Michael Rosen 

Web Questions
– Find out what important event for Michael happened in 1974.
He was awarded as a Bachelor of Arts.
– Here’s a very short poem. What is its title?
In days of yore verses for children were ever so pretty but nowadays they’re horrid and ugly and set in the city
The title of this poem is “Couplet”
( what do you think the word ‘Yore’ means? Do you agree with the sentiment of the poem?)
Yore: time long past
We totally agree with it. We think that nowadays children spend more time with their devices, locked in their houses than playing outside, having fun with friends.
– What do you think the books ‘snore’, ‘Rover’ and ‘ Oww!’ are about?
Snore is about something that happened while a person was snoring in his sleep.
Oww! is about the reaction that someone made after being hurt by an object.
– Click on one of the ‘ In the media’ pieces and report back to the rest of the class what it was about.
We are going on a bear hunt
His biography
1- What was important about the church?
what was important about the church was that it burned down the day he was borned. And then when he grew old he played on the burnt-out church which was next to his house.
2- Were Michael’s of primary school good ones or not?
Yes, I think that he had a great time and very good memories I can see that through some of the poems he wrote about the primary school for example, “Lunch Boxes don´t fly”, “No breathing in class”.
3- Why do you think Michael wrote so many books about his younger school books?
I think he wrote all those books about his younger schools because he had a great time there and he wanted to remembered everything.

Essay “The clod and the pebble” and “Love III”

In this essay I am going to analyze how “The Clod and the Pebble” and “Love III” tackle the theme of love.
In both poems we have two points of view about the theme of love. Although the poems are different, and the message is not the same, they represent the same theme. In “Love III” we have two voices, one that represents God and the other one that represents a sinner. On the one hand we have the simple man that thinks he does not deserve God’s pure, and perfect love, because he has committed mistakes and he is not as perfect as God is. “Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back, Guilty of dust and sin.” In this quote the voice is telling us that he couldn’t accept his love, because he feels guilty of something. He uses the metaphor of “dust” referring to his dirtiness with sin. On the other hand,  is the voice of God, inviting him to accept his love by accepting himself, talking to him kindly and nicely. Telling him that he loves him the way that he created him, without conditions, forgiving his sins and mistakes. “Love took my hand, and smiling did reply, Who made the eyes but I?”. In this poem love is presented as something divine, a love that forgives and accepts, holy love.
In “The Clod and the Pebble” there are two voices also. In both of them have thoughts and ideas that are totally different. Since the beginning of the poem there’s a clod talking about love as something generous and selfless, that always looks for other’s happiness but not itself’s. “Builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.” The clod is very innocent, as we see in the quote. It thinks that love improves bad things and he uses this words as a metaphor. The other voice shows himself very experienced, insensitive and strong. He shows love as a painful obligation, and a selfish feeling. “Builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.” This quote shows that the pebble thinks in an opposite way from the clod. It sees love as something bad in a good thing, it thinks that it makes you suffer. 
To sum up there are very different points of view in both of the poems. In one we have the holy love, which is perfect and forgives, but in the other we have two different ideas, love as a hell and love as heaven.

Essay “Games at Twilight”

Here is the essay of Games at Twilight we made in pairs. I did it with my partner  Victoria Quiroga.

Essay Games at Twilight

Games at Twilight by Anita Desai is a short story about a young boy’s despair generated from a realization of his insignificance. Do you agree?

In this essay we are going to analyse the insignificance that the protagonist of Games At Twilight felt.

Since  the beginning of the story, Ravi, the protagonist, wanted to beat his cousins and brothers in “hide and seek”. He wanted to be a champion, to feel victorious. His mind and thoughts were focused on the game. “…To be the winner, in a circle of older, bigger, luckier children…” Ravi would do everything to win, he stayed in a horrible and dark shed, accompanied by spiders and rats, just for a game.

As the story continues, Ravi was still in there, waiting to be found, until he realised that he had to touch the den. When he left the shed, running in a desperate way, feeling proud of himself, he found his family chanting and playing other games, but his illusion of winning was still alive. “Seeing his attended to, the children went back to clasping their hands and chanting… ‘I won, I won, I won.’ He bawled, shaking his head so that the big tears flew.” As the quote shows, he had the necessity to show his awaited triumph although his family was with their minds in another place. Ravi wanted to be recognised as a champion.

The disappointment that he had was very strong, he had been ignored and forgotten by his own family all the afternoon. He was expecting congratulations from his cousins and siblings, but what he had were insults. “Stop it, stop it Ravi. Don’t be a baby…” He also felt anguished, he has been waiting for something that didn’t happen.

After this, his partners encouraged him to play another game, and he felt like a jerk, so he moved aside and started crying. “He felt his heart go heavy and ache inside him unbearably. He laid down full length on the dump grass, crushing his face into it, no longer crying, silence by a terrible sense of his insignificance.” Ravi wasn’t sure of what was going on, he didn’t know how to react, he felt that crying was the only way to take off his pain. He realised that had been ignored the whole time.

To sum up, we agree at a hundred percent that this story is about a young boy who realize his insignificance and his despair.

Vidas Cambiadas

En la clase de Lengua vimos “El Cuento Maravilloso” y escribimos nuestro propio cuento, yo escribi el mio con Vicky Quiroga y Alina Claps.

