Ali Smith on Brexit

Definition of ‘Brexit’: It is an abbreviation for the term “British exit”, similar to “Grexit” that was used for many years to refer to the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone. Brexit refers to the possibility of Britain withdrawing from the European Union (EU). 

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. It is scheduled to depart at 11pm UK time on Friday 29 March, 2019. The UK and EU have provisionally agreed on the three “divorce” issues of how much the UK owes the EU, what happens to the Northern Ireland border and what happens to UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. Talks have now moved on to future relations – after agreement was reached on a 21-month “transition” period to smooth the way to post-Brexit relations.

For more information: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887

Extracts from Ali Smith´s Autumn

“I’m tired of the news. I’m tired of the way it makes things spectacular that aren’t, and deals so simplistically with what’s truly appalling. I’m tired of the vitriol. I’m tired of the anger. I’m tired of the meanness. I’m tired of the selfishness. I’m tired of how we’re doing nothing to stop it. I’m tired of how we’re encouraging it. I’m tired of the violence there is and I’m tired of the violence that’s on its way, that’s coming, that hasn’t happened yet. I’m tired of liars. I’m tired of sanctified liars. I’m tired of how those liars have let this happen. I’m tired of having to wonder whether they did it out of stupidity or did it on purpose. I’m tired of lying governments. I’m tired of people not caring whether they’re being lied to any more. I’m tired of being made to feel this fearful. I’m tired of animosity. I’m tired of pusillanimosity.”

“All across the country, there was misery and rejoicing. All across the country, what had happened whipped about by itself as if a live electric wire had snapped off a pylon in a storm and was whipping about in the air above the trees, the roofs, the traffic.

All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really lost. All across the country, people felt they’d really won. All across the country, people felt they’d done the right thing and other people had done the wrong thing. All across the country, people looked up Google: what is EU? All across the country, people looked up Google: move to Scotland. All across the country, people looked up Google: Irish passport applications.

All across the country, people called each other cunts. All across the country, people felt unsafe. All across the country, people were laughing their heads off. All across the country, people felt legitimized. All across the country, people felt bereaved and shocked. All across the country, people felt righteous. All across the country, people felt sick. All across the country, people felt history at their shoulder. All across the country, people felt history meant nothing. All across the country, people felt like they counted for nothing. All across the country, people had pinned their hopes on it. All across the country, people waved flags in the rain. All across the country, people drew swastika graffiti. All across the country, people threatened otherpeople. All across the country, people told people to leave. All across the country, the media was insane. All across the country, politicians lied. All across the country, politicians fell apart. All across the country, politicians vanished. All across the country, promises vanished. All across the country, money vanished. All across the country, social media did the job. All across the country, things got nasty. All across the country, nobody spoke about it. All across the country, nobody spoke about anything else. All across the country, racist bile was general. All across the country, people said it wasn’t that they didn’t like immigrants. All across the country, people said it was about control. All across the country, everything changed overnight. All across the country, the haves and the have nots stayed the same. All across the country, the usual tiny per cent of the people made their money out of the usual huge per cent of the people. All across the country, money money money money. All across the country, no money no money no money no money.

All across the country, the country split in pieces. All across the country, the countries cut adrift.

All across the country, the country was divided, a fence here, a wall there, a line drawn here, a line crossed there, a line you don’t cross here,

a line you better not cross there,

a line of beauty here,

a line dance there,

a line you don’t even know exists here,

a line you can’t afford there,

a whole new line of fire,

line of battle,

end of the line,

here/ there.”

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For Heidi with Blue Hair

Let´s discuss this poem together!! There are lots of things to talk about!

For Heidi with Blue Hair

When you dyed your hair blue
(or, at least ultramarine
for the clipped sides, with a crest
of jet-black spikes on top)
you were sent home from school

because, as the headmistress put it,
although dyed hair was not
specifically forbidden, yours
was, apart from anything else,
not done in the school colours.

Tears in the kitchen, telephone-calls
to school from your freedom-loving father:
‘She’s not a punk in her behaviour;
it’s just a style.’ (You wiped your eyes,
also not in a school colour.)

‘She discussed it with me first –
we checked the rules.’ ‘And anyway, Dad,
it cost twenty-five dollars.
Tell them it won’t wash out –
not even if I wanted to try.

