essay tips summary

Today, 3/4, in literature we watched a video about how you should write an essay. The video showed us some tips that were very useful and so now, im going to make a summary of the advices this man gave us.

Before starting to write an essay you should make a plan that includes important things you will talk about. This will help you to not forget anything and make mistakes. After making the plan you should start with the introduction. There, you can include your main idea and it should be short and understandable. In addition to that, you should also check that your paragraphing is clear for the reader and that your points and ideas are backed with evidence, and the best way of doing that is by writing short and intresting quotes from the text. Other important tips for writing and essay are to make sure that the question is answered and that your style and way of writing is formal and precise. As well as that, you should also be creative and try to use original and different opinions than other people. Finally, you must end with a conclusion. There, you will also write your main idea answering the question more directly.

Literary terms 20/3

Today 20/3 with Pia we worked with two quizes of literary terms. These are the quizes: and

On the first quiz i got 88% and on the second quiz i got 12/15

After making the quizes we had to make this activity:

Literary terms to choose from:


Fill in the blanks: The object of this exercise is to match the word with the definition provided.

1 flashback is a literary device that allows writers to show their audience specific events that happened before the current action of the story.
genre is a category system that literature falls into based on specific conventions that develop to characterize the differences.
3 Irony can be verbal, situational, or dramatic and has the result of the meaning, situation or action being one thing but meaning something different.
4 parody is a type of literary work that satirizes another work, its author, or the ideas presented.
satire is a type of literary device where an author ridicules specific people, groups or some aspect of society.
6 Setting is where a story takes place.
7 Sonnet is a type of poem that has a specific rhyme and meter.
8 Subplot is a minor story that runs inside the main story.
9 symbol is a concrete or physical object that represents an abstract concept.
10 Tone is how the writer feels about his subject that comes through based upon the types of words chosen.
11 is how the reader feels about the story.
12 Theme is an abstraction that represents the central idea of the story.
13 Narrator tells the story either in the first, second or third person point of view.
14 climax is the most exciting part of a story where all of the main conflict comes together.
15 Allusion is an intentional reference to another literary work or piece of art that the reader should understand in order to make connections.
16 foreshadowing is when the author hints at actions that will come in the future.
17 onamatopeia is a word that describes words that represent sounds.
18  is a comparison of two different things to make them more alike.
19 personification is when authors give human traits to animals or some other lifeless object.
20 Refrain is repetition of sounds or words to form a pattern.
21 imagery is a writer’s vivid description that help readers visualize.

There Will Come Soft Rains

  • “There will come soft rains”

1The house was programmed to clean, cook and talk. For example, the house makes breakfast on its own “ in the kitchen the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh and ejected from its warm interior eight pieces of perfectly browned toast, eight eggs sunny side up, sixteen slices of bacon, two coffees and two cool glasses of milk” , can sing the date and time “tock-tock, seven o’clock, time to get u, time to get up, seven o’clock” and it can also clean itself.

2. The house was programed to protect the family from natures dangers but technology, that is human made, kills humanity. At the end nature is the one who finally kills technology. This means that nature is more powerful than men and everything they create.

3 I can learn that the society in this story takes advantage of technology, and that they use technology for things that are not necessary. They spent their money in technology and not on things that can help to take care of our world. Also the society in this story is lazy and can’t do anything by themselves.

4 The dog who entered the house was part of the family. He was very thin and covered in sores because he had survived the nuclear war and used to be domesticated so, when his family died he was without love, without food and without water. The dog remains stayed there for like an hour and then, when it was time to clean, the house throws it out like he was rubbish.

5I believe that 2:35 the parents of this family had a relaxing time. They would play with cards, eat some sandwiches, drink some martinis and listen to music. At 4:30 the baby’s room will get prepared . “The nursery walls glowed, animals took shape” The house entertains the baby before nap time

6 “And frogs in the pools singing at night” auditory and visual images “the bath filled with clear hot water” visual and tactile images

7 I believe there was a nuclear bomb. The west face of the house was black because of the radiation and the silhouettes are from the family members who lived on the house and died because of the nuclear bomb.

8 The house is personified because the writer wants to show us that the house, technology, is superior than us. The fire is also personified “the fire was clever” “the fire backed off” It is personified to show us that nature is more powerful and will outlives us like technology.

