Homeschooling Myths

Dear all, today we will work on both a listening and a reading comprehension about Homeschooling.

Before to start, discuss with your classmates what you think about the following questions:

  • What is Homeschooling?
  • Do you think is a good/bad method?
  • What are its advanteges and disadvantages?
  • Would you like to be homeschooler?

Pay attention to the following interview and answer the questions:

Click on the link below in order to find today’s handout!

It’s time for Passive Voice!

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Dear students,

Find a detailed explanation and examples of Passive Voice for you to check them out:

Functions of the Passive Voice

1) The passive voice is used to show interest in the person or object that experiences an action rather than the person or object that performs the action. In other words, the most important thing or person becomes the subject of the sentence.

EXAMPLES
  • The passive voice is used frequently. (= we are interested in the passive voice, not in who uses it.)
  • The house was built in 1654. (= we are interested in the house, not in who built it.)
  • The road is being repaired. (= we are interested in the road, not in the people who are doing the repairs.)

2) Sometimes we use the passive voice because we don’t know or do not want to express who performed the action.

EXAMPLES
  • I noticed that a window had been left open.
  • Every year thousands of people are killed on our roads.
  • All the cookies have been eaten.
  • My car has been stolen!

If we want to say who or what performs the action while using the passive voice, we use the preposition by. When we know who performed the action and are interested in him, it is always better to switch to the active voice instead.

Passive Active
“A Hard Day’s Night” was written by the Beatles. The Beatles wrote “A Hard Day’s Night”.
The movie ET was directed by Spielberg. Spielberg directed the movie ET.
This house was built by my father. My father built this house.

Forming the Passive Voice

The passive voice in English is composed of two elements: the appropriate form of the verb ‘to be’ + past participle.

Examples with the verb “TO CLEAN” : Subject + to be (conjugated) + past participle + rest of sentence

Simple present: The house is cleaned every day.
Present continuous: The house is being cleaned at the moment.
Simple past: The house was cleaned yesterday.
Past continuous: The house was being cleaned last week.
Present perfect: The house has been cleaned since you left.
Past perfect: The house had been cleaned before they arrived.
Future: The house will be cleaned next week.

Taken and adapted from: http://www.edufind.com/english-grammar/passive-voice/

Why do I want a wife?

Today we will explore the meanings of several words related to marriage and gender issues. As a learning outcome, you should come away with an understanding that words can have different meanings within different contexts. Audience and purpose are important concepts to shaping the meaning of the words in this essay.

Pre-reading
What kinds of associations do you have with the word ‘wife’?

What about the words “wife”, “mother”, “woman”? Create a mind map with the characteristics that you associate with each of them.

Critical reading
Judy Syfers was inspired to write this essay, ‘I want a wife’, after visiting a feminist conference in 1970. She wrote her piece and read it to a crowd in San Francisco on the 50th aniversary of women’s rights to vote. Her essay was reprinted in Ms. magazine in 1990.

Read the text your teacher will give you and answer the questions!

Feminism?

Discuss about the following statements, do you agree or disagree?

  1. Women and girls are weak, emotional, helpless, are not good at fixing things and tend not to be skilled in math and science.
  2. Women and girls are primarily concerned with relationships and, as they grow up, are more focused on romantic/love relationships and their roles as mothers and caregivers, sometimes at the exclusion of other aspirations.
  3. Women and girls must value their physical and sexual attractiveness first above everything else. They have to look flawless and the standards of beauty for women are very different than those for men (i.e. it is acceptable for men to have physical flaws, show signs of aging, be a normal weight or overweight, etc.)

Watch the following video in which actress Emma Watson addressed a striking speech at the UN in her role as a Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, as part of a campaign known as “He For She”. Then, answer the questions below.

  • What has “feminism” become commonly known as? How come has it been connected connected to “man-hating”?
  • How can men relate to this campaign?
  • What is the impact that this speech is likely to have on different audiences?

Girls and Women Stereotypes

Images of girls and women in the media are filled with stereotypes about who women are and what their roles should be in society. These stereotypes can be negative, limiting and degrading and impact both how women perceive themselves and how others see them as well. This lesson provides an opportunity for students to critically examine certain media forms and their portrayals of women and girls. Students will consider how media shapes public perception and can perpetuate bias.

  • What are they trying to tell us?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • What shift in thought do the people in the commercial go through from beginning to end?

Vocabulary – In groups of three, find the definition of the words below and write its meaning in your copybook! The group that finishes first will win a special prize!

Use this link  http://dictionary.reference.com to find the definition of the words!

Rugby World Cup: What’s in it for the residents of Twickenham? – Vocabulary

*Twickenham is a town in south west London on the River Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, located 10 miles (16 km) southwest of the centre of London.

1) To have/make a stab at something: to attempt to do something although you are not likely to be very successful

2) Publicans: the manager of a pub

3) Put up with sth/sb: to accept or continue to accept an unpleasant situation orexperience, or someone who behaves unpleasantly

4) Portaloo: a portable building containing a toilet.

5) Embarrass:  to cause someone to feel nervous, worried, or uncomfortable

6) Acute: very serious or severe

7) “It seems Orwellian”:  ideas about personal freedom and state authority developed by the British writer George Orwell

8) Book: (verb) to arrange to have a seat, room, performer, etc. at a particular time in the future

Reported Speech

Dear students, find a short clip that, through examples, explains you how reported speech works. Also find a comparatve chart, in which you will see how tenses change when using reported speech.

Reported Speech comparative chart:

Reported Speech chart

If you still don’t understand the difference between say and tell, look at the image below to clarify your doubts!

Say and Tell