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Writing a portfolio

One of the activities that I liked the most is the one we were able to write what we were tired of. Following the structure of Ali Smith´s poem, in which she expresses many of the things she is tired of, we were able to construct something similar, using the same anaphora. I really learned with this activity, I was able to truly express myself and put into words some of the many things I am tired of. I really enjoyed how we worked all together. Although the writing was individual, putting all the work in one presentation strengthened the meaning of the writing.

I think I consider this activity as one of the most enriching of the year not only because I put my best effort but because of the moment we did that activity. I was not so tired as regards school and restrictions as I am now, which is why I was able to fully concentrate and learn. Apart from my concentration I was also able to focus just on expressing myself rather than focusing on my writing, something I sometimes find difficult. If I had to do this activity all over again I think I would continue writing a little bit more, just to experience how far my thoughts and tiredness can go.

I find these kind of activities really interesting, I learn a lot. Although I find it really important to develop other abilities, I think that combining writing with expression is wonderful. Sometimes while writing we concentrate just on grammar, plot or reaching the number of words, and having this space in which the only condition was to write our feelings was great too. I believe that, for future tasks, I should work as I did with this activity. I should find a good balance between writing skills and letting my mind express itself. I think I should also organise a little bit better, because that is the way to prevent stressing myself. These are my objectives.

These types of activities are really helpful, and a great way to learn. I really enjoy them and hope to work on something similar in the future. This year was totally different in comparison to what we expected, which is why these tasks have an extra meaning. 

Literary periods

The literary periods I found more interesting were the Romantic Period, the Modern period and the Postmodern period. These three periods include well-known and important authors that wrote in different moments of history.

I am really interested in reading stories, poems or novels written in the Romantic period, mainly because of the ideas and characteristics expressed in these writings. Authors began to convey their emotions and imagination, also mixing them with nature and beauty, which resulted in masterpieces that are not only incredible for reading but also for analyising its full meaning. The authors of this period still remain in history, Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe as clear examples, whose words inspired and were read by many generations. I would really like to investigate about authors of this period and how their lives influenced their writing. Moreover, I find the Modern period really interesting too, because of these new ideas and aspects that were included in writings, as feminism, political reality and enlightenment. This period involved both World Wars, two events that changed the world completely and of course writing too. I would really like to read more about authors like Virginia Woolf, who got involved in crucial topics like feminism and society. Finally, the postmodern period is the most recent one, and includes authors that I know better. I find interesting this contrast that can be established between old writings and the ones in this last period, and how authors tackled different topics and from different perspectives and context. I would like to investigate more about the Victorian Period too, and its connection with the other periods I mentions, mainly with the Romantic period.

Responsibility task – Lang. and Lit.

  • How would you define a responsible person?

I would define a responsible person as someone committed to complete the tasks and works assigned on time and putting effort on it. Moreover, I consider that being responsible includes accepting the consequences and acknowledging when mistakes have been made. Responsible people tend to be very organised.

  • Are you a responsible person? Why or why not? Give examples of people you know in your personal life or in the public domain who are responsible. How do these individuals support your definition?

I consider myself a responsible person, as I am able to organise myself to complete tasks on time. I don’t like having anything pending, I usually try to complete my work with enough time. However, I sometimes find difficult to accept mistakes and correct them, which is why I am not totally responsible in that way. I believe my mother is an example of a responsible person. She is very organised and likes to complete tasks and work with a lot of anticipation, she never has anything pending. People always trust her when talking about work matters. 

  • How does one learn to become a responsible person? Who are the “teachers” and where do we find them in our lives?

I don’t know if there is a formula to become a responsible person. I think commitment is needed, and being able to get organised and to listen partners and teachers. In different stages of life it will be fundamental to become responsible if the objective is succeeding, which is why it depends on each person the way of learning how to become responsible. However, there are different people that can guide or help us. I think that these teachers I am talking about are not only the ones we find at school or university, but also every people in our lives which guide and push us to become more responsible and better everyday. I consider that we can find teachers in different aspects of our life, and even we can be teachers too if we are responsible and we find partners struggling to get there. 

