Write an announcement for a new club at your school. The club can be for any free-time activity. In your announcement, include this information: (120-150 words)
- Where you meet.
- When you meet.
- What you do.
- How you can get more information.
- Photographs or images related to the club.
You have an example of a text in Gateway underneath using Canva, but feel free to use any other tool you are familiar with. You can find other examples and tips on useful language in announcements on page 49 in your Student’s Book.
Your next assignment is to create your own picture story. You have to imagine you have witnessed a crime and explain it with the aid of six pictures, description of the scenes we can see and speech bubbles. The website you have to use is www.storyboardthat.com
Let me remind you of the different sections your presentation should have:
- Introduce yourself
- Family + talk about one member of your family
- Friends + talk about one of them
- Things you hate
- Things you like
Remember that in the last section you will have to show us all a ‘How to…’ video explaining how to do something you like doing or you know how to do well. That will be your chance to show how well you can talk when you’re not nervous in front of a live audience.
This is the example I played in class using WeVideo:
You can use any video tools you already know or try one of these: creaza, dvolver, goanimate, zimmertwins, toondo, animoto, WeVideo, toontastic…
Remember that the power point presentation is only meant to help you remember what you want to say, but you won’t be able to read!!! It’s an oral presentation to prove how well you speak English, not how well you can read!
I’m looking forward to hearing your presentations!!! Have fun!
Welcome back ESO2!
As you learnt the first day of class, this year we have an extra class of English every week. On the extra fourth day, we will work on a project from the ICT room. This is called Project-Based Learning or PBL for short.
When we begin a project I will give you instructions on what you are expected to do and give you some guidance, advice and examples. You will have to publish everything you do in your own personal eportfolio (so go back to last year’s diary and find your username and password!).
For every new project, you have to create a journal where you write the date of the PBL session and what you have done during the session so that I can keep track of your work; to do so, you’ll need to create a new category in your personal blog called ‘PBL journal’. Also, every time you complete a task, you will need to publish it in your personal blog so that I can assess your work. Your PBL grades will be value 3 in procedures and attitude.
I will assess your progress at the end of each month and give you a grade which will be published in Alexia for you and your parents to see. That means that the final product will be as important as the production process, as I will bear in mind every step of the way. Save the last five minutes of each session to fill in the entry in your journal before finishing the class.
The first project is called ‘Creation of a band’. Click on the following link to see a presentation of the project: Creation of a band- presentation
As you have seen above, when we work on a project you will be asked to complete a number of tasks in order to get a final product. Let me list again the different tasks you have to complete in your first PBL:
- Pre-activity: Creation of a journal called ‘Creation of a band- journal’. Create a post and create a new category (on your left when you are writing your post). The title of every entry you make under this category should be the date of the session you are writing about.
- Activity 1: The making up of a new band. Group work (3-4) .Create a blog for the project where you will have to keep a record of the work you do in each session.
- Create 5 tags or categories in the menu: band’s presentation, biography, songs and videos.
- Personalize your site and write a presentation of the band using an infographic (piccollage, esally or canva are tools you may want to check).
- You will need to find a name for your band, decide on the type of music you play, members of the band, origin of members and band (obviously, all members come from English-speaking countries), etc.
- Be as creative as you like and feel free to include images, videos, music, logos, etc.
- Activity 2:Timeline of the band. You need to create a biography for each member of the band and for the band itself and create a timeline. You can use any tool available online to create your timeline (timetoast, dipity, capzles, etc).
- Include the biography of each individual member of the band (each member should write his/her own biography), the coming together of the band, their beginnings, first works and career up to the present.
- Insert at least one video, 5 photos and 5 images.
- Include a link to the band’s presentation in your blog.
- Here is the link to an example by some students: Slix Timeline
- Activity 3:Radio interview. Record a radio interview using an application for creating podcasts like Vocaroo, Audioboom, etc. Bear in mind that if you record your interview in mp3 you’ll need to upload the audio file such as SoundCloud in order to add a link to your interview in your blog.
- You will have to write and practise your interview.
- Find someone who volunteers as your interviewer when you record the interview.
- All members of the band need to speak at some point during the interview.
- Talk about where you are from, how the members met, song and albums, anecdotes, gossip about their personal lives, etc.
- Bear in mind what an actual radio interview is like, you just don’t hear people talking, but you have background music, you listen to part of the song, you have a presentation, you may have a break with ads, etc. Be creative and have fun!
- Don’t forget that language involves more than vocabulary and grammar! You need to pay attention to pronunciation, intonation, tone, etc.
- Adam Levine interview This is a real example, but there are tones of examples out there for you to hear. Listen to some and get ideas for your interview.
- Create a post in your blog with a link to your interview.
- Activity 4: Songwriting. It’s time to create your hit!
