Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Vocabulary

Here is a fun activity to revise some Christmas vocabulary.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Alice in Wonderland classic celebrates 150 years (video)

For 150 years, Alice in Wonderland has delighted and inspired generations of children and adults.

Task 1

Task 2 

Watch the video again and answer the questions.
  1. What was Charles Dodgson's job at the time when he created Alice's story?
  2. Who did he take on a cruise in 1862?
  3. What is the pen name he used when he published his book?
  4. When was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland published?
  5. What is the title of its sequel?
  6. When was it published?
  7. What sort of things can you find in Alice's shop in Oxford?
  8. Which characters didn't exist in the original manuscript?
  9. How do some literary critics explain the timeless attraction of Alice's story?

Task 3

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Monday, November 23, 2015

The incredible history of China's terracotta warriors (worksheet)

Here is a worksheet based on the TED-Ed video about the incredible history of China's terracotta warriors. It contains a True/False exercise, a set of comprehension questions and a vocabulary exercise (crossword puzzle). Answer Key included. 

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

The incredible history of China's terracotta warriors (TED-Ed video)

The Terracotta Army is a part of a massive burial tomb built for Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China.


Task 1

Watch the video and answer the following questions.
  1. When was the terracotta army discovered?
  2. How many clay soldiers were found in the underground chambers surrounding the emperor's tomb?
  3. How old was Ying Zheng when he came to power?
  4. How did he become the first emperor of China?
  5. How many years did he reign over China?
  6. What were his most important accomplishments?
  7. Why did he spend his last years searching for the elixir of life?
  8. Besides the terracotta soldiers, what other figurines were found in the underground necropolis?
  9. How many laborers worked on the project according to archaeologists?
  10. What features make each statue unique? 
  11. Why hasn't the emperor's tomb been excavated yet?
  12. What is the emperor's tomb thought to contain? 

Task 2

Task 3