Writing on “The Gold Cadillac”

Writing task n2: Write a diary entry based on ‘The Gold Cadillac’ from mom’s point of view. Remember she is well aware of danger/segregation in the south. You should reflect Mom’s concerns.

 

Diary Entry:

Dear Diary,

I am very nervous and frustrated. I am having more tense situations with William than the usual. We are constantly disagreeing. The worst part of it, is that I’m the only one who is aware of the consequences that those problems caused. William does not get a thing.

To start with the issues, William drove our humble family near bankrupt as he spent our savings ìn a new Gold Cadillac. I just do not get it. We used to have a Mercury that worked perfectly good. It was not even a year old! Now our opportunity to live in a new and comfortable house is gone.

Yesterday, he told me he was going to Mississippi to visit his parents. Is he crazy? It would be more safety to put a loaded gun to his head than going to the South, where discrimination against black people remains. White people hate us due to the fact of just being coloured. If my husband goes to that racist area, he would be dead by the following day. Every two weeks, at least 5 Lynch’s took place. I can’t allow William going to the South in such an expensive car by his own. It’s too risky. If he goes, we are all going then, because the most important thing in life is to maintain our family together.  

Racism in the 1950s and in the 1960s

In our language class, Pilar gave as a task which consisted in looking up  information about the racism and the discrimination towards black people during the 1950s and the 1960s. Afterwards we had to make a timeline in groups. I did mine with Lola Argento and Victoria Landolfo.

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Crime Report

Our language teacher gave us a task. We had to choose a crime report and wrote a summary about it. After that, we had to highlight the passive contractions and we also had to explain three terms connected with the crime. [Article]

Summary:

A teenager called Monique King and two men called Bynes and Gates killed an actor called “Merlin Santana”. King told her accomplices, that the actor had made sexual advances towards her. So when Santana and his friend were getting in the car, one of the men shot Santana in his head as he sat in the passenger seat. His friend drove off and flagged down a police car. Santana died at the scene. The ones who committed the crime were sentenced for a long time.

Vocabulary:

  • seek (sought): to go in search
  • acquit: to decide officially in a law court that someone is notguilty of a particular crime
  • lesser: Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things
  • schedule: a  time table, A list of times of departures and arrivals
  • to flag down: to wave at (a car etc) in order to make it stop

Passive contractions:

  • “A teenage girl was found guilty”
  • “King (…) is scheduled to be sentenced April 20″
  • “He was sentenced last week to 23 years in prison”
  • “Damien Andre Gates was convicted of first-degree murder (…)”

The Abyssinian Crisis – 1936

The next conflict we will focus on now, is the Abyssinian Crisis.

As we did with the Manchurian Crisis, we will work on recorded evidence and in this case, we will be able to listen to witnesses of the event and their impressions on what happened.

Questions:

  • WHAT WAS THE ITALIAN EMPIRE LIKE BY 1930?

The Italian empire was insignificant compared with other powerful empires succh as Britain and France

  • HOW DID SENATOR GIORGIO PISANO EXPLAIN ITALY’S ATTITUDE FOR CONQUEST?

Senator Giorgio Pisano couldn’t understand why they shouldn’t conquer Ethiopia, while England and France were conquering the middle East, India and others places of the world.

  • WHAT IS ABYSSINIA TODAY? WHAT WAS THE SITUATION BY 1930?

Abyssinia today is Ethiopia, by 1930 she was very poor, she was going backwards and she practiced slavery.

  • WHAT EXCUSE DID MUSSOLINI HAVE TO CONQUER ABYSSINIA?

Mussolini’s excuse to conquer Abyssinia was that he needed raw materials and land because of the fact that the population was incrising.

  • WHAT WAS THE ROLE OF FRANCE AND GREAT BRITAIN IN ITALY’S INVASION?

Before beginning his expansion into Ethiopia, Mussolini asked  Britain and France for their permission. On the hand hand, France accepted, but on the other hand, Britain was ambigous.

  • WHAT EVIDENCE DOES MUSSOLINI’S DAUGHTER PROVIDE?

Mussolini’s daughter told everyone that they were going to Ethiopia. She asked McDonald, who was the prime minister at that time, if the English would go to war (that was her main concern). He answered “no”. So she asked if they were going to take any action. And the prime minister respond “ofcourse, but we won’t make war”

  • WHAT DID YOUNG SOLDIERS BELIEVE WAS THEIR DUTY TOWARDS ITALY?

Young soldiers believed their duty was to unificate Italy and to make it greater

  • WHAT WAS CONTROVERSIAL ABOUT THE USE OF POISON GAS BY THE ITALIANS?

Mussolini, seven years before he made a secret treaty improving the use of Poison Gas, had not only renounced to it, but it had also called it uncivilized.

  • WHAT DID THE LEAGUE DECIDE TO DO? HOW EFFECTIVE WERE THOSE MEASURES?

The League decided to impose limited sanctions to Mussolini’s actions, however, those  weren’t military’s. So Italy conquered Abyssinia, so those measures weren’t efective.

  • HOW DID ORDINARY PEOPLE REACTION TO SANCTIONS?

Ordinary people believed the sanctions were unfair and that they were an obstacle for Italy to recover.

Essay S1 and S2: Passion

In our literature class we had to write an essay about the poem “Passion” by Kathleen Raine with students from Senior 1. I wrote mine with Anouk Laferrer. [task]

As you can see, the essay is divided in two colours. The blues sentences are written by Anouk and the green ones by me.

 

“An Inspector Calls” questions

Today, in our literature class, my group and me answered the questions (15 to 20) from the book “An Inspector Calls”. My group are Sybilla Correa Perkins, Elena Persic, Flor Claps and me. Here is our poster and the ones of my classmates!

Questions 1 to 5 Martina Ibarbia, Rosario Vago & Rosario Segura

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Questions 3 to 7 Federika Marty & Silvestre Braun

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Questions 6 to 10 Victoria Landolfo, Lola Argento & Ines Galmarini

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Questions 12 to 17 María Roggero, Milagros Montanelli & Margarita Muller

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Questions 15 to 20 My group

A New Design

Questions 19 to 23 Ignacio Maestro, Benjaím Mayol, Jerónimo Leguizamon & Santiago Blasco

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Questions 24 to 27 Fransisco Lusso & Otto Kreutser

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My Favourite Holiday Photo

Our Writing&Oral teacher, Dani Barra, gave us a task. We have to chose our favourite photo from our last summer and made a presentation and a writing based on a guide of questions. Here is my homework!

Presentation:

 

Writing: