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2018 Teacher activities April -Cambridge English Teacher Newsletter_num45

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Celebrating World Book Day!
This week we will be celebrating World Book Day with a fun activity where students will read the blurbs of various books and match them to their correct genre. This exercise includes a vocabulary challenge, a reading activity and a creative-thinking task.

It is perfect for teachers working with B1 and B2 Upper-Primary and Secondary school students.

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2018 Teacher activities April -Cambridge English Teacher Newsletter_num45

  1. 1. 1 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 Celebrating World Book Day This week we will be celebrating World Book Day with a fun activity where students will read the blurbs of various books and match them to their correct genre. This exercise includes a vocabulary challenge, a reading activity and a creative-thinking task. It is perfect for teachers working with B1 and B2 Primary and Secondary school students.
  2. 2. 2 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 READING Read the book blurbs1 and choose the correct genre from the table below: Historical fiction Horror Crime/Mystery Thriller Fantasy Science Fiction Biography Romance 1. Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister. A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same again. 2. It’s 2307 and Planet Earth is being swallowed by the sea – experts predict that humanity has ten years before the last pieces of land disappear beneath a threatening and rapidly expanding ocean. A group of young NASA professionals have developed the technology to produce a spaceship which can travel at 600,000 km/h and are willing to risk their lives to explore the universe in search of a new, habitable planet. What they find will be closer than they imagine and go beyond their wildest dreams – but can they get to Earth on time and save humanity? 3. Olivia’s life is apparently normal until the day she meets Axel, who has moved to the suburbs from busy Chicago where he had been growing up. Despite the fact that he is an outsider at school, she quickly befriends him. A musically talented and secretive boy, Olivia knows no-one like him. However, one night, she discovers a secret about her new friend’s past which may become dangerous if she doesn’t decide to ask someone for help… She suddenly faces an impossible decision: protecting her friend and getting involved in a threatening mission, or giving Axel’s secret away and losing one of the most important people in her life. 4. Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure allowed only for boys. Her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. 5. A personal account written about Hollywood's most gracious star is a portrayal that truly captures the woman who captured our hearts… With the insights of family and friends who had never before spoken to a biographer, as well as never before published photographs, this is an in-depth portrait of 1 Blurbs have been adapted from www.goodreads.com
  3. 3. 3 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 the actress, from her childhood in World War II Europe, through her legendary career, and into her UN ambassadorship. 6. 18th -century Wales is a divided nation, always at the mercy of England's ruthless, power-hungry King John. Then Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, secures an uneasy truce with England by marrying the English king's beloved daughter, Joanna. Reluctant to wed her father's bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales. But as John's attentions turn again and again to conquering Wales - and Llewelyn - Joanna must decide to which of these powerful men she owes her loyalty and love. 7. Harriet Vanger, a member of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden suddenly disappears during a big family reunion. Forty years later, her eighty-year-old uncle is determined to know the truth about what happened to her. He hires journalist Mikael Blomkvist to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance. Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old genius detective assists Blomkvist with the investigation. 8. Jerry can't wait to explore the dark, spooky old cave he found down by the beach. Then the other kids tell him a story. A story about a ghost who is three hundred years old. A ghost who comes out when the moon is full. A ghost... who lives deep inside the cave! Jerry knows that it's just another silly made-up ghost story… Isn't it? Match the blurbs above to the title of the book – there are two blurbs which are from books that don’t exist. Can you identify them and create your own titles? A. “Audrey Hepburn” by Barry Paris. B. “Alanna: the first adventure”, by Tamora Pierce. C. “Here be Dragons”, by Sharon Penman. D. “The girl with the dragon tattoo”, by Stieg Larsson. E. “A walk to remember”, by Nicholas Sparks. F. “Ghost Beach” by R.L.Stein.
  4. 4. 4 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 VOCABULARY CHALLENGE Match the word to its correct definition2 : 1. Fall for someone A. When something goes into your mouth, through your throat and into your stomach 2. Ask someone out B. To want something very much 3. To mingle C. To be more than sth 4. A twist of fate D. To tell somebody’s secret 5. Swallow E. A sudden and complete change 6. Beyond F. Cruel 7. Outsider G. Not willing to do something 8. Give away a secret H. To take possession of foreign land 9. To crave I. To ask someone to go with you somewhere socially because you are attracted to him/her 10. To yearn J. To pay someone to do a particular job 11. To switch K. To start to love someone 12. Account L. Scary 13. Insight M. Ridiculous or not serious 14. Ruthless N. A deep understanding of something 15. Reluctant O. Something that happens by chance 16. Conquer P. A description of something 17. Determined Q. Wanting something and not allowing anyone to stop you 18. To hire R. To wish very strongly, especially for something that you cannot have 19. Spooky S. A person who feels different from the rest of the group 20. Silly T. To mix 2 Definitions have been adapted from the Cambridge dictionary: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/
  5. 5. 5 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 READING COMPREHENSION Read the blurbs on pages 2-3 again and decide which book is about… 1. A man looking for answers after a family tragedy which happened many years ago? 2. A boy who doesn’t believe the scary stories his friends tell him? 3. The life of a beloved actress? 4. A woman who must decide between two men she loves? 5. A mission to save the world? 6. A girl who decides to change her fate? 7. A young boy who falls in love with someone he never would have expected to be attracted to? 8. A friendship which may put someone in danger?
  6. 6. 6 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 ANSWERS: 1. Romance – “A walk to remember”, by Nicholas Sparks. 2. Science Fiction – this book doesn’t exist. Children can use their own creativity and invent a possible title. 3. Thriller – another blurb which doesn’t belong to a real book. Ask your students to give their own suggestions for title. 4. Fantasy – “Alanna: The First Adventure”, by Tamora Pierce. 5. Biography – “Audrey Hepburn” by Barry Paris. 6. Historical Fiction – “Here be Dragons” by Sharon Penman. 7. Crime / Mystery – “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”, by Stieg Larsson. 8. Horror – Goosebumps #22, “Ghost Beach” by R.L.Stein. Fall for someone To start to love someone Ask someone out To ask someone to go with you somewhere socially because you are attracted to him/her To mingle To mix A twist of fate Something that happens by chance Swallow When something goes into your mouth, through your throat and into your stomach To go beyond sth To be more than something Outsider A person who feels different and stays away from the rest of the group Give away a secret To tell somebody’s secret To crave To want something very much To yearn To wish very strongly, especially for something that you cannot have To switch A sudden and complete change Account A description of something Insight A deep understanding of something Ruthless Cruel Reluctant Not willing to do something Conquer To take possession of foreign land Determined Wanting something and not allowing anyone to stop you To hire To pay someone to do a particular job Spooky Scary Silly Ridiculous or not serious
  7. 7. 7 Enseñamos Juntos Nº45 April 2018 A man looking for answers after a family tragedy which happened many years ago? Blurb 7. A boy who doesn’t believe the scary stories his friends tell him? Blurb 8. The life of a beloved actress? Blurb 5. A woman who must decide between two men she loves? Blurb 6. A mission to save the world? Blurb 2. A girl who decides to change her fate? Blurb 4. A young boy who falls in love with someone he never would have expected to be attracted to? 1. A friendship which may put someone in danger? Blurb 3.

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