söndag 21 maj 2023

Blackout Poetry

 Last time you voted on what to do last lessons and the majority chose Blackout Poetry! 

What is Blackout Poetry? 

If you google, check Instagram or Pinterest for #blackoutpoetry you will find a lot of inspiration. Here are a few examples: 

This is how you do it! 

1. Choose a page from the book Ari and Dante that we read or find a text yourself. 
2. Choose if you would like to work with paper and pencil or use a Google document. Your texts, pencils and markers you will find at my desk. 
3. First, skim through your text and look for an anchor word. An anchor word is one word on the page that stands out to you because it is packed and loaded with meaning and significance. Starting with an anchor word is important because it helps you to imagine possible themes and topics for your poem.
4. Box words that stick out to you. After going through once, go back through your poem & find words that help your boxed words flow together to create your poem.
5. Plan out your words to form a poem before boxing in your words. Stick a piece of paper beside your chosen article/page and write the words you want to use. Once you have chosen the words, find other words on the article/page that can make your chosen words flow. Box in your words to create your poem. 
6. Make a draft and show me your idea before you finish and use the marker. 

If you would like to use your Chromebook you can use Google Docs like this: 

Make Blackout Poetry with Google Docs:

1. Change the Page Color

2. Click File and select Page Setup, then select your new page colour and change it to grey. 

Google Docs Change Page Color

3. Highlight Text

Highlight the text you want to keep in white using the highlight tool.

Highlight Text in Google Docs

4. Change the Page Colour to Black 

Here is an example that I made in Google Docs. The title of the poem is: 


Tell a friend. Tell people. Tell that somehow I was scared. 
Tell them.  

The original text is from Ari and Dante and I followed the guide above. 

5. Be creative! 
We will host an exhibition where you showcase and present your piece of art. 
DEADLINE: Monday, the 5th of June. 
The exhibition will take place on the 7th of June at 10 am.  Be prepared to present your poem. 
* What is the idea behind your poem? 
* Make it short and summarize your idea in about 5-10 sentences. 

If you want to you can add a QR code to your poem with a song that describes the feeling of your poem. 
The easiest way of creating QR codes is to use: Skapaqrkod.se/ and just paste the link you have chosen and click Create. 
Take a screenshot of the QR code and paste it into your document. 

If you chose to use paper and pencil. Just paste the QR code into a Google document and share it with me. Remember to tell me. I will print it for you and you can glue it on your paper. 


Beyoncé - Scared of Lonely

Good Luck! 


söndag 7 maj 2023

God Bless the King

God Bless the King! 

Did you watch the coronation of King Charles? 
What do you know about the British royal family?

Some facts about the UK:  


The Coronation of King Charles 
The coronation took place on May 6 and was watched by millions of people around the world.

During the coronation ceremony, we saw:  the regalia, the oath of allegiance, and the anointing.

1. What is the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain? 
2. Why do you think people from all over the world come to watch the coronation ceremony?
3. How do you think the new king or queen feels during the coronation ceremony?
4. If you were the king or queen, what would be your favourite part of the coronation ceremony? 
5. It is not that easy to be a part of a royal family. Every step you take is being watched... 
If you could choose - would you choose to keep your royal title or would you leave it and move to a country where you could be more anonymous? 

söndag 16 april 2023

How to write an argumentative text in English

How to write an argumentative text in English 

1. First we will take a look at "linking words": 

Quizlet - Linking Words

2. You will work together in groups and help each other. Discuss the questions below and take notes. 

Here you can find an example of an argumentative text that a pupil year 7 has written: Refugees welcome?

- Does the headline draw your attention?
- Do you understand why the author has written this text? 
- What is the author's point of view? 
- What arguments for and against his/her point of view are you able to find?
- Can you find any linking words? Where and how has the author used them? 
- Can you find any words that express the author's feelings about the subject?
- How can the text be improved? 

3. In pairs! 
Chose a topic below and write a text together. Follow the guide in the picture and write a short text. Just one argument and counter-argument will be enough. This is just to practice. 
When you write a "real" easy 3 arguments and counter-arguments are recommended.

