Thursday, 22 April 2010

Book Day and Copyright Day

On 23 April we celebrate Book Day and Copyright Day. But do you know why? This day is the anniversary of the death of three important authors around the world: William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. All of them died on 23 April 1616 (although there are some days of difference because some countries followed the Julian calendar and others the Gregorian one). That is the reason why UNESCO chose this day to encourage people to enjoy reading.

In fact, we are not celebrating a particular day, but the whole month, by working on the WebQuest on Romeo and Juliet and Elizabethan England. Very soon we will see the final projects and we will enjoy a new final act of the play performed by our own company of actors. I can't wait for it!

Good WebQuest Work!

The students keep on working on the WebQuest on Romeo and Juliet and Elizabethan period and they are doing a great job, so congratulations to you all!

This is just a quick reminder with all the groups and pairs:

- Biographers: Mercedes and Alberto
- Work researchers: Mª Jesús and Carolina

- Period historians: Patricia and Antonio
- Place historians: Virginia and Álvaro
- Everyday life historians: Laura and Jairo
- Celebritry journalists: Clara and Saray

- Architects: Jesús and Marta
- Literary critics: Ana and Manuel Tejero

- Stratford-upon-Avon travel agents: Juan Manuel and Raquel
- London travel agents: José Antonio Cordero and Daniel

- Company of actors: María, Jenifer, Manuel Caro, Desirée, José Antonio García and Benito

Monday, 5 April 2010

A WebQuest: Our Project for April

As you know, we will work on a WebQuest on Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre after having read Romeo and Juliet.You can click here to go direct to the website.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Easter Egg Hunt

As you know, people in the United Kingdom and the United States go egg hunting to celebrate Easter. Here you can see how they enjoy the hunt!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day, or All Fools' Day, is the first day of April. It is a traditional day for playing pranks on unsuspecting people. In many countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, people play tricks on others. A favourite joke is to send someone on a fool's errand (a search for something that does not exist), or to get people to believe ridiculous things. The victim is called an April Fool.

No one knows where the April Fools' custom began. The origin is uncertain but may be related to the arrival of spring in late March, when nature "fools" humanity with changes in weather. Another explanation has to do with the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1582, which moved New Year's Day to January 1.

The tradition originated in France and Great Britain and it was introduced into America in colonial times.

The French call April 1 "Poisson d'Avril" or "April Fish". French children sometimes stick a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.