Había una vez una princesa llamada Lucía. Ella era dulce, amable y hermosa. Vivía en un palacio situado en el medio de un bello bosque, lleno de animales y mucha flora. Su sueño era poder salir al bosque pero sus padres, el rey Maximo y la reina Isabel, no la dejaban salir a causa de la cantidad de peligros que había ahí.

En lo alto de la torre del palacio vivía una chica llamada Mercedes, que había sido abandonada por el rey y la reina, después del nacimiento de Lucía, cuando sus padres se dieron cuenta de lo horrenda que era Mercedes y decidieron aislarla de todos para que nadie se entere de que era su hija. Esta fue criada por Nilda, una antigua hechicera. Ella le enseñó todos sus conocimientos sobre la magia y la convirtió en una bruja, con hambre de venganza y odio. Mercedes detestaba a su bella e inteligente hermana, que había sido criada con mucho amor y bondad, lo que ella hubiera deseado tener. Cada vez que Mercedes escuchaba la dulce voz de Lucía por los pasillos algo malo pasaba.

Una noche, la princesa Lucía se despertó, asustada por extraños ruidos que provenían de la torre más alta del castillo, en la cual Mercedes vivia. A Lucía nunca se le había permitido acercarse a esa torre. Esa noche, oscura y fría, Lucía sintió una gran curiosidad y decidió subir a la torre. Cuando llegó al último aposento, un cuarto oscuro y siniestro, en el cual el mal podía olerse a la distancia, de repente la puerta del final pasillo se abrió, y de ella salió Mercedes, Lucia desconcertada le preguntó porqué estaba ella tan sola allí arriba, Mercedes se rió malévolamente, fue cuando Lucía se dio cuenta del parecido entre Mercedes y su padre, luego vio que tenía los ojos de su madre, y ahí fue cuando se dio cuenta de que Mercedes era su hermana.

Feliz fue a abrazarla, Mercedes se aprovechó de ella, la puso bajo un hechizo en el cual Lucía dormiría para siempre, y Mercedes con la ayuda de Nilda cambio de cuerpo con su pequeña hermana, así Mercedes podría vengarse de su familia, pero nadie se daría cuenta de que era ella quien causara el daño.

A la mañana siguiente Mercedes desayuno son sus padres y creyó que ellos no notarían el cambio que ella había hecho, pero después del desayuno sus padres notaron pequeñas diferencias, la forma en que ella comía, como hablaba, las cosas que les decía. Se reunieron una noche y confirmaron que Lucía no era Lucía, sino que era Mercedes.

Esperaron a que Mercedes se durmiera, después de un largo tiempo y cuando fue el momento la mataron, subieron a la torre y encontraron a Lucia, la despertaron, y cuando se dieron cuenta que no podrían devolver a Lucía a su antiguo cuerpo, decidieron dejarla en la torre, y Lucia cumplio el mismo destino que su hermana mayor.

Games At Twilight Essay

Here is the essay of Games at Twilight we made in pairs. I did it with my partner Lucia Frias.

Essay Games at Twilight

Games at Twilight by Anita Desai is a short story about a young boy’s despair generated from a realization of his insignificance. Do you agree?

In this essay we are going to analyse the insignificance that the protagonist of Games At Twilight felt.

Since  the beginning of the story, Ravi, the protagonist, wanted to beat his cousins and brothers in “hide and seek”. He wanted to be a champion, to feel victorious. His mind and thoughts were focused on the game. “…To be the winner, in a circle of older, bigger, luckier children…” Ravi would do everything to win, he stayed in a horrible and dark shed, accompanied by spiders and rats, just for a game.

As the story continues, Ravi was still in there, waiting to be found, until he realised that he had to touch the den. When he left the shed, running in a desperate way, feeling proud of himself, he found his family chanting and playing other games, but his illusion of winning was still alive. “Seeing his attended to, the children went back to clasping their hands and chanting… ‘I won, I won, I won.’ He bawled, shaking his head so that the big tears flew.” As the quote shows, he had the necessity to show his awaited triumph although his family was with their minds in another place. Ravi wanted to be recognised as a champion.

The disappointment that he had was very strong, he had been ignored and forgotten by his own family all the afternoon. He was expecting congratulations from his cousins and siblings, but what he had were insults. “Stop it, stop it Ravi. Don’t be a baby…” He also felt anguished, he has been waiting for something that didn’t happen.

After this, his partners encouraged him to play another game, and he felt like a jerk, so he moved aside and started crying. “He felt his heart go heavy and ache inside him unbearably. He laid down full length on the dump grass, crushing his face into it, no longer crying, silence by a terrible sense of his insignificance.” Ravi wasn’t sure of what was going on, he didn’t know how to react, he felt that crying was the only way to take off his pain. He realised that had been ignored the whole time.

To sum up, we agree at a hundred percent that this story is about a young boy who realize his insignificance and his despair.

Fazendo convites

Nossa professora Eugin nos pediu que fizessemos diálogos de convites. Eu fiz um dialogo com Lucia Frias e aqui está:

Nos tivemos alguns erros:

-“Talvez eu poda“. ___ Talvez eu POSSA

– “Você gostaria de ir o sábado ao cinema?” _____ Você gostaria de ir NO sábado ao cinema?