Essay with S1

Our literature teacher, Pato, gave us an assignment.
We were given the task to write an essay on Passion with kids from senior 1. I wrote my essay with Juan De Elia.
Explore how the writer of `Passion´ uses nature to express how she feels about love.                                             

The poem “Passion”, by Kathleen Raine deals with love. She uses nature to express this, because for the voice, passionate love is nature.Nevertheless she also uses human romance to express this feeling.  In the following essay we will explain how, Kathleen Raine uses nature and humans to express very strong feelings of affection.

At the beginning of the poem she is waiting for a call that never comes, she feels pain and that love is unfair. There are 2 lines that can prove that this is true: The first one is “Waiting for the longed- for voice to speak”, these means that the writer is sad and desperate for the phone call, also these means that human love is bad and it doesn’t last forever. On the other hand, the love of nature is immortal and good.

Then she changes her point of view about love and life.“Full of desire I lay… each tree Possessing what my soul lacked, tranquillity.”, she wishes for something and nature has it. The sky tells her “You have what you desire”, this means that she has what she needed, to be surrounded by nature. Also  “This your nature is”, as we can see that she is fine, nature and her now are one and that she doesn’t need anything except for nature.“Then I saw every visible substance turn Into immortal, …” She could see life clearly. This verse shows that we can see that nature helped the writer to understand that life and love are wonderful.

All in all, we can say that when the writer used humans to express love, she could only see it as bad and horrible. Not when she changed her point of view and started using nature to express love, she started seeing it as good and beautiful.

By: Juan and Vignesh

Interviewing Michael Morpurgo.

Our language teacher, Laura, gave us an assignment related to the book we are reading in her class; War Horse.

Interviewer: Why did you decide to write a book retelling World War One?

Michael: Well, many people in my village went to war and when those who survived told me their experiences, I felt that everyone should know how it felt.

Interviewer: But, why did you decide the narrator to be a horse?

Michael: Because, if the narrator had been British for example, the book would have had the British point of view, and I didn’t want that, I wanted to show how people lived during war. And a horse gave me what I needed; he was British, German and French.

Interviewer: Has anyone been the base for some characters?

Michael: No, I took the experiences from the people I know, and tried to make the most similar as possible.

Interviewer: In the book, did you feel identified with any character.

Michael: Mostly with the British, but with Albert I feel more identified, because of his way of living maybe but I haven’t really thought enough about it.

Interviewer: Have you ever ridden a horse?

Michael: Yes, but now I am too old to do so.

Interviewer: How did you feel about the play?

Michael: Well, the play was amazing, the acting, music and puppetry were really good, and that is what made it so amazing.

Interviewer: How did it become a film?

Michael: One day Mr. Spielberg came to me and told me, that this book could be a really good movie. So what he did was to take the best from the book, the best from the play and created something this amazing movie.

Interviewer: Well, it is time to leave now, thank you for your time Mr. Morpurgo. It has been a pleasure.

Michael: Thank you for inviting me.

Interviewer:  Hope to talk to you again in the future for some amazing book of yours.

New Vocabulary

Our language teacher, Laura, gave us an assignment:

  1. I receive a set of words.
  2. I classify them into ways of; movement; smiling; walking.
  3. I look for definitions.
  4. I look for good examples.
  5. I look for images.
  6. I prepare one short exercise for my mates.
  7. Laura shows us an example of final activity on
  8. I hand in the final assignment and exercise to Laura.

My work.


Word       Way of … Definition Example
Grin Smiling Smile Broadly Kyle grinned when he got back from the interview.
Tremble: Movement To shake Isabel was trembling with excitement.
Slam Movement To shut with force and loud noise He slammed the door when he left.
Wriggle Movement To turn the body with writhing motions. The rabbit’s nose wriggled.
Shiver Movement To shake. They shivered because of  the cold.
Whip it off:  Movement  To remove something, such as an item of clothing, quickly.  He whipped the coat off and dived into the water. I whipped off my cap.
Smirk Smiling To smile in an annoying self-satisfied manner. She took a look at the smirk on her face.
Giggle Smiling To laugh with separated short, spasmodic sounds. Evelyn’s giggle turned into outright laughter.
Cackle Smiling To laugh in a shrill manner. Her cackle was so annoying we had to shut her up.
Smile Smiling To regard with favor. Luck smiled as we told him our idea.
Lurk Movement To wait in concealment. He lurked in the garage.
Tip Toe Walking To move with caution. He tiptoed out of the room.
Prowl Movement  to rove or go about stealthily, as in search of prey, something to steal,etc. He prowled when he threw the bomb.
Hop Movement To make a short bouncing movement. She hoped up and down till she got tired.
Strut Walking To walk with the head erect. He strutted the whole day.
Stroll Walking To walk without hurry. He strolled down the beach.
Pop through
Quiver Movement To shake. He quivered when he heard the idea.
Shake Movement To move with jerky movements. I shook the juice container.







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6) Find the words

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Boy Questions

Our language teacher gave us questions to answer about Boy by Roald Dahl.

  1.  What kind of school was it?
  2. What does he say about the location of the school? How does he describe it?
  3. How did he get to that school?
  4. Why does he give so much detail about his clothes?
  5. What does he say about his belongings?
  6. What were his feelings throughout the last hours with his mum?
  7. What habits did he get from school?
  8. How does he describe the Matron? What anecdote does he remember about the Matron and himself? Please draw her.
  9. Have you ever felt homesick? How did you react?
  10. How did he manage to make everyone believe him?


  1. It was a boarding school.
  2. It was on England, it was as near to South Wales as possible, because they had a house there. It was at the seaside. The first floor was all classrooms and the second floor of dormitories.  He says it look like a private lunatic asylum.
  3. By taxi and boat.
  4. Because it was brand new and was proud of it.
  5. He kept all of his “treasures” in a tuck-box. His clothes had his name.
  6. At first he was excited. But when she left he felt sad.
  1. He got the habit of writing to his mother a letter every week.
  1. She had light colored hair with a bosom. She was not more than 28. He remembers once he needed something urgently, so he didn’t knock on the door before coming in, when he came in, his Latin teacher and she suddenly moved apart. She said that she was taking something off the teacher’s eye.
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  3. Yes, once I was on trip and my mother went to another city for work, I wanted to go home with her but I couldn’t, I had fever but my aunt was luckily there.
  4. As he wanted to go home he faked appendicitis. Everyone believed him as he knew what the symptoms were, as her sister had.