Fireworks Lesson Plan – ESL Chemistry in Action

Hello everybody!

what is better than the sharing? Herewith you can find a nice activity (in this case in the form of an English test) to teach English through a CLIL activity about Fireworks. Personally, these activities were intended as a conclusion set of activities because, in the classroom, we have worked a lot on the specific vocabulary and on Chemistry in action thanks to my Chemistry colleague.

Hope it can be useful for you!

Enjoy with your classes.

Mrs Dorigo







Voices Behind the Ink: When Poets started writing their Verses

400 years ago Shakespeare was born. Poetry is still alive. Join and write your poems 📖📖📖✒✒✒   your poems here!


Something in Italian. #GiornataMondialePoesia16
Poets tell us when and why they started writing poetry.
So back to my question: should I teach poetry at a vocational High School?

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Poetry: A Window to our Life


When I was at school, it was just a compulsory activity. After High School, it became to me a solitude pleasure. Even if, I am honest here, I read poems once in a blue moon. But a poetry book always lies on my nightstand, waiting for the right moment to come to me.

April, I have recently found out, is the American National Poetry month

In the school I am teaching in, it is also a special month because it is the school poetry competition month too. We will take advantage of it to work on some creative writing activities in the classroom. This will be quite an experiment to me, teaching in a vocational High School. But I am deeply truly  sure my students will come out with the most amazing poems.

What is Poetry to me? A window. A closed window to be open, to the world of your feelings, and to the real world too. Outside Life comes in contact with your inner personal Life, and they melt together.

It is a great feeling, when you are reading THE poem. And everything seems much more pleasant and easy to understand, and you just think: Well, this poet could read my thoughts, even before I was born. This just shows us that humans can have and share the same inner thoughts and feelings.


I leave you with this, some of the most powerful lines I have personally ever read:

Ode to the West Wind


P.B. Shelley 1792 - 1822
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share

The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O Uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be

The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.


C♡ding. for the 21st century students and teachers 


For all my students and my colleagues. Don’t worry, it is in Italian 😊


Computational thinking – coding in the classroom 

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Voices Behind the Ink: When Poets started writing their Verses

Something in Italian. #GiornataMondialePoesia16
Poets tell us when and why they started writing poetry.
So back to my question: should I teach poetry at a vocational High School?

poetry for life

Today it has been raining cats and dogs. So that was a great chance for me to rest, really rest. I read a lot: my currently book (Fahrenheit 451) and then through the internet. As I am keeping this blog for my classes (even if it seems they don’t appreciate it much though, but I am working on it – I am a never give up kind of person), well, I said I am keeping this blog for my students, but I love going through the WordPress reader sections and also the Discover section (made for me by humans who love reading 🙂 – wish I was one of them! Can I work for WordPress?). While I was skipping the thousands of super awesome blogs in the blogosphere I stopped here: There You Are

And so, here again. POETRY. When I was at the High school, teachers made me hate it. It was only a compulsory activity to me. I couldn’t enjoy it at all. Then, after many years I discovered Hikmet, and I finally fell in love with human words, that can be deadly weapons but also soothing medicine. It was an epiphany to me.  Not that I read poetry every day, but I have some poetry books on my nightstand that I read once in a blue moon, or when I need to. Just a sonnet is ok to feel better or to find an enlightment after a difficult day.

The problem is… I would like to teach some English poems at school, a vocational High School. WHAT DO YOU THINK BLOGGERS? Should I? And which poem should I pick up? Shakespeare?  Larkin? Or is it a waste of time (what my students will for sure say)?





Art for All Seasons

Issluggo_solo_springlever_hires-e1444295914851-215x215n’t this amazing? I love Art. And I believe Street (Chalk) Art is one of the most fascinating ways of creating Art, to be delivered to a large audience. Even to those who claim not to love Art at all.

Go watch this!

Source: Chalk Art for All Seasons