Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

by Bruce Lee

martes, 22 de agosto de 2017

Rascals are no longer just naughty boys

    In the old days rascals were just innocent kids who got into trouble because of some mischieves they got involved with. That would be the case of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. 


    Remember that The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the compulsory readers we have got next school year for the level of 2º Bachillerato. Here's a link to the project done by Joaquín García (Project about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)and now I present two videos about its writer Mark Twain Mr García provided us with (Thanks, Joaquín):

Mini-biography about Mark Twain

Mini cartoon documentary on Mark Twain for kids

and here's the song Tom Sawyer by the group Rush

However, nowadays sadly we see that some teenagers are no longer just naughty boys, but become real terrorists, as it happened in Barcelone some days ago. Here are some articles related to the issue:

REVISION EXERCISE for 1º Bachillerato  >>>   

111. Write one question with "HOW LONG?" and give three possible answers using FOR / SINCE / AGO:

112. CONDITIONALS. Finish the following sentences appropriately:
    1. My teacher would be much better....
    2. I got all this exercise wrong. Why didn't I study it if .... ?
    3. I don't think ___________________________ if I hadn't studied.
    4. If we give Albert £1,000,000 _________________________________
    5. If my English teacher had a better car _______________________
    6. If water reaches a temperature of 100ºC _________________(BOIL)

113. Put the following sentences into INDIRECT SPEECH:
    1. David to Liz: ""You should have told this to your family"
    2. Mother to daughter: "Why haven't you waited for me at the hairdresser's?
    3. Brian to his son: "Come here and don't cry any more!"  
    4. Peter to a friend: "Do you think they may help us?"
    5. Sandy to John: "Why doesn't your sister work harder?"
    6. Arthur to Mr Steele: "I will work tomorrow and I won't be late"


Proposed solutions to exercises 108, 109 & 110 in the previous post

Ex108   >>>   
1. I will likely go to...   2. Spain will likely win....     3. They won't likely pass.

Ex109   >>>>    
1. You'd better take your coat.     2. I'd better go home.    3. I'd better go to the supermarket for some coffee.
Ex 110  >>>
1. yet, still     2. already, yet     3. already, still     4. still, already


5 comentarios:

  1. At the moment there are many naughty children, that the parents do not know how to educate and when they grow only they get in problems for pleasure. But this is due to a bad education in their homes or because the parents pass from the child or because the child has a lot of character and it is impossible to educate him.

    In the old days children when they were little always got into trouble, especially when playing in the street and you were fighting with the neighbors to be making noises or things like that, but when you grew up, you stopped getting into something that does not currently happen.

    I believe that these children who only seek to get into trouble, they do to attract attention for lack of affection. I know a lot of people who just needed a little affection to stop being a rebellious person and start acting like an adult.

    Although if the child only seeks to get in trouble because he likes there are many places where you can take the child to be educated, for example reformatories or military centers. But for my opinion in these places they steal all children from people, so it should only be used in very extreme cases.

  2. Nowadays, there are more naughty boys than there used to be at other times. I think that one of the main reasons is that their parents have to work and don't have enough time to raise their children.

    Parents are the most responsible for the behaviour of their children. They should set a good example to them when they are kids so that they have a good education and learn to have responsibilities when they are older. If parents don't control their children, children will do whatever they want. On the contrary, parents can be all the day trying to educate their children, but they can't, they are naughty boys.

    Naughty boys usually get into trouble such as Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn. Some of them can take part in robberies, attacks to a big number of people as in the case of terrorism. Certain Moroccans become radical and participate in attentats like the one of Barcelona in which 13 persons died. All of the terrorists were young people and they had a normal life, maybe they were naughty boys.

    In conclusion, all parents must give their children a good education. They shouldn't permit them to do all they want since they can get into trouble easily, which is a big problem.

  3. Nowadays, current rascals are very different from the old ones. Some people say that children become naughty because their parents don’t give them a good education or parents don’t pay enough attention to their little children.

    However, others say that it is a problem created by our society since people spend too much time on the internet. Futhermore, most of them would rather spend time in social networks than get together with friends. Therefore, if they don't share time in society, they won’t be able to learn rules.

    And that is not all, when naughty boys get older, they might become a bad person. Indeed, there are a lot of wicked people who injure innocent people, as it happened in Barcelona some days ago. They just did it by fanaticism, actually.

    In conclusion, it is clear that bringing up children is a difficult task, but older people have to do it well with younger people if we want to have well-behaved women and men in the future. By the way, there is a proverb that says “like father like son”.

    Andrea Gutiérrez López

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  5. I am going to write about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It is a novel written by Mark Twain in 1876. It is about a young boy who grows up along the Mississippi River and it is set in the 1840s in the fictional town of St Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain spent his childhood. He used his own happy memories in Hannibal and real events from his childhood to create the right background. Indeed, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has been popular with people of all ages since it was written. Maybe this is because everybody can identify with the life of a typical small town and look back to their childhood.

    According to the characters, my favourite one is Tom Sawyer. He is an average boy and he is thought to be a rascal, but he has a good heart too. During the novel, he becomes earnest and responsible. Other important characters who appear are Huck Finn and Joe Harper; both of them are Tom’s best friend. And so does Becky, who is Tom’s sweet love. They even get engaged. And Polly, who is Tom’s aunt. She brings him up after the death of Tom’s mother.

    What about the author? Mark Twain (1835-1910) was the name used by the American writer, Samuel Langhorne Clemens. After the death of his father, he had to leave the school and go to work. He started to write for a newspaper, so he moved to St Louis, Philadelphia and New York. Later, he returned to the Mississippi and became a river pilot. The name Mark Twain was taken from words the boatmen shouted when they reached safe water on the river. He wrote a book, Life on the Mississippi, about this happy period of his life. In 1869, he wrote The Innocents Abroad, which is about a voyage through the Mediterranean Sea. It gave him his place among the best writers of the time. He married and raised a family of three daughters. After a trip to England, he wrote one his most popular stories, The Prince and the Pauper. In 1876, he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, followed in 1885 by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In his last years he suffered the loss of his wife and two of his daughters. As a result, he became bitter and cynical, which he showed in his later writing.

    All in all, I think that this novel is a great book to read for anyone who loves classic stories. It reminds me of my childhood, when I spent hours and hours out door playing with my friends. It was such a good time! We wanted to feel free and independent. We always wanted to be spies or police officers. Now life has changed a lot. As I see it, currently children don’t enjoy their free time as much as children did twenty years ago. Nowadays, they prefer to stay at home playing video games. Personally, I wouldn’t change any aspect of my childhood, this time will never return.

    Andrea Gutiérrez López 2BACH A