Virtual period #7

Read the story: “Secrets” by Bernard MacLaverty

Bernard MacLaverty was born in Belfast in 1942, and moved to Scotland in 1975, where he lived in Edinburgh, on the Isle of Islay, and now in Glasgow. After leaving school he became a Medical Laboratory Technician, later studying at Queen’s University, Belfast and becoming an English teacher

Secrets and Other Stories: Bernard MacLaverty: 9780099773610 ...
Just in case you don’t have Stories of Ourselves with you, here the pdf

As you read, make connections between the writer and Irish Catholicism. What evidence of strong beliefs can you find in the story? (Do some research if necessary)

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Nathaniel Hawthorne and Dark Romanticism

Before reading the story DR HEIDEGGER’S EXPERIMENT, the students investigated the writer and Dark Romanticism.

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Poetry Presentations

Presentation 1

Presentation 2

The Pains of Sleep by Juana, Bianca and Sol

Presentation 3

Presentation 4

Presentation 5

Activity: Get in pairs with the same person you prepared the presentation.

Take a look at each presentation. For each poem:

-think of the theme and the line in which it is clear

-choose a picture to illustrate it and explain the pic chosen

-investigate the literary theory behind (romanticism, war poetry, etc. and say which characteristics of the period are clear in the poem.

-choose your favourite literary device in the poem and explain why you find it amazing

Share a drive with me

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All My Sons (group work)

Plus Activities

Scan this QR to see all the presentations !! GREAT WORK!!

Scan this and take a look at all the presentations

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Rising Five

Check out this video to understand the poem deeply.

Take notes of the following:




-Literary devices (visual images, symbols, alliteration, etc)

After this, go to classroom to work on a worksheet.

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There Will Come Soft Rains: Reflections

Today we are going to reflect on the story we have read.

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Vocabulary to create tension and fear

Vocabulary can be used to change the way a reader feels about a scene. By changing just a few key words a setting can be made much more interesting to read. For example, a church might be a typical part of the setting of a ghost story. The vocabulary choices can be used to create a sense of fear for the reader.

Tension and Fear – Amatopia

Collaborative Tasks

Task 1:  come up with at least 3  words/phrases to replace the following words:

afraid- Nice- bad- sad- fear- dark- Big- Small- cold-hot

Task 2: Read the following pages, watch the video and take a look at the poster. Then, prepare a mind map with words and phrases to create a tense and a fearful atmosphere.

Link 1

Link 2

Tools to produce the mindmaps:

Mind maps 1

Mind maps 2

Mind maps 3

Task 3:Create a sentence using the following ‘power’ verbs (always producing fear and tension):

grabbed-snatched- sprinted- scrambled- shouted- screamed- crawled- leapt- strode- yelled- exclaimed- glared

Task 4: Check this link Fear. Choose 5 idioms and write examples in context.

Task 5: Tips for writing a good scary story Read and make a summary to have with you when you write your own scary story!!

Include the 5 tasks in a presentation to share in classroom.

10 Best Writing Prompts for High School English Students

Individual task

Choose one of the following prompts to write a story. Include the vocabulary you have been working on. (600-900 words)

  1. You have had a strange feeling for a few days now. Today you’ve been feeling very energetic and tired at the same time. You sit, exhausted and full of energy, at your desk. Your arm has been itching. It’s killing you now. You look at your forearm and see it for the first time. Something is moving under your skin. It is shifting around. Your muscle spasms and you realize there are dozens moving toward the surface.
  2. You open your eyes to complete darkness. The last thing you remember is the dog running out into the road, the brightness of the day light, and your car headed off the road. As your head clears you realize you are hanging upside down. Your feet and legs are completely mobilized. You can hear something breathing in the room.
  3. Your driving on a country road. It is late at night. You are far from home. You realize, as you check your mirrors, there is a man you do not know, hiding on the floor of your back seat.
  4. It’s 3 am. Your room is dark, but you can see that there is someone, standing at the foot of your bed. You can just make out that he or she is wearing a clown costume, and you are pretty sure, from the glare and the little bit of reflection, that it has a knife.

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There Will Come Soft Rains

Here some analysis of the story in case you need it to write your essay

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Analysing poetry

In pairs/groups you’ll be analysing some poems from Songs of Ourselves!

Flocabulary - Educational Hip-Hop


– themes and tones

-literary devices, explanation, analysis and impact (why the writer uses them

-your opinion on the poem

-any connection with any other poem, story, song you have read/listened to

-highlight important quotes and explain the message there

-explain the title

use images to illustrate it

Vendors — The New York City Poetry Festival
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Music in Literature

Music is Poetry- Freedom in Words ~ Word Traveling

Get in pairs to work with songs

  1. Choose a song that you like and prepare a presentation that includes:

-short biography of the band/singer

-analysis of the song (theme/tone/literary devices)

-explanation of the title

-your opinion on the song (why you like it and your ideas on the theme)

-include a video of the song (there must be something in youtube)

      2. Write an acrostic poem with the TITLE OF THE SONG

Example :                                P






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How to write an essay

What Is a Literary Essay?

A literary analysis essay is an academic assignment that examines and evaluates a work of literature or a given aspect of a specific literary piece. It tells about the big idea or theme of a text you’ve read.

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You are not supposed to write about what the text is about, but to offer a personal response, a piece of literary criticism, a response to an essay question.

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.

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Structure of an essay

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Use connectors

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Literary devices are things the author uses to tell the story or make a point. They could include alliteration, imagery, metaphors, allusions, allegories, repetition, flashback, foreshadowing, or any number of other devices the author employs to write the story or poem

When you’re reading for pleasure, you’re mainly focused on emotions and visualizations of the scenes and characters. You’ll still pay attention to those elements of the reading process, but you’ll also be analytical towards the book. You’ll consider these elements:

  • Subject
  • Form and Style
  • Main theme and tones
  • Characters’ strengths and flaws
  • Storyline strengths and flaws
  • Point of view
  • etc.

 Inserting quotations

Introducing quotations from Pato_Ch

Task 1: Prepare a post in your blog with a summary on “how to write an essay.

Task 2: Read an essay on the poem FARMHAND and make a chart of good and bad points. (post it in the blog together with task 1)


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Virtual period #3

As we are reading “There Will Come Soft Rains”, I want you to focus on the poem inside the story.

Listen to the poem

There Will Come Soft Rains

Sara Teasdale – 1884-1933

(War Time)

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,

Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

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There Will Come Soft Rains by Bradbury

How is the poem connected to the story?

Here a link to understand the poem:

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