9 This poem says that although human dies the circle of nature will continue and nature would never care about the existence of humans. «And not one will know of the war, not one will care at last when it is done. Not one would mind , either bird nor tree if mankind perished utterly”

10 At the end of the story the house dies. Bradbury tries to warn us from ourselves. Humans caused the disappearance of lots of animals, air pollution, global warming and lots of others thing. Humanity is guilty for his own bad ending, and nor nature or technology will care about us

Elizabeth Jennings, Modernism and Post modernism

Today, 16/04 we worked with our devices and wrote about elizabeth jennings’s life. After that we did some research about the main characteristics if modernism and postmodernism.


Task 1)

Elizabeth Jennings:


Elizabeth Joan Jennings was born july 18, 1936 Boston Lincolnshire, England and died in October 26, 2001. She was an English poet whose works relate intensely personal matters in plainspoken, traditional and objective style. Her father was a respected Chief Medical Officer who moved the family to Oxford when she was six years old. That’s when she discovered poetry while attending the Oxford high school.
she studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, and worked in advertising at the City library and publishing before she became a full-time writer.


Task 2)

Main characteristics of:




-The radical disruption of linear flow of narrative

-Modernists explored individual consciousness rather than narrative the focus was introspective

-Modernists made language central to artistics exploration

-there was a focus on the individual and his alienation and confusion




-Postmodern literature moves away from absolute truths

-Race, gender, class and power are all social constructs

-Truth and error are synonyms

-Traditional authority is false and corrupt




Language in Modernism is Idiosyncratic and in Post-modernism it is simple.

Modernism rejects realism whilst postmodernism is ambivalent towards realism.

· In Modernism, Literature is self-contained but in Post-modernism, it’s open and intertextual.

· Language in Modernism is Idiosyncratic and in Post-modernism it is simple.

· Modernism focuses on the writer but  Post-modernism focuses on the reader.

Watching for dolphins

Today in class we read Watching For Dolphins by David Constantine, we annalized it and finally we made a chart.

Watching for dolphins by David Constantine: (POEM)

In the summer months on every crossing to Piraeus

One noticed that certain passengers soon rose

From seats in the packed saloon and with serious

Looks and no acknowledgement of a common purpose

Passed forward through the small door into the bows

To watch for dolphins. One saw them lose

Every other wish. Even the lovers

Turned their desires on the sea, and a fat man

Hung with equipment to photograph the occasion

Stared like a saint, through sad bi-focals; others,

Hopeless themselves, looked to the children for they

Would see dolphins if anyone would. Day after day

Or on their last opportunity all gazed

Undecided whether a flat calm were favourable

Or a sea the sun and the wind between them raised

To a likeness of dolphins. Were gulls a sign, that fell

Screeching from the sky or over an unremarkable place

Sat in a silent school? Every face

After its character implored the sea.

All, unaccustomed, wanted epiphany,

Praying the sky would clang and the abused Aegean

Reverberate with cymbal, gong and drum.

We could not imagine more prayer, and had they then

On the waves, on the climax of our longing come

Smiling, snub-nosed, domed like satyrs, oh

We should have laughed and lifted the children up

Stranger to stranger, pointing how with a leap

They left their element, three or four times, centred

On grace, and heavily and warm re-entered,

Looping the keel. We should have felt them go

Further and further into the deep parts. But soon

We were among the great tankers, under their chains

In black water. We had not seen the dolphins

But woke, blinking. Eyes cast down

With no admission of disappointment the company

Dispersed and prepared to land in the city.

Resultado de imagen para DOLPHINS


CONTEXT: Watching for dolphins is a poem in wich people are hoping to see dolphins

VOICE: The voice is someone who is in that boat waiting to watch the dolphins

THEME: This poem is trying to tell us that we do not control nature.

TONE: In this poem there is a changing tone, at first exitment, hope and at the end sadness and dissapointment.

TECHNIQUES: Simile: «stared like a saint». metaphor: » but soon we were among the great tankers, under their chains in black water» and epiphany

PERSONAL OPINION: I really liked the poem but it is relly sad. In my opinion i also think it is really relatable, i believe that because in life, we pass throught a lot of dissapointments and this poem is an example.

David Constantine reading Whatching for dolphins.