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1.en.7 The song of a compulsive traveller: I’ve been everywhere

“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”


3.en.27 “A twistable, turnable man” by Shel Silverstein

Spanish people usually pronounce the word comfortable wrongly

This is a very funny poem by Shel Silverstein, an American writer, called twistable turnable man. After reading it and singing it, I’m sure you’ll always pronounce COMFORTABLE correctly.

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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.

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3.en.25 Michael Rosen rap

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?

In this site you will find some activities to help you understand the rap

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You can also visit his site, watch him reciting some other poems  and find out more about this author.

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3.en.24 MLK rap

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?

2.en.22 Acrostics and friends

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

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From Wikipedia

An acrostic (Greekákros “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

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Here are some more examples written by very young kids: 

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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!

Captura de pantalla 2014-01-27 a la(s) 1.51.54 AMDeadline: Monday 3rd of February for 1st ESO D and Wednesday 5th of February for 1st ESO E