Monday, November 13, 2017

Post 10: Your Blogging Experience

Write about your experience using blogs in the English class.

- What you think about the experience in general
- How much you feel your writing skills have developed
- What you would like to include in the future
- What else you would like to write about

Word count: 200 words

Make comments on 3 of your classmates' posts.

Post 9: A band / singer I like

I don't really have only one favorite singer or band, but if I had to talk about one, I think, I'd choose U2, basically because they have remained popular through the years, being faithful to their own personal style. Well, since it is not my one and only favorite band, I've got no recollection of particular information about them. I know that they are Irish and that they started their musical career during the 80's. I do remember the first U2 song I heard, it was 'In the name of love' which is a pretty good song, just like many of their songs. The only U2 album I didn't like was 'Zooropa', the ones I liked the most were 'Achtung Baby' and 'Rattle and Hum'. I also like their humanitarian work and that they got involved into the political world. They have a voice in this society and they use it on behalf of those who are never heard. I think that being good in what you do in life is not enough – that's like an expensive book nobody wants to read – but being a good person is more important. That's why I like U2.

Now, what about you? Say.........
- Who your favorite singer or band is
- What you know about him/her/them
- What type of music they play
- Why you like this artist/band
- What your favorite song is. Why?
- Publish a picture or video

- Word Count: 190 words

Monday, November 6, 2017

Post 8: A Subject you've enjoyed studying this semester

Well, English Literature was my favorite subject when I was a university student. I have always liked reading and my literature teacher, Mister Parada, made it even more fun. Every class was a complete discovery, a quest in which the books were an open window to a complete new world. The fascinating aspect of that class was that Mister Parada made us comprehend the meaning behind every setting or character. In his classes, he also showed us the relation between the story in the book and the historical moment in which the book was written. It was absolutely captivating. Attending his classes meant time really worth spending. 

Write about your favorite subject this term. Among others, include:

- Name
- Describe what you do in classes
- Mention the main contents you have seen
- Explain why you like the subject

- Word Count: 180 words
- Make comments on 3 of your classmates' posts

Post 7: An Expert on my field

I can't say that I admire someone because I don't. What I feel is respect for certain people who have shown greatness. One of those people is my former university teacher Mister Jorge Olivares Cantuarias. Little can I say about his life. I know he is married and has two children, a daughter and a son. He retired and when I learned about it I could only feel lucky for being one of those who had the chance to be one of his students. The reason I mention this particular teacher is because he has been an inspiration for my everyday teaching. Not only did he show me what a devoted teacher should be like but also he taught me that no matter how much a teacher knows, what really counts is how you pass that information to your students..........There is a countless number of people in this world who think about themselves as genius but who have never been able to pass their knowledge with real love and care...........
-Who she/he is (short biography)
-What she/he has done. (examples of their work)
-Why you like her/him.
-Include his/her image

Word Count: 170 words
Add comments to at least 3 of your classmates’ blogs

Monday, October 30, 2017

Post 6: My favorite Festivity

Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the month Kislev (from a lunar calendar), so every year it starts on a different day. It usually coincides with late November or late December on the Gregorian calendar. It has a historical origin which is the liberation of the Jewish Temple after being seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers. A group of rebels known as the Maccabees recovered the Temple and locked themselves in until the invaders were gone. They decided to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah (which is a special candelabrum) for eight days. The problem was that there was oil left for only one day but they lit the menorah anyway. To their surprise the oil lasted for eight full days. That’s the miracle which is celebrated at Hanukkah. So now, at present time, a special menorah is lit for eight days, one candle on the first night, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit. Even though, this is not a very important religious festivity, I like it because for me it symbolizes hope. Every day we encounter miracles but we just call them coincidence, and you can call me na├»ve but I do believe miracles happen and that’s why when I celebrate Hanukkah I put all my heart and soul doing it and with every prayer I thank G’d for giving me the privilege to light another candle and pray for my family.  

-What your favorite Festivity is
-When it is celebrated
-What the origin of this festivity
-What activities you do for this festivity
-Why you like it

Word Count: 160 words

Don't forget to comment on at least 3 of your classmates' posts

Monday, October 23, 2017

Post 5: A photograph (its story)

I’m not sure if this is a real photograph but if I have to pick an image this one is the one I like. I’ve got no idea who took or created it or when but beyond those details I think that the importance here is what it represents, “Planet Earth”, or being more colloquial “HOME”. That’s why I like it. It is a beautiful representation of our planet floating in the vast universe. This fact always keeps me thinking about the insignificance of our existence and yet the enormous importance that this tiny particle of cosmic dust has for the humankind. From my point of view, this idea is overwhelming, and makes me incapable to comprehend that men give so much importance to irrelevant things such as what color your skin is, what religion you profess, or even worse which football team you support. To make the picture worse, people even kill for these reasons. I think that if people took just some fleeting seconds every day to think about the situation we are in the universe, they would probably look back, and for sure, see how stupidly they have been behaving……….what a shame, don’t you think? :D

Write about a photograph you like.
- Who took it
- What it shows
- When it was taken
- Why you like it
- Upload it too
- Include any other information you'd like to mention.

 Word count: at least 150 words.
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Monday, October 2, 2017

Post 4: My Best Friend

I think there is a very shallow use of the word friend. For me, for example, it is a big thing considering someone my friend, and probably that’s why I usually say I have very few friends. One of them is a friend I met when I was studying at the university. Her name is Yanet. She is some years older than me and she is very wise. She is also an English teacher and we graduated the same year. She has been married to ‘her flaco’ for many years. She’s got three sons, now grown up young men. We have been friends for many years and even though we don’t see each other very often, because we live in different cities, we always try to keep in touch and see what’s going on in each other’s lives. I really appreciate her friendship. She is a really good person and I feel lucky that I have got to meet her. This is the kind of person that makes you think that there is still hope for kindness in this world…….

Now it’s your turn. Write about your best friend.
-Who your best friend is
-Where and when you met him/her
-How long you have been friends
-Why you consider him/her your best friend
-What the best memory you have with him/her is

Word Count: 140 words

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