The Moving Finger by Edith Wharton

Born in 1862 and died in 1937
She was from USA
She used to write novels and short stories
She used to criticise the social and economical differences in society and the conflicts between society and our inner selves , trying to fit in society.
Characteristics of modernism:
-New paradigms
-The unconscious
-Stream of consciousness
-The last generation
-Make it new
-Imagism and vorticism
-The city
-The Jazz age
The uncanny
The uncanny is a psychological concept which refers to something that is strangely familiar, rather than simply mysterious. For example a doll, you seen