4ºESO How the West Was Won / As Long as Grass Grows

For this assignment I would like you to compare and contrast the text «How the West Was Won» from your textbook Headway (pp. 90-91) with «As long as grass grows» from the Howard Zinn book, A Young People’s History of the United StatesTry to point out any similarites and differences. Do you notice any connections? The length should be 300-400 words.

In addition I would like you to select and define 20 vocabulary words from the Zinn text. (In English).

Due date: May 5 through 9.

Good luck!


Extra credit assignment (1ºBch Oral English)

Read the short story «Marionettes, Inc.» by Ray Bradbury.


1) Find 30 words that are new to you and provide their definitions (as they are used in the story). Choose 10 verbs, 10 nouns, and 10 adjectives. Make it interesting (if possible)!

2) Write an essay commenting on the following themes as they relate to the story (400-500 words).

  • deception
  • fulfillment
  • selfishness
  • justice
  • human nature
  • technology
  • freedom

Good luck!


The three additional texts necessary for our next exam

Dear students,

Here is the list of the texts you need to read again for the next exam.  Some have been worked in class as listenings, so I am uploading them for you in writing.



a) The Selfish Jean.
b) The High Price of Abuse.
c) Segregation in the USA. (blog)
d) Progeria (blog)
e) The Origins of Words – The Latin Touch. (blog)
f) Daedalus and Icarus.
g) One language, one behaviour. (blog)
h) 100 Candles…

Segregation in the USA

The Origin of Words

una lengua, una conducta – translation

Climate Change (3º ESO)

First, read the article and listen to the story from NPR.


Next, write definitions for these words.

doom, gloom, dire, grim, hubris, drought, overwhelming, consensus, yield (crop yields), to starve, ingenuity

Then provide your own thoughtful answers to the following questions. Please write complete sentences and strive for clarity.

  1. Why did Mr. Tol refuse to put his name on the report?
  2. What did he disagree with?
  3. How does Mr. Field defend the report?
  4. In Field’s opinion, what are the dangers?
  5. How could hubris play a role in this situation?
  6. What do all of the scientists in this news story agree on?
  7. In your opinion, how clear is the message of this news story?
  8. Do you agree with the way it is reported? Do you agree with NPR’s coverage or do you think it’s biased?

This assignment should be no longer than a page (approx. 250-300 words). It will be due after Semana Santa but you can give it to me sooner if you want to.

Good luck!


Reported Speech 2º Bachillerato Josefina

Reported Speech

1. ‘I would like to go out for dinner’, Leah said to Brian.

2. ‘I left my books here yesterday’, David said.

3. ‘I can’t help you’, Anna said.

4. ‘Could you please order a taxi?’, Helen asked Jim.

5. ‘How much money have you got, Andrew?’, Paul said.

6. ‘Did anyone try to call an ambulance?, she asked.

7. ‘What have you prepared for our meeting?, she asked him.

8. ‘Which hotel do you think is best?’, she enquired.

9. ‘Are you going to work now?’, she wanted to know.

10. ‘Whose book is this?’, she enquired.

11. ‘Give me an answer soon, please’, the manager said.

12. ‘Put these clothes into the cupboard’, she said to me.

13. ‘Sit down and be quiet’, the teacher told the class.

14. ‘Where will you be next Sunday at four o’clock?’, he asked.

15. ‘Can you let me use your car, please?’, Jane asked her mother.

16. ‘How about going to see a film?’, she said.

17. ‘Would you like to join us for supper?’, we asked our guests.

18. ‘Let’s not make a decision right now’, Annette suggested.

19. ‘Have you ever visited the Louvre in Paris?’, he wanted to know.

20. ‘When did you start acting, Melissa?, Peter said.

21. ‘Can we leave tonight or tomorrow morning?’, she wondered.

22. ‘Please, let’s not argue any more’, he begged.

23. ‘We will also apply for a grant’, the volunteers added.

24. ‘Let’s order pizza instead of Chinese food’, Dan said.

25. ‘What’s the time?’, she said.

26. ‘I might come to the party’, Judy said.

27. ‘You shouldn’t play with matches’, the teacher told the pupil.

28. ‘Let’s go to see Blade Runner‘, David suggested

29. ‘The telephone bill must also be paid this month’, she added.

30. ‘How can we find out?’, Mary told us.

31. ‘Students have to hand in library books’, the librarian said.

32. ‘Who assassinated John F. Kennedy?, he asked.

33. ‘Let’s not fight over this!’, she said.

34. ‘My plane will arrive at seven o’clock tomorrow’, she told me.

35. ‘Let’s take a taxi!’, she said.

36. ‘Did you hear the news last night?’, he asked.

37. ‘Will you let me stay out late tonight?’, Andrew asked his mother.

38. ‘Where can we eat?’, Mary wanted to know.

39. ‘The castle will be closed to visitors tomorrow’, the guide said.

40. ‘I have to go out now’, Peter said to his mother.

As you know the best way to learn is to practise, so let’s practise.