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Activity on connectors

Our language teacher gave us a task on connectors. What we are supposed to do is to find how Roald Dahl uses connectors on his story, “Boy”, by finding 4 examples of each type of connector in the book. If we can’t find what we are supposed to find, we should create the example ourselves. The ones from the book will be between inverted commas and the ones I created will not.

Sequence

  • “At first I only heard the crack…”
  • “…Mr. Coombes’s performance the second time…”
  • “The third one seemed worse than the second…”
  • “…Fifth Form next to them!”

Result

  • “…But it was the result of tremendous…”
  • Thus, the unsuspecting parents received…”
  • “I must tell you, therefore, that it was…”
  • Argentina didn’t win the world cup, so I got sad

Emphasis

  • “So indeed was the entire mantelpiece…”
  • “Quite obviously our opinions on anything…”
  • “…and acting generally like a man with some serious…”
  • In fact, we often went the other way”

Example

  • “If there are, for example, ten people…”
  • “…all manner of treasures, such as a magnet…”
  • I can do several things, for instance, play the guitar
  • I can’t do several things, namely, play baseball

Comparison

  • “…just as the manly lover always did it”
  • “…the second time was the same as the first”
  • Not only he is blind, but also deaf
  • This smell is similar to my house’s

Reason

  • “…they agreed to separate because  each of them…”
  •  I play football due to the fact that I like it
  • Since I like gaming, I play video games
  • I go to school as I am obliged to

Addition

  • In addition to that, my father became…”
  • “…as well as her two unmarried sisters”
  • I play the guitar, and the piano too
  • I went to football and tennis classes

Contrast

  • “It was, nevertheless a touching and generous…”
  • Although they came from a simple family…”
  • “None of these things are important, but each of them…”
  • “Better even than the Welsh ones, despite the fact…”

 

Boy first chapter

Our language teacher told us to write 8 question on Roald Dahl’s Boy audiobook, first chapter, here is the link:

BOY

1. What was the name of Roald Dahl’s father?

2. When is Roald Dahl ‘writing this words’?

3. How was the doctor’s arrival

4. What happened with Harald’s arm?

5. Where did Harold and Oscar go?

6. Where did Harold stay in France?

7. How did trains work?

8. What was trains fuel?

 

Interview to Roald Dahl

M: Hello, my name is Manuel Padilla and I am a reporter from Las Cumbres school, I would like to ask you  a couple of question if you don’t mind

RD: Oh, I appreciate that, wanna have a seat?

M: Yes please… I am going to ask you questions about your life and books in  chronological order. First question, It is known that the principal of your school, beated you, is there any reason for that that you can tell us?

RD: No, emmm, not that I can tell you at least

M: In the time that you were in Repton and St. Peter’s schools, how did you do in school?

RD: Ugh, emmm, I don’t want to boast, but, yes, I did really well. I even won some prizes, as you can see, and later on I received an offer to study in Cambridge or Oxford.

M: Wow, that must have been so difficult to achieve; but, correct me if I am mistaken, you didn’t go neither of those schools, why is that?

RD: I don’t think you’d get it, I just had a feeling you now? But well, I think I chose wisely by going to Africa instead, look where I am now! You seem thirsty, a cup of tea maybe?

M: Oh, yes please. If I am not mistaken, you joined the air force when the WWII started, and crash landed in a plane when flying over Egypt, how did you feel? Oh, and by the way, what a great tea!

RD: Oh, what a bad memory, but well, I guess we all have to fight pain once in our life. It is very difficult to describe how I felt. When the plane stopped working, I was absolutely sure that I was gonna die! Next thing I remember, I wake up in a white place, doctors come in, they tell me I was in Washington D.C., and what was more surprising, I was alive after breaking my spine and skull! It was the happiest moment in my life, I still remember it, but, I can’t deny, the pain, was horrible.

M: Did anyone visited you at the hospital?

RD: Yes, and someone I never imagined, C.S. Forrester, an amazing writer who inspired me to become what I am today!

M: Did he said anything special to you?

RD: Oh yes he did. He told me I was special, that I had the bravery to go to war, and then get back to US alive! Then I realized that I could become a writer! Tell my story, and tell other’s stories!

