Writing your third term paper

Before writing your paper, take a look at these guides:

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Term 3 Paper: The Dilemma of a Ghost

Hello everyone!!

As you know, your third term will be tested through a paper.

The play: The Dilemma of a Ghost is in Anagrama. Please, make a copy and start reading it so then you have more time to write your paper.

Pre-Reading Tasks

Task 1: Read about the author and the history of Ghana and take notes:

Her biography: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ama-Ata-Aidoo

Thematic concerns of the play: http://sodiqyusuf.blogspot.com.ar/2012/05/thematic-concerns-of-ama-ata-aidoos.html?m=1

Language in the play: 


History of Ghana:



Task 2: Read about the theory of postcolonialism


Task 3: Listen to the writer and take notes of all the important facts that may influence her writing.

About the play: her views on the role of women in society

All  these notes will help you to write an introduction to your paper.

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They Flee from me, that sometime did me Seek

Watch this presentation analysing the poem 

Task 1

They Flee From Me

They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,
That now are wild and do not remember
That sometime they put themself in danger
To take bread at my hand; and now they range,
Busily seeking with a continual change.
Thanked be fortune it hath been otherwise
Twenty times better; but once in special,
In thin array after a pleasant guise,
When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,
And she me caught in her arms long and small;
Therewithall sweetly did me kiss
And softly said, “Dear heart, how like you this?”
It was no dream: I lay broad waking.
But all is turned thorough my gentleness
Into a strange fashion of forsaking;
And I have leave to go of her goodness,
And she also, to use newfangleness.
But since that I so kindly am served
I would fain know what she hath deserved.
  1. How does biographical knowledge of Sir Thomas Wyatt and King Henry VIII help you understand this poem? Be specific.
  1. What does the direct quote add to the poem’s meaning
  1. Explain how—according to the speaker—women and creatures are similar.

4. In your opinion, what are the themes of this poem? Account for your answer.

5. What is the tone?

6. What is your personal opinion on the poem?

Task 2

Then, read the following poem

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time


Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
   The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
   And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
   When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
   Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
   And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
   You may forever tarry.

How is this poem related to the previos one? Show examples from the texts.

Task 3

Watch this scene from Dead Poets Society. What does the teacher say about the poem? What is the teacher trying to teach to his students?

Answer all the questions in a drive (in pairs or in groups and don´t forget to write all the names)

Send the final work to me on Wednesday 31 August

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The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo

Hello everyone!!

This time, I´m going to share some web pages and 2 interviews with you so that you can take notes considering what is important and may have influenced the writer as regards the play you are reading with Ceci.

Leave a comment in the blog and take notes to class with Ceci next Monday.




About the play

her views on the role of women in society

Hope you enjoy this task!!

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Poverty and Wealth

Read the following articles and prepare vocabulary on the two topics: words, phrases, expressions.


New York Times

Selection of articles


Extract from a speech in the House of Commons 1909 by Winston Churchill

Less expenses:

Some years ago in London there was a toll bar on a bridge across the Thames, and all the working people who lived on the south side of the river had to pay a daily toll of one penny for going and returning from their work. The spectacle of these poor people thus mulcted of so large a proportion of their earnings offended the public conscience, and agitation was set on foot, municipal authorities were roused, and at the cost of the taxpayers, the bridge was freed and the toll removed.

All those people who used the bridge were saved sixpence a week, but within a very short time rents on the south side of the river were found to have risen about sixpence a week, or the amount of the toll which had been remitted!

Exstra ‘income’:

And a friend of mine was telling me the other day that, in the parish of Southwark, about 350 pounds a year was given away in doles of bread by charitable people in connection with one of the churches.

As a consequence of this charity, the competition for small houses and single-room tenements is so great that rents are considerably higher in the parish!

All goes back to the land, and the land owner is able to absorb to himself a share of almost every public and every private benefit, however important or however pitiful those benefits may be.



The Guardian

Washington Post

Glamour and Wealth

In groups, visit the different webpages, takes notes of words and phrases to talk about wealth and poverty.

Prepare a short presentation including at least 15 words and 10 phrases.

Illustrate you vocabulary with examples (your own ideas) and you can also use pictures to make things clear!

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The Phoenix

Let`s listen to the story

Read about the writer

-What calls your attention about the author of this story?

-What does “the phoenix” symbolize?

Deep analysis

1.​ ​Explore how Warner makes the ending of ‘The Phoenix’ so effective for ​you

​2.​ ​What thoughts and feelings for Warner provoke in you as you read ‘The ​Phoenix’?

