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.


Poetry rocks

One of my favorite things about spring is that April 1 rolls around and brings me all sorts of poetry as I scroll through my social media feeds. Thank you, National Poetry Month! Don’t get me wrong – I read poetry all year long. I have the Poetry Foundation app on my phone and I […]

via POLL: What’s Your Favorite Poem? — Nerdy Book Club

Music And School

 Dear bloggers, dear schoolmates, dear blogger  teachers, I would like to ask your opinion about music.

MusicDo you think that it is important to have music classes at school or not? And why, here in Italy, we do music classes only until  the 3rd class of middle school? What about in the other Countries?

In my opinion it is important to learn music, because you need to know some notions of that, as I find music not only relaxing, but a useful subject to develop even the computational thinking! Well, I am a pianist since ever, and music is part of my soul and body. I only wish it would be more appreciated and taught in my Country. I mean, Italy could be considered the Music homeland!

Music is in each person, it is part of us and you can’t remove it.
Music is not a thing to be taken lightly: in many cases it can save our lives.
Music should be a relaxing thing, because when you are stressed and tired, it can heal you.
Music has got many “proprieties”, it treats  diseases, it mediates between countries and people.
Music can change you in one day, a life in one moment.
All in all, music allows making life better!

So guys! Tell me what you think about this topic, we are very curious!


SOLSC: March 5, 2016 & Celebrate This Week:Conversation

Collegiality vs echo chambers.
This is really an awesome post. Thank you for sharing. I would like to share it both with my students and with my fellow colleagues. Hope they will read this inspiring article.

A Teaching Life

sol Write. Share. Give. Join the March Slice of Life Story Challenge @ Two Writing Teachers


Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayreswrites  …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!

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Today I want to celebrate conversation as it appeared in my week…

I so benefitted from the conversation that took place after Vicki Vinton and her teaching team from Cranford observed our reading and writing workshops on Wednesday.  I’ve been teaching for a long time now in the same room and in at the same grade level; and for the most part, the only conversations I have during the school day are with my students.  I didn’t realize how much I needed to have a conversation about my practice, and by that I mean the real time and moment to moment practice that is my teaching life.  I believe that it is so important…

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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)?