Essay topics:

Mobiles phones should be banned in schools for both students and teachers
All students should wear uniforms in school. 
The school must start two hours later because students are very tired 
Separating boys and girls help them perform better in school 
Parents must limit how much time their children spend on tech devices - two hours per day is enough
Mobile phones should be banned during the whole school day 
Grades are not necessary - children study anyway
Homework should be forbidden 
Schools should offer cash bonuses for good test scores

Use the picture to help you, but don't answer the questions one by one.


tisdag 4 april 2023

Relay writing

Relay writing 

Today we will practice writing! Use your imagination! Be creative! 

1. You will work in groups of 4- 5 students; everyone needs paper and a pencil. 

2. Each student will write two sentences that start with: 

Once upon a time... 


-my grandpa had a rusty, old car which he every Sunday night drove down to the beach. There he sat, smoked his cigar and watched the stars. 

-I went to a stable and there I saw the most stunning stallion I had ever seen. My heart hammered in my chest when I stroke his black fur. ) 

Fold your paper so only the last sentence can be seen.

3. Change papers and don't unfold the paper! 

Continue writing the story with two more sentences starting with: 

Then ... 

Fold your paper so only the last sentence can be seen. 

Change papers and don't unfold the paper. 

4. Continue writing two more sentences starting with: 

Next ... 

Change papers... 

5. Continue writing two more sentences starting with: 


Change papers...

6. Continue writing two more sentences starting with: 


7. Continue writing two more sentences starting with:

Later on... 

Change papers...

8.. Continue writing two more sentences starting with: 


9. Now make sure you have the paper you started writing on. 

Read your story! 

Take turns reading your stories. 

Decide which one you like the most and motivate why. Prepare to read the story out loud! 

Below you will find pictures to inspire your writing: 


All the pictures above are from the New York Times. Källa: NY times    



tisdag 10 januari 2023

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe

 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe 

Lesson 1 

In the next few weeks will read a book named Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secret of the Universe. 

The author is Benjamin Alire Sáenz a Hispanic author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

Have you heard La Bamba with Richie Valens before?

Do you know what Hispanic means?

Do you know where in the world we find El Paso and Texas?

Have you heard about Aristotle?

1. Today I will read to you, but I don't know how far we will come.

While you listen to me I would like you to have a pen in your hand and write down words you don't know or find hard to spell. I don't want you to use the computer.

Together in class we will then collect words in Padlet and talk about their meaning.

2. Homework for Wednesday is to write a few sentences in the reading log and read til page 40. You can find a copy of your reading log in Classroom.

9a you have time to read during "homework -class" on Thursday and 9B on Friday.

3. On Wednesday you will get a short test where I would like you to answer the questions:

- Which characters do we encounter at the beginning of the book? Give examples of who they are ie: Mrs Q is Ari's mum... etc...

- Describe Ari. What kind of person do you think he is?

- How does Ari meet Dante?

Lesson 2 Wednesday You got a short test with 5 questions then Sara read pages 40 - 58 and you listened.

We gathered more words and discussed their meaning.

Lesson 3 Monday

1. Those of you who were absent last time will take the short test in Trelson.

2. While they are taking the test I would like the rest of you to try to beat me in Quizziz! The link will take you to a quiz about the first part of the book:

Quizziz - Ari and Dante Sign in with the code:
3690 6715 and write your real first name. Start the game! You need to be correct and quick to beat me! You can take the quiz twice if you want to.

2. Vocabulary.

- Go to Quizlet: Ari and Dante part 1 and rehearse the words, by using Flashcards. In Classroom, you can see how many words you knew when you took the test last time. Study at least 10 words more deeply and write them down in your notebook or in the document attached called "Word knowledge". Use the model for learning new words that you find below.

If you don't understand the Swedish words use Lexin to look up their meaning in the language that you understand the best. There are many different languages to choose from:

In Classroom you will find your own copy or you can click on the link here and make your own copy: Word knowledge .

3.  Page 1- 58. Questions to answer about what happened in the book. 

Go to Trelson and answer the questions there. Use your book if you need to look up the answers. 

* Do you think Ari has a close relationship with his parents? Motivate your opinion.  

How does his relationship with his mother differ from his relationship with his father?  

Where is  Ari’s older brother Bernardo, and what does Ari think about not seeing his older brother? 

* Why is  Ari’s father silent and how does he manage to deal with his emotional problems?  How does his wife gloss over his emotional distance? 

