Welcome to a new school year!

Welcome to a new school year at Fagerlia!

We are excited to start this blog project with you 😀
In this class both you and we use blogs to share information, curriculum, assignments, and answers. At the end of the year we will host a Blog Awards, awarding the best blog, best layout, the blogger with the most posts etc.
Let’s get started!

The first order of business is for you guys to create your very 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.

Most of the assignments given will be answered on your blogs, all of them will be read and be Godkjent/Ikke Godkjent. This is a great way to practice and develop your writing skills.

So, get to it! Make your blog, include links to other public blogs of your classmates, as well as our teacher blog, and maybe even a map, so you can see where your visitors are from.

We also encourage you to read each other’s blogs.

After having created your blog, your first blog assignment is simply this: Write a post about the UN sustainable development goals which we have talked about in class. Your post should include which goals you think are most important, and most interesting for you to work with – and why. Also, share your thoughts on how you would like to work with this goal.

Good luck!

Hilde, Ingunn and Hannaun development

The Kite Runner and The Good Lie

Write a blog post based on one or two of the following questions:

1. Comment on how common themes are explored in the two films and how the films show these. Focus especially on the theme of redemption.
2. Comment on the titles of the film. Why do you think the directors chose these titles? Is there a symbolic meaning behind them?
3. Write a character analysis of Amir and Hassan in the Kite Runner.
Focus on their personality, physical appearance and the conflicts they go through and how these change them. At the end, say something about what we can learn from these characters
4. Write a character analysis of Mamere, Paul and Jeremiah in The Good Lie.
Focus on their personality, physical appearance and the conflicts they go through and how these change them. At the end, say something about what we can learn from these characters
5. In both films, brotherhood is an important concept. Explain how this concept runs through one or both of the films and influences the message we are left with after watching the film(s)
6. Both films deal with people who have to flee their home country because of conflict and in both films, the main characters end up in the USA. Discuss what challenges refugees go through when they flee their country and resettle in another. Include examples from the film and also comment on the opportunities they are given.

Ingunn

Photojournalism

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-powerful-moments-photojournalism-2017

What is the purpose of photojournalism? How is it different from other forms of photography? Pick one of the images in the link above or find another example of a photojournalistic image that has made a great impression on you. Write a blog post where you add the image and describe what it shows, what you think is so great about it, and what message(s) it carries.

Read more about photojournalism here: http://www.photography-schools.com/photojournalismhistory.htm

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Movie

Questions for discussion:

1. What, in your opinion, is the most striking difference between the novel and the movie?
2. What do the novel and the movie have in common?
3. Compare the setting of the cafeteria in the novel versus how it is portrayed in the movie.
4. The American- how is he described in the movie?
4. How is Erica characterized in the movie?
5. Describe Changez.
6. What is your opinion of Jim?
7. Write a blogpost where you state your opinion of the movie, whether you liked it or not and why.

Chapters 8-9

Tuesday class March 13

We have now read chapters 8 and 9. In groups of three or four, discuss what happens in these two chapters. Then move on to discuss:

-The symbolism of names: Erica, Chris, Changez/Genghis Khan.

-Erica’s change/deterioration: “he never came to know what triggered Erica’s decline.    (Was it) the trauma of the attack on her city? The act of sending out her book in search of publication? The echoes raised in her by our lovemaking? I think I knew even then that she was disappearing into a powerful nostalgia”. Discuss each of the statements and explain what Changez means by each of them.

What does Changez mean when he says “America, too, was giving itself over to a dangerous nostalgia at that time”.

Find quotes that describe Erica’s deterioration or altered mental/physical state.

Find quotes that support the idea that Changez changes his attitude towards America.

Write down 10-15 new words that you have come across in these two chapters.

On your blog, write a summary of the two chapters. Include your thoughts about what is happening with Changez and Erica, both their attitudes and their relationship.

the reluctanct fundamentalist image (Photo retrieved from nytimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/books/review/Olsson.t.html)

Gap Year

Watch the first episode of the series Gap Year 

Discuss in your groups:

What is a gap year?

Why does the travel writer they meet on the plane warn Sean and Dylan about going to China? Where should they go instead? Why do you think she says this? What is the reason they are going to China?

What is the difference between Sean and Dylan when it it comes to their background and what they did before they went on this trip?

What stereotypes of and prejudices against American tourists do we see in this film? How are they treated differently at the music festival on the wall? Comment especially on the experiences the Chinese-American girl makes.

Do you think a series like this can teach us something about culture and cultural stereotypes? Give reasons for your answer.

If you were to do a gap year, what would you like to do?

Preparing for the term test

Testing, testing, testing… Students are tested in every subject more or less all the time and International English is no exception!  To prepare for this we arrange term tests, because we want our students to be equipped for a written exam.  On December 5, Målfrid’s students worked with task 1 of a former exam. You can also listen to the speech as a Ted Talk. We want to share our knowledge with others and have made a padlet about literary devices and language features which you can access here.

Although we use blogs in our teaching, we still want our students to use a formal, academic style. Here is some useful guidance.  Good luck with your term tests!

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