Histagram: Rebecca Harding Davis

With our teacher Lenny we created instagram accounts for some iconic characters from the 1800s as if social media had existed during their time. With Sofia Montoya we chose Rebecca Harding davis, an artist from Wheeling, Virginia. Here is the instagram profile we created for her.

 

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My Son the Fanatic

With our teacher Pato we read a story called “My Son The Fanatic” and then asked us to answer some questions, here is the work I did Vicky Quiroga, Jose Tasca and Ali Claps.

Task 1

  1. What prevents Parvez from communicating directly with his son?
    He is afraid of confronting him, and finds it easier to find the answers on his friends, who speculate on possible situations that the son might be going through, which results in the worst. They prejudge him.
  2. What is Parvez’s dream for Ali’s future?
    He wishes his son to become an accountant to fulfill his bigger dream that is to fit in the English society.
  3. How would you describe the personality of the following characterize:
    a. Parvez
    self-centered, cares a lot of image or reputation, idealistic, doesn’t have a paternal image, etc.

b. Ali: fundamentalist, able to do anything in order to transmit his religious beliefs, even sacrificing his life and other innocent ones.

c. Bettina: She is a prostitute, who tries to help and give advice although she doesn’t have children. She interferes in Parvez and Ali relationship which might not be the best option, as it weakened their relations.

  1. How would you describe the following relationships?
    a. Parvez and Ali at the beginning of the story
    They are strangers. They live under the same roof but barely know each other. Parvez had an idealistic son but Ali showed him that he was not who he thought.

b. Parvez and Ali at the end of the story: They finally revealed their true self of each other and derived in a serious conflict, which even involved violence.

d. Parvez and Bettina: They support each other and provide company and advice. They also were involved in a sexual relationship.

e. Parvez and his coworkers: They do not have enough confidence to show themselves as they really are, and have a superficial relationship.

f. Parvez and his wife: We don’t know anything about their relationships. They don’t share anything more than a son, to whom they didn’t have a relationship either.

5.What advice does Bettina give Parvez?

To talk to him, listen and find the true side of him. Understand his teenage mind, who is going through a temporary face in his life that with time will go away.

6.What memory from Pakistan haunts Parvez?
It is a memory about his childhood when he went to school where they forced to learn the Koran, even when tiredness conquered them. This strict and insistent measures made him walk away of any type of religion.

7. What rules does Ali criticize Parvez for breaking?
Drinking alcohol & eating meat

8.Why does Parvez like England?

Because they have access to anything they want there, and doesn’t have to follow any religious beliefs that condition their lives.

9. Why does Ali hate London?

Because he believes that western education cultivates an anti-religious attitude.

  1. What was the “last straw” that led Parvez to violence?

When, after having excessively drunk, goes to Ali’s room and finds him praying, after all that have happened.

  1. What does Ali mean in the last line of the story?

By saying that, he intends to say that he is no lo reveals the truth. He was not the only fanatic. His father was also a fanatic of the Englishmen. Who hit their children when they do something they do not agree with, or they disobey their parents.

Task 2

Complete the plot diagram online

Task 3

Finally, choose one of the following tasks to write between 450 and 600 words

a. write a different ending of the story.

b. write a letter to Parvez showing empathy.

c. write the story from the point of view of the mother.

Always take into account context, culture and traditions!!

Task 1 and 2 must be posted in your blog and can be solved in pairs.

Task  3 is individual and must be handed in on Friday May 4 (on paper)

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Quiz on connectors

With Fran Costamagna and Ali Claps we created this quiz for our classmates to practice. Here is the link to our quiz.

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Evening in Paradise

With Pato, our Lit and Language teacher, we saw a poem by John Milton called “Evening in Paradise”. In this entry I will talk about the author and analyse the poem.

-What kind of writer was he? Explain.

John Milton was an English poet, polemicist, man of letters, and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.

-He wrote Paradise Lost. What is it about?

Paradise Lost is about Adam and Eve–how they came to be created and how they came to lose their place in the Garden of Eden, also called Paradise. It’s the same story you find in the first pages of Genesis, expanded by Milton into a very long, detailed, narrative poem.

