onsdag 19 oktober 2016

Writing in groups

Work in the following groups: 

1. Linus, Felicia, Elin A
2. Emil, Sara, Alec
3. Truls, BC, Elias Hellgr, 
4. Elin E, Elias Horstm, Therese
5. Oliver, Anton, Lukas 
6. Alexander, David, Alex, Elias W. 

Task number 1: 

Write in a google document that you share with me: sara.bruun@eduhoor.se 
Remember that I want you to speak English during your discussions. Help each other. 

1. Read the text Giving Life together. 
. Use the picture Personal narrative and try to identify:
- Who is the story about?
- Where and when does it take place?
- Is there a "hook"?
- Is the text in a chronological order? How do you know?
- Can you find any sensory details? Give examples. 
- Can you find any words that describe what she feels like? Give examples. 
- Which is the conclusion?
- How can this text be improved? Give examples. 
Task number 2: 
Write your own personal narrative together in your group. One of you creates a Google document that is shared with the others in the group. Then you are able to write in the same document. Your text has to be finished at the end of the lesson on Tuesday. 
Choose between: 
Last summer we had dinner with Justin Timberlake.  
Last week we fooled our teacher. 
Task number 3: 
When you think your text is finished - share it with the first name in the different groups. 
Group 1 to 2
You are now going to give feedback on the texts. Read the text together.
Use the questions you worked with when you read Giving Life. You find the questions at the top of this page. 
Write your answers under the text.
Also give feedback on grammar and spelling. 
Is the text written in the past tense? Are the verb forms correct? 
When you are finished - go to the other group and tell them your feedback. Be nice! Remember that your group also will get feedback. 

måndag 17 oktober 2016

How to write an argumentative text...

Today we started to write an argumentative text together in groups. We will continue on Friday.
When you have finished the texts that you have written together you are going to write on your own.
Think of something that you don't like and would like to change. For instance:
Homework should be forbidden or Should schools offer cash bonuses for good test scores? You need to find arguments for and against. You can talk to someone at home or google ! Then you start writing. Here you can find an example of an argumentative text that a pupil in year 7 has written: Refugees welcome?

Here is the picture we worked with. Use the picture to help you, but don't answer the questions one by one.

torsdag 13 oktober 2016

A simple personal narrative

A personal narrative tells the true story of something that happened to you . To write your own personal narrative, choose a story from your life to write about. It could be a special memory with someone you care about or an experience you will never forget. 

This is an example of a structure you can use when you write your first personal narrative: 

Remember that you are IN a city but AT a place! 
So if you choose to write about a city you went to, you need to change prepositions: I had a great time in London.
I had a great time at my grandmother's house. 

How to write a book review...

We have now read the book and watched the film, Matilda. You are now going to write a book review. To be able to do that you need some new words: 

Here you can find and practice the words online:  Quizlet.

Book review- bokrecension

The author of the book - bokens författare

The book takes place in... - boken utspelar sig i

The main-character is / the main- characters are.. - Huvudpersonen/Huvudpersonerna är

The book is about.- boken handlar om ..

The language of the book - bokens språk

The difference between the book and the film is...- skillnaden mellan boken och filmen

I prefer the film/the book because.. jag föredrar filmen/boken därför att...

I think that/ in my opinion - jag tycker att

If I could re-write the end of the book I would - Om jag kunde skriva om slutet på boken skulle jag...

I like the book/film because. - Jag gillar boken eftersom..

I dislike the book/film because - Jag gillar inte boken eftersom...

I would/ would not recommend this book - jag skulle / skulle inte rekommendera boken..

Below you can find questions that can help you with your text. Include the answers in the text and don't answer the questions one by one. 
  • What was the story about?
  • Who were the main characters?

  • What did the main characters do in the story?
  • Did the main characters run into any problems? What happened to them?
  • Who was your favourite character? Why?
  • Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?
  • Have you ever done or felt some of the things, the characters did? When? What happened?
  • Did you like or dislike the book? Motivate your opinion.
  • What was your favourite part of the book?

  • Was there a part that you didn't like at all? 

