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English Reading and Writing

Read, write and enjoy the journey! Share your thoughts! Think out of the box! Be kind! Do I make mistakes? That's ok. I'm learning and this is a long and great journey!

English Reading and Writing

Read, write and enjoy the journey! Share your thoughts! Think out of the box! Be kind! Do I make mistakes? That's ok. I'm learning and this is a long and great journey!

ERW1_2018/19- Sessão 2 . Challenge 4. Reading and Writing

Now, a bit longer reading activities.

I would like you to read (and if you want, complete the tasks - they are worthy) a couple of short stories. 


My choice first:


Start with this one: The pink bow tie by Paul Jennings. Enjoy!

I really like it. After reading it, share your thoughts on it.

Don't read your classmates' comments before reading the story! :) 

Writing task: What would you do if you had the Age Rager? 



Choose another short story from the same website, and after reading it share your thoughts on it (summarise it first, without spoiling the end, and share your thoughts).  


That's it for this week!

Yes, really!

Enjoy and keep reading and writing!    






ERW1_2018/19- Sessão 2 . Challenge 3. Writing

Challenge 3.

This one focusing on writing using the resources available at the same previous website from the British council.

The website suggests many good writing essays.

Try to complete this one. I know it looks boring (who wants to read a web tool review? :D)  but I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do. It is well-written, gives many good tips for writing, and you can also take a look at the tool itself! :) You can also get inspired and write one too about another different web tool! You choose! Do the tasks as well!  

I have been in love with the web tool Mentimeter since I was in Birmingham at Newman University for International Staff Week. Do you know it? And I still like Wordle! Do you know word clouds, aka visual summaries? 


Choose another topic to write about from the British Council page! And share your experience / thoughts. Would you recommend it? 








ERW1_2018/19- Sessão 2 . Challenge 2. Reading - level 2

Now Challenge 2.


First, I would like you to read a couple of articles from the teenagers' version of the same website by the British Council.

Read these ones: 

The right mindset 

How to be happy 

Two Remarkable people

Did you enjoy them? Did you find them easy or challenging to understand?

Other thoughts?



Then, choose another one to read and then share your thoughts on it with us. Remember to summarise it first very quickly (title, main topic, reason for choosing it) and then your thoughts on it.   



Another challenge using this same website. It is a grammar challenge.  Click here to complete the level test. I think it is a very interesting exercise because besides choosing the answer you need to think to what extent you are sure or not of your answer. In my opinion, the self-assessment part is very relevant, namely for us, teachers. Do you agree?

Do the test first and and then share your experience!




ERW1_2018/19- Sessão 2 . Challenge 1. Reading - level 1

Hello you all!

I hope you're enjoying our first sessions together. 

For this week I've prepared some "challenges" as I like to call them. 

We are going to focus more and more on reading and writing. But remember to improve your English skills, checking meanings, new words, grammar points, and so on. 

Saying that, let's move on to our first reading/ challenge for this session:



Go to the British Council - Learn English website for kids and read a couple of articles. Since this week many families are celebrating Hanukkah I ask you to read this article (click here) and write your comments on it first. Then write a draft version for a similar article on your own religion or spiritual belief. 


Finally, choose another article from the same website and share your thoughts on it. Was it useful? Inspiring? Boring? Would you recommend it? 


3,2,1 Go! 

Second challenge on the next post! "See" you there!






ERW1_2018/19- Session 1 . Challenge 7 - Improve your language skills

During this first module I encourage you to improve your level of English. Be aware of your weaknesses and try to transform them into strengths.

Complete this task for example to see if you need grammar revisions. And then this one.   Explore the website, challenge yourself and follow your own needs. If you need help or have questions, share them here in the comment section and / or email me. 

Don't feel ashamed of not knowing everything, nobody does! And you are doing something about it, aren't you? So, be proud and keep going!


And laugh!     I love the 17th! :D 


P.S. That is it for this week. Enjoy! 

ERW1_2018/19- Session 1 . Challenge 6 - Writing 6.2. The SuperPowers of Writing :)

Finally, I kindly ask you to read this article "As easy as ABC" (it is just the title but it is easy indeed to understand  :) by Jim Pollard and this one by Joanna Penn  about the powers of writing.

How often do you write? What do you write?  Any therapeutic or/and creative writing? How do you feel when writing?

You may take a look at your list on writing from previous Challenge.


I used to write a lot when I was younger, mostly my diary/ journal, and I still write when I am experiencing a challenging moment. It helps me expose my feelings, free my thinking and overcome whatever I am going through.  

Please share your thoughts in the comment section and interact with each other in a respecful and curious manner. 




ERW1_2018/19- Session 1 . Challenge 6 - Writing 6.1. Types, tips and stages.

Now our last challenge for this week: about writing.

Please read first this short article   about different writing styles. Do you agree? Would you add any other styles? 

When writing an essay, what are your rules/ stages for writing? 

After answering this question, read this article by Thomas Hills. 


Now, let's move on to writing in a foreign language, like in English for example: What other tips of advice would you add to the list? 

When writing in English, what stages do you follow? 

Write them down as a list and share them! And let's see if we can create one great final list together.




P.S.: By the way, do you know the P-O-W-E-R technique? Can you guess what it may be? 






ERW1_2018/19- Session 1 . Challenge 5.2. The Rights of the Reader by Pennac

Please now that you have read and hopefully thought about and discussed Daniel Pennac's first pages take a look at his Rights of the Reader in this beautiful poster. 

Thoughts? Do they cause any discomfort?

They can be quite provocative for us teachers/ parents, don't you think? 

Who is going to print out the poster? 

I am!

Yes, again! :)



and yes, I'm still "making you read" whatever that means :D for this course... But it is a relevant discussion don't you think?

ERW1_ 2018/19 - Session 1 - Challenge 5.1 - Rights of the Reader I

Have you ever heard about the Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac (Comme un roman)?

It is an amazing book. I find his rights of the Reader truly provocative and inspiring!

Please read the first pages available online as pdf of the following book. It is in website. You can google it or just go to our Moodle page. 

Please feel free to skim (you know skimming right? from our previous challenge), so feel free to skim through the foreword by Quentin Blake. Then "read" carefully the drawings and the first pages of the book (the whole pdf itself, in fact). 

How do you feel? 

Share your emotions, thoughts, questions in the comment section. 




ERW1_2018/2019- Session 1 - Challenge 4 - Types of Reading

Now that you have already written about your last ten things that you have written, I want you to read this article by Maija MacLeod about types of reading.

Any thoughts? 

Taking into account the list shared in Challenge 1 about Reading, what kinds of reading have you mostly done lately?

What type(s) of reading is your favourite? What types of reading do we use in our classrooms? 


Share your thoughts in the comment section and feel free to interact with each other.



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