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“I’ve Been Everywhere” is a song which was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack in 1959, and made popular by Lucky Starr in 1962. Johnny Cash recorded the song in the USA in 1996 but adapted the toponyms to make them known to American people. Listen to Johnny Cash song and follow the text while he sings. Take note of 3 new places you did not know of. Look for their location in a map. Share your findings with your classmates. Wednesday the 29th of October, our language assistant, Elia, will be with us. He is from Colorado. Does Cash mention Colorado in his song? You will have the opportunity to ask Elia about his home. It might be a good idea to find out if he is a compulsive traveller who’s been everywhere in the States. Listen to the son a couple of times and focus on pronunciation.
Different bands and singers wrote versions of the song adapted to their countries. There is even one in Catalan “He estat a tot arreu”
Spanish people usually pronounce the word comfortable wrongly
Let’s see if we can read it together. The words ending in “able” are highlighted in green
Here follows a version by Andrew Bird, a good musician who, on top of playing lots of musical instruments, is also a great whistler. Can you whistle? We’ll make a contest some other day.
You might want to visit Shel site. It is full of surprises! Look for some of his short animation videos.
You did such a great job with Martin Luther King rap that we would like to test your skills as rappers
This is an example of a fun rap. Michael Rosen is a well known poet. He writes lots of poems for kids. On top of that he is fun and really good at reciting.
He made an autobiographical rap. We would like you to give it a try. Can you write your own autobiographical rap using Michael Rosen´s model?
You can also visit his site, watch him reciting some other poems and find out more about this author.
Next week we shall go on an outing to La Caixa, to take part in a poetry workshop. we have already worked with acrostics. Now it is about time to get some rhythm. MLK rap helped us to get started. Also, we learnt a lot about Civil Rights, segregation, racism and the 60’s. Did you enjoy the song?
This term we shall read some poetry in class. Let’s start with a couple of acrostics on friends and a word cloud to inspire you
An acrostic (Greek: ákros “top”; stíchos “verse”) is a poem or other form of writing in which the first letter, syllable or word of each line, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out a word or a message.
You can also include an illustration to make it nicer
Here are some more examples written by very young kids:
We are going to ask you to write two acrostics. now, but first we’ll give you some help. Go to this site and follow the instructions. Let’s see what you come up with. Copy the result in a nice D4 sheet of paper. You can use coloured ones, but keep the same format, D4. You can also print it. At the bottom of the paper, write your name and your group. It will be useful to identify the writer when we display your work. For the first acrostic you can choose the topic. The second one has to be on your name. If you are inspired, you can include your family name too!