M: Wow, that’s great. Then, you met Patricia Neal, what made you fell in love with  her?

RD: Her cheeks, I just loved them

M: Oh, how cute! Then, in 1953, you married her, the same year that you published your best-seller, “Someone like you”, what was this story about?

RD: Oh, I remember that book, it was about two men having a drink at a bar, talking about war and women, really funny story!

M: Okay that’s it, we are running out of time! A pleasure to meet you sir, good bye! Oh, and would you tell me later the brand of that tea?

Revolting Rhymes

Today in class we worked with Roald Dahl’s famous revolting rhymes, here is some basic information on our revolting rhyme. Group work: Gonza, Bauti, Lucas

1.The rhyme depicts the story of a little girl’s encounter with a wolf. In this rhyme, there is a wolf whom eats little red riding hood (the main character)’s grandmother. In hopes of obtaining another meal, the wolf dresses up as little red riding hood’s grandmother. Little red riding hood however, realizes what is truly behind the costume and blows it’s brains out.

2.Differences and similarities between the real story and the revolting rhyme:

In the real story little red riding hood and her grandma are rescued by a lumberjack from the wolf, whereas in the revolting rhyme, little red riding hood simply shoots the wolf. Apart from this, there are also some changes in dialogue between the rhyme and the real story for example: Little red riding hood says “What a lovely great big furry coat you have one” instead of the usual iconic words of “What big teeth you’ve got” leading to the normally exclaiming “All the better to eat you with”. One similarity that the rhyme has with the original story is that the characters were the same, execpt for the lumberjack that usually comes at the end. Another similarity is that all of the characters end up facing the same fate, despite reaching it in a different way.

3. We chose this revolting rhyme because we were familiar with the original little red riding hood story and, upon reading the story, we liked that this rhyme broke away from the stereotype that the female in distress has to be saved by a dominant male figure. We also liked the rhyme because it

4. The 2 words we chose were:

Flickers: In this case, flickers is the word used to describe quick, small movements. Flickers can also be used to describe how a source of light unsteadily varies rapidly in brightness.

Word in use: The light flickers on and off constantly

Caviare: The pickled (preserved) roe (mass of eggs in the ovaries of a female fish) of large fish often eaten as a delicacy.

Word in use: Caviare is one of my favourite dishes

Illustration of the rhyme:

Roald Dahl biography

Our lenguage teacher asked us to write a mini-biography on Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl was born on September 13th, 1913.

Early life 

When he was 4 his father died. At that age he was starting school in the town school. As the principal beated him, he moved to St. Peter’s boardschool. But later on he moved to Repton, an academic expert school.

In Repton he improved as an excellent student, so his mother, offered him to go to Cambridge or Oxford.

But he didn’t want that, he said that he wanted to go on an expedition to Africa, and so he did.

In Africa he started working in the Shell oil. Looking for more adventure, he joined the Royal air Force for later on becoming an WW2 fighting pilot.

When flying over Egypt, Dahl crashlanded and broke his back and skull. For medical reasons he was moved to Washington DC

Writing Career

While in Washington DC a famous writer called C.S Forrester, who inspired Dahl to become a writer.

At first he just wrote stories for adults, where he had not much success.

His first best selling story was “Someone like you” in 1953, the same year in which he married the actress Patricia Neal. With her he had 5 children, but one of his daughters suicided. Then of trying to write a child’s story by himself (The Gremlins) he started loosing success, but then he started using his children stories, who helped him improve.

In 1983, he divorced, but later on married Felicity Ann Crossland, who was his partner till 1990, the year of Dahl’s death.

English favourite book

Our favourite English book are Harry Potter books. We like it because it’s a series of books which have lots of emotional parts. Now HP has also 8 movies adapted from 7 books.

The writer of these books is Joanne Rowling a.k.a J.K Rowling, who was born in London and is 51 years old.

The Harry Potter story is a fantastic book which has lots of love and magic.

About JK, we know that she had not a good relationship neither with their parents or his husband who broke up with her. But when she decided to write a book, she became famous and she is now happy.

 

Bauti Bravo and Manolo Padilla Sigue leyendo English favourite book