-Now, read the poem and say what you understand from it using your own words. (work on vocabulary)

Now came still Evening on, and Twilight gray
Had in her sober livery all things clad;
Silence accompanied; for beast and bird,
They to their grassy couch, these to their nests
Were slunk, all but the wakeful nightingale.
She all night longer her amorous descant sung:
Silence was now pleased. Now glowed the firmament
With living Saphirs; Hesperus, that led
The starry host, rode brightest, till the Moon,
Rising in clouded majesty, at length
Apparent queen, unveiled her peerless light,
And o’er the dark her silver mantle threw;
When Adam thus to Eve: “Fair consort, the hour
Of night, and all things now retired to rest
Mind us of like repose; since God hath set
Labour and rest, as day and night, to men
Successive, and the timely dew of sleep,
Now falling with soft slumberous weight, inclines
Our eye-lids. Other creatures all day long
Rove idle, unemployed, and less need rest;
Man hath his daily work of body or mind
Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways;
While other animals unactive range,
And of their doings God takes no account.
Tomorrow, ere fresh morning streak the east
With first approach of light, we must be risen,
And at our pleasant labour, to reform
Yon flowery arbours, yonder alleys green,
Our walk at noon, with branches overgrown,
That mock our scant manuring, and require
More hands than ours to lop their wanton growth.
Those blossoms also, and those dropping gums,
That lie bestrown, unsightly and unsmooth,
Ask riddance, if we mean to tread with ease.

Small glossary:

sober livery – plain clothes;
clad – dressed up in;
slunk – crept quietly;
descant – melody sung above another song;
firmament – heaven;
Saphirs – sapphires;
Hesperus – another name for Venus (the planet);
repose – a state of rest.

This extract from “Paradise Lost” talks about  the primordial war between God and Satan. The poem talks about the animals that lived in the Paradise with Adam and Eve and what they did when the sun started going down. The only one that is not preparing to “sleep” is the nightingale which will sing all night. The stars start to appear and later the moon joins them. The vocabulary Milton uses is also related to all this heavenly stories and God.

TASK 1

“THE FIRST 12 LINES SHOW AN ANALOGY BETWEEN EVENING AND PARADISE” ACCOUNT FOR THIS.

The first 12 lines show an analogy between evening and paradise. The writes expresses that night is beautiful, it’s the time when you rest, when you are at peace. This description of the night is used to explain heaven, paradise. Both have similar features, such as resting, being at peace, being beautiful, and so the explanation of the evening is used to compare and explain heaven too; that’s why it is said to be an analogy.

TASK 2

SEMANTIC FIELD: “DAY/NIGHT – NATURE – JEWELS”. QUOTE TO PROVE THIS.

-Day/night: “twiglight” “lightingale” “moon” “dark” “wakeful” “silence” “descant”

-Nature: “lightingale” “beast” “bird” “nests”

_Jewelry: “sapphires” “glowed” “hesperus” “brightest” “majesty”

TASK 3

FIND AT LEAST THREE LITERARY DEVICES AND EXPLAIN THE IMAPCT ON THE READER. WHY ARE THEY USED?

  1. Enjambent is used to catch the reader’s attention, to keep him trapped and following the poem until the end.
  2. There is a very powerful analogy  in the poem. There is an analogy between sleep and death. The poet is using the “night”, the “rest”, “noon” to explain a greater thing, heaven, death and afterlife. This is made because sometimes, to explain such a great and complex topic as death, it’s better to use analogies with normal, daily thing such as sleeping.
  3. Personification is also used in the poem. “Silence was now pleased.”. In this line we can see that there is a personification. SIlence is givene human characteristics, silence cannot be pleased. 

TASK 4

IS THE SCENE JUST PROTRAYED AS A PEACEFUL NATURAL SCENE? COULD THIS ALSO BE A FUNERAL SCENE? ACCOUNT FOR YOUR ANSWERS.

In my opinion, it can be seen from both point of views, since an analogy is made. The peacful natural scene could be sleeping, that could also be accositaed with death. But, now, it depends on what do you think when you think about a funeral scene. Aren’t funerals natural scenes? I think that they completely are because we are all surely going to die so it’s natural. Aren’t funerals peaceful? In my opinion they also are, maybe the person that died was suffering from a horrible disease and now she is in rest, finally tranquil.

TASK 5

“light” “fresh morning” “labour” “eyelids” “retire” “risen” “work”

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Questions pn Games at Twilight

I worked with Sofia Montoya and Felicitas Donato and in the following virtual period we had to select 10 quotes taken from the story we had already read called Games at Twilight written by Anita Desai and analyze them.

The ignominy of being forgotten – how could he face it?
This Quote represents a very important moment in the story where we can find Ravi reflecting about life and how frustrating it is to be forgotten by your own friends.

“Silence by a terrible sense of his insignificante”
In this quote Ravi is going through a moment of accepting reality and how disgusting it is to be forgotten by your own friends. When someone remembers you is because he cares about you and you are significant for that person, this means Ravi wasn’t neither remembered or significant to his friends.

