The Berlin Blockade, 1948-9

The consequences of the Berlin blockade were far reaching and were to dominate European politics for the next forty years. Pesident Truman was under no illusion that the Blockade had been a test of strength, designed by Stalin to see whether the West would resist and whether the USA would stand behind the Truman doctrine.

Due to the importance of the Blockade it’s important that we do not miss any of the elements that contributed to the crisis to finally be able to fully understand the impact of the crisis.

Below is a selection of the videos you provided that discuss the Crisis.

Using the material in your videos complete the chart and answer the question in the pdf below.

Superpower Relations – the Cold War – The Berlin Blockade

The Berlin Blockade – QUESTIONS

Visita a La Casa Rosada

Antes de realizar la visita a la Casa Rosada, nuestra profesora de cívica nos asigno una actividad grupal en la que debíamos preparar una presentación del edificio. Yo trabaje con Luz Esteban Marcos Okecki y Ramiro Aizpiri. Hablamos acerca del patrimonio histórico de la Casa Rosada, de los mandatos de los presidentes y sobre el primer presidente de la Nación Argentina. Esta es nuestra presentación:

Casa Rosada

Descripted Writing

      Descriptive Writing

 

Choose one of the following places and write a description about it. 200 words. Use the vocabulary studied in class.

      While I was walking on the green grass full of little yellowish flowers, I can see how the huge mountains surround the house which seems to lured people from the outside.

        Mountains are covered with old green trees. Also the summit of the mountains are all completely covered by white snow. The air became cold as you walk closer to mountains where it comes down because of the sun which shines on the frozen white snow. Moreover, from the ground it can also be seen the rocky mountain with a grayish color as all the set of highlands.

      

      However, the mansion is surrounded by the intensive and cloudless sky, the natural green trees and the mountains. The residence, is full of brown and gray colors, caused by the nature sensation that it is also combined with the different shades of green. The house makes you feel relax by the cold sensation of air that comes from the mountains.

 

Project Work: Poem

In the language class we have learnt how to write a description of a place and we have been writing several of them. We wrote the last description in pairs, and I worked with Trinidad Ines Porretti. We had to choose a picture of a touristic place of our city/neighbourhood and describe it. Then our literature teacher asked us to write a poem about the place we had picked for our description, which in our case was the Recoleta Cemetery. I wrote the poem with Trinidad Porretti and Juana Zufriategui. Here I leave the description and the poem:

       Located in the prestigious neighborhood of Recoleta, Buenos Aires lies the widely known Recoleta Cemetery. This cemetery is often characterized as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

       This eerie charming cemetery contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentinian government. The entrance to the cemetery is through neoclassical gates with huge columns. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.

            Nowadays, these mausoleums are still being used by rich families in Argentina that have their own vaults and keep their deceased there. While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into disrepair. Several can be found with broken glass and littered with rubbish. This contributes to the gloomy and phantasmagorical aura of this site. It’s antique architecture is beautiful, which is one of the reasons why the cemetery attracts so many visitors. Moreover, there is more to this place than it’s architecture. Beyond it’s walls there’s a big historical background with a huge significance.

       To conclude, the Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most important attractions offered in the city of Buenos Aires. Not only is it’s architecture fascinating, but also it’s history is tremendously appealing. If you visit Buenos Aires, you must visit the cemetery. I can assure you won’t regret it.            

Poem:

La Gallina Degollada: Audio

Carol Silva, nuestra profesora, nos asigno que adaptáramos un cuento a elección. Yo elegí “La Gallina Degollada” de Horacio Quiroga. Al hacer al trabajo individualmente, decidí grabar mi adaptación con la grabadora del celular y luego utilizar la herramienta “Soundcloud” para poder subir mi trabajo al blog. Este es mi trabajo, espero lo disfruten:

Trailer: El Principe De La Niebla

Carol Silva, nuestra profesora de lengua, nos asignó que creemos un trailer acerca de el libro que recientemente leimos en clase, “El Principe De La Niebla”. Para realizarlo, nos juntamos en grupos y utilizamos la herramienta “IMovie” y luego un editor de videos. Mi grupo es Olivia Obligado, Matias Ripoll y Juan Elia. Este es nuestro trabajo:

EL PRINCIPE DE LA NIEBLA TRAILER

Of Cricket and White Hair

Rohinton Mistry’s Of White Hairs and Cricket: Narration and Point of View

The short story ‘Of White Hairs and Cricket’ by Rohinton Mistry (b. 1952 – ) is one of the Firozsha Baag stories from his collection of short stories Tales from the Firozsha Baag  published 1987. It is an early work and evocatively captures what life was like growing up in a Parsi apartment complex in Mumbai, India (then known as Bombay).

In Of White Hairs and Cricket, I will be focusing on Mistry’s narrative strategy as far as type of narration and point of view.

The ‘official’ first-person narrator is a 14-year-old boy – the second son in a family consisting of the father, mother, maternal grandmother and two sons (Percy, a college student, and the narrator). Because the story is narrated in the first person, everything in the story, except the dialogue, is presented and filtered through the narrator’s point of view. This pattern of immature point of view (limited point of view) expressed in the register of a mature narrator occurs throughout the story.

The writer wants to show that the narrator-protagonist is maturing and beginning to assert an identity of his own while, simultaneously, expressing an understanding/realisation of the process of aging and mortality.

Task 1: Questions

  1. Explore this story as a story of coming of age (rite of passage). Especially focus on: unawareness to awareness.
  2. The boy has to come to terms with the passing of time and the loss involved. Focus: cricket matches and the boy’s dad.
  3. Later in the story, the boy starts to mature and changes his perspective of life. Focus on: infinitude vs finitude and fantasy vs reality.
  4. Explore the specular moment and the 2 epiphanies the boy has.
  5. Explore the significance of the title.

The following presentations will help you

Rite of Passage in the story

These 2 videos will also help you

 

Task 2: Essay writing: choose an option to write between 250 and 350 words

  1. How does the writer deal with the subject of mortality and acceptance of the pure reality in the story “Of White Hairs and Cricket”?
  2.  “Of White Hairs and Cricket” portrays the emotional difficulty of a young boy when he sees his father as a mortal being.
  3. Comment closely on how the writer of the story “Of White Hairs and Cricket” depicts the boy coming of age.
  4. Explore how the writer of “Of White hairs and Cricket” deals with the passing of time.