- Choose a song you already know that you like. Don’t make it too complicated, before choosing keep on reading to find out what you will have to do (you may not want a rap or such).
- Find the instrumental version of the song (maybe in youtube as a karaoke or instrumental version) and invent new lyrics for your song. Decide on what part of the song will be sung individually and sing the chorus together as a band.
- Create a music video or lyrics video for your song using any web tool you know. This is an example using Powtoon.com. And this is another example by other students.
- Process: (attitude, collaboration, group work, journal…) 20%
- Creation of the blog: 10%
- Infographic presenting the band: 10%
- Band’s timeline and biography: 10%
- Individual members’ biography (each member shall get a grade for his own biography): 10%
- Radio interview: 10%
- Songwriting: 15 %
- Video: 15%
Well done! You have already found my site and the section intended for you. We’ll try to do the rest step by step so that you have no doubts about what to do.
As you are a new ESO 1 student the first thing I need you to do is to create your own e-portfolio, a blog where you will publish all the assignments for your English classes throughout all four years you’ll be in ESO. Hopefully, at the end of each year and, especially, when you finish fourth grade, you will be able to see proof of your progress.
Are you ready? Let’s create your own site!
Before you start, make sure you’ve got an email account you have got access to, and that you know both your email and your password. If you don’t have it, you’ll need to create one – I highly recommend to do this at home with your parents, bearing in mind only adults can create and own email accounts. Let me remind you that you have a student account associated to Maristes you can use for all your school work, as well.
- Open your browser (Chrome, Explorer or any other) and type the address http://www.wordpress.com/classrooms or click on this link wordpress.com/classrooms.
- Click on GET STARTED.
- Once you’ve clicked on ‘Get started’ you will be asked to enter a domain. That is, the name people will type to visit your site. For example, the domain for this site is karolortizsimon. That means that your site address will be decided right at this moment.(Your site address will be the word you choose followed by wordpress.com).
- When you enter the word or phrase that you choose as your domain, you will be given a list of options. That’s because the word you chose is not available. You can decide to use one of the options offered, or try a new domain that you’ll find easier to remember. Choose the option that you like best and click on ‘select‘. Do not click on an option that says ‘upgrade’, because that option is not free and we’ll be using the free version.
- After that, you have to pick a plan. Choose the first one: 0€ / Free. Click on ‘Select Free’.
- Next step is create your account. Write your email address, username (same as domain, if possible) and password. Keep your diary nearby and write down all the information you use in this step as a reminder (domain, email, username and password). It is VERY IMPORTANT that you have access to your email account, otherwise you will not be able to finish the process and will be unable to publish your tasks. Once you have filled in all the boxes and you have written down all the information in your diary for future reference, you can click on ‘create my account’.
- We’re not finished yet!!! If you read all the infomation on the screen, you’ll see that in order to be able to publish anything you need to complete the creation of your account. How? Open your email account and you’ll find an email from wordpress which contains a button you have to click onto in order to finish the process. From that moment, you are the proud owner of a blog! Congratulations!
- Now it’s time to personalize your blog. It’s up to you to keep it just as it is, or choose a theme, images, layout, fonts, menus, etcetera. Don’t rush, as you can make changes anytime you want in the section ‘personalize’.
- One more thing! Find the section ‘Reader‘ at the top of your site and click on ‘Manage followed sites’. Enter http://www.karolortizsimon.wordpress.com and click on follow. Once you do that I will know what your site address is and will be able to follow you, which is very important as I will need to assess all the work you publish in your blog. Also, from that moment on, when you click on reader, you will find my posts and won’t need to type the address of my blog every time you want to check on a task.
- Every time you want to access your account you need to type http://www.wordpress.com/classrooms. Click on ‘Log in‘ and enter your username or email and your password.
- When you’re done don’t forget to sign out! Click on the circle at the right-hand top corner and then click on ‘sign out‘. It’s very important that you don’t forget to do so when you work from school or any other shared computer, if you didn’t, someone else could publish pretending to be you.
- There is an app available for free for wordpress which you may find useful if you have access to a mobile device. You will be able to work and publish from the app.
- Feel free to follow your classmates or school mates blogs, as well as any others you may find interesting.
Some of many interesting articles our 2nd ESO students have written. Thank you guys for allowing me to use them in our first Marist Mag!
Believe me, there are many other great articles which couldn’t be included for various reasons, so if you get the chance, have a look at some of my pupils’ blogs to check out their personal magazines!
As you know, during the first half of the year my ESO2 were working on a project were they had to create their own music bands. The following are some examples of their work. Click on the links below to visit their sites. Well done guys!
Witches With Attitude
Another example of one of the best announcements for a club this year by an ESO1 student:Adriana’s announcement
Awesome work done by a student: Marta’s announcement