“His voice broke with rage and pity at the disgrace of it all and he felt himself flooded with tears and misery.”
This quote represents the moment at which Ravi realized he has been forgotten. He went out of the shed and saw his friends playing another game, while he was hiding. This quote shows the exactly feeling of loneliness and disappointment, the misery and pain of not having won and being forgotten.

“He had wanted victory and triumph – not a funeral.”
This quotes shows the importance of the game for Ravi. It was clear that for him it meant more than just a little kids game, and he really wanted to win. But after realizing that he couldn’t win because his friends were playing another game he had ended up in his own funeral.

“…his success had occupied him so wholly that he had quite forgotten that success had to be clinched by that final dash to victory…”
This quote represents the feelings of Ravi throughout all the story. First, he wanted to succeed and for that reason he was happy and enthusiastic. He felt as if he was the best hide and sick player. But then, when he realized that for succeeding he needed to finish the game, that was the moment he realized he was not the best player because he had not touched the wall to be a winner.

He…wondered how many more creatures were watching him, waiting to reach out and touch him, the stranger.

The following quote shows how Ravi was feeling when hiding on the shelter, afraid of the dark and all the animals that could be hiding with him. He saw Raghu as the stranger who was trying to catch and touch him and the animals and creepy things he imagined were the creatures.
It took them a minute to grasp what he was saying, even who he was. They had quite forgotten him.

Ravi had been forgotten. Alone in the shelter after long hours of being hided in the dark he was still playing the game, but his friends didn’t, they were already starting to play another game. As he came out of the shed and shouted that he had won and the other children stared at him in amazement, the fantasy that he had created crushed and he ended up humiliated.
It was an insect…exploring him.

Ravi has chosen to hide on the unused shed. It was seldom opened and filled with the detritus of the households broken chairs and tables, old buckets and such like. He had never been inside when it was lit up, much less in pitch darkness like now. The smells emanating from the inside suggested there were different sorts of creatures hiding in there. Ravi was glad he had got away from Raghu but also terrified by the spooky insides of the shed where nothing was visible. But there was something he felt crawling at the back of his neck, a spider!
No life stirred at this arid time of day

The following quote shows the weather at India where the whole story takes place. Desai provides very vivid imagery such as this throughout the story to remind us of the dogged, unforgiving heat by direct description.
To defeat Raghu…and to be the winner…would be thrilling beyond imagination.
This quote directly illustrates the theme of fantasy vs reality because it represent the part when Ravi was going to win and was so proud of himself that he didn’t realize how long he had been hiding. It represents his fantasy of being as good as the older kids.

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Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo

Trabajo práctico para presentar el 17/11 (fecha límite 18/11):

Escribir un ensayo argumentativo en el cual se justifique la relación de los cuentos de El llano en llamas, de Juan Rulfo, con la narrativa característica de los autores del boom latinoamericano.

  • Presentar al menos 3 argumentos.
  • Utilizar citas pertinentes.
  • Analizar ambos cuentos leídos en clase.

PRESENTACIÓN: en el blog, en una entrada independiente con título “Ensayo sobre los cuentos de Juan Rulfo”

IMPORTANTE: no confundir boom latinoamericano con realismo mágico.

Antes de empezar con la tarea, los alumnos deben responderse las siguientes preguntas (no es necesario escribir las respuestas):

  1. ¿Qué es el boom y qué es el realismo mágico? En una palabra. Boom: fenómeno literario, realismo mágico: género literario.
  2. ¿Siempre coinciden? Si
  3. Situaciones tales como la pobreza, las guerras, las dictaduras, un clima inhóspito ¿son características de la región latinoamericana? ¿son características del realismo mágico o se relacionan con él de alguna otra manera? ¿son características del boom? Son características de latinoamérica, que se relacionan con el realismo mágico.
  4. La naturaleza como una fuerza misteriosa y mágica… ¿es una característica de Latinoamérica? No, es una característica del realismo mágico.

 

Es muy común confundir el boom latinoamericano con el realismo mágico ya que el momento mas esplendoroso de este género literario fue durante el boom. El boom latinoamericano fue un fenómeno editorial en el cual cuentos de escritores latinoamericanos fueron vendidos a gran escala en países europeos. En este ensayo voy a comparar dos cuentos del libro El Llano en Llamas de Juan Rulfo, llamados “Nos han dado la tierra” y también “La noche que lo dejaron sólo”.

