literary classics- year 1 project. Step 1: biography

The last project of the year has to do with literature. I wanted students to get to know a bit about canonical works of fiction in British and American literature. These are the novels we are working on:

  • Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels.
  • Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe.
  • Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein.
  • Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women.
  • Golding, William. Lord of the Flies.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter saga. (at one of my students’ insistence, and it’s a classic by now anyway, so…)

The first step in our literature project was to find out about the writers’ biographies. So, every group had to search for information to fill in a graphic organiser. I pre-selected some websites I wanted them to visit (to avoid Wikipedia), and I shared the links using QR codes for those groups using mobile devices, or shortened links to the only group who are using my laptop.

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Then, they had to explain their findings to the rest of the class using Explain Everything. Their explanation was recorded. You can find  two examples below:

conditional clauses (types 1 & 2)

If you want to revise how to express condition in English, please watch the video below:

You can also download this file with the presentation used in the video.

You will find the key to the exercises we didn’t have time to correct in class in Edmodo. Please log in to check your answers.

Finally, remember I asked you to write about the following topics:

  1. Write five Murphy’s laws (If something bad can happen, it will happen)
  2. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
  3. If you could design a robot, what would it be like?
  4. If the weather in Zaragoza was like British weather, what would be different?

I will be checking that all of you have done all your assignments, so, if I were you, I would make sure my homework is OK, organised…

Weather vocabulary

Watch this video to remember the vocabulary you need to talk about the weather. Pay special attention to pronunciation.

And, if you don’t trust me, my friend Sarah F., who is from the UK, reads the keywords and place names for you:

gadgets and useful items

If you want to revise vocabulary related to gadgets / useful items, remember how you pronounce these words, what they are for…you can watch this video: