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.

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.

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

Emma Watson: HeForShe speech

In our class we have been studing reported speech and we were given as a task to look up for a video of a person which meant something to us and choose five sentences or quotes of the speech and report them.

With my partners, Tota Lupi and Vicky Quiroga, we choose a speech Emma Watson (Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women) gave during a UN conference, talking about gender discrimination.

Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?

She asked why the word had become such an uncomfortable one.

No country in the world can yet say they achieved gender equality.

She reminded that no country in the world has achieved gender equality.

My school did not limit me because I was a girl.

She explained that her school did not limit her because of being a girl.

They may not know it, but they are the inadvertent feminists that are changing the world today.

She acknowledged that the inadvertent gender feminists that are changing the world today might not know it.

We don’t often talk about men being imprisioned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are, and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence.

She recognised that we didn’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender sterreotypes, but she could see that they are, and that when they  are free, things would change for women as a natural consequence.