WHAT'S IN A WALL?
FROM HADRIAN'S WALL TO WALL STREET
ABILITIES we are going to acquire (B2)
read and understand articles and reports on current problems
engage in extended conversation in a clearly participatory fashion, on topics which have been discussed during a class activity
account for and sustain my opinion in discussionby providing relevant explanations, arguments and comments.
explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options
understand different types of texts in detail
From your textbook, Literary Connections, Derek Allen Black Cat (pages 4-8)
Brainstorming activity: consider the different uses a wall might have and build a mind map like this. Get ready to develop your thoughts and provide examples
Now compare your mind map with your mates' and see if there's anything in theirs you have not considered. Think about such differences and write down your thought about it: is it interesting?
Why hadn't you thought about it? Ask questions if their examples are not clear or unknown to you.
Consider the famous walls which are mentioned in your book. Do a research work and find out as much as you can about each of them. In particular try to find the following information.
The Berlin Wall: when, where in Berlin and why it was built, when exactly it fell, what is meant with “death strip”, the two names East Berlin and West Berlin used to define it.
The Great Wall of China: when and why it was built, how long it is, what popular belief says about it, what international organization protects it nowadays.
The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem: when, where in Jerusalem and why it was built, why it is called like this, in what period the Jews could not go there and why.
Wall Street: where exactly it is, why it is called like this, its metaphorical meaning, its probable original name.
Pink Floyd's The Wall: what it is, consider the lyrics of Another Brick in the Wall which you find in your book and explain what the brick and the wall represent.
Is there anything all these walls have in common? Or are they completely different from each other? Think about it and complete the following diagram
Now you are going to read an article about Israel's decision to build a wall along the West Bank in the Middle East. In the article you'll find some words or names which the journalist expects readers to know.
Here is a list. If you don't know them, look them up before our class starts.
Your teacher will ask you about each of them before the reading starts. Be careful, you are expected to explain them in English!!!
Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, be beyond control, controversial, loss of land, settlement, security measure.
Now you are ready to read the article and after reading it to answer the questions that follow it.
Now your assignment.
You are asked to write an article for a magazine in which you have to express your opinion about the issue: is the wall necessary? You are expected to write al least 300 words about it.
In the article you can mention some facts you know but don't copy from the passage you have read: you have to develop it and make it your own; you can refer to the different opinions that have come out
during our class activities and then express your point of view. Introduce the topic, develop it and finally come to a conclusion. You can post your assignment on our blog.
Now the activity of rearranging paragraphs – don't think I don't know how boooooring it is but it is useful too in order to achieve ability N.5 above because it helps you concentrate on the text and consider all the words, above all connectors, very carefully. Consider it a guessing game and have fun while doing it
In your book you can read only some lines from the poem, here you can enjoy it entirely! Ok, I know it is long but it doesn't mean you might not appreciate it!
First of all I would like to know what is happening, who the people in the poem are , what they are doing, what period of the year it is, why he talks about pines and apples.
Then I would like to know what the “Something” in the first line might refer to. What do you think?
And then, why should “Good fences make good neighbors”. Do you think the poet is talking only abut his wall?
Mending Wall by Robert Frost click here and you can hear the poet reading the poem
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
'Stay where you are until our backs are turned!'
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
He only says, 'Good fences make good neighbors'.
Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
'Why do they make good neighbors? Isn't it
Where there are cows?
But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down.' I could say 'Elves' to him,
But it's not elves exactly, and I'd rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me~
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go behind his father's saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, "Good fences make good neighbors."
Here is the assignment for our next class. After doing it, please write a post on the wall below.
After reading and talking so much about walls, what do you think about them? I personally prefer building bridges and you know what? If I could be a town, I'd like to be Venice!!!