This blog has been designed to provide information about the activities held at the social studies bilingual sections in CPI Tino Grandío (Guntín,Spain). The English language and Social Studies teachers have elaborated most of the resources you can see but our "auxiliares de conversa" also have their own page and posts. Therefore everyone is invited to have a look .

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

School report about famous historical characters

Choose one of these historical characters and write a text about it, following the following steps:

  • Open a Microsoft Word/OpenOffice or LibreOffice Writer and include the following sections.
  • Write 4-10 lines in each of the sections and save the document.
  • Be careful with the layout.
  • Don’t copy from any website (not even Wikipedia).
  • Include one or two pictures.
  • Mention the websites you have used.
  • Write your full name at the bottom.
  • It should be just ONE page.
  • Read it through and check your mistakes.
  • Then send it to your teacher to be revised and printed.
  • The final report will be shown to all the school community.

  1. Montesquieu - Jose Carlos Lodeiro Posada (4º ESO)
  2. Voltaire
  3. Rousseau - Jonathan Díaz López (4º ESO)
  4. Rosa Parks -  Alba Vázquez Cerceda (4º ESO)
  5. Fragonard
  6. Antonio Cánova
  7. Jacques-Louis David
  8. Jane Goodall
  9. Abraham Lincoln - Pedro Bruzos Gay (4º ESO)
  10. Louis XVI
  11. Rosalía de Castro
  12. Marie-Antoinette - José Ángel López Hermida (4º ESO)
  13. Maximilien Robespierre
  14. Napoleon Bonaparte - Sergio Luaces Rodríguez (4º ESO)
  15. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes -  Javier Pajón Carreira (4º ESO)
  16. James Watt - Noelia Abel Varela (4º ESO)
  17. Mother Teresa
  18. Garibaldi
  19. Otto Von Bismarck
  20. Pablo Iglesias (PSOE)
  21. Lenin
  22. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  23. David Livingstone - Francisco Martínez Fernández (4º ESO)
  24. James Cook
  25. Henry Stanley
  26. Cecil Rhodes
  27. John Fitzgerald Kennedy _ Miguel Ares Valín (4º ESO)
  28. Fidel Castro
  29. Lech Walesa
  30. Mahatma Gandhi - Marcos Arias Rodríguez (4º ESO)
  31. Yasser Arafat
  32. Vicente Risco
  33. Castelao
  34. Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma - Xacob Yáñez López (4º ESO)
  35. Charles I of Austria
  36. Marie Curie

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Blowin' in the wind by Bob Dylan


How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind


  • What is the song about? War? Man? Humans? Nature? Peace?
  • Which of the previous lines is your favorite? Why?
  • Do you agree with any of these lines?

Bob Dylan: this year's Nobel Prize in Literature


Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American musician. He is one of the most famous and successful popular singers of the last 50 years. His birth name was Robert Allen Zimmerman, but he legally changed his last name to Dylan.

He was born in 1941 in Minnesota. As a youth he was a big fan of rock and roll, and formed several bands in high school. However, Dylan first became famous as a folk musician. In 1962, he released his first album, simply called Bob Dylan. The next year, he released the folk song "Blowin' in the Wind", which became very popular. In 1965, he began playing rock and roll. That year, Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone", which has been called the greatest popular music song of all time. He put these two types of music together in a new way, which became very popular.

The next year, Dylan was in a motorcycle crash which broke his neck. His recovery took many months, and he released no new music or records during this time. Dylan re-examined his life while he recovered, saw what other musicians were doing, and made changes to his own style. His comeback album, John Wesley Harding, was different from his earlier work. While he made many tours to perform during the mid-1960s, he made very few public appearances until the mid-1970s.
Dylan later became a Christian, then drifted away from Christianity, even re-exploring Judaism, which his family followed Now, he does not want to talk about his religion. Since the 1980s, he has concentrated on touring.

Folk Singing

In 1960, Dylan dropped out of college and moved to New York where his idol, the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was hospitalized with a rare hereditary disease of the nervous system. Dylan visited with Guthrie regularly in his hospital room; he also became a regular in the folk clubs and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village; met a host of other musicians; and began writing songs at an astonishing pace, including "Song to Woody," a tribute to his ailing hero. In the fall of 1961, after one of his performances received a rave review in The New York Times, Dylan signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. Released early in 1962, Bob Dylan contained only two original songs, but showcased Dylan's gravelly-voiced singing style in a number of traditional folk and blues songs.

The 1963 release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan marked Dylan's emergence as one of the most original and poetic voices in the history of American popular music. The album included two of the most memorable 1960s folk songs, "Blowin' in the Wind" (which later became a huge hit for the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary) and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." His next album, The Times They Are A-Changin', firmly established Dylan as the definitive songwriter of the 60s protest movement, a reputation that only increased after he became involved with one of the movement's established icons, Joan Baez, in 1963. While his romantic relationship with Baez lasted only two years, it benefited both performers immensely in terms of their music careers—Dylan wrote some of Baez's best-known material, and Baez introduced him to thousands of fans through her concerts. By 1964 Dylan was playing 200 concerts annually, but had become tired of his role as "the" folk singer-songwriter of the protest movement. Another Side of Bob Dylan, recorded in 1964, was a much more personal, introspective collection of songs, far less politically charged than Dylan's previous efforts.

