Bookworms. I don't even like the word. Still, it applies to me - I have been one as far back as I can remember and I cannot imagine life otherwise. The truth is that very few things match the pleasure of a good book and the joys, the knowledge it gives you. Don't tell me you don't have time to read. Don't tell me book lovers hide in books and forget to live; comfortable with second-hand experiences. Book lovers live a thousand lives, they write a thousand books, they travel in time and space. Book lovers are scary. They know so much, they have seen the depths of human souls, they have seen the light and touched the darkness, they have an understanding of things other people will never have.

"A good book should leave you slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it."
William Styron

Saturday, 15 November 2014

SOS (Save our sons) by Benjamin Zephaniah

Short video on Zephaniah's poem. The images used portray racism in the past to show that while some things might have changed, much remains the same.

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

The students presented the writer giving particular relevance to her TED talk on the dangers of a single story and created a short video based on that single story idea.

The refugees by Benjamin Zephaniah

The video is part of a larger work project which involved a role play and a story about a parallel universe, but the poem is there recorded by the students and illustrated using pictures from the Internet.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Poetry month

And here's the result of all the work students from class 10B at Emídio Garcia Secondary School in Bragança did during poetry month. Apart from everything that can be seen in the posts below there were oral presentations in class where students had to show their work, explain their options and discuss the poems they had been working on. It was hard work but it was also worth it and they did a great job. Congratulations, class!

Poetry month at Emídio Garcia on PhotoPeach