Tuesday, 27 December 2011

How to Digitalise Your Story

After we read a story, you will do one of the tasks written below: You can use the suggested tools or one of your favourite tools.
Be creative!
1. Prepare a talk show, interviewing with one or more characters from the story you are reading.
2. Summarize the story and create glogs.
3. Direct the movie of the story. Choose the cast, soundtrack, venue, etc and write a brief note to the producer why you have chosen those actors/actresses, venue, etc.
4. Organise a trip to the place where the story takes place.
5. Summarize the story by creating a comic or an animation by using online tools.
6. Create a trailer for the movie of the story.
7. Adapt the story to 21st century.
8. Analyse one of the characters and write a list ’10 things I want to do before I die’ for their character and in the end of the list, you should persuade the teacher and the classmates that the character would really like to do those things.
9. Choose one of the characters and write about his/her life 10 years from the ending of the story.
10. Create a quiz on the story.You have to include vocabulary questions, comprehension questions, discussion questions, etc
11.  Write a 5 sentence summary of the story and create a glog, poster with illustrations or magazine cut-outs.

You can use:

Monday, 5 December 2011

Christmas and New Year Challenge

Choose one of your favourite tool and create....

  • How is Christmas celebrated in your country? In your school? In your house/family? Share your world with us so we might know you a bit better. :)
    If you're not too keen on writing just create a video with pictures and short sentences. You can use Animoto, Flixtime, or moviemaker to do this. If you want to take a less techy approach you can always use PowerPoint, and then upload your presentation to SlideShare or SlideRocket. Again, it's all up to you.
  • Write a Christmas or a New Year's eve story to fill our hears with joy and happiness.
  • Create a presentation on how christmas is celebrated in 2 different countries. You might use GoAnimate, Prezi, Fotobabble, moviemaker or any other tool any tool you want. Just dazzle us with your creativity.
  • Create a Christmas compilation album. Glogster will be very useful.
  • Help us with Christmas shopping and prepare a list with gift ideas for different age groups.
  • Christmas is a time to watch movies together with family. Tell us 5 popular Christmas movies. give your reason and persuade us to buy these DVDs.
  • Help us to cook for Christmas. We would like to know 5 traditional Christmas foods and please add one of the recipes.
  • You all know Christmas stories, such as Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens or The Gift of Magi by O'Henry, etc. Choose one of the Christmas stories that you like and write a review for your friends.
  • Prepare a picture dictionary with Christmas vocabulary.
  • Prepare a word game or a puzzle.
  • Write your New Year's resolutions
  • Create an online greeting card, write your own message on it.
  • Write a Christmas poem

New Year

Write your New Year's Resolutions
How do you celebrate New Year? Describe it.
Write A New Year poem
Create a New Year Story.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Telling Stories

Have you ever told stories to a kid, friend?
Do you know how to tell stories?

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Vocabulary Presentations

You are going to prepare a short presentation to revise some vocabulary you learned in unit 3. Choose 10 words and prepare a word poster with definitions, sample sentences and illustrations. You can use glogster, powerpoint or just an A4 size paper.
Here is an example for you:

Personality adjectives

Here are some execises to practise the vocabulary we learned today

a href="http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=2941">Personality adjectives, by papuch
Find this and other adjectives exercises in English Exercises .org

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Topkapi Palace

The school's project club is trying to get ready for hosting our guests in May. We will take the guest students to some historical places. You think that Topkapi Museum should  be visited. Your teacher told you that you must prepare a presentation to persuade the project comittee to include Topkapi Palace trip in the programme. Answering the following questions and using some visuals prepare your presentation.

1. Where is the palace situated?
2. Which other historical places are near Topkapi palace?
3. How much is the enterance fee? Is it open everyday?
4. When was the palace built?
5. Why was Topkapi Palace important in the history?
6. When was the palace converted into a museum? Why?
7. What are the sections that a visitor must see?
8. Where do you arrive when you walk through the Imperial Gate? and how do you feel when you walk there?
9. What is Enderun?
10. Where is the flower garden and the marble terrace with a pool?
11. Which sections you enjoyed visiting most?
12. Why should we take our guests there?

Good Luck!

Thanks for all the hard work, I loved your presentations.

A friend is someone who ....

Unit 3 will be very enjoyable. We will talk and write about friendship, relationships, etc

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


Here is your homework for Friday, 14th October:

Choose 10 words from the poster and do one of the following tasks
a) create a crossword puzzle
b) write a paragraph ( a 50 word story)
c) vocabulary quiz ( sentences/ fill in the gaps)

Wordle: unit 2 reading Turn up the music

What's your song? A Project

It is time to start unit 2 and here comes my favourite challenge.

