Living space

During our Language class we read a short story “Living Spaces” by Bonnie Benjamin, who writes about a flashback from when she was nine and had to move homes, because the house where her family was living was caving in on them.

I really enjoyed reading about Bonnie’s childhood. She convyed the hard process of moving very clearly to me. I also had to experience this process few years ago, and although it is excting and intriguing to wonder what your life may turn out to be, it also makes you feel out of place and sometimes disappointed, as it was her case, when she met the kids in the new neighbourhood, who mistreated her and called them names.

What I realised in this sotry is that we can never expect things to go as we want them to. There is always going to be something that will makes us regreat the choices we have made, but it is up to us to face them and not allow them to disrupt our happiness. In the end Bonnie decides to stand for herself and her sisters, as should we all, we must never allow anyones or anything to bring us down.

Ghost Story Podcast

During this term in Language we have been seeing Ghost stories and Gothic Novels. We have read a few gothic novels and some ghost stories, and we were given teh assignment to write our own and also to make a podcast with the story we had written. Here are my story and podcast.

Supernatural Aid

The first time I experienced the supernatural was during my senior year. I used to take the bus home everyday and when I didn’t I walked home through the main avenue, I could also walk through the hill, but it scared me. When class started I joined the school band, and stayed once a week for late practice. Those days my mom would come and pickme up from school so I wouldn’t walk home alone.

Once our band had stayed  late for practice, and my mom couldn’t come to pick me up. I decided to cross the hill, which would take ten minutes less than walking down the main road. There is always one night of the year that turns out to be the longest and coldest of them all, I believe it was that night. It was so cold that as I exhaled I could see my own breath in white smoke. It was a very steep slope, so I had to work hard to get to the top of the hill. I hadn’t realised how intense the fog had become, I could barely see my own feet. It also became darker, so I started to walk faster. Suddenly a cold shiver went from the top of my head all the way through my back and ended in my toes. I could see the fog moving, as if someone was walking next to me. The dew was so intense I slipped in the grass and knocked my head hard. Suddenly I felt as if I were falling asleep, my eyes started to slowly close and I had no control over my body. My vision became blurry. Suddenly I felt a certain cold on my hands, as if someone was trying to lift me up. I couldn’t hear myself think, I repeated to myself not to fall asleep. My body got colder, and the night became darker. Suddenly I closed my eyes completely. I felt the apparitions move around my paralysed body. I did not feel scared at all. Again I could feel its hands trying to lift me, trying to help me, and all I could wonder was why?

I always had believed that ghosts, and all the supernatural creatures are here to haunt us, and do evil things to us, but it had never crossed my mind that they could try to help us. 

Ghost stories

During our Language class we have been reading and analysing Gothic Novels. We read three different stories of the same genre and analysed them in different groups, we also made a presentation on the vocabulary and expressions used in these stories.


 

Benjamin Zephania’s Book “Face”

During our Language, after finishing, the novel “Face” by Benjamin Zephaniah, we analysed some parts of the books and imagined others. Working with Clari and Chopa, here is what we did. There are problems witht he website, and we cannot post images.

Activity 1

After having read the novel, think of the book cover . Which of these two covers do you think is more functional to the story and why? Write a short paragraph 80-100 words explaining the pros and cons of each cover.

We think,the one of the edition we are reading is better for the book. Is more appropriate to achieve the effect the descriptions inside the book give about the main character after his accident. The other one, to us, represents only Matin and his attitude before the accident because someone with a hood on seems more rebel than a person without one. Also the second cover looks more catchy than the first one because it doesn’t reveal how his face looked after the accident so let us the possibility to imagine it.

Activity 2

Describe the characters as accurate as you can. Finally, choose a picture that illustrates the appearance of these three boys. Post the pictures in your blog together with the analysis of the characters.

Martin Turner: Martin Turner is the protagonist of this story. He changes as much on the inside as on the outside after he is involved in a car accident that leaves his face severely disfigured after it burns. Before the crash he was a smug and a racist boy.

Natalie: She is the girlfriend of Martin, but they were together for appearances, she wanted to be popular. She’s an independent girl but also the most racist. After the accident all the interest she had for being with Martin, just because of this face, disappeared.

Matthew:  He’s one of Martin’s best friends, but instead of being so bold like Martin he is more curious and careful with the things they do, and he did not do what he knew was not okay, getting in the car like Mark and Martin.

Activity
Find a song that well represents in your opinion any of the teachings or messages present in Face. Post the link to your song in your blog together with a brief paragraph explaining why you have chosen it and the connection you believe it has with Face.

The song we chose is “Count On Me” By Bruno Mars. We chose this song because we think it represents Martin’s and Anthony’s friendship best, Anthony was always there for Martin, and so was he.

https://youtu.be/4JNtAtGGNRU

Word Clouds

Our Language teacher gave us the task to find synonyms of the following words, the ones that are outline. With my partners Victoria and Matias we did two word clouds with these words.

Being sad: in grief, melancholy, sorrowful

Happy: in high spirits; satisfied: cheerful, content, delighted, glad, joyful, overjoyed, pleased

Alone: desolated, isolated, detached, lonely

Big: huge,full, massive.

Small: meager, miniature, petite, minuscule.

Depressing: disheartening, heartbreaking, dismal, dispiriting

Dark: bleak, obscure, gloomy, dim

Empty: isolated, bare, barren, deserted, desolate

Full: complete, abounding, complete.

Old: elderly, fossil, versed.

Untidy: messy, careless, chaotic, shabby

cloud words Tagul
Cloud words 2 Tagul