quinta-feira, 16 de dezembro de 2010

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - Activities (chapter five)

In Chapter 5 Scrooge does a lot of things for the first time. Mark the right ones and the wrong ones.
  1. Scrooge wished a merry Christmas to people in the streets.
  2. He gave a tip to a boy.
  3. He laughed for the first time in many years.
  4. He bought a big turkeyfor the Cratchits.
  5. He offered money for the poor.
  6. He went to church.
  7. He had dinner with the Cratchits.
  8. He said ‘Humbug’ again.

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens - Activities (chapter four)

Who's who?Choose the right names from the list below to complete the sentences .

  • very poor people
  • Joe
  • a dead man
  • a woman
  • Bob Cratchit
  • Fred
  • Scrooge
  • the ghost
  • the Cratchits
  • Tiny Tim
  1. ..........was in black.
  2. ......... brought things to sell to ........... .
  3. ......... wanted to sell ..........'s bed curtains, bedclothes and shirt.
  4. ........ couldn't see the dead man's face.
  5. ........ were sitting quietly and talking about .......... .
  6. ........ met ......... in the street.

1.ª edição do “Chá-café com letras”

No dia 10 de Dezembro, realizou-se na Biblioteca da Escola Secundária a primeira edição do Chá-café com letras deste ano lectivo. Na actividade participaram as turmas do 8.º A e B, que apresentaram as obras, e a turma do 7.ºA, que assistiu às apresentações. Entre chá, café e bolachas, os alunos contactaram com “O moinho” e a “Aia”, extraídos dos Contos, de Eça de Queirós; “Nevoeiro” e “A perfeição”, extraídos de Dia cinzento e outros contos, de Mário Dionísio; “Farrusco”, um conto de Bichos, de Miguel Torga; O colar, de Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. As apresentações dividiram-se entre encenações da obra e sínteses do conteúdo. Os alunos do 7.º ano aderiram de forma muito positiva à actividade, tendo assistido a todas as apresentações com muito interesse.

quarta-feira, 15 de dezembro de 2010

Descobre o poema - Solução

O poema escondido era a primeira quadra de um poema da Mensagem, de Fernando Pessoa:

           O INFANTE
Deus quer, o homem sonha, a obra nasce.
Deus quis que a terra fosse toda uma,
Que o mar unisse, já não separasse.
Sagrou-te, e foste desvendando a espuma,

E a orla branca foi de ilha em continente,
Clareou, correndo, até ao fim do mundo,
E viu-se a terra inteira, de repente,
Surgir, redonda, do azul profundo.

Quem te sagrou criou-te português.
Do mar e nós em ti nos deu sinal.
Cumpriu-se o Mar, e o Império se desfez.
Senhor, falta cumprir-se Portugal!

Fernando Pessoa


O vencedor da última edição é…
·        Francisco Gouveia, n.º 10, 12.ºA

War is Over

terça-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2010

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (chapter five)

Christmas Day
Scrooge fell down, and held the ghost’s hand... and woke up to find himself holding the bedpost of his own bed.
He got dressed quickly, saying to himself: 'Now I’ll use the lessons I’ve learnt from these three ghosts!'
He laughed. The first time he had laughed for years!
He saw a boy in the street.
'What day is it today?' he asked.
'lt's Christmas Day,' said the surprised boy.
'Go and buy that big turkey from the butcher's,' said Scrooge. There's ten pence for you!'
l will send it to Bob Cratchit, he thought.
Scrooge walked excitedly along the street saying 'Merry Christmas' to everybody.
When he met the man who had wanted help for the poor the day before, he told him to come and see him to get a lot of money.
Then Scrooge went off to his nephew Fred's house.
Fred was very surprised to see him.
'What do you want, uncle?' he asked.
'l want to come to dinner!' said Scrooge. 'Can l?'
'Of course you can!' answered Fred.
Fred was very happy, and so were his wife and all their friends. And they all had a lovely party together.

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (chapter four)