You are going to prepare a compilation album. Choose 5 songs that you think they represent you. Tell me why you have chosen them.
For more inspiration, check what your friends had done in previous years:


I'm looking forward to listening to your songs.

Web 2.0 tools for your presentations and homework

You can use the following tools to create your digital homework and presentations.

glogster to create posters, summaries, reviews, etc
animoto to create online video shows, summaries,etc
photobucket to create video shows, summaries, etc
fakebook to create an imaginary profile pages for one of the characters from the story.
goanimate to create animations
bookr to summaries, character analysis,
The Newspaper Clipping Generator
Prezi using this very cool zooming presentation tool, you can create anything for the story.
Youblisher Make your pdf documents flippable and quickly loading
Letterpop to create eye-popping newsletters, presentations, summaries, reviews, etc.
BigHugeLabs many ideas to create a digital story using a photo.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Machu Picchu

Now we know more about Machu Picchu.

A wonderful first glog from Aris

Aleks created another one

Sintiya's poster

Narod's glog

Kami's poster

Revising Present Simple Tense, Create the 5th season

Alex's 5th Season

Narod's 5th season

Welcome Aboard

This is the 2nd year of this blog with 10 Foreign Language Department students. I hope it will be a very fruitful year.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Your Stories

Our Stories, 10 FLD Writing Project

Click to read:


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Intro Presentations

Unit 14

By Karolin Kalustyan

Our Projects

OK, you presented your projects and they were great and now I'm adding them here for our archive.

Click on literature and find out how cleverly this group presented their project.

They had a problem and a solution but the prezi for their history is amazing.
Congratulations! You deserve a big applause:)
BTW: here I'm adding the Prezi as well

GoAnimate.com: Abstract Art by murat333

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Unit 12 Vocabulary

Choose some of the words from unit 12 and create a slide show, power point or a crossword puzzle

Murat's beautiful slide show on photopeach http://photopeach.com/album/tjclau?invitecode=3a3e0c8274

Murat Vural's crossword puzzle

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Tools for your projects

Instead of power point, your students can use the followings to present their projects.
A blog
A wiki
For slide shows:
Photo editors
Create animations

Monday, 7 February 2011

Reading Challenge

Here is your challenge. Read About a Boy, level 4 and do the following tasks:

A cartoon with GoAnimate by Murat Ç
GoAnimate.com: About A Boy(Message) by murat333

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

More from Murat Çakır

From Selin

Jaklin's pp summary

Melisa Erşen and Natali Çakır created

Word cloud made with WordItOut

Natali Çakır's glog

Janet's poster

Melisa Merkezoğlu shared this glog

Another word cloud

Word cloud made with WordItOut

Karolin's wonderful poster

Karolin's power point

Karolin's word clouds.

Natali Turaç and her power point

Monday, 17 January 2011

Far From the Madding Crowd

We finally finished reading Far From The Madding Crowd. Now it's time to write about it. Go to the comments of this post and answer these questions.

1. Describe Bathsheba, Gabriel and Sergeant Troy.
2. According to Gabriel, what is Bathsheba's fault in the first chapter?
3. Why does Bathsheba reject Gabriel's proposal?
4. How does Boldwood fall in love with Bathsheba?
5. What do you think about Bathsheba?
6. How does the story end?
7. Do you think Bathsheba and gabriel will be happy? Why or Why not?
8. Thomas Hardy used the title to tell us that life is not always peaceful and quiet in the countyside. What do you think? 
9. What do you think about this novel? Will you recommend it to your friends?
10. Did you learn anything from the book?

Now time to start reading About a Boy by Nick Hornby

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

My Grandparents and yours

Our etwinning task:

 Answer the following questions.

  1. Do you live together? If not where do they live?
  2. When do you visit your grandparents? weekends or weekdays?
  3. What do you usually do when you come together?
  4. Are your grandparents still alive?  
  5. What did they do to earn their living?
  6. Are they still working?
  7. Do you want to live with your grandparents? Why or why not?
  8. Do you have a fun memory with your grandparent?
  9. Did they have any economical problems?
  10. Have they ever been abroad?
  11. When did they get married?
  12. Did they go to school? 
  13. Do you remember a summer holiday spent with your grandparents?
  14. Have they ever discussed their problems with you?
  15. What did they do before they got married?
  16. What were your grandparents feelings when you were born?
  17. Have you ever stayed with your grandparents? If you stayed, how did you spend the day?
  18. Whose meals do you like best? your mothers or your grandmothers? why? 
  19. What was trendy when they were young?

Deadline for this task: January, 21st 2011

Karolin, Selin and Bianka you can log in the etwinning site clicking on the link below