  • Is being responsible a character trait that you value a lot?
    Why or why not?

I really value being responsible, as it is a big step needed to be successful. Being responsible involves organisation, commitment and effort, which are key characteristics for us to achieve our goals, not only in our jobs, school or career, but also in our daily life.  

  • The Golden Rule is “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” What does this statement mean? Can you think of a situation in your own life in which you used this statement as the guiding principle for the action that you took? If “yes,” explain.

The Golden Rule means that we should treat others the way we would like others to treat us. Although I cannot remember a particular situation in which I used this principle, I have known this principle since I am little, as my family and teachers always repeated it. This statement is very useful in many aspects of our lives, and definitely no matter our age. We should always respect, tolerate and treat others the way we like to be respected, tolerated and treated. We should always take this statement into consideration when we are interacting or discussing with others. It is a principle I usually remember of, and that is very important for everyone to follow. 

Connectors and linkers


I sometimes find difficult to notice when should I include connectors while writing essays or texts. Besides, I get confused where in the sentence to place contrast connectors, such as despite. I usually use the same result and conclusion connectors, so I would like to learn more variety to use in my writings.


Causes and Effects of Uncontrolled Urbanization

If you are an urban dweller, you may know the real meaning of urbanization.  1. …However…, this does not always indicate your sufficient insight in the “uncontrolled urbanization”  topic too. To form a causal chain, it is right to say that more jobs, more services in the urban side and absence of land in the countryside force people to migrate to larger cities which brings about uncontrolled urbanization. 2…As a consequence.., some problems arise such as unemployment,inadequacy of infrastructure/services and some environmentally unwanted events as well as unpleasant demographic incidents.


3…Firstly….., it is a good point to dig up the reasons for people to come to larger cities. First of all, by all accounts, cities are perceived to offer a wide variety of job opportunities on the grounds that there are very different branches of  businesses in cities. Inasmuch as unemployment level is hugely high in the rural areas and the work is only about farming in contrast to countless business sectors in chief cities, more and more people choose searching for their chances in the metropolis.


4…Then…., comes another significant reason: There are better services in cities. As a matter of fact, transportation is extremely developed so as to make use of time efficiently. Medical services are supported with the latest technological improvements, there are unbelievably modern hospitals. 5…Besides…, education is taken into account seriously. There are very high-quality schools with excellent teachers, teaching with up-to-date techniques. None of these can be found in the rural areas, at this stage.


6…Among…. factors causing migration to big cities, there is a strong push factor stemming from absence of enough land. It would be very hard and useless to cultivate the land if it is too small to make an agricultural production. One important thing triggers this incident increasingly during the last years; namely, division of land. To explain, in the rural areas when someone dies, the inheritance would usually be the land. 7…Therefore…, the land is divided into many parts due to the fact that in the countryside it is common to have lots of children and they all have rights to take one part of the inherited land. 8…However.., what they get are useless small lands rather than a gigantic land which is capable of making a great deal of agricultural production itself. The inability to do the only thing, farming, again brings about migration to big cities with the hopes of making money.


As mentioned earlier, all these facts and figures necessitate uncontrolled urbanization, in the midst of the causal chain. 9……On the other hand…, what are the side effects and drawbacks of this growth?



Quiz :


Picture poem – eportfolio 5

                      Our teacher, Pat, proposed an activity in which we had to create our own poem. The activity consisted of many steps to be able to finally produce our own poem. Firstly, we had to choose a picture that we had taken. Then, we had to look at the picture and write 5 nouns, 5 verbs and 5 adjectives that came to our minds when looking at the photo. The third step was to choose 2 literary devices (metaphor, simile, symbol, personification…) and think of them while looking at the picture. Finally, taking into account that we had to include all the words and the literary devices, we started writing our own poem, which had to be based on the photo but did not have any other condition. While writing, we had some minutes in which we read our poems to a classmate and shared questions and feedback. I chose a picture of a landscape, whose main focus was a blue sky with some clouds scattered along it. 