Ambos cuentos presentan similitudes entre sí que son características de los países latinoamericanos. El cuento `Nos han dado la tierra´ esta situado en un llano y Rulfo utiliza esto para resaltar los rasgos de la naturaleza en estos territorios, como por ejemplo las altas temperaturas, “Uno platica aquí y las palabras se calientan en la boca con el calor de afuera.” Con esta cita Rulfo resalta ciertas características de algunos países latinoamericanos. Por otro lado su cuento “La noche que lo dejaron solo” esta situado en un territorio mas frío y con mas relieves ya que, desde el principio del cuento se sabe que es una sierra. “Allí estaban la tierra fría y el sudor convertido en agua fría.” Con esta cita Rulfo da a conocer otros territorios de Latinoamérica, de esta manera ampliando el conocimiento de los europeos sobre los países del sur.

Otra manera de hacer conocer Latinoamérica es atraves de sus distintas políticas. En “La noche que lo dejaron solo” vemos una guerra mexicana entre dos bandos, dispuestos a matar. El protagonista se ve amenazado por sus enemigos quienes lo están esperando para matarlo. “Tiene que venir. Todos están arrendando para la Sierra de Comanja a juntarse con los cristeros del Catorce. Estos son ya de los últimos. Lo bueno seria dejarlos pasar para que les dieran guerra a los compañeros de Los Altos”. Con esta cita Rulfo describe brevemente la guerra en donde, el bando opuesto a nuestro protagonista esta en busca de este para matarlo y como el bando de nuestro protagonista esta dispuesto a dar pelea.

En el cuento ” Nos han dado la tierra” a nuestros protagonistas se les otorga un pedazo de tierra , el llano, por parte del gobierno.  Esa tierra no servia para cosechar ni nada que les diera sustento. Ahí podemos ver como la corrupción es algo tan presente en los gobiernos latinoamericanos, solo buscan el bien propio y no el de sus ciudadanos. ” Nosotros paramos la jeta para decir que el llano no lo queríamos. Que queríamos lo que estaba junto al río.” Rulfo utiliza sus cuentos para mostrarle al mundo que los países latinoamericanos no son todos iguales y sus políticas tampoco.

En conclusión, Rulfo logra mostrar las culturas, políticas y faunas de los distintos países latinoamericanos por medio de sus cuentos “Nos han dado la tierra” y ” La noche que lo dejaron solo” durante este fenómeno que fue el boom.  Gracias a este, los distintos países pudieron ver y capaz entender un poco más que es lo que sucede en Latinoamérica.

Publicado en 4AC2017, lengua | 1 comentario

Last History Virtual Period

For this week’s virtual period in History we have to do some research on the creation and develop of the railways in Argentina and how Britain influenced on it and how.

From the beginning of our history with Britain it’s been known that the British were interested in South America as the new world discovered by Spain. Britain was particularly interested in Argentina and proved it by failing to invade us twice in our country’s history.

Later on Argentina started a foreign policy with Great Britain which benefited them much more than it did us. Those policies consisted on us completely depend on their economy by buying almost everything from them while they only bought us a third of what we bought them.

These policies also involved our railway systems which Britain insisted on them being the ones building the actual trains. Apart from investing on our transport they got particularly involved in communication and navigation.

The Western Rail Company was created in 1855 with mainly local capitals in order to build the first railway line. This line ran from Parque Station (where the Colón Opera House stands today) to Flores, eight miles to the west. This line was officially opened in August 1857 and grew from there.

The Northern Railway of Buenos Aires, the Buenos Aires and Ensenada Railway, the East Argentine Railway or the Buenos Aires to Campana Line were created shortly after but were incorporated by bigger British companies.

In 1948, President Perón decided to nationalise the seven railway companies operating in Argentina at the time. This was considered a turning point because it was thought to bring about economic independence. All it did was deepen the economic crises from the 1950s onwards by contributing heavily towards the national budget deficits and deteriorate the quality of the rail service and the rolling stock in a downward spiral.

Resultado de imagen para railways in argentina

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Verse written on a Death Bed

Here is the work we have done in Literature class. I worked with Alina Claps

Overview

This is a beautiful and moving poem filled with the romance of a woman who feels she has truly found her soul mate.

Read the poem

Thou who dost all my worldly thoughts employ,
Thou pleasing source of all my earthly joy,
Thou tenderest husband and thou dearest friend,
To thee this first, this last adieu I send!
At length the conqueror death asserts his right,
And will for ever veil me from thy sight;
He wooes me to him with a cheerful grace,
And not one terror clouds his meagre face;
He promises a lasting rest from pain,
And shews that all life’s fleeting joys are vain;
Th’ eternal scenes of heaven he sets in view,
And tells me that no other joys are true.
But love, fond love, would yet resist his power,
Would fain awhile defer the parting hour;
He brings thy mourning image to my eyes,
And would obstruct my journey to the skies.
But say, thou dearest, thou unwearied friend!
Say, should’st thou grieve to see my sorrows end?
Thou know’st a painful pilgrimage I’ve past;
And should’st thou grieve that rest is come at last?
Rather rejoice to see me shake off life,
And die as I have liv’d, thy faithful wife.

