Monday, March 27, 2006

The Pit and the Pendulum - Part 3

In the last part, the prisoner had the brilliant idea of rubbing spiced meat onto the rope.

  • Did the prisoner's plan work?

  • How did he feel? Try to use some strong, powerful adjectives to define his mood. Access
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  • What happened in the end of this 3rd part? What do you think will be the storyteller's next move?

  • I'm dying to see your imaginative speculations in the "comment" area!

    Wait for more next class.


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    Wednesday, March 22, 2006

    The Pit and the Pendulum - Part 2

    The story goes on a crescendo .

    What's going to happen next? We hold our breath, expecting for the outcome. And then? We want to read more to know what will happen...

    Do you have the same feeling?

    Well, in this part of the story, the prisoner is describing the moment when he woke up and looked up at the ceiling. He says "Time also had a long, sharp scythe. Every living thing is killed by time".

  • What does he mean by that? Is the author also talking about our own lives? Do you feel the same?

  • Why did the prisoner rub spiced meat onto the rope that was around his body? What will happen next?

  • I'm anxiously waiting for your wonderful ideas in the "comment area".


    Wednesday, March 15, 2006

    The Pit and the Pendulum - Part 1

    The first part of our short story a man is completely lost. He is lost in time, has no idea where he is or what had happened.

    Focus on the story

    What do you think had happened to him before? Why was he in court?
    How did the man feel? Why?
    What do you think will happen next?

    Focus on the language

    Definition of a pit
    Did you learn any new word that you found interesting?

    Well, I am really curious to see your ideas about this great story! Write them in the "comment area".

    See you.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2006

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe is "one the greatest and unhappiest of American poets, a master of the horror tale, and the patron saint of the detective story."

    This month, we'll have a reading project and we'll start with the great American mystery and horror writer. First, let's get to know a little bit of this great author's life. Please, read his biography (choose one of the links below). (online Dictionary)

    In the comment area, write your opinion about Edgar Allan Poe.

    Did he have a happy life? Why/why not?
    What called your attention in his biography?
    Do you think an author needs to suffer a lot to write well?

    Let's share our ideas and learn even more. I hope to see lots of comments and ideas here!


    Look how deep and dark Edgar Allan Poe was ...


    From childhood's hour I have not been
    As others were---I have not seen
    As others saw---I could not bring
    My passions from a common spring.
    From the same source
    I have not taken
    My sorrow; I could not awaken
    My heart to joy at the same tone;
    And all I lov'd, I loved alone.
    Then---in my childhood---in the dawn
    Of a most stormy life---was drawn
    From ev'ry depth of good and ill
    The mystery which binds me still:
    From the torrent, or the fountain,
    From the red cliff of the mountain,
    From the sun that 'round me roll'd
    In its autumn tint of gold---
    From the lightning in the sky
    As it pass'd me flying by---
    From the thunder and the storm,
    And the cloud that took the form
    (When the rest of Heaven was blue)
    Of a demon in my view.