                      The activity was really enjoyable, mainly because we were free to write the way and with the structure we wanted (respecting that it was a poem and not a story). I was able to reflect upon the picture and let my hands write whatever came to my mind with just looking at the picture. I really loved the idea about this work being totally individual as it would have been difficult to perform this activity in pairs. In pairs, we would not have been able to completely reflect and choose a picture that we both had something to transmit. However, I loved the fact that we had a moment for feedback and questions with a classmate. I believe this activity invited us to reflect and think a lot, using elements we had learnt in literature the previous years.  It was a completely different activity to the ones we usually perform at school, which is why it was also really fun and entertained us a lot. 

                    As we did this activity, I directly thought of an activity we did last year on Language class with Pilar Pando. The activity was in groups, and each one had to focus on a different task. Our group (Tomas Braun, Sofia Mele an I)  had to write a poem based on Malala Yousafzai´s dreams (as we were reading the book about her life). I immediately connected these two activities as in both processes the final product was the same. I remember that for that poem we had to focus on facts and look for the most important words, ideas and feelings we wanted to transmit about Malala´s dreams. In this activity, we also focused on a range of verbs, nouns, adjectives and literary devices we wanted to include. Although Malala´s poem was in groups and this one was individual, the fact that in this activity we had the opportunity to receive help and ideas from a partner was also helpful.

                     I also thought about another poem we had to write last year on Literature, where I worked with Anouk Laferrere and we wrote about Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. While connecting this three activities, I reflected on how by three completely different processes and tasks we reached the same final product in all three cases. 


Picture poem:


Malala´s dreams poem:


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes poem

«Where art lives»

Near the core,

the flow of burgeoning dwellers

beholds an emblem of artistic heritage.


Antique structure,

walls used to conceal

the hollow pumping of drainage,

Like the lub-dub of a heart.


But now filled,

embracing the modern art

of the once colonizers,

and the once colonized.


Alluring beauty of art

maintained with passion and thrust,

Shall reflect awe,

and impression in your view.

“A complaint” groupwork – E-portfolio 4

          To start this last term, we worked on an group activity which consisted in choosing a poem and be able to give information about the author, movement in which he participated (e.g; romanticism) and finally analysing the poem itself. All this information had to then be included in a presentation and uploaded to the blog. My group was conformed by Trinidad Porretti, Sofia Mele and I, and we worked on William Wordsworth’s poem “A complaint”. While investigating about the author, we discovered how he was one of the founders of english romanticism and how this, and other aspects of his life, influenced in his writing. Analysing the poem gave us a deeper understanding and permitted us to connect this activity with other topics, and aspects of our lives, as the poem tackles the theme of love. The presentation also had to include an explanation of the title, which we were able to easily understand, and a drawing summarizing the poem (or one for each stanza). Here is our presentation;


          Thanks to this activity, I was able to reflect on this method of learning, and how helpful it is. I think one of the reasons that explain how well I understood the poem is group work. I was really able to discuss and look up information with my teammates and learn from their point of views about the poem. I believe that, although individual work is also important, group work is helpful when analysing stories or poems as it offers us a much deeper analysis with different ideas and perceptions. In this case, we were able to connect our thoughts and the three of us were able to learn from each other.  Also, having to place all the information in a presentation really helped me to visualize all the work we had done in a more organized and appealing way, making it more easy to retain the information. A presentation forces you to reduce and summarize the information as much as possible, something that is hard sometimes. 


          I was able to connect this poem with many aspects of our everyday life. Sometimes, we experience situations which make us feel that we are totally broken and that we will not be able to recover. This can be something simple or something extreme. We many times wonder why things happened, and continue thinking over and over the same thing instead of trying to move on. This idea of thinking that the world is going to end is what the voice transmits in the poem as a consequence of losing his beloved. While doing this activity, I also thought about another poem we had read last year, “She was a phantom of delight”, which was also written by William Wordsworth. This poem narrates three moments in the relationship between the lyrical voice and the woman he/she refers to in the poem: the moment when they first met, how they got to know each other better, and the occurrences that took place after their marriage. The voice expresses, throughout the poem, how much he loved her; In the first stanza describing her as a spiritual, pure and perfect character, and, in the last stanza, finally accepting she was more an earthly woman than spirit. The whole poem describes how much the voice is in love and admires his beloved. I was able to connect it to “A complaint”, written by the same author, as something similar occurs. Being left by his beloved made the voice´s heart become completely broken, he felt emotionally poor, as he deeply and madly loved her. This shows how William Wordsworth tackles this idea of love and relationships in more than one poem.  