Reinventing His Image

In 1965, Dylan scandalized many of his folkie fans by recording the half-acoustic, half-electric album Bringing It All Back Home, backed by a nine-piece band. On July 25, 1965, he was famously booed at the Newport Folk Festival when he performed electrically for the first time. The albums that followed, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)—which included the seminal rock song "Like a Rolling Stone"—and the two-record set Blonde on Blonde (1966) represented Dylan at his most innovative. With his unmistakable voice and unforgettable lyrics, Dylan brought the worlds of music and literature together as no one else had.

Over the course of the next three decades, Dylan continued to reinvent himself. Following a near-fatal motorcycle accident in July 1966, Dylan spent almost a year recovering in seclusion. His next two albums, John Wesley Harding (1968)—including "All Along the Watchtower," later recorded by guitar great Jimi Hendrix—and the unabashedly countryish Nashville Skyline (1969) were far more mellow than his earlier works. Critics blasted the two-record set Self-Portrait (1970) and Tarantula, a long-awaited collection of writings Dylan published in 1971, also met with a poor reception. In 1973, Dylan appeared in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, a feature film directed by Sam Peckinpah. He also wrote the film's soundtrack, which became a hit and included the now-classic song, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

Rock Star Status

Beginning in the 1980s, Dylan began touring full-time, sometimes with fellow legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead. Notable albums during this period included Infidels (1983); the five-disc retrospective Biograph (1985); Knocked Out Loaded (1986); and Oh Mercy (1989), which became his best-received album in years. He recorded two albums with the all-star band the Traveling Wilburys, also featuring George Harrison, the late Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. In 1994, Dylan returned to his folk roots, winning the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for World Gone Wrong.

In 1989, when Dylan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Bruce Springsteen spoke at the ceremony, declaring that "Bob freed the mind the way Elvis freed the body ... He invented a new way a pop singer could sound, broke through the limitations of what a recording artist could achieve, and changed the face of rock and roll forever." In 1997, Dylan became the first rock star ever to receive Kennedy Center Honors, considered the nation's highest award for artistic excellence.
Dylan's 1997 album Time Out of Mind re-established this one-time folk icon as one of the preeminent of rock's wise men, winning three Grammy Awards. He continued his vigorous touring schedule, including a memorable performance in 1997 for Pope John Paul II in which he played "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and a 1999 tour with Paul Simon. In 2000, he recorded the single "Things Have Changed" for the soundtrack of the film Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas. The song won Dylan a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. As of February 2014, Dylan recorded 33 studio albums.

Nobel Prize

On October 13, 2016 it was announced that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

ESO-4 Revision of present simple and present continuous





  • affirmative: subject + infinitive (+3rd p –(e)s)
  • negative: subject + don’t/doesn’t + infinitive
  • question: do/does + subject + infinitive
Remember that we only add the –(e)s in the 3rd person affirmative form and that be is an exception: am / is / are
  • facts and permanent states.
  • habits and routines
  • 1st type conditional sentences
  • stative verbs that are not used in the pres. cont. (see, hear, believe, want, know, understand, think, like, love...)
Key words: how often / always / sometimes / often / never / usually / every day / once a week / twice a month... / if (in conditional sentences)
  • Snow melts at 0ºC.
  • Harry lives in Liverpool.
  • My dog plays football with us.
  • Daniel washes his jacket every week.
  • Wdon’t like football.
  • She doesn’t understand baseball.
  • Do you enjoy dining out?
  • Does Rafael Nadal train in the morning?
  • If you drink too much you’ll have to go to the toilet.

  • subject + am / is / are + (not) + -ing
  • Remember the rules for -ing

    • actions happening at the moment of speaking
    • Key words: now / at the moment
    • My sister is watching TV now.
    • They aren’t listening to me.
    •  I’m not sleeping now.
    • He’s setting the washing machine.
    In this unit we are revising the form and uses of two very common tenses: present simple and present continuous. These links will lead you to useful materials for you:

    Directions: where is...?


    • Where is a/the ...?
    • Where can I find...?
    • Where can I buy...?
    • Where can I do/go/eat...?
    • Where is the best ... in Lugo?
    • Are there any... in Lugo?
    • How do I get to...?


    • it is on the corner
    • it is on that street
    • it is near the park
    • there isn't an airport in Lugo
    • in my opinion / I think the best ... is
    • until you see
    • it's on your right / left

    We'll use this map to write down the places mentioned in class:,+Spain/@43.0133452,-7.5728945,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0xd31ce80b130876d:0x1f305fbf2867050c!8m2!3d43.0097384!4d-7.5567582?hl=en

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    Irregular verbs

    As we are about to start studying and using the past participle tense, you need to revise and learn the irregular forms of verbs. So here you are some useful websites for you to have a look at once you have read throught the list provided in class: