Wednesday, 10 July 2013

SUMMER ACTIVITIES 2 - YA FICTION & MOVIES


Young Adult (often abbreviated as YA) Fiction  or Literature is fiction written for adolescents or young adults.   It is a very popular genre nowadays, read and appreciated  by many adult readers.  Several YA books have successfully been adapted  for the screen:  Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, Hunger Games. There are a few new films coming out soon following the popularity of the books. Are you looking forward to any of them? However,  remember, it is always better to read the books before watching the movie. You risk being disappointed of course,  but ... who would read a book already knowing what happens from start to end? Strange as it is, I would do it, I wouldn't  mind spoilers if I liked the story but, you know, I'm a weird, old teacher!

TASK 1 - Reading & Writing (4scA-B/3scA/2scB)

Read " Five Young Adult Books You Must Read Before the Movies are Released" and  answer the questions in the worksheet HERE  

TASK 2 - Listening & Fill in the gaps  (4scA-B/3scA/2scB)

This is the trailer of a movie which came out at the end of 2012  based on a critically  acclaimed YA book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower ("Noi siamo infinito" is the Italian title for both book and movie) . It is a very beautiful coming-of-age story about three very special friends: Charlie, Patrick and Sam. Watch  the trailer and fill in the gaps in the script (HERE)


This film reminds me so much of 20th century novels like J.D.  Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" or Sylvia Plath's  "The Bell Jar". "Noi siamo infinito" (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)  is definitely touching and thought-provoking, though it starts unsurprisingly like many other coming-of-age tales: Charlie (Logan Lerman,  seen  in Percy Jackson  and The Three Musketeers) is a very shy,  introverted ,  melancholic freshman terrorized by his new school, new mates, new teachers. Making friends has always been very difficult to him (he is a wallpaper watching life from aside)  and he is haunted by very sad memories from his past (which become even hallucinations from time to time) .  He will find friends though, a few of those damaged souls nobody wants as mates,  usually bullied or emarginated. As the story flows, scene after scene, gifting the watcher  with tender moments, memorable quotes, stunning scenes and   final surprising twist,  we witness Charlie grow  till the moment he finally feels himself infinite. The film is an adaptation of 1999 epistolary novel by  Stephen ChboskyLerman's excellent performance is supported by  brilliant Emma Watson as Sam and Ezra Miller as Patrick. I loved it and highly recommend it. (review from my blog Fly High!


TASK 3 - GRAMMAR



2scB/ 3scA/4scA - B




N.B. Students can send their work to learnonline.mgs@gmail.com for correction  as well as suggestions for further work by 19th July.  




Summer Activities 3 will be up on July 20th.



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