South Africa and Portugal

Blogging allows you to travel around the world, interact with other people, other cultures. 

1.Let’s visit Eugene Brown’s blog from South Africa and learn more about that country. 

2. Answer this survey on Eugene’s post.




Write a post that shares some of your favourite places in your country. 

In your post, include information that people from other countries might not know.  What is there to see and to do? Why is it a special place? Try to write at least three paragraphs.

Add a gallery with your own photos or from PHOTOS FOR CLASS. You can use ADOBE SPARK and make a video with your photos.


Write a post on some fun facts about your country.

In your post, include links to where you researched and a gallery of photos.

Activity 2:

Visit at least 3 blogs from countries other than your own. Look for the students’ blogs. Leave a comment on a post at each blog to ask them questions about their country. Don’t forget to leave the URL address of your blog!

Mr. Grieve’s Class Blog, New Zealand

Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog, USA

Mrs. Jan Smith’s Class Blog, Canada

Mrs. Flannery’s Class Blog, Australia

4Below leave a comment saying which blogs you have visited.

Example: Today I left comments on Chase’s Blog from Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog and on Arielle’s Blog from Mrs. Jan Smith’s Class Blog.

What are my favourite places in Portugal? Let’s find out!

Portugal – Some of my Favourite Places to Visit




Porto, in the North of Portugal, is one of my favourite cities. It’s a soulful romantic city spreading along the banks of the river Douro. The golden shimmer of the river and the dark melancholic tinge of the old buildings in the higgledy-piggledy city centre are part of its undeniable charm.

From the sky-high miradouros (lookouts) we can lay eyes on a turmoil of tumbledown rooftops, churches, bell towers and beautiful old buildings. Once in a while you can catch a glimpse of the famous Portuguese azulejos (hand painted tiles) decorating local architecture.

Down below, there’s the constant presence of the river and the lively food markets and alleys weaving along the famous Ribeira. Here you can watch the sunset while savouring an aged tawny port and tasting the best Portuguese cuisine. On the other side of the river, in Vila Nova de Gaia,  you can visit the most famous Port wine cellars, learn about its production and … (the best part!) you can taste its different varieties. 

The charismatic locals, the tripeiros,  are friendly and warm-hearted and well-known for the frequent use of colourful curses mingled with their everyday language.

If you ever come to Portugal, don’t forget to visit this wonderful city. You won’t regret it!

This gallery was made with photos I took in December 2014.


Sintra is a picturesque town set among the hills of Serra de Sintra, not very far away from Lisbon, our capital city. It’s one of the most charming and loveliest places I’ve ever seen. It’s full of exquisite palaces, historic buildings, gorgeous gardens and parks. The whole place embodies the Romantic ideal.The scenery is amazing and the lush green natural sights will rest your mind and feed your soul.

In 1995 UNESCO decided to inscribe the Cultural Landscape of Sintra on the World Heritage list.

While strolling through Sintra you’ll find several magical places like Quinta da Regaleira. It’s a spiritual place, an exotic park with palace-like buildings, winding lanes, turrets with breath-taking views, strange recesses, beautiful lakes. Throughout the park you’ll find amazing details, references to the ideals and initiation rituals of the Masons, to the Portuguese mythological and esoteric traditions.

I’m not a photo person. I have to force myself to take photos. So while writing this post I realized that when I go to Sintra I don’t feel the need to take photos. I couldn’t find any. The way I feel the place can’t be captured in images. Fortunately PHOTOS FOR CLASS provided me with excellent photos. CLICK on the galleries of photos so that you can fully appreciate each photo with attribution.

If you’re curious about these places and/or about Portugal, leave some questions below. We will gladly answer them!

Family and Feelings

To warm up let’s watch Family Guy meets The Simpsons, two of the most famous families on Earth!


1. You’re going to read the short story Scarlett. Before you get to know the real Scarlett, let’s be creative and imagine her profile and her life. Who is she? What is she like?



