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jueves, 23 de abril de 2015

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE





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MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA'S LIFE

No name is more associated with Spanish literature — and perhaps with classic literature in general — than that of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. He was the author of El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, which is sometimes referred to as the first European novel and which has been translated into nearly every major language, making it one of the most widely distributed books after the Bible.



WORLD BOOK DAY

World Book and Copyright Day - April 23
By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.
23 April: a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes and Shakespeare all died. It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. St. George's day is celebrated in and around Catalonia and has been celebrated since 1436. He is the patron Saint of Catalonia.
In Catalonia St. George's day coincides with the Fair of the Book and the Rose. On this day every man offers a rose to his loved one (wife or fiancée), and in return she gives him a book. The book is in memory of Cervantes. This custom was started in 1926, to commemorate Cervantes death (author of "Don Quixote").

Get information about Shakespeare and Cervantes and do the test.
Good luck!



THE LEGEND OF SAINT GEORGE



St. GEORGE'S DAY 23rd APRIL

ST. GEORGE'S DAY (Patron Saint of England)


It is the church festival of St. George, regarded as England’s national day . On this day English people wear a rose pinned to their jackets.

St George's Day History

St George's Flag

St George's Day Celebration

The Legend of St George and the Dragon

Only in Britain

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

• Born: 29 September 1547
• Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Spain
• Died: 23 April 1616
• Best Known As: Author of Don Quixote
• Full name: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


Miguel de Cervantes wrote the epic satire Don Quixote, which is regarded as the first true modern novel. Little is known of Cervantes's early life; at 23 he enlisted in the Spanish militia and then fought against the Turks in the battle of Lepanto (1571) where a gunshot wound permanently crippled his left hand. He spent four more years at sea and then another five as a slave after being captured by Barbary pirates. Ransomed by his family, he returned to Madrid but his disability hampered him; it was in debtor's prison that he began to write Don Quixote. The title character, a dreamy middle-aged nobleman, sets out through Spain on a makeshift quest to fight injustice through acts of chivalry. Cervantes wrote many other works, including poems and plays, but none had the impact or popularity of his masterpiece.
Because of his injury Cervantes was nicknamed "the cripple of Levanto"... Don Quixote is the basis for the musical Man of La Mancha... Cervantes died on the same day as author William Shakespeare.

SHAKESPEARE AND CERVANTES WEB QUESTS












                                                SHAKESPEARE AND CERVANTES

WORLD BOOK DAY 23rd April


WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LIFE

(1564-1616) British writer. William Shakespeare is recognized as one of the greatest writers of all time, known for works like "Hamlet," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello," "The Tempest," and many other works.
With the 154 poems and 37 plays of Shakespeare's literary career, his body of works are among the most quoted in literature. Shakespeare created comedies, histories, tragedies, and poetry. Despite the authorship controversies that have surrounded his works, the name of Shakespeare continues to be revered by scholars and writers from around the world.



WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon. He died on April 23, 1616.

In November 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. When they married, he was eighteen and she was 26. They had three children.

The portrait believed to look most like Shakespeare is on the title page of the First Folio.
The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death.

Shakespeare not only wrote plays; he also performed on stage as a professional actor in London.

Shakespeare is buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.

The inscription on the stone beneath his monument reads:
GOOD FREND FOR JESUS SAKE FORBEARE, TO DIGG THE DUST ENCLOASED HEARE: BLESTE BE Ye MAN Yt [that] SPARES THES STONES, AND CURST BE HE Yt MOVES MY BONES

WEB TAKS

Shakespeare: Life and Historical background

SHAKESPEARE GAMES



You can try your hand at four interactive and fun Shakespeare games created specially to help you apply your knowledge of the Bard and his plays.


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martes, 21 de abril de 2015

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY - 21st APRIL


THE BRITISH QUEEN: ELIZABETH II



The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.
Official celebrations to mark Sovereigns' birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.
The Queen usually spends her actual birthday privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday: a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers.
On her official birthday, Her Majesty is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.

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sábado, 18 de abril de 2015

LONDON BRIDGE

On 18 April 1968, the London bridge built in 1831, was sold to the American entrepreneur Robert McCulloch for US$2,460,000.


