I showed some of the websites and tools that I use in order to enhance and embed authentique material in my lesson. I suggested how I have used in the past and how these could be used in the future