​3.​ ​Explore in detail the way Warner memorably portrays greed in ‘The ​Phoenix’ ​

4.​ ​How does Warner make the character of Poldero particularly unpleasant ​for you in ‘The Phoenix’?

​5.​ ​What does Warner make you feel about human nature in ‘The Phoenix’?

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Last year Senior 1 wrote their own poems personifying objects after reading the poem “Mirror”

Visit the following blogs, read the poems and leave comments.







Now, it is your term to createyour own poems!!

Be creative and original!!

Post your poems in the blog!!

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Song by Lady Mary Wroth

Watch this video and the presentation, take notes and then answer the following questions

-Who is the voice?

-Write a summary for each stanza.

-What is the theme? And the tone?

-Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.

-In your opinion, which is the most powerful line?

-Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons.

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Lion Heart by Amanda Chong

Read the following instructions to make a complete post in your blog about this poem

  1. Read the poem.

2. Look up words in the dictionary

3. Who is the writer?

4. Check what the merlion is. Find a photo to illustrate your post in your blog.

5. Watch the following videos and take notes to analyse the poem in detail.

6. Can you say this poem is about love? If so, love for what/whom?


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Games at Twilight: analysis by Mara Ripoll, Florencia Araya and Lucila Giambruni

Great work girls!!


Topic Quotation Explanation / Impact on the reader
Rite of Passage “He had sidled away and sat dejectedly on the flower pot.” This quotation shows how Ravi drifts away from his familiar environment to hide from his siblings. The phase of separation is represented in this activity.
“He wondered if it would not be better to be captured by Raghu and be returned to (…) the familiarity of his brothers, sisters and cousins.” This quotes symbolizes the transition phase in which the protagonist has been detached from one place (childhood) but has not yet entered another one (adulthood). Here, Ravi ponders about going back to his home surrounded by his family since he has a mix of feelings: of going back and surrendering, or waiting and being victorious.
“Ravi, don’t be a baby.” This is said by Ravi’s mother when he returns after being away for a long time. It is quite clear by how she reacts that neither she nor his brothers took his “victory” as one. They interpreted this act as a childish and immature one.
Specular moment “Raghu turned just in time to see the flash of his white shorts …. and charged after him with such a blood-curdling yell that Manu stumbled over the hosepipe” The specular moment is when Raghu catches Manu because Ravi sees himself reflected in Manu and realises that it could have been him who was caught.
Death metaphors “Ravi had never cared to enter such a dark and depressing mortuary of defunct household goods…” This description of the place in which Ravi was hiding contributes to the creation of Ravi’s journey or evolution as a character. How he dared to enter this place for the sake of achieving something he never could and to prove he was as capable as his siblings.
Foreshadowing “‘You are dead’” This quote foreshadows how Ravi will feel, dead inside because he came out feeling alive, finally like himself, like this new person that he had always dreamt of being, but his family didn’t acknowledge it and carried on treating him like a child.

It also foreshadows Ravi’s loss of innocence. While he is in the shed his inner child ‘dies’ and he comes out as a grown and mature boy.

Tense mood “…the children stopped chanting. They all turned to stare at him in amazement. Their faces were pale…” The atmosphere described here is present at the end of the story where Ravi reappears to his brothers who had completely forgotten about him. It shows a very tense and uncomfortable mood between the brothers since they all react differently to the situation.
Ravi’s feelings (before playing, during the game, and afterwards) “Ravi shook, then shivered with delight, with self-congratulation.” At this part of the story it is evident for us readers that Ravi is transitioning and going through something both on the outside and on the inside. On the outside because he’s hiding and doing everything he can to win, so that he proves he’s not just the innocent, youngest, and not-as-capable sibling. On the inside because he’s growing as a person, maturing, achieving something for himself and by himself. He’s not just winning for the sake of winning, he’s doing it for a reason and he was proud of himself and his accomplishment, that’s why it says “with self-congratulation”.


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The Hollow of the Three Hills

Summary of the story read last week

The Hollow Of The Three Hills - illustration by Esteban Maroto



In pairs, work on the following ideas:




-Symbols: Number 3/October/Bell/Coffin (consult a dictionary of symbols)

Prove ideas with quotations

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New in Town (2009)


A high-powered consultant in love with her upscale Miami lifestyle is sent to a middle of nowhere town in Minnesota to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. After enduring a frosty reception from the locals, icy roads and freezing weather, she warms up to the small town’s charm, and eventually finds herself being accepted by the community. When she’s ordered to close down the plant and put the entire community out of work, she’s forced to reconsider her goals and priorities, and finds a way to save the town.

Movie Task

How does the protagonist cope with the stress of….

-moving into a new twon?

-doing a different job?

-starting a new business?

Deadline: July 12

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