Why was the old London Bridge sold?
In 1962 the bridge was found to be in disrepair and sinking into the Thames due to the increased traffic. It needed to be replace.

Where is the old London Bridge now?
The ols London Bridge which spanned the River Thames for almost 140 years, from the 1830's until 1968, was moved moved 7,000 miles to Lake Havasu City, USA, as a tourist attraction.

Brief history of London Bridge
There has been many London Bridges - each one either falling down or having to b replaced due to not being fit for purpose. The first London Bridge is thought to have been built by the Romans sometime in the first century. The first few London Bridges were wooden bridges, these were eventualy replaced with a stone bridge, the first one being started in 1176.
Throughout its history, London bridge has been a busy thoroughfare, and was once lined with shops. The road over the bridge was only about 4m wide between the shops. It was so narrow it often jammed with people, horses and carts.


In 1757 the houses and shops on the bridge were demolished. A new bridge was built in 1831 to replace the old one. The present london bridge opened in 1973.
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miércoles, 15 de abril de 2015

THE FIRST MCDONALD_15th APRIL

McDonald's History
                                                                    
The first McDonald's Restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois by McDonald's Corporation founder, Ray Kroc, on April 15, 1955.

Travel through time using our Interactive Timeline! See the birth of McDonald's, the launch of your favorite menu item, McDonald's characters, or advertising jingles!
You can navigate the timeline by clicking on the various years at the right, or by clicking on the top of each event window. Enjoy the memories!

Travel Through Time With Us!

domingo, 12 de abril de 2015

THE FIRST UNION "JACK"_12th APRIL

The Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack, is the flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It comprises of three flags - England, Scotland, and St Patricks (representing Ireland) After Queen Elizabeth I of England died in 1603, King James VI of Scotland inherited the English throne and became King James I of England. It was a Union of the Crowns, but not yet of the nations. Each country still kept their own parliaments and national flags - the red St George's cross and the white St Andrew's cross.
England
Scotland 


On 20 October 1604 James I proclaimed a new title for himself as 'King of Great Britain'.

On 12 April 1606, the National Flags of Scotland and England were united for use at sea, thus making the first Union 'Jack'. However, the old flags of England and Scotland continued to be used by their respective countries on land.

A royal decree declared that the ships of the Kingdom of Great Britain "shall bear on their maintops the red cross, commonly called St. George's cross, and the white cross, commonly called St. Andrew's cross."



The first Union Flag (1606)

UNION FLAG 12th APRIL 1606 OFFICIAL FLAG OF THE UNITED KINGDOM



A flag containing three other flags.

Union Flag


The Union Flag - the flag of the United Kingdom (UK)



The Union Flag, popularly known as the *Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom. It is the British flag.

It is called the Union Flag because it symbolises the administrative union of the countries of the United Kingdom. It is made up up of the individual Flags of three of the Kingdom's countries all united under one Sovereign - the countries of 'England, of 'Scotland' and of 'Northern Ireland' (since 1921 only Northern Ireland has been part of the United Kingdom). As Wales was not a Kingdom but a Principality it could not be included on the flag.
The following pages will tell you how the Union Flag (Union Jack) came to be the UK's national flag and the making of the United Kingdom.


viernes, 10 de abril de 2015

MACBETH


The play opens with Macbeth and Banquo, two of the Scottish King Duncan's generals returning from battle when they encounter three witches in the woods. The witches tell Macbeth of how he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then the King of Scotland. For Banquo, they prophesize that he will beget the line of Scottish Kings, though he will never become king himself. The two are sufficiently skeptical and continue their journey home. The play opens with Macbeth and Banquo, two of the Scottish King Duncan's generals returning from battle when they encounter three witches in the woods. The witches tell Macbeth of how he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then the King of Scotland. For Banquo, they prophesize that he will beget the line of Scottish Kings, though he will never become king himself. The two are sufficiently skeptical and continue their journey home.

However, when the two come closer to the encampment, they are presented with a messenger from King Duncan who announces that Macbeth has been made the Thane of Cawdor, immediately putting the prophecy into perspective, making Macbeth wonder how he might become king. He invites Duncan to dine at his castle that evening and goes ahead to tell his wife of the day's events.