Describe the different ways in which Dante and Ari handle the boys with the BB guns and the death of the bird? What would you have done in the same situation? 

4. For Wednesday read until page 99. 

Questions to think about for the book test on Wednesday: 

(You just have to write a few sentences per question. 5-6 sentences will be fine.)

What kind of dreams does Ari have when he’s sick? What do you think these dreams mean? 

How does Ari getting the flu change his relationship with his father? What does his father realize? 

What sketch does Dante leave for Ari? How does it represent Ari? How does that make Ari feel? 

Lesson 5 Wednesday, January 25

1. Discussion! 

- Let's make a mind map of the characters and talk about what you think about them. 

First, think on your own and then discuss with your neighbour. Use your notebook and write down your thoughts. Then you will come to the whiteboard and help each other build the mind map. 

- Describe the main-characters - Ari and Dante. What kind of persons are they? 

What are the similar

- Which of the characters do you like the most and why? Is there anyone you dislike? 

(Does anyone know why I write anyone and not someone?) 

- Would you like to hang out with Ari or Dante or both? Why? 

2. Reading! 

- Together we will read and talk about pages 99- 120. 

- What would you have done if you were Ari? 

3. Book test! 

- Go to Trelson and choose three of the questions to write about. 

For next Wednesday, February 1, read til page 154. 

Lesson 6 Monday, January 30 

- Today we will work with the questions above that we didn't do last time since you wanted me to read instead. 

- Read individually. (p. 154 til Wednesday) 

Lesson 7, Wednesday, February 1 


I have taken a few examples from the answers you wrote last time. We will take a closer look at how to improve your answers. 

1. Work together in pairs and try to fix the sentences. 

Improve your grammar and spelling

2. We will take a look at the sentences in class and I will help you correct the sentences. 


- What happened in the chapters you just read? 

- Work together in pairs and help each other make a mind map of what happened. 

- What do you think will happen next? 


Individually - practice and learn both spelling and the meaning of the words below: 

Vocab - part 3 

Homework for next Wednesday is to learn the words (both spelling and meaning) from part 3 and read til page: 194 

Lesson 8 Monday, February 5

Last time I realised that you need to learn how to use the apostrophe and the genitive.  

1. Go to Agendaweb and finish exercises: 1,2,4, 5, Apostrophes 2 and 3. 

2. Reading 

Summarise what has happened in the chapters you just read. Write down a few sentences in a Google document. 

- What happened in the chapters you just read? 

- Work together in pairs and help each other make a mind map of what happened. 

- What do you think will happen next? 

- Go to the whiteboard and contribute to the mind map. What do you remember? 

We help each other to make a mindmap! 

3. If we have time we will play Quizlet live with the words that are homework for Wednesday. (Vocab - part 3)

Lesson 9, Wednesday 14 Feb

1. Questions to talk about. Work in pairs. Use Trelson and record your discussions: 

Do you think Ari is a mess? Do you think he spends too much time alone? Motivate your answer.

Does Ari miss Dante? Motivate your opinion. 

What do you think Ari’s dream about Dante and Ileana means? 

Why do you think Ari wants other people to tell him how they feel, but he doesn’t want to return the favor? What does this say about Ari? His trust in other people?  

* Take turns and tell each other what you like about the book, what you dislike about the book and what you think will happen next in the book. 

How do you think the book will end? 

Lesson 10 

1. Today we will start by playing Quizlet Live. 

Ari and Dante - vocab 

2. Think about the book so far. What do you like? Dislike? Is there something you don't understand? Do you see any patterns or connections? 

Write a few (2-3) sentences in your document. 

3. Continue reading! 

For Wednesday you need to read until page 300. 

On Wednesday (March 1) I won't be in class. You will have a reading comprehension test (former national exam) 

4. On Monday (March 6) we will finish the book and I will read the end to you. 

Lesson 11 Monday, March 6 

The End! 

Today we will finish the book. 

Sara will read the last pages and you just relax and listen! 

Lesson 12 

1. Finish the reading comprehension (National exam) 

2. Today I would like you to think about the book we have read. 

Think about a scene in the book and look up the scene in the book. 

Use Wordart , and click CREATE. You don't have to sign in. Type the keywords of the scene or just type/copy the sentences of the scene in the field to the right. Customize your word art by clicking on shape, font etc to the left: create your own word art. You can also add your own words if you want to. Feel free to be creative. (Not too creative, though!)

