Category Archives: Period 4

Time for elections in ISE-1

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Dear class,

Today we’ll work on an activity to reinforce and practice conditionals…yes, again.

In this activity, you will create a political party. You will work in groups of four,  and each group will have to come up with at commandments about what you will/ would do if you are/were elected using the first or second conditional. After each group presents, you will vote to which party you will/would like to elect.

You will also have to create the following elements:

  • A title for your political party
  • A flag for your party
  • 10 commandments

 

Book Donation Campaign

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Dear all,

Our library has started a new campaign today! It is called “Dona tu libro,” so if you have books at home that you already read and would like to share with your classmates, donate them to our library!

REMEMBER:

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Writing practice: Short Story Time!

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Dear all,

The final exam is due in a couple of weeks, and it will include a writing section…of course! In the writing part, you will be given the choice to choose one text type from a list. One of those options will be a short story; therefore, today we will work and practice on that.

Please, take a look at the following writing prompts and pick the one that you like the most!

  1. A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger.
  2. A taxi, an old enemy, and Valentine’s Day.
  3. Identical twins, a party invitation, and a locked closet.
  4. Aerobics, a secret diary, and something unpleasant under the bed.
  5. An ex-boyfriend, a pair of binoculars, and a good-luck charm.
  6. The first day of school, a love note, and a recipe with a significant mistake.
  7. A horoscope, makeup, and a missing tooth.
  8. At a Chinese restaurant, your character opens his fortune cookie and reads the following message: “Your life is in danger. Say nothing to anyone. You must leave the city immediately and never return. Repeat: say nothing.”…
  9. It’s your character’s first day at a new school. He or she wants to get a fresh start, develop a new identity. But in his or her homeroom, your character encounters a kid he or she knows from summer camp…
  10. Your character has to tell his parents that he’s getting a divorce. He knows his parents will take his wife’s side, and he is right…
  11. A man elbows your character in a crowd. After he is gone, she discovers her cell phone is too. She calls her own number, and the man answers. She explains that the cell phone has personal information on it and asks the man to send it back to her. He hangs up. Instead of going to the police, your character decides to take matters into her own hands…
  12. At a garage sale, your character buys an antique urn which she thinks will look nice decorating her bookcase. But when she gets home, she realizes there are someone’s ashes in it….

Remember that you need to include the three elements mentioned in the prompts!

Adjectives and adverbs!!

Looking for a good explanation on Adjectives and adverbs? Check this link out!!

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Here are some rules related to the use of Adjectives and Adverbs

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Grammar point: I wish…

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Dear students,

Today we’ll work on one specific grammar point: I wish…

The main use of ‘wish’ is to say that we would like things to be different from what they are, that we have regrets about the present situation.
  • I wish I was rich.
  • He wishes he lived in Paris.
Notice that the verb tense which follows ‘I wish‘ is ‘more in the past’ than the tense corresponding to its meaning. The following 3 ideas are regrets about the present situation but the main verb after wish is used in the past.
  • I wish I spoke Italian. (I don’t speak Italian)
  • I wish I had a big car. (I don’t have a big car)
  • I wish I was on a beach. (I’m in the office)
  • I wish it was the weekend. (It’s only Wednesday)
  • I’m too fat. I wish I was thin.
  • I never get invited to parties. I wish I got invited to parties.
  • It’s raining. I wish it wasn’t raining.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 

In more formal English, we use the subjunctive form ‘were’ and not ‘was’ after ‘wish’.