Unlike Macbeth, Lady Macbeth is very sure of her husband's future, desiring the throne and telling him that they must murder Duncan to ensure his ascension. Immediately upon returning to his castle, Lady Macbeth is able to convince her husband to take initiative and murder Duncan that very night.

The two plan to get Duncan's chamberlains drunk enough that they will not remember the evening and blame them for the murder. When the body of Duncan is discovered in the morning, Macbeth quickly kills the "culprits" and assumes the kingship. All the while, Duncan's sons flee the country, afraid for their own lives.

Immediately, Macbeth's misgivings and trust in the prophecies force his hand in the murder of Banquo and his son Fleance as well, afraid that his heirs will seize the throne. Successfully killing Banquo, the murderers fail to kill Fleance.

The night of his murder, Banquo's ghost appears to Macbeth and sends him into hysteria, scaring his guests and angering his wife. His very presence as the king of Scotland has angered the other nobles and further incites Macbeth's misgivings and paranoia.

To ease his fears, he visits the witches again and they offer to him more prophecies. He must beware ofMacduff, a chief opponent to Macbeth taking the throne. He cannot be harmed by any man born of woman and he is safe until Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Castle. He returns home and finds that Macduff has fled to England to join Malcolm. In fear, Macbeth seizes Macduff's castle and orders the murder of his wife and children, inciting Macduff to further rage. With Malcolm, the two raise an army and ride to Scotland to take on Macbeth with the support of the Scottish nobles who fear Macbeth's tyranny and murderous ways.

While Macbeth awaits his opponents, Lady Macbeth is in the process of going mad, unable to wash the blood from her hands. The news of her suicide reaches Macbeth directly before the arrival of the English forces and sends him into an even deeper despair. He awaits confidently as the prophecy foretold his invulnerability. However, Macduff's forces arrive under the cover of boughs cut from Birnam wood. When Macbeth is finally confronted by Macduff after his forces have been overwhelmed, Macduff announces that he was "ripped from his mother's womb" not born and ultimately defeats and beheads Macbeth, handing the crown back to Malcolm, the rightful heir.

SHAKESPEARE AND MACBETH

60-SECOND SHAKESPEARE60-On this page, a summary of the play in tabloid style from the BBC.



martes, 7 de abril de 2015

FIRST CONDITIONAL VIDEO

I WILL HELP YOU IF I HAVE TIME (Real Condition)





FIRST CONDITIONAL EXERCISES

Now practice with the first conditional exercises



 

FIRST CONDITIONAL SENTENCES

PRACTISING 1ST CONDITIONAL WITH WESTLIFE

Resultado de imagen de WESTLIFEListen and fill in the gaps on the lyrics. I hope you enjoy it!







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SECOND CONDITIONAL VIDEO

I WOULD HELP YOU IF I HAD TIME (Unreal Condition)



And now practice your speaking with your partner...






GRAMMAR FOR 3º and 4º ESO

Here you have English grammar for ESO. Have fun!




        3º / 4º ESO

Adjectives:
1 / 2 / 3

Wh- Questions:
1

Present Continuous:
1

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Past Simple:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11

Present Perfect:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Past Simple vs. Present Perfect:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

For / since / during:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Just / already / still / yet:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

For / since / ever / never / still / just / already / yet:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Present Perfect Continuous "I have been running" ("he estado corriendo"):
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Present Perfect vs. Present Perfect Continuous:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Future Continuous "will be + verb-ing" (estaré corriendo):
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Future Perfect "will have + past participle" (habré corrido):/
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Simple Future, Future Continuous, Future Perfect:
1 / 2

Future Continuous vs. Future Perfect Continuous:
1

Tenses Cocktail (intermediate level):
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20

Reported Speech:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Reporting Verbs "Say / tell / ask":
1 / 2

Relative Clauses:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

0 Type Conditional:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

1st Type Conditional:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

2nd Type Conditional:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

1st and 2nd Type Conditional :
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Comparatives and Superlatives:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Passive voice:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11

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