It would have been unfair to mention
your mother’s death, but that
shimmered behind the arguments.
The school had nothing else against you;
the teachers twittered and gave in.

Next day your black friend had hers done
in grey, white and flaxen yellow –
the school colours precisely:
an act of solidarity, a witty
tease. The battle was already won.

Fleur Adcock (1934-)

Adcock has said that this poem was written in response to a real incident experienced by her god-daughter, Heidi, who had moved with her father (after the death of her mother) to live in Australia.

Heidi has dyed her hair and the poem deals with the reactions of her school, father and friends.

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Mock exam : poetry and prose

Check out this mock test from 2017

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The Lady in the Looking Glass

The writer

Read about her and watch the video:

-write down important facts about her life

-her influence on women writers

-the technique she introduced in Literature

The story: The Lady in the Looking Glass

Post everything in your blog

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Poem: Stabat Mater

Read this poem from your book or booklet.

Get to know the poet: Sam Hunt

Complete the following chart and post it in your blog.

Context

 

 

Themes

 

 

Literary devices (what are they used for? What is the effect on the reader?)
Tone

 

Structure

 

Semantic field

(specific vocabulary used)

 

Your own reflection

 

Check this link with videos which will help you understand the poem

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For My Grandmother Knitting

After analysing the poem, write the following essay

(Due Date: May 15)

1. Comment closely on how the writer deals with respect and admiration in the poem “For My Grandmother Knitting”.

2. Comment closely on how the generation gap affect the relationship in the family in the poem “For My Grandmother Knitting”.

3.  ‘How does Liz Lochhead powerfully covey her feelings about her Grandmother?’

 

 

 

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Writing an essay

Preparing an essay answer

It is obviously going to make a difference whether you are writing the essay for an examination or as coursework, how many words you are expected to write and – in the case of an examination – how long you are given. For this sample, we are assuming an examination answer of 45 minutes, and a target of 350 words or more, depending on writing speed.

In an examination, give yourself ten minutes to plan, and five minutes to check, your answer. You will have to work quickly in the examination, but it is worth planning carefully when you are practising essays.

Pie chart

Structure of an essay

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Let´s watch this video!

 Inserting quotations

Example of an essay

 

 

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Linking words

We have been working on linking words intensely!

 

Final Task

-Choose 10 connectors and make sentences leaving a _________ (blank) for the linking word.

-Visit other students´blogs and complete their sentences (minimum 3 visits)

Create a word cloud with linkers to illustrate your post

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My Son the Fanatic

Story: https://mseisinger.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/my-son-the-fanatic-by-hanif-kureishi.pdf

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After reading the story, let´s work on the following ideas

Task 1

1. What prevents Parvez from communicating directly with his son?
2. What is Parvez’s dream for Ali’s future?
3. How would you describe the personality of the following characterize:
a. Parvez
b. Ali
c. Bettina
4. How would you describe the following relationships?
a. Parvez and Ali at the beginning of the story
b. Parvez and Ali at the end of the story
c. Parvez and Bettina
d. Parvez and his coworkers
e. Parvez and his wife
5. What advice does Bettina give Parvez?
6. What memory from Pakistan haunts Parvez?
7. What rules does Ali criticize Parvez for breaking?
8. Why does Parvez like England?
9. Why does Ali hate London?
10. What was the “last straw” that led Parvez to violence?
11. What does Ali mean in the last line of the story?

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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Creating an online quiz

After working on connectors, you are going to create a quiz to test your classmates!

Use this: https://www.flexiquiz.com

Create a 10 question quiz and share it in your blog.

Visit other blogs to complete quizzes

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Linking words

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Let`s Practice!!

Ex 1      Ex 2    Ex 3    Ex 4     Ex 5     Ex 6    Ex 7    Ex 8     Ex 9     Ex 10

Take notes of the mistakes and leave a comment in the blog saying which connectors/linkers are difficult to use in your case.

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Characters and Narrator

Check this page and give your opinion: Point of view

Analysis of the story!

After reading the story and analysing in full detail, let`s watch a video.

-What calls your attention?

-Are characters the way you imagined them? Explain.

Leave a comment

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