E-portfolio 3 — “The Lady in the looking glass”

          The activity I enjoyed the most was reading and discussing “The Lady in the looking glass”. We dedicated several classes to the reading, as to fully understand and reflect on the story. Firstly, we contextualized the story and period by investigating about the author, Virginia Woolf. Then, the first step when reading was focusing on symbols of the first two pages. We identified the symbols of the flowers mentioned when describing the garden on the text, which mostly symbolized innocence, but without realizing the connection between the symbols and the story. Also, according to the pages read, we described the protagonist, Isabella, with the information revealed by the text. The next class, we finished reading and, after analyzing and talking throughout the reading, we were able to fully understand the story, and deeply reflect on it. Throughout metaphors, comparisons, symbols and a powerful epiphany portrayed by the object of the mirror, we were able to understand the complete contrast between the inner and outer self of the protagonist, depicted by the inside and outside of the house. This invited us to reflect on this story easily. 

           “The Lady in the looking glass” describes the story of Isabella, who shows herself as a cheerful girl, full of friends and with a really great life. This part of herself is portrayed in the story with the description of the outside of the house, a garden full of colorful and gorgeous flowers and with no imperfections. However, Isabella’s real self is nothing as the garden. She is dead alive, and feels empty. Her life is sad, and messy, just as the inside of her house. This permits to establish a constant parallelism between the house and Isabella, where the outside and the inside matches with the inner and outer self of the protagonist. I was able to reflect through this method of learning, as the story invites us to perform this reflection upon ourselves. This is possible as “The Lady in the looking glass” ends with a moral; “people should never leave a looking glass in their rooms”. This invites readers, and made me reflect upon this phrase. The symbolism of the looking glass is reflecting the universe and our real selves, so by leaving a looking glass we should be conscious and prepared that the truth will come to light. This story, and especially the role of the mirror on it, made me reflect on how, although I try to always show happy, I still have a dark side with sad or obscure thoughts, as well as a part of me that is full of questions and doubts. By reflecting on this, I understood that although people usually show their outer self, their “colorful garden”, we all have an unrevealed side, our messy and disorganized part, that we sometimes keep just inside of us, and is not revealed, at least until we find ourselves in a moment of revelation, were everything comes to light. 

          Throughout this activity I was not only able to reflect upon myself or connect it to people’s inside and outside, but also to today’s reality. Many people are not able to truly express who they are, because of social pressures, or just because it is too harsh to accept it. Many people’s dark side is bigger than others, and it can not be solved if it just stays in the inside just as Isabella. While performing this activity, I could think about two Ted talks I had previously watched. One was about a woman who expresses how she hid her true self for so many years, until she finally realized and accepted who she really was.. At the end of the talk she says; “My biggest obstacles I would ever have to overcome are my own fears and insecurities. I believe that by facing my fears inside I will be able to change reality outside.” These last sentences made me find a really intimate connection between Isabella and Morgana Bailey from the ted talk, as they both showed themselves in a way they were not, and finally their true selves came to light. I believe that in different lengths every human is scared about facing their own fears, which is why I really thought about this ted talk while doing this activity. I was also able to connect this work with another talk I have watched, which was performed by a model who expresses how aspect is no guarantee that you are going to get everything you want in life, no matter how beautiful or happy other people perceive you, you can still be very insecure or empty. In “The lady in the looking glass”, readers at the beginning thought Isabella was really happy and fulfilled, as she supposedly received letters from friends, was rich and people admired her. However, we then realise that although she superficially showed herself this way, she was dead alive. This ted talk, in a less extreme way, transmits the idea that having money, being beautiful or being admired by people does not mean you are complete on the inside, and explore how “image is powerful, but also superficial”, just as in “The lady in the looking glass”.