  • If you could change something, what would it be? (If you wish you could change the ending, don't reveal it!)
  • Would you recommend this book to another person? Why? Why not?
  • What type of person would like this book? Motivate your opinion. 
Some of you prefer pictures - this one you can see in the classroom: 


Vad kommer jag att bedöma?

Jag kommer bla att titta på om din text är begriplig för en engelsktalande person. Jag kommer också titta på om du har förstått boken.

Här kan du se en modelltext för hur en bokrecension årskurs 7 kan se ut:
The Call of The Wild.  Vilken kunskapsnivå tror du att denna motsvarar? Vad skulle författaren till denna text kunna förbättra? 

För att veta mer om vad jag bedömer och vad du ska tänka på kan du använda matrisen som finns här:

Bedömning: Matilda

tisdag 11 oktober 2016

How to write a personal narrative...

  Personal narrative 

The teacher in the film is Adora Svitak. She was only 11 years old when she made this film. Watch her films on Youtube! 

  The picture Personal Narrative is from Scholastic Teachers. Use the picture before you
start writing. It will help you getting your story into a chronological order and to organise your ideas before you start.

Sensory details mean that you need to use words that describe what you see, hear, feel,
smell and taste! Words like this help the reader to get into the story and feel the way the characters feel.

This screen capture was created and uploaded with Grabilla:
Screenshot made with Grabilla 

1. Read the text Giving Life. Use the picture Personal Narrative and try to identify:
- Who is the story about?
- Where and when does it take place?
- Is there a "hook"?
- Is the text in a chronological order? How do you know?
- Can you find any sensory details?
- Can you find any words that describe what she feels like?
- Which is the conclusion?

Good Luck / Sara

Skate Freak w 41

In your groups, discuss the questions below: 

The picture is from Teaching the Fast Lane. 

söndag 9 oktober 2016

Matilda w 41

When we have finished working with the phrases and questions below we will start watching the film. I guess that will be on Thursday.  

After reading chapter 9: 
Phrases to talk about: 

" I think they do it on purpose"  What do you do - when you do something on purpose? 

"Don't be rude" - What do you say or do if you are being rude to someone? 

"He's clever at his business" - What does it mean? Is it something good or bad? Can you give an example of someone being clever at his/her business? 

" I will not waste any of my time in here" - Have you ever felt that you wasted your time on something? When and why? 

" Do you live by yourself, Miss Honey?" What does it mean to live by yourself

" nobody can find his will " What is a will? 

Work with your neighbour and answer the questions below. Both of you need to write! 

  1. What question does Miss Trunchbull ask Rupert?
  2. What word does Miss Trunchbull ask Eric to spell?
  3. What does Miss Trunchbull call Matilda’s father?
  4. How old was Miss Honey when her father died?  
  5. How much does Miss Honey pay to live in the little house?
  6. Who is Miss Honey’s aunt?
  7. What does Matilda do with the pieces of chalk?
  8. Why does Miss Trunchbull leave the village?
  9. What arrives at the office?
  10. Imagine that someone who hasn't read the book asks you about it - How would you describe the story? Is it a good story? Why? Why not? What is it about? What are the people in the story like? Do you like or dislike any of them? Motivate your opinions.

Reading Log

Almost all novels have conflicts of some kind. Sometimes they are between two or more people
(external conflicts), and sometimes the conflict is within the characters themselves, (internal
conflicts). Try to find examples of both of these kinds of conflicts. The character might, for example be fighting with another character, and that would make an external conflict, or the character might be struggling with him‐ or herself over something he/she has done that he/she knows was wrong.
Describe these conflicts Give examples and use quotes from the book to show what those
conflicts are about.

Reading log part 3
1. What's the theme of the book (love conquers all, unhappy love, war, evil, the poor boy/girl reaching success,...)? Give examples and use quotes from the book!

2. How do you like the ending? Why? Do you think the book should have ended in another way? Why/why not? If you want another ending, what would it be?
3. Try to sum up the book in a few sentences.
4. What do you think about the book? What did you, personally, learn from reading the novel?  Why was this story worth telling?

Source: Teachers pay teachers. Teaching in the fast lane.
Penguinreaders.com and Jossan's classrom

/ Sara