söndag 17 september 2017

Walkabout by James Vance Marshall


We are going to read a book called Walkabout, which is written by James Vance Marshall.

Take a look at the cover of the book.
(Bild: Penguinreaders.com)

1. Discuss: (Take notes so you remember what you have talked about.)

Describe the picture. What do you see on the cover?
When you see the word Walkabout what do you think it means?
How old do you think the boy is?
Where do you think the story takes place? How do you know?
What do you think will happen in the book?

2. Reading! 
I am going to read chapter one and two aloud.
Listen and underline words that you don't understand.

3. Vocabulary! 
Every group gathers 10 words from the first two chapters. Login to Quizlet.com
where we are creating our own word list. Translate the words and then add them to the wordlist.

4. Discuss chapter 1 and 2 
What is a man-child?
What do the Aboriginals do when a child is sixteen?
Do you have any celebration when you turn sixteen?
What would you do if you were Peter and Mary?
How would you find food or water?

5. Writing! Chapter 1 and 2 
Individually - open a document and answer the questions below:

Who are in the book?                         
Where are they?
What happened?       

5. Create! 
Mary and Peter’s parents don’t think the children are dead.
Open Postermywall and create missing posters for Mary and Peter.
Show me when you are finished. We will vote for the three nicest and those will be published on the blog.
On the web page "Poster my wall" you can see many different examples of a poster. Design your own and make it special!

6. Homework!
On page 12, we are told that ‘At home in Charleston, South Carolina, no black person came near white people.’
Find information about how blacks were treated in South Carolina before the 1950s, when the Walkabout was written.
Write down 5-10 sentences about it and bring to class. We are going to talk about it when we see each other on Thursday.

/ Sara

onsdag 6 september 2017

Today we are going to practice speaking and grammar!

1. Work in pairs. Click on the link below. There you will find two pictures.
 You have one minute to look at your picture. Describe all that you can see in the picture and explain what you think is happening.


If you need help use the phrases below:

What is in the picture?

In the picture I can see ...
s / There are ...
There isn’t a ... / There aren’t any ...

Say what is happening...

The man is ...ing
The people are ...ing
It’s raining.

Where in the picture?

At the top/bottom of the picture ...
In the middle of the picture ...
On the left/right of the picture ...
next to
in front of
on top of

If something isn’t clear

It looks like a ...
It might be a ...
He could be ...ing
Maybe it’s a ...

Read the poster above. Then go to: Genitive. Work around your tables and help each other. I want you to do the first 5 exercises. When one task is finished, check your answers and show me the results. Discuss your results. Questions? Make sure that everyone in the group understands before you continue. 

Homework for Thursday: 
Understand genitive and be able to write correct sentences. 

/ Sara 

fredag 18 augusti 2017

Letter to future self

Write a letter to your future self!

What do you think your life will be like when you finish your three years at Ringsjöskolan?
Do you have any future plans?

Before you start writing we need to take look at some useful phrases. 

Always start your letter with:
Dear XX, 
and then use some of the phrases below: 
Starting your letter (Paragraph 1)

Thanks for your letter.
Lovely to hear from you.
How are you?
How are things?
Hope you're well.

Commenting on something (Paragraph 1)

I'm so pleased to hear ...
It's great to hear ...
What wonderful news about ...

Moving the topic on (Paragraph 2)

Anyway, the reason I'm writing ...
I thought I'd write to tell/ask you
Anyway, I was wondering ...

Ending your letter (Paragraph 3)

Well, that's all for now
Write back soon
Looking forward to hearing from you again

All the best,
Best wishes,
See you soon,
Take care
Lots of love,
Best regards,

You don't use all the phrases in the same letter. Choose those that suit your letter the best. We are going to write the first letter together in groups and I will help you. When that letter is finished we will move on and you will individually write a letter. The individual letter will be graded.

Letter to future self

Write a letter to your future self. You will receive the letter by the time you are 50 years old in year 2049 or 2050. Your letter should be about 1 A4 page 12 point font size (about 450-600 words).

Write the letter just as you would to your best friend. If you want to you can write like Kim is doing and insert pictures.

You can find a model text here: http://alettertomyself.com/ 

Here are a few suggestions for what you could include;

  • How do you feel at this moment in your life?
  • What are some hopes and dreams you have for the future?
  • What goals would you like to have accomplished?
  • What do you find hard in your life right now? How do feel about that in the future do you think?
  • What are the positives and negatives in your life now?

  • Favourite things. What do you like most today? What are your favorite movies, books, television shows, songs, moments, people, celebrations, surprises, lessons, quotations or achievements?
  • Important questions and feelings. What are the big unanswered questions currently in your mind? How do you feel about your life and the world around you? What do you enjoy about today? What are you thankful for?
  • Goals and aspirations. What is the vision for your future life? What are the things you’re looking forward to? What are your hopes for your future self? How much or in what way do you expect to be different when you get the letter?
  • Highlights of the past year. Which funny facts do you want to remember or laugh about in the future? What were this year’s best things/worst things that happened to you? How would you describe this year in one sentence? In one word?
  • Lessons learned and advice for yourself. What advice would you give to your future self? What important lesson did you learn recently and don’t want to forget?