Take a screenshot of your word and hand it in to me in Classroom. 

Here is my piece of art: 

Lesson 13
Your word art is beautiful! Check out my Instagram to see them. One of your pictures is in the author's story! Awesome! 

1. Watch the video below: 

2. Read the text Giving Life together in groups of 2-3 students. 
Share a Google doc and help each other and take notes: 
- What is the story about?
- Where and when does it take place?
- Is there a "hook"?
- Is the text in chronological order? How do you know?
- Can you find any sensory details? Give examples. 
- Can you find any words that describe what she feels like? Give examples. 
- What is the conclusion?
- How can this text be improved? Give examples.  

3. Write together and help each other out. 
- Choose a scene in the book. You are a friend of either Ari or Dante and you need to put yourself in the book. 
What do you say? What do you see? What do you feel? Where are you? 

4. Write about 100 words then change texts with another group. (I will help you) 
- Be a critical friend and check:
* Has the author answered the questions above? 
* Can you find sensory details? 
* Are there words that describe feelings? 
* Do the authors show and not just tell? 
* Do all sentences, people and places begin with a capital letter?
* Do all sentences end with correct punctuation? (. , ? !)  Help: Punctuation 
*  Has the author written I with a capital I?
* Are there varied sentence lengths?
* Has the author remembered paragraph division?  Help: Paragraphs
* Are there colourful and describing words?
* Is the text interesting and worth reading - if not - what can be improved?
* Are the verb forms correctly written? Help: Verb
 * Did you check the text for spelling mistakes? 


5. Hand in your document to me. Write all your names and use different colors so I can see who has written what. If you are not finished when the lesson is done you have to finish at home. 
6. On Monday you will write your own text in Trelson and it will be a personal narrative. 
You will get what to write about on Monday and you may bring your book. 

Final writing assignment 

1. You will write in Trelson and it will be like a rehearsal before the national exams that you will write on the 21st of April.  

2. Choose one of the assignments below and write a minimum of 200 words and a maximum of 700 words. When you have finished your text - use text-to-speech and listen to your text to proofread it before you hand it in. 

  • Choose a scene from the book that made a great impact on you. Put yourself in that scene and pretend that you are in the book. Re-write the scene from your perspective. "I saw Ari and Dante in the truck and I thought..." Describe where you are, what you are doing, who you are with and what happens. Remember to show and not tell! Change things in the scene if you want to! You are the author and may decide what happens. 
  • Write the first chapter of book number 2 from Dante's or Ari's perspective. Describe where you are, what you are doing, who you are with, and what happens. What do they feel? Does Ari now understand that he loves Dante? What do their parents think about it? Will they now be together and show their love in public? Or.. You decide!  Remember to show and not tell! 

3. Activate text-to-speech, listen to your text to check spelling and grammar. 

* Did you use sensory details? 
* Did you use words that describe feelings? 
Do all sentences, people, and places begin with capital letters?
* Do all sentences end with correct punctuation? (. , ? !)  
* Did you write I with a capital I?
* Did you vary your sentence lengths?
* Did you remember to use paragraph division (styckeindelning) 
* Is the text interesting and worth reading - if not - what can be improved?
* Are the verb forms correctly written? 
* Did you check the text for spelling mistakes

Good Luck! 

söndag 11 december 2022

Freedom Writers 

 -What did you think about the movie? Motivate your opinions.

- Who is your favorite character? Describe him/her and motivate why he/she is your favorite.

1. Choose 3 of the questions and write down the answers:

1. Why does Erin compare the drawing of an African-American student to the drawings of Jewish
men during the Holocaust?
2. Why do you think Erin refers to the Nazis as the most famous gang in history?
3. Why does this comparison make the students begin to listen to her?
4. Do you think Ms. Gruwell’s teaching methods should be used at the entire school? At other schools? Why? Why not?
5. What would you do to break the ethnic and racial barriers in Ms. Gruwell’s classroom?
6. Think about your own school or out-of-school activities. Are youth respectful of each other’s differences? Are there, at our school, problems similar to those in Wilson High? If so, what can you do to make a change? 