Mary Monck (?-1715)

Work in pairs and include:

-data about the writer and context of production

-whether this poem is based on her life or not

-themes and tones

-literary devices used by the poet to put across her message

-personal conclusion on the poem

Monck, Mary, a woman of great beauty and considerable poetical abilities, daughter of Lord Molesworth, was born in the latter half of the 17th century. She acquired an intimate knowledge of Latin, Italian, and Spanish literature. Chiefly residing in the country, one of a numerous family, she cultivated poetry more as an amusement than with a view to publication. She married George Monck of Dublin. After her early death from consumption, at Bath, in 1715, a volume of her poems and translations was published. Several of her pieces are given in Cibber’s Lives of the Poets.

The poem was written in 1715 in the end of enlightenment and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The poem is based on her life. She writes it in her death bed, as a farewell to her husband in 1715. However the poem was not published in that year, only after her death was any of her poetry published. The themes are companionship and friendship, rather than lust and passion since the poem is about true love. Also we see the impact of aging and mortality. The tone is generally soothing and gentle, with occasional emotional outbursts.

As for literary devices, the repetition of ‘all’ emphasises the fact that the husband is the only person in her life. We have an analogy presenting her struggle with illness as a war with death personified as a ‘conqueror’. She contrasts the ‘fleeting joys’ of life with the ‘eternal scenes of heaven’ in an attempt to convince herself and her husband that death should hold no fear and thus be welcomed.

Mary writes this poem to show all the love she felt for her husband, her best friend and companion. The poem is a farewell to the love of her life. She is writting this poem in sadness about leaving and being mortal, but at the same time the poem is a way to demonstrate to her husband how she loved him.

Virtual Period

-choose a song that deals with the same topic, find a video and analyse it.

-Post it in your blog

Video: Goodbye my lover by James Blunt

We chose this song because the chorus says what the writer of the poem is trying to say to his husband. They both are saying farewells to their loved ones so that they can be in a better place.

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Letter from Napoleon’s coronation

Task: imagine you are a person who attended Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor. Write a letter to a friend describing it and expressing your opinion about it. I worked with Alina Claps

Dear Anette,
Today I attended Napoleon’s coronation.
It took place at Notre Dame, the cathedral is on a small island on the River Seine. People from all around the world come to Paris to admire the beauty of this French landmark. Thousands of frenchmen had gathered for the coronation. Inside the cathedral we could barely breathe because of all the people who came to witness this great event.

Priests, counselors and the Pope stood in the
alter at the sides of our great Emperor. When Napoleon lifted his crown the entire cathedral held it’s breath and as he laid it upon his head we all applauded and shouted his name with pride. Then came the coronation of his wife Josephine who wore the most beautiful gown I had ever seen and the brightest jewels France had ever seen.

With Napoleon as our Emperor I could not
be prouder of being French. I am sure his rule will make our country become one and all of us together will make France the greatest Nation Europe has ever witnessed. He has already proven to me he can accomplish great things with the new Constitution he wrote for all of France to by ruled by. He has released us from tax farmers and banned trade unions. By this, people will know that the money is not being stolen by the tax farmers, but actually going to the crown’s hands to be used for the countrymen’s benefit.

Long live Napoleon and his wife Josephine!

Sir Joseph.

 

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Virtual period Napoleonic code

Task of the week

Find the most important characteristics of the Napoleonic Code and the innovations it introduced.

The Napoleonic Code — or Code Napoléon (originally, the Code civil des Français) — is the French civil code, established under Napoléon I in 1804. The code forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs go to the most qualified. It was drafted rapidly by a commission of four eminent jurists and entered into force on March 21, 1804. Even though the Napoleonic code was not the first legal code to be established in a European country with a civil legal system — it was preceded by the Codex Maximilianeus bavaricus civilis (Bavaria, 1756), the Allgemeines Landrecht (Prussia, 1794) and the West Galician Code, (Galicia, then part of Austria, 1797) — it is considered the first successful codification[citation needed] and strongly influenced the law of many other countries. The Code, with its stress on clearly written and accessible law, was a major step in establishing the rule of law. Historians regard it as one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world.

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