The Thinkers of the Enlightenment

Let’s take a look at this presentation together and take notes of famous thinkers and their main idea.

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The Clod and the Pebble

Last year we read and discussed this poem. Let’s review it so we can compare and contrast it with another one: LOVE III

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Connectors and Linking words

Linking Words List in English PDF - English Grammar Pdf

Some more practice

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

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Review: Literary Devices

Watch the following videos.

Let’s play a game together

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All My Sons: an introduction

Resultado de imagen de all my sons

“All My Sons” is the title of the play you are about to read1. Arthur Miller wanted his play to have universal appeal. Even though you do not know the story yet, can you imagine how this title might connect with a message that has universal significance? In other words, “whose sons” might be “all my sons”?

Group Discussion

Answer the following questions on your own in the same post in your blog. (we’ll go back to these questions after we finish reading the play)

  • How would you define a responsible person?
  • Are you a responsible person? Why or why not? Give examples of people you know in your personal life or in the public domain who are responsible. How do these individuals support your definition?
  • How does one learn to become a responsible person?
    Who are the “teachers” and where do we find them in our lives?
  • Is being responsible a character trait that you value a lot?
    Why or why not?
  • The Golden Rule is “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” What does this statement mean? Can you think of a situation in your own life in which you used this statement as the guiding principle for the action that you took? If “yes,” explain.
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What is a calligram?

By definition, a CALLIGRAM is a word or piece of text in which the design and layout of the letters creates a visual image related to the meaning of the words themselves.

Let’s watch the following video

Time for us to work on CALLIGRAMS!

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Material we need to cover towards the Literature IGCSE 2022

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From Songs of Ourselves Volume 1, Part 3, the following 15 poems:
Maya Angelou, ‘Caged Bird’
Elizabeth Barret Browning, ‘Sonnet 43’
Sujata Bhatt, ‘Muliebrity’
Boey Kim Cheng, ‘The Planners’
Isobel Dixon, ‘Plenty’
Rosemary Dobson, ‘The Three Fates’
Robert Hayden, ‘Those Winter Sundays’
Seamus Heaney, ‘Mid-Term Break’
Mervyn Morris, ‘Little Boy Crying’
Norman Nicholson, ‘Rising Five’
Adrienne Rich, ‘Amends’
Edna St. Vincent Millay, ‘Sonnet 29’
Dennis Scott, ‘Marrysong’
Stevie Smith, ‘Not Waving But Drowning’
William Wordsworth, ‘She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways’

From Stories of Ourselves Volume 2, the following 10 stories:
no. 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘Dr Heidegger’s Experiment’
no. 16 O Henry, ‘The Furnished Room’
no. 18 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘The Widow’s Might’
no. 25 Henry Handel Richardson, ‘And Women Must Weep’
no. 29 Marghanita Laski, ‘The Tower’
no. 31 Janet Frame, ‘The Reservoir’
no. 32 Langston Hughes, ‘Thank You M’am’
no. 41 Anjana Appachana, ‘Sharmaji’
no. 43 Yiyun Li, ‘A Thousand Years of Good Prayers’
no. 44 Segun Afolabi, ‘Mrs Mahmood’

Othello by William Shakespeare

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Literature and Songs

10 More Songs Inspired by Literature - For Reading Addicts

In the Language and Literature class, the students shared their favourite songs and said why they loved them. We all used twitter to

-give opinions

-spot literary devices

-share images

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Project: Ideas

Last week we saw a video about what an idea is.

In this class, we’ll take a look at 2 videos that will expand on our ideas on what a successful talk must include.

Watch the videos and take notes.

Then, complete the document in classroom

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If Thou Must Love Me

We are going to read and analyse 2 poems (This activity will take 3 classes)

La feminista victoriana que amaba a Homero – Courbett Magazine — Libros,  Ilustración, Cultura y Diseño
Elizabeth Barret Browning

Task 1: She was called “the feminist Victorian writer”. Do some research and tell me why. (write answers in your folder to be discussed later)

Task 2: Poem

If Thou Must Love Me

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
I love her for her smile … her look … her way
Of speaking gently, … for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day’—
For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
Be changed, or change for thee,—and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,—
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity.

Listen to the poem

Task 3: What is the poem about? Watch the video and read the webpage. Take notes of background, themes, tones, literary devices used to put meaning across and structure.

This webpage will also help you to understand the poem

Task 4: Take the quiz to prove yourself

Task 5: Read the following Sonnet by Shakespeare

William Shakespeare: Así vivió el mejor dramaturgo de la historia

Listen to the poem

Sonnet XIX

Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion’s paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger’s jaws,
And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;
Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleet’st,
And do whate’er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
But I forbid thee one most heinous crime:
O! carve not with thy hours my love’s fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen;
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty’s pattern to succeeding men.
   Yet, do thy worst old Time: despite thy wrong,
   My love shall in my verse ever live young.

Poem explanation

Task 6: Write a paragraph or two comparing and contrasting both poems

Choose either Task 7 or 8

Task 7: Prepare a poster for the class with your main ideas on these poems. Illustrate it with drawings or pictures.

Task 8: Find a song or another poem that deals with the same themes of these 2 poems and prepare a presentation to show your ideas. (3-5 slides)

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Do some research on Wilfred Owen and takes notes of five important facts as regards him, war and poetry.


Move him into the sun—

Gently its touch awoke him once,

At home, whispering of fields half-sown.

Always it woke him, even in France,

Until this morning and this snow.

If anything might rouse him now

The kind old sun will know.

Think how it wakes the seeds—

Woke once the clays of a cold star.

Are limbs, so dear achieved, are sides

Full-nerved, still warm, too hard to stir?

Was it for this the clay grew tall?

—O what made fatuous sunbeams toil

To break earth’s sleep at all?

Listen to the poem

‘Futility’ takes the form of a short elegy. An elegy, or an elegiac poem, was a form of writing that had its first depiction in the 16th century, and was considered to be a lament – a crying out for the loss of a beloved and was used primarily in the romantic sense.

Could this be a soldier speaking to his comrades? A soldier attempting to wake their fallen friend.? And as the title suggests, this attempt is futile?

In classroom, you will find a video explaining the poem so you can annotate it.

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Project: War Poetry

This is the first part of our project this year.

We’ll be working on WAR POETRY

Task 1: The following questions are just a guide for you to prepare a mind map on war poetry. (you don’t need to answer the questions)

  1. What is war poetry?
  2. Name some war poets and famous poems.
  3. How are soldiers typically portrayed?  Is there a common theme which unites the various countries?  What do these representations tell us about  the society which produced such an image?
  4. What are the roles which children played in wartime propaganda”  Why were children “essential victims” in the war?
  5. What was the role played by women in war times?
  6. What is the typical message/imagery in war poems?
  7. Overall, what value does poetry have for the historian of war?  Can poetry be used to examine the nature of the war experience, and if so, how?  Are there other sources which are “better” for the study of war, and if so what/why?

Some links to help you

Get ready to discuss ideas

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