The idea above is inspired by Selin Aksu. Thanks!

torsdag 11 maj 2017

Create a Vlog! #ourfuturejobs

Today your groups will present the jobs you have created. 
1. Pretend that you are the managing director of a company. You have created a new job that you would like to introduce. You hope that many people will be interested in working with you and you need to make your presentation interesting. 

2. The rest of the class will listen to your presentation and they pretend to be interested in your job. You have to take notes to remember which job you would like to get. You have to ask questions about the job to be able to understand if the job is something that you are interested in. 

3. Everyone:

You are going to apply for one of the future jobs we created in class.  You will need to write a formal cover letter, but also create something that draws attention to you. Why should YOU be employed?

Two tasks:
- Write a formal cover letter and hand in to me (You write in school)
- Create a Vlog where you talk about yourself and show the employer why you are the best person to hire! (Vlog is ok to create at home) 

Vlog: Thursday, May 18 
Cover letter: Tuesday, May 30. 

How to write a formal cover letter? 

Take a look at the picture below:
How does the letter start? 
How does the letter end? 
How does the author present herself? 
Would you like to employ this person? 

The basic elements of a cover letter

  1. Greeting: Address your cover letter to the proper person.
  2. Opening: Write a personable, inviting opening paragraph that highlights how your skills are a perfect fit to the job.
  3. Hook: Highlight your past achievements as they relate to the job you're applying for.
  4. Skills: Highlight additional relevant skills, such as computer languages or certifications.
  5. Close: Briefly recap your strengths as a candidate, and include your contact information.  (monster.com

Create a VLog: 

1. You may record your Vlog at home. 
2. Use your Chromebook and record a small video where you tell the employer why he/she must hire You! 
3. Talk about yourself and your qualities and try to convince the employer why this job is meant for you. 
4. The video should be 1-2 minutes. 
5. When you use your Chromebook use the extension Screencastify and switch from desktop to cam. Scroll down and make sure that you can see:
Camera: Select. Press select and choose Integrated web camera 
6. When you are ready to record press the black icon for Screencastify and start recording. 
7. How to share your film: 
 - tick the box Google Drive 
- tick the box Public at eduhoor.se 
- Copy the link that is created and hand in the film to me in Google classroom. Press the icon: Lägg till and choose: Länk. 

Good Luck ! 

söndag 30 april 2017


I will be in Italy when you are reading this.
I want you to:

1. Prepare your discussions that will take place on Monday. You get 30 minutes to prepare this.
You will work in your groups and the discussions will be held in another classroom and not in front of the class. If you want to have your discussion first on your own and then with the class as a panel discussion it is fine. Let me know!
2.  15 minutes - work with https://readtheory.org/ - if the page isn't working: Go to a new web page and type the address www.readtheory.org and the press Log In.
3. 15 minutes:
A or An?
Plural of nouns

Remember to be prepared for Monday!

söndag 23 april 2017

The Devil's Angel

You have now read a few chapters of The Devil's Angel.

1. Choose one or two characters to describe.

Who is the character you are describing?
What do you think about his or her personality and why?
Describe what the person means to the book.
What has the person been doing so far?
How do those actions make you feel?
Try to describe them as carefully and detailed as possible.
Relate what the person has been doing to quotations/give examples from the novel.

You write a quotation like this:

"Nothing scared him. Nothing bothered him". (s. 29)

2. Continue reading.
On Friday you need to have read chapter 8-11.
Write a summary of what has happened and hand it in to me when the lesson starts.
I want you to write at least one A4 page.
What do you think about the book so far? Motivate your opinion.
What do you think will happen in chapter 12-15?

/ Sara

måndag 17 april 2017

Our future jobs

Do you know Cameron Diaz? She is a famous actress and 2015 she was interviewed by the HUMAN in Canada.  She spoke about what her acting profession means to her: 

What do you think?
Cameron says that you have to be motivated by something. What motivates you?
What would you like to work with when you grow up? What do you need to do to reach your goals?

The jobs we'll lose to machines -- and the ones we won't |
A Ted Talk by Anthony Goldbloom:

What kind of jobs do you think we will work with in the future?
Work in pairs and use your imagination.
Create jobs that you think we will work with 2057.

I want you to write a description of the future jobs, but I also want you to be able to talk about it. Motivate why you think this would be your future job and explain why. Create pictures and add if you want to.
You need to finish this task on Thursday. The last 30 minutes of the lesson we will talk about your future jobs.

When we meet each other again after your work experience,  you will learn how to write a cover letter. You are going to apply for one of the future jobs we created in class.  You will need to write a formal cover letter, but also create something that draws attention to you. Why should just YOU be employed?
Create a Vlog where you talk about yourself and show the employer why you are the best person to hire!
Good Luck!