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

Leave a comment in the blog

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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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What a wonderful story you are reading with Ceci!!

This time, we are going to work collaboratively to make one and only one piece of writing (not an essay, just some analysis on the story)

After reading the story, reflect on:

-Rite of Passage:

Is there rite of Passage? or is the character in the middle of the process? Support ideas with the text.


The beginning, middle and the ending of a short story have different functions. The beginning has the function of an exposition, i.e. the main theme and the main characters are introduced. As the action moves on, suspense is created: the reader wants to know what is going to happen next. This is often the result of a conflict between the characters. In the middle section the conflict is built up to a crisis or climax which then demands a solution in the end section. Sometimes there is a surprise ending, sometimes the story is open-ended.  A technique often used in short stories is the flashback which tells the reader about events that took place before the story began.

Find examples or quotations to show the structure of this story


What can you say about the relationships between individual characters? In what way do they influence the story?

Mother-son relationship

Mother-daughter relationship

Grandmother-grandson relationship

Writing together Check this link

Write your name and choose a colour, start writing your ideas, then…SAVE

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Love III by George Herbert

George Herbert was born in 1593 in Montgomery, Wales. He wrote most of his poetry while studying at Cambridge, where he became the official university orator in 1620. Herbert was a pivotal figure in metaphysical poetry, and his work was both enormously popular and broadly influential. His collection “The Temple,” which contains the series of poems that “Love (III)” is part of, was published shortly after his death in 1633.

‘Love (III)’

By George Herbert

Love bade me welcome. Yet my soul drew back
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lacked any thing.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he.
I the unkind, ungrateful? Ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?

Truth Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.
And know you not, says Love, who bore the blame?
My dear, then I will serve.
You must sit down, says Love, and taste my meat:
So I did sit and eat.

Watch this video analysing the poem

Prepare a presentation with your analysis of the poem and the differnet stanzas in detail. Post it in your blog.

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Full analysis of Sredni Vashtar

Last class we finished reading the story and you worked on some important facts:




-Rite of Passage

Let´s get deeper into the story


Conradin, a ten-year-old boy whom the doctor has given less than five years to live, is antagonized by his cousin and guardian, Mrs. De Ropp, who seems to take delight in thwarting him under the guise of taking care of him. Conradin finds escape in his vivid imagination and in an unused toolshed, in which he keeps two pets—a Houdan hen, on which he lavishes affection, and a ferret, which he fears and comes to venerate as a god.

Conradin names the ferret Sredni Vashtar and worships the beast as his god, bringing it flowers in season and celebrating festivals on special occasions, such as when his cousin suffers from a toothache. When his cousin notices him spending too much time in the shed, she discovers the Houdan hen and sells it. She is surprised when Conradin fails to show any emotion at the news, but Conradin changes his usual worshiping ritual. Instead of chanting Sredni Vashtar’s praises, he asks an unnamed boon of his god. Every day he repeats his request for the one wish from the ferret. Mrs. De Ropp, noticing his frequent visits to the toolshed, concludes that he must have something hidden there, which she assumes to be guinea pigs. She ransacks his room until she finds the key to the cage and goes out to the shed.

As she goes to the shed, Conradin watches her and imagines her triumph over him and his subsequent declining health under her oppressive care. He does not see her emerge from the shed for a long time, however, and he begins to hope, chanting to Sredni Vashtar. Finally, he notices the ferret coming out of the shed with dark, wet stains around its mouth and throat.

The maid announces tea and asks Conradin where his cousin is. He tells her that Mrs. De Ropp has gone to the shed, and the maid goes to announce tea to her. Conradin calmly butters his toast, relishing every moment as he hears the scream of the maid and the loud sobs and talk of the kitchen help, followed by the footsteps of someone carrying a heavy burden. Then he hears the kitchen help discussing who will tell the young boy the news as he takes another piece of toast to butter.

Watch this video 

Sredni Vashtar from Angela Murray on Vimeo.

-Compare the story we read and the video. Make a brief comment about this.

Have a look at this presentation made by other students and make comments.

-Do you agree with the analysis?

-Can you mention other themes?

-Can you find quotations for the themes mentioned in the presentation and those you have added?

Link this to you blog and answer questions in your post about Sredni Vashtar

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