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Should the legal age be modified?

voting age.jpgDo you remember being 18? Nowadays teens are excited to turn that age to have full liberty. Legally they can’t drink until they are 18, but we all know that’s not the case for many people. So what would happen if the legal age was higher?

Teenagers are still in their learning age, this means they have more years of study and learning, and alcohol definitely damages their brains at such a critical stage in their lives. It is scientifically proved that drinking affects their mental capacities, causing multiple effects.

In addition to this, alcoholic beverages affect their health. For example a couple of months ago there was a teenager at a party who was so drunk that passed out after falling into a coma. If someone had noticed she could be alive right now, but everyone was as drunk as her. There have been a lot of cases like this as well as road accidents and more.

In conclusion, the legal age for drinking should be higher, so teenagers would think twice about their health and future. Or do you want your kids to end like the girl at the party?

Sara M.

The key to happiness

happiness.jpgMany people waste their whole life in finding the key to happiness, but sometimes they don’t realize the answer is right in front of their eyes. In our modern society we think that if we aren’t rich, happiness is not attainable. But that isn’t true, since sometimes wealthy people aren’t happy  and poor people are.

First of all, in order to be happy you must have your basic needs such as health, security and education covered, since these are some of the most important aspects in our life. Family is also very important, as it can create wonderful people or horrible people depending on their circumstances. To love and to be loved back is one of the best feelings one can have in life.

Don’t be afraid to try new experiences such as sky diving or bungee jumping, since we usually tend to regret what we haven’t done instead of what we actually did.  Having friends and expanding your social life is also critical because you get to know new people who may help you on your way through and across life.

To summarize, what does it truly take to be happy? To find everything you need from within and not from without.

Rodrigo D. A.

Still waiting for Godot?

godot.jpgTitle: Waiting for Godot

Author: Samuel Beckett

Publisher: Black Cat

First publication date: 1953

Genre: tragicomedy; theatre of the absurd

About the author:

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) was a novelist and playwright. During the 1930s and 1940s he wrote his first novels and short stories. Also, in the 1950s he wrote a trilogy of novels as well as famous plays like Waiting for Godot. In 1969 he was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature. His later works included poetry, short story collections and novels.

Plot summary:

The story begins with two tramps waiting next to a tree for the arrival of someone named Godot, who never arrives, but gives a full-time for having a variety of discussions, while they wait. Also, these two beggars -Vladimir and Estragon-, encounter three other characters, that contribute to the conversation.

Personal opinion:

This book is a bit strange, because they talk with very short and summarized sentences. Although these sentences were a little bit difficult to understand, they were so funny! In fact, in some parts of the book my mom found me laughing, this book is so absurd!

Creative text: changing the ending

[Vladimir and Estragon are in the field, in the middle of nowhere. They are discussing as usual and waiting for Godot]

VLADIMIR: He’s not coming.

ESTRAGON: I know.

VLADIMIR: So?

ESTRAGON: I don’t know.

[They look at each other, expecting something. Nothing happens.]

ESTRAGON: Why don’t we look for him?

VLADIMIR: Who? Godot?

ESTRAGON: Yes.

VLADIMIR: Let’s go.

ESTRAGON: But…where?

VLADIMIR: To hell.

[They leave. Curtains close.]

THE END

Martina F.

Gatsby is still Great

gatsby.jpgTitle: The Great Gatsby

Author: Francis Scott Fitzgerald

Publisher: Penguin

Year of publishing: 1925

Number of pages: 182

Nick always lived by a saying his father used to tell him, “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had”, but that becomes a little hard when he moves to West Egg in Long Island. Once there he meets up with his cousin daisy and her husband Tom. Soon after, Nick becomes perplexed with Jay Gatsby and his mysterious habits. But that’s not the only oddity, as one day Tom brought nick to New York to show him his lover. When they returned to Long Island Gatsby was throwing a party where everybody was invited, and after getting drunk he confesses that he used to be Daisy’s lover before he left for the war and he wants her back now. So together they plan for Gatsby to be with Daisy and the plan works perfectly until Tom finds out and the unthinkable happens.

I really liked the Great Gatsby because of how there was something always going on in the story making it a pretty fast paced book to read. Also, the length of the book perfectly fits the content unlike a lot of other books that overextend. So overall, I really enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to everyone.

Alex R.

VISITA AL PUIG DE SANTA MARÍA

El pasado miércoles 5 de octubre fuimos al pueblo valenciano llamado el Puig de Santa María para realizar una visita sobre el paso de Jaume I por este lugar antes de conquistar Valencia. Esta salida fue organizada por el área de Ciencias Sociales ya que estábamos trabajando la Edad Media en Europa.

Al llegar nos sentamos en las escaleras del monasterio del pueblo, donde almorzamos y esperamos a nuestra guía quien nos entregó unos actividades para rellenarlas tras la visita (después usé el mapa que había para el cuaderno de bitácora). Empezó contándonos que el conquistador Jaume I recibió su nombre porque su madre hizo un sorteo con los nombres de los apóstoles, cada uno en una vela, y la última que se apagó tenía el nombre del apóstol Jaime. Tuvo una infancia difícil, ya que su padre murió en una batalla cuando él tenía tan solo 3 años tras lo que fue nombrado rey de Aragón. Fue educado por el asesino de su padre, ya que su madre, temiendo por su vida y la de su hijo, se lo entregó.

Tras esta breve introducción, nos dirigimos a la plaza principal del pueblo, donde el conquistador estableció su campamento. Nos explicó que, antes de su llegada, este lugar era de los musulmanes y tenía un nombre que en castellano se asemejaba a la palabra “cebolla”. Jaume I escogió este pueblo por tres razones: tenía un lugar estratégico (una fortificación sobre una colina), estaba al lado del mar (con lo cual llegarían barcos comerciantes) y en el camino a Valencia se encontraban una serie de alquerías (que atracarían para conseguir víveres).

 

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1.- Jaume I y su ejército llegan al Puig de Santa María, que es territorio musulmán.

2.- Allí se dan cuenta que sus habitantes han huido y han derribado la fortificación.

3.- Se quedan sin alimentos y el ejército tiene pasa hambre.

4.- Jaume I se va a su tierra para proveerse de comida.

5.- Los musulmanes valencianos aprovechan para atacar.

6.- Aún así los cristianos ganan el inesperado ataque.

7.- Jaume I vuelve al Puig con refuerzos.

8.- El ejército se recupera y reconstruyen la fortificación.

9.- Los cristianos comienzan el asedio a Valencia.

10.- Una noche, el ruido de un tambor despierta a los cristianos.

11.- Los musulmanes querían volver a atacarles por sorpresa.

12.- Pero, otra vez, ganan los cristianos.

13.- Jaume I descubre que un murciélago hizo el ruido.

14.- Al día siguiente los cristianos conquistan Valencia.

LOS GRANDES EMPERADORES DE LA EDAD MEDIA

 

   MAHOMA

mahoma

Mahoma hacia alrededor del año 567 o 572 en La Meca, Arabia. Fue huérfano a poca edad y criado por sus tíos y abuelo. Recibió la revelación del Islam cuando yo era adulto y difundió la religión para el resto de su vida siendo el profeta de este.

  JUSTINIANO

JUSTINIANO

Justiniano fue el emperador del imperio Bizantino conocido por cambiar la lengua oficial del Latín al Griego pero su mayor logro fue su codificación de la legislación romana.

  CARLO MAGNO

Carlo-Magno

Fue un conquistador en la edad media que conquistó mayor parte de Europa Central y creo el imperio Carolingio de los francos.

Alex R y María G.