Saturday, 30 April 2011

BEDDALL Fiona, Alexander the Great, B1, Penguin level 4

Alvaro Conesa Vidagany, 1° Bachillerato EFL

Alexander the Great is one of the greatest generals in history. He was from Macedonia. When he was young his tutors taught him all knowledge that was known at that time and he was a quick and earnest learner. Physically he kept fit and was very strong. When his father (Phillip) was murdered Alexander inherited a huge Empire. Alexander was the new king of Greece but he had two different problems to resolve…

I think it’s a great book. I would recommend it to people who are interested in Alexander the Great and Greek culture. I think it’s an interesting book because it shows how a young man should face big problems and, with effort and hard work, find a solution. For that reason I think we should consider Alexander as an example in our time because sometimes we don’t face problems and difficult situations. We just try to avoid them and think that time will give us a solution. This isn’t right, we have to be brave, face problems and work them out as quickly as possible.

Trinidad & Tobago

by Eliana Lale Khan

2° ESO A

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Walt Disney

By Paloma Gómez González

2° ESO A

CARROLL, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland

Essay by Stephan Milanović, 1° ESO A

I’ve chosen two themes for my essay, growing up and curiosity, as they are themes running throughout the story.

It goes without saying that the book Alice in Wonderland is based on a dream Alice is having. It is well known that most of the time we dream of things we think and experience during the day. She is learning the rules of adult life as she is getting older, and when she finds herself in Wonderland she discovers a bewildering new set of rules. One of the examples from the book could be the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Alice may have realised that adults follow some certain rules unquestioningly. She sees in the Tea Party a possible reflection of following rules without questioning why they are being followed. She also would have realized that adults normally have all the power, especially in the Victorian era, when children knew they should be seen and not heard. Alice knows that the Queen of Hearts is most definitely in charge and she has the right to chop people’s heads off for the slightest of mistakes and Alice’s opinion is not taken into consideration.

Curiosity is a major theme that drives the story at the start, urging Alice to follow the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, quite a bizarre thing to do under normal circumstances. She is curious to find out what lies beneath, but as the old saying goes: “curiosity killed the cat”. She could be endangering herself though she doesn’t stop to consider it. Another example could be when she tries to get to the little garden behind the closed door; curiosity is making her want to know what lies on the other side.

Generally curiosity is associated with childhood and can seem to be opposing the theme of growing up. However, both themes are present while growing up.

CARROLL, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland

By Alessandra Whelan 1ESO A

One of the main themes in the story Alice in Wonderland is the growth into adulthood. Throughout the story she gets into numerous situations in which she has to adapt so she can overcome whatever challenge is given to her. One example of that is when she goes to the trials that seem to be very unjust and tries to put a stop to the Queen of Hearts beheading nearly everyone. During her adventure through Wonderland she somehow begins to understand the adult world a bit more.

Another very important theme is when Alice keeps changing size. She also has to adapt herself to these dramatic changes that are done to her body during adolescence. Alice’s size changes also change her perspective and she sees the world in a very different view, for example at the beginning of the story when she follows the rabbit down the hole she finds 4 small doors that she can’t fit into. So she discovers a little bottle labelled ‘drink me’ and she drinks it and becomes smaller. But she realises she left the key on the table and it is too high for her to reach it so she eats a cake labelled ‘eat me’ and it makes her bigger. In that part of the story she is very childish and terrified but she becomes a much stronger and self-possessed person.

Apple Inc

By Inés Pineda

2° ESO A

Friday, 15 April 2011

Disaster has struck
The Earth is going crazy
When will all this end?

Oliva Barrio, 2º ESO A

Thursday, 14 April 2011

We can be upset,

Angry, but we can’t stop time.

It will get better.

Ariana Florentino 2° ESO B

There's always a chance,

We can't just give up right now,

We have to enhance

Lydia Herrera Moreno, 2° ESO B

I lost you today,

Through this wind and sorrow but,

I will soon find you.

I know that you’re sad,

I know you’re unhappy but

Still, I will love you.

I hope and I hope,

As I look out my window,

That you will be safe.

Chenta Shayen Mariqueo Graham, 2º ESO B.

I wish I was there

I wish I could switch places

With you, just for you.

Emilio Escalera, 2º ESO B

1. Love is hope. Think love.

Love, water. Tragedy, flame.

Think. Love is the key.

2. Small losses. Nothing.

Big losses are something.

Value what you have.

3. Always hope. Do hope.

With hope, you can overcome.

Now, everyone hope.

Cesar Wang, 2º ESO B

Hope is in you all

And we will help each other

This is not the end

Álvaro Álvarez, 2º ESO B

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The water carried

The unsuspecting petals

Away from their homes

Isabella Bruña 2° ESO A

The agony in their voices,

Sadness in the streets.

No one´s there, all is empty.

Elena Shmiko, 2 ESO B

Cherry blossoms that were

Now lie scattered on the ground

Why? What happened there?

Cristina Campos 2° ESO A

Love is with us all

We will use it to help you

We’ll never let go

If you’ve lost something

Don’t worry and look for it

I’m sure you’ll find it.

Marc Perez Escamilla, 2° ESO B

Pain and lots of grief

When we listen to bad news

Coming from Japan.

Paloma Gómez 2° ESO A

It’s not like this forever,

Don’t give up just yet,

Move on, never say never

Camila Quintero, 2° ESO B

Surrounded by dirt,

Everywhere water and filth,

Now, what should they do?

They never do cry

They are hoping for the best

Waiting and waiting

Dani Añón 2° ESO A

The love that you had

Will never disappear

It waits to be found.

Losing loved ones hurts

More than I can imagine.

Move on, don’t forget.

There is always hope

Even though it’s hard to find.

So keep this in mind.

Hussein Ahmed, 2° ESO B

Where have they gone to?

Why did they have to leave me?

I stand here alone.

The grey clouds drifting,

Through a life of broken dreams.

The sun will come soon...

Liberty Knox 2° ESO A

Where is the country

That we have lost that weekend

We want it all back.

Juanma Pajon 2 ESO B

Why did it happen?

An earthquake and tsunami

What had Japan done?

We still love you

Do not give up your last hopes

Stand up, just don´t cry

Camilo Alzate 2° ESO A

Friday, 1 April 2011

HOPKINS, Cathy, Mates, Dates & Inflatable Bras, Piccadilly Press-London

Oliva Barrio, 2° ESO A

This book is about a girl called Lucy. She’s looking for her mystery love boy, which turns out to be Lucy’s best friend's brother. But that’s just one part of the story.

It is similar to Mates, Dates and Secret Love but it’s not so much about the romance, it’s more about her school life, her GCSE subjects for next year, and a project that her teacher has organised.

The project is really hard for Lucy because it’s about what makes her be herself, what decisions she wants to make in her life and what career she wants to do.

In the book all her friends knew what to do, except her. She was so desperate that she started changing things about herself and her surroundings (her hair, her room, her clothes, etc.)

At the end, she decides to be a fashion designer. This decision was made one afternoon when she went to a cat walk. She was wearing clothes that she had made herself and a designer came over and gave her a card for when she finishes school.

Since that moment, Lucy’s life was perfect.

I recommend this book, because it teaches how tough life is. And no matter how hard something is, you’ll be able to get it, if you try hard and really want it.

My favourite sentences from the book:

· Choice not chance, determines destiny.

· The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want. And if they can’t find them, make them.’

· If you want a friend, be a friend.

· No one makes you feel inferior without your permission.

I give this book 3 stars