In our first approach to Ama Ata Aidoo’s play, you analysed the first two phases by discussing themes, gathering relevant quotations and analysing them.

Lucía, Epi, Agustín, Tomás, Juan and Joaco moved on onto the analysis of the complex phase three while other students were studying for IGCSE Biology. They even prepared activities for the rest to solve.

Last class, with the help of Lucía, Agustín, Tomás, Juan and Joaco as coordinators, you solved those activities, which we later discussed together.

Take a look at these activities before the term test. They will be of help!

A reference to the past: a comparison between Anowa and Nana


Anowa’s dream: a metaphor for her role as a woman


Anowa the girl and Anowa the adult compared


Differences and similarities between Anowa and the slave girl


Summary of the relationship between Anowa and Kofi


The end


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Período de Orientación y Evaluación Febrero 2017

Plan de trabajo:

Esquema de contenidos nodales:

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Analysis of “The Hollow of the Three Hills”

Hawthorne’s short story is organised around two narrative strategies: the description of the setting and events, on the one hand, and the dialogue between and old woman and a young lady. What is the effect achieved by this yuxtaposition?

Choose one instance of the first narrative technique and analyse how an atmosphere of mystery is constructed.

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Our analysis of Aidoo’s Prelude

Here goes our analysis of the Prelude, which will be of help to study for the term test. You will be tested up until Act 3.


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“An Englishman’s Home”, by Evelyn Waugh

After having done this activity, write an essay in which you discuss the following statement: “Waugh satirises the English social class system”. The essay should be done according to the specifications you have been working with me since S3.

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The Dilemma of a Ghost

Hi people! I have booked the computers so that you can complete the following online form on the play by Aidoo you should have read for today.

The Dilemma of a Ghost Form

In our next meeting, we are going to use your answers (as well as the answers to Pato’s virtual-period activities) to analyse the play.
Of course, this activity bears a mark.
See you!

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Reading and Analysing a Story

Hi there!
Today you are to choose a story you haven’t read with Pato or me from the following list:

“The Signalman” (done)
“The Yellow Wall Paper” (done)
“An Englishman’s Home”
“The Lemon Orchard” (done)
“The Village Saint”
“Secrets” (done)
“Games at Twilight” (done)
“Journey” (done)

In your first reading, you should be able to complete this questionnaire

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Hi people!
Let’s start the second term by discussing Ama Ata Aidoo’s play.
Together, we will read the Prelude. You will underline every word you are not familiar with and look it up. We will design a glossary.
We will keep on reading and start to anticipate possible conflicts.
Welcome back!


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Answering your own questions on poetry

A month ago, you were asked to think of questions to answer as reagrds two poems

Only two groups have done this task, and today yo are expected to answer their questions. Do it on your booklets and then submit it.

Lucila’s questions on “These are the Times We Live in”

1. Can the poem be related to the author experiences?
2. How does the poet feel throughout the poem?
3. What impact does the repetition of the title “But what do you expect?” in the poem have? What does it mean? Why did the author include it?
4. Can this poem be related to prejudice, discrimination and/or the building of stereotypes?
5. What does the 3rd line (“reading you backwards from the last page.”) suggest/imply?
6. What do you think is the author intention by repeating the word “you” many times all over the poem?

And these are Luna Pérez Muñiz, Catalina Rela, Mara Ripoll and Joaquín Venini’s questions on the same poem:

1. How does the title relate to the poem?
2. Do you think the poem is denouncing something? What? Explain.
3. Read the poem backwards up to the fourth line (included). Does it make any sense?
4. What does the diction related to appearance suggest?
5. Read the poem backwards up to the fourth line (included). Does it make any sense? *
6. Do you think the poem is denouncing something? What? Explain.
7. Give your personal opinion about the poem.

Questions on “The Border Builder”, by Catu Grosso, Nicolas Monguzzi and Bautista Olaizola.

How can we relate this poem with racism and discrimination?
Why the other person starts to ask the builder for his personal things?
What effects produce in the reader the repetition of “which side?”
Why the other person says “This is a border”?
What separation is doing the narrator when says “Which colour are you?”
What would we be without borders

Questions on “These are the Times We Live in”, by Flor Araya, Agustìn Segura and Pancho Mosquera:

Considering that Imtiaz Dharker is a Pakistan-born British writer, how far does the poem deal with cultural conflicts and prejudice?
How far is the poem autobiographical?
Words such as “passport” and “flying” make up the semantic field. What does that semantic field suggest about the setting of the poem?
What is the effect the voice creates by repeating “the times we live in”?
“You shrink to the size of the book in his hand”, how does this quote help the reader have an idea of how the persona feels?

These are the questions by Delfi MU, Jose Catani, Rochi Hartmann and Luz GF:

What does the writer think about borders?
Explain the ending of the poem.
Explain what effect repetition has on the reader.
Explain the following quotation: “My bricks, O my genuine bricks Made of my genuine blood!!”
How can you relate the poem to the present day?
Who is the persona talking to?
Based on the text above, your fourth question.

Lucìa Roggero, Delfina Nicora, Tomas Borda and Agostina Alday’s questions on “These are the Times We Live in,” by Imtiaz Dharker

How do you think the writer’s personal life is related to the poem?
What do you think she is trying to convey when she says “You shrink to the size”?
What effect does the literary devices provoke on the reader? Include examples.
How does the use of the second person narrator and using ‘it’ to describe the voice help set a tone and atmosphere?
How is the title related to the significance of the poem?
What are some indentifiable direct and indirect denounces to society in the poem?

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A Passage-Based Question on “Secrets”

After having read and analysed Bernard MacLaverty’s short story, what are the secrets the title anticipates? To answer this question focus on the following passage:

Ten minutes must have passed, then the boy left his homework and went upstairs and into his aunt’s sitting room. He stood in front of the bureau wondering, then he reached for the keys. He tried several before he got the right one. The desk flap screeched as he pulled it down. He pretended to look at the postcards again in case there were any stamps he had missed. Then he put them away and reached for the bundle of letters. The elastic band was thick and old, brittle almost and when he took it off its track remained on the
wad of letters. He carefully opened one and took out the letter and unfolded it, frail,khaki-coloured.
My dearest Mary, it began. (…)
The boy’s eye skipped down the page and over the next. He read the last paragraph.(…)
It was signed, scribbled with what he took to be John. He folded the paper carefully into its original creases and put it in the envelope. He opened another. (…)
He did not bother to put the letter back into the envelope but opened another. (…)
He sorted through the pile and read half of some, all of others. The sun had fallen low in the sky and shone directly into the room onto the pages he was reading making the
paper glare. He selected a letter from the back of the pile and shaded it with his hand as he read.(…)
Suddenly the boy heard the creak of the stair and he frantically tried to slip the letter back into its envelope but it crumpled and would not fit. He bundled them all together.
He could hear his aunt’s familiar puffing on the short stairs to her room. He spread the elastic band wide with his fingers. It snapped and the letters scattered. He pushed them
into their pigeon hole and quickly closed the desk flap. The brass screeched loudly and clicked shut. At that moment his aunt came into the room.

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