- Choose 3 of the questions below and write down your answers: 

 1. Why is it important that teachers and students can trust each other?
2. Why do the students feel betrayed when they get to know that Ms. Gruwell will not continue
teaching them in their junior and senior years?
3. How do the classmates learn to trust one another?
4. Imagine you are Ms. Gruwell. What would you have done in her situation?
5. What would you have done to earn the trust of the students?
6. Respect and trust issues are not the only problem among the students. The teachers and
administrators at Wilson High do not support Ms. Gruwell’s teaching methods. Why do they
refuse to trust her?

- Choose 9 of the questions:
1. What makes Eva choose to “go against her people” in the courtroom?
2. Do you think this was a good decision? How do her family and friends react?
3. Do you think it’s more important to “protect your own” or do what’s right?
4. Put yourself in Eva’s shoes. Would you tell the truth in the witness stand or protect your friend?
5. In the book, the students write openly in their diary entries about sensitive family problems such
as drug use and sexual abuse. Would you too have been that open?
6. In the movie, how does Erin Gruwell’s obsession with work conflict with her marriage?
Describe the changing relationships with her husband.
7. What does Erin’s father think about Erin's choice to work as a teacher- at the beginning
of the movie and
at the end of the movie?
8. In what ways does Ms. Gruwell’s classroom become a family for the students?
Do you have a “family” outside your actual family?
9. Why are the students so angry at the beginning of the book/ movie? Do you think their anger is reasonable?
10. Why aren’t Ms. Gruwell’s students motivated to succeed in school? What outside factors affect their ability to learn?
11. Why do so many of Ms. Gruwell’s students believe they won’t live past the age of 18?
12. How do teachers and students deal with bullying, violence and/or gang activity in your school? 

Make sure you have answered 15 of all questions. Write in English and size 12.

tisdag 22 november 2022

Freedom Writers Diary - Our Perfect School

 Freedom Writers Diary 

The students in Ms. Gruwell’s freshman class are almost all African American, Latino, or Asian, and at first, they are suspicious of their white, suit-wearing teacher. They bet she will quit within the first week or month, but she quickly wins them over with unique teaching methods and reading material the students find relatable. The fall of their freshman year, they read Durango Street, a book about an African American teenager living in the projects after being released from a juvenile work camp for stealing cars, and then they make a movie about it. In the spring, when they read Romeo and Juliet and, Ms. Gruwell compares the Capulets to a local Latino gang and the Montagues to a rival Asian gang and gains the respect of more students. Still, the students deal with many difficulties that distract them from school, including race-based gang violence, domestic violence, illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness. (Supersummary.com)

Now when you have read a few chapters of the book and have realized what kind of school Wilson High School is and what kind of teacher Erin Gruwell is.

Today you will create your perfect (fantasy) school!

Our Perfect School 

Create your idea of the perfect school.  You will share your ideas with the rest of the class, so do your best, most thoughtful work. You don't have to present in front of the class! Don't worry!

You will need to write down your ideas and create Google Slides to present your school. Owning a school generates money - the more students that choose your school the more money you make!

Make students choose YOUR school! 

When you are done with your presentation you hand it in to me, and your group presents your idea to me. At the end of the lesson, I will present your schools and you will vote for the best school! 

The questions below are just to help you - no need to answer them all! 

Create at least 4 slides and use both pictures and text. 

Here you can find templates for slides: Slidesmania 

1.)  What would the name of your school be?

2.) What courses would you keep?  What courses would you eliminate?

3.) What new courses would you offer?  Describe them thoroughly.

4.) What kinds of teachers would you hire? Would you give teachers tenure at the

end of three years, as is the policy today?
5.) How long would the school year be and what hours would it start and end?

6.) Would the school have bells to indicate the end of a period or would there be

something else?
7.) What sports would your school have?  Are there any sports you would add that

the school does not already have?  Would you eliminate any sports?

8.) Would you eliminate or make any changes to the physical ed program?

9.) Describe the physical layout of your new school. 
    a.) What would the building be like? What would its layout be like?
    b.) What would each classroom be like?  Would the desks, for instance, be in rows

as in most classes in the school today?  Would there even be desks?  What might be

introduced into your new school that would make it more comfortable and inviting?

    c.) What might you do to improve the climate in the school?
10.)  Add anything else you can think of that would make your school a perfect place for learning