27 de marzo de 2008

Spring News about "The Woman in White" Project (2007-08)

About our project... What are we doing now? What are we bound to do? How are our great protagonists doing (meaning teachers, students and other supporters of this project)?
Did you finish reading the novel? Are you thinking about what to say in your essay? Are you nervous?
Post your info, questions and comments!
To our courageous writers, be confident on your skills! Enjoy what you do! And... The best of luck to you all!

15 de marzo de 2008

To be or not to be (Hamlet. Act III, Scene I)

Watch Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh interpreting Hamlet below (both directed their corresponding film version) and read the monologue here. Thank you for posting your comments!

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. - Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
You are now facing the most famous speech in English Drama and one of the most important ones Humanity has produced. How do you like it? Post your comments, trying to understand what it is about. Good luck and nice holidays!

Hamlet by Laurence Olivier (1948)

Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh (1996)

6 de marzo de 2008

Creating tags for our blog

Hello, everybody! We found the need to create tags (etiquetas) to add to each of the messages we type (bottom line), so that we can have some categories (see side column "Tags") to group our posts here. The tags created so far are the following: community (for threads related to our on-line life here!, personal communication), poetry, fiction, woman in white project (for everything connected to this amazing project), shakespeare (we can delete this one, if you like). Whenever a teacher types a message to start a thread, he or she will have to remember to fill in the slot just below the box where we type with the tag (the key word) which will identify the topic of the message. For blog users, if you need to find out how many threads we have with poems, for instance, click on "Poetry" under the "Tag" heading and you'll get those results. Please, if my adorable colleagues see that we can create other tags or delete some or reword them, post here! :) Night night

3 de marzo de 2008

Hi Fidelity, by Nick Hornby

Some Y5's are reading this novel and some people have also watched the movie, with John Cusack. You can all post your comments here.
On the TP website you'll find some links to Nick Hornby and also the movie script. Apparently, last weekend he had a gig in Madrid, with Marah! (Check this out)

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins