COP27 ended only a few days ago. What is it, what was hoped to achieve through it, and have the goals been achieved? Do some research and publish a blog post on your own blog in which you explain what COP is, who is behind it, since when it has existed and what the goals are.
Presumably there have been 26 other COPs, have you heard of any of these before, and has any of them been more successful than others?
Did the GLASGOW CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE, which ended on Saturday, bring any results? Or was it, like Greta Thunberg said afterwards, just “blah, blah, blah? It certainly seemed like many people were disappointed, among them the President of the conference…
Study these issues in groups:
what did they agree on at the conference
what were the most contested points, and were there any last-minute changes?
Look at either China, India, USA or Russia: Were they represented by their state leaders? What role did they play at COP26? What policies do they have in effect or planned?
International English is now history and the name of our subject is English 1. However, many of the things from International English are also very relevant in the new subject. So for now, we are leaving the categories and previous posts as they are, but as the school year progresses, we will be adding and editing more.
The first order of business is for you to create your own blogs. Remember, this is an educational blog, which will be evaluated, so keep it tidy and professional. Use https://www.wordpress.com and choose a free account. When making your account you can choose whether to have a public, private or hidden blog, but no matter which you choose you have to share the link with your teacher.
You will receive assignments to publish on your blogs, and some of these will be graded with grades, others will be graded “approved” / “not approved”. This is a good way to practice and develop your writing skills.
So, get to it! Create your blog, and include links to other public blogs of your classmates, as well as our teacher blog, if you find other relevant sites you are free to link to these as well. You might also include a map so you can see where your visitors are from.
We encourage you to read some of your fellow students blogs – both for inspiration and to support each other. Maybe also leave a comment?
Once you have created your blog, it is time to write your very first blog post, in which you include the following:
a bit about you – who are you, your interests etc.
why you chose the subject English 1
what expectations you have for this subject and what your teacher can do to best help you thrive in it
and finally, write a paragraph about something you would like to learn more about and why, based on the competence aims and the preliminary year plan in the subject. Also include suggestions or thoughts on how to work with this topic/these topics.
We talk about the border as a place only, instead of an idea. I believe that the real borders are the ones that exist within us.
Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel
Discussion questions to the film:
What does the Biblical story of Babel in chapter 11 of Genesis illustrate?
In which countries does this film take place?
What languages are spoken by the main persons?
Where do you find acute misunderstandings between persons?
Give a short summary of the plot and the main conflicts in the film.
How well do the actors portray the main characters, do you think??
Which scenes do you think are the most important ones?
Is the story chronological? Are there any flashbacks and/or flash forwards?
What techniques are used to tell the story? (sound-color-camera use)
It is claimed that this film is filled with emotions that need no translation. They are universal. Give examples of this.
Does the film have a clear message, or does it leave room for different solutions?
Your personal evaluation of the film. Give reasons for your view.
To whom would you recommend the film “Babel”?
After having watched the film, write a blog post on one of the following tasks:
The title and the actions in the film strongly indicate that communication and lack of communication, or rather breakdown of communication is a main theme. Discuss and explain how this is reflected in the film.
Another theme related to this might be intercultural communication and challenges represented by globalization. Why is it so difficult to reach out to each other across cultures? Discuss and explain by referring to the film. You may focus on:
Japanese vs. Western culture Mexican vs. American culture American vs. Arab culture
Yet another theme related to communication might be loneliness. How is this reflected in the film? Give examples and explain.
NB! Postponed because of home school – see itslearning for link and task to the film Desert Flower instead.
You have now watched two documentaries about social media and how it can be used to influence people without them even knowing it. Write a blog post where you briefly summarize what they were about and compare the two documentaries in terms of genre and form. Which of the two did you like the best, or did you feel you learned the most from? Give reasons for your answer.
The film is from 2016. Do you think it is still relevant today? Have things gotten worse, or improved in some areas? Discuss in your groups. Use the film’s web site to get updates and see what can be done: https://www.beforetheflood.com/
Write a blog post about climate change and how it is affecting our environment, using the information you now has as your starting point.
You have read two texts about water, showing how water is essential not only to maintain life but to experience quality of life. Choose one or more of the areas that the texts discuss, whether they are social, environmental or economic issues, and write a blog post about how water is an integral part of your chose area(s).
The name and actions of Edward Snowden has been a presence in debates about both media and democracy during the last six years, and a recurrence has been posing the question “hero or traitor?”. Why the need to use such polarizing labels? Does that mean that people see the world in either – ors? Black and white? Right and wrong? Good and bad?
Write a blog post in which you reflect on reasons behind and / or effects of polarizing a debate. You may exemplify through the debate around Snowden, but you are welcome to use other examples as illustrations of a polarized debate as well.