The Third Ghost
Finally, the ghost took Scrooge home and, as he disappeared, the church clock rang midnight.
At once a new ghost appeared, much more frightening than the other two. It was covered from head to toe in a long, black coat.
'You' re The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come,' said Scrooge nervously.
The dark ghost said nothing and did not move.
'I imagine you've going to show me the things which haven't happened yet,' Scrooge said, looking at the strange ghost.
The ghost silently moved its head a little, and pointed with its hand.
Scrooge suddenly found himself in the middle of the City of London. He saw many of the people he worked with every day, changing, buying and selling money.
The ghost stopped and pointed to some men standing together talking.
'l don't know what happened. I only know he's dead,' said the first man.
'What's he done with his money?' asked the second man.
'He didn't give it to me!' said the first man, laughing.
'His funeral will be very cheap,' said another man.
'Why?' asked the second man.
'He had no friends. Nobody will go,' answered the first man.
Scrooge did not understand why the ghost wanted him to listen to this conversation, but he knew the ghost did not answer questions, so he did not ask.
He looked around trying to see himself, but on the corner where he usually stood at this time there was another man doing business.
Next the ghost took him to a bad part of London which he had never been to before.
The streets were smll and dark and full of the poorest people. They went into a dirty shop full of every horrible old thing you can imagine -metal, bones, books, clothes...
Scrooge watched as three people brought things to sell to the shopkeeper. They were from the same dead man's house.
The first had some small things: buttons and a pencil-case.
'He doesn't need these now,' said the first woman pointing to the towels, silver teaspoons and boots she had.
'Look, Joe,' said the other woman, showing the bed curtains and blankets she had taken from the dead man's bed.
'Is this shirt from the dead body?' asked Joe.
'Yes,' she answered. 'He doesn't need a new shirt now he's dead.'
This could happen to me when I die, thought Scrooge.
Suddenly, Scrooge found himself in another terrible room. It was very dark, with just a little light coming through the window.
There was a bed with no curtains on it, and on the bed, a dead body covered by a sheet.
The ghost pointed to the body, as silent as ever.
Scrooge looked.Who was this dead man? Why were there no friends or family there to cry over the body, to feel sad that he had died?
The ghost still pointed. Scrooge understood it wanted him to look at the face of the dead man, but he could not.
'l cannot look at this man's face,' said Scrooge. 'But if there's anybody in London who feels something because this man is dead, show them to me.'
The ghost took Scrooge into another room.
A woman stood up nervously when her husband came in.
'Is there any news?' she asked.
'When l went to ask him if we could pay the money one week later,' he said, 'an old woman told me he was dead.'
'That's good news,' she said. I'm sorry. l mean that now we have time to get the money we have to pay.'
'No, ghost!' said Scrooge. 'l want to see someone who's sorry about a death, not someone who's happy because of one!'
The ghost took him to Bob Cratchit’s house. He saw the Cratchit family sitting quietly around the fire. They were talking about Tiny Tim.
'l met Mr Scrooge's nephew, Fred,' said Bob, 'and he said he was very sorry to hear about Tiny Tim.'
Bob turned to his family: 'Let's never forget what a good, gentie boy he was, even if he was just a little child.'
'No, never father!' shouted all the children.
'Tell me, ghost,' said Scrooge. 'Who was the dead man we saw?'
The ghost took him to a churchyard. It was a dark place with the walls of houses all around and no flowers on the graves.
The ghost pointed to one grave.
'Before I look,' said Scrooge, 'tell me if the things we've seen are things which will definitely happen, or only things which may happen?'
The ghost stood in silence.
Scrooge looked at the name on the grave. It said EBENEZER SCROOGE.
'Was I the dead man?' he asked.
The ghost pointed to the grave, then at Scrooge.

"A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (chapter three) - Activities

1 - Insert the coloured words.

happy sees potatoes table takes dinner walk house help goose son ill

The Ghost of Christmas Present (a)……… Scrooge to Bob Cratchit’s (b)........ . There he (c)……… his clerk’s family for the first time. Mrs Cratchit is making (d)……… . It is a small Christmas dinner: a (e)........... and some (f)........... . Scrooge looks at Tiny Tim, Bob's youngest (g)……… . The child cannot (h).......... because he's (i)..........and he may die if he doesn't get (j)........ . They all sit round the Christmas (k)……… and are very (l)........... .

2 - Write the answers.

a) Scrooge: ‘Will Tiny Tim live?’
Ghost: ………………………………………
b) Scrooge: ‘Who are they?’
Ghost: ………………………………………
c) Fred: ‘Merry Christmas.’
Ghost: ………………………………………

sexta-feira, 3 de dezembro de 2010

A Christmas Carol (Chapter three)

The second ghost
Later, Scrooge woke up suddenly. He looked around his bedroom - there was nobody there. He went to the door of his living room.
'Come in, Ebenezer Scrooge,' said a voice.
He opened the door, and saw something very strange.The room looked so different! The walls of the room were covered with Christmas trees and there was a big fire burning.The floor and table were hidden by the most delicious kinds of Christmas foods you can imagine. There was holly all around the room and the green leaves were bright with the light from the fire.
Sitting on top of all the food was a happy young giant, holding a burning torch which lit the room. He was wearing a long, green dress with white fur at the bottom. He had curly brown hair and a hat made of holly.
'Come in, come in,' said the giant. I'm The Ghost of Christmas Present.'
'If you've something to teach me,' said Scrooge, 'take me anywhere you want. l learnt a lot from the first ghost.'
Touch my dress,' said the ghost.
Scrooge did, and soon the trees, the food and the room had disappeared.
Scrooge found they were walking in a London street on Christmas morning.The shops were full of lovely things to eat. Everyone there was happy.
The ghost took him to the Cratchit's house, where they were preparing their small Christmas dinner. Scrooge watched as the poor family ate one goose and some potatoes, and a very small Christmas pudding. They were still as happy as if they had eaten a king's dinner.
Scrooge looked at Tiny Tim, the youngest child, who was ill and could not walk.
'Will he be here next Christmas?' he asked.
'With help,' replied the ghost.
They left the Cratchit's poor but happy house, and walked through the snowy streets of London. Everyone was going out to evening parties with their friends and families. Suddenly they were in a cold, grey, empty place. Scrooge and the ghost looked through the window of a small house. Inside there was a big family in a small room. They were all singing Christmas songs together. They were very happy.
'Who are they?' asked Scrooge.
'They are poor miners,' said the ghost. 'People who work hard inside the Earth we live on.'
The ghost took Scrooge back to London, to Scrooge's nephew, Fred's house where there was a big party. Fred was telling everyone about his visit to his uncle.
'When l said "Merry Christmas" to him, he replied "Humbug!"' said Fred.
Everyone laughed.
'He's rich,' said Fred, 'but he doesn't do anything good with his money and he doesn't enjoy Christmas Day. Every year, l'll ask him to our party and wish him "Merry Christmas". Perhaps one day he'll understand, and give some money to poor Bob Cratchit too.'
Scrooge and the ghost watched Fred and his friends all evening.