2. Now read and listen to the short story Scarlett by Chris Rose. 

3.Do all the interactive exercises.

4. Answer these questions in your notebook.

Scarlett – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

5. Do these interactive LISTENING EXERCISES.

Family Traits

Who do you resemble in your family?

Family Routine

Is your family common or unique?

6. Now read the short story Finding Freedom.



7. Answer this survey on the story.



8. Have a look at these questions now. Answer all the questions in the COMMENT AREA below (FIRST NAME ONLY).



9. How can you talk about your feelings in English? Here are some tips to help you!


10. Now it’s your turn. Create a SWAY presentation or an ADOBE SPARK video. Give general information about you (first name, age, hobbies, likes, interests, dislikes, physical description, personality, family, special facts about you …). Don’t forget to answer the questions above about your feelings (When do you feel free? What makes you happy?What makes you sad/angry?). Give your resource a title ( e.g. ALL ABOUT ME or SOME FACTS ABOUT ME or any other original title).

Have a look at this tutorial on how to create an ADOBE SPARK video.


Check out this video on my summer holidays made with ADOBE SPARK.

Here’s  a tutorial on SWAY.

If you know how to use other interesting tools such as POWTOON or PREZI feel free to do so! You can choose the tool you would like to use!

Writing Quality Comments

Now that you know how to make quality comments let’s travel around the world and visit other blogs.

  1. Visit the blogs of the students who left comments on your posts. Comment on one or two posts, end with one or two questions and leave the URL address of your blog.

  2. Each week you’ll have to visit at least 2 or 3 blogs, choose an interesting post and leave a meaningful comment. Don’t forget to leave the URL address of your blog! To do that you have to use the following HTML code:

<a href=”LINK”>TITLE</a>


<a href=””>My Blog</a>


Here are the class blogs you HAVE TO VISIT:

Mr. Grieve’s Class Blog from New Zealand

Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog from the USA

Mrs. Jan Smith’s Class Blog from Canada

Look for the students’ blogs and comment on their posts. LEAVE SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR SCHOOL, INTERESTS, HOMETOWN, COUNTRY …

      3. Below leave a comment saying which blogs you have visited. Example: Today I left comments on Chase’s Blog from Mrs. Kriese’s Class Blog and on Arielle’s Blog from Mrs. Jan Smith’s Class Blog.



BLUE Piyushgiri Revagar via Compfight

Using Images, Music, Videos and Sound Effects

Let’s learn how to use IMAGES, SOUND, MUSIC and VIDEOS on blogs.

Have a look at the information here on HOW TO BE A RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL CITIZEN.

Here are the tasks for this week.

A.Add a post to your blog with the title Holidays: Time of Freedom. Write about:

  1. the most memorable moment/event of your summer holidays (give reasons)
  2. the worst day (explain why)
  3. the people you met last summer
  4. the people you spent most time with
  5. what you did together
  6. what you would like to do in summer in the future (be imaginative)

Be CREATIVE and write an INTERESTING text!


B. Add a gallery of photos to your text. Use your own photos or upload photos from PHOTOS FOR CLASS.


  1. Click on ADD MEDIA.
  2. UPLOAD files (your photos or photos from PHOTOS FOR CLASS).
  3. Click on MEDIA LIBRARY (you should see the photos you’ve uploaded).
  4. Click on CREATE GALLERY.
  5. Click on the photos you want to select them.
  7. Choose SIZE (MEDIUM or LARGE).
  8. Choose STYLE.
  9. Click on INSERT INTO POST.



C. 1.Now look at this photo from COMPFIGHT and listen to this sound effect. 

 Ajar. Pete via Compfight

Free sound effect from FREE SOUND EFFECTS.COM


The door opened and there it was…


2. Continue and write a short story (80/100 words)

  • What is ‘IT’?

  • Where was the door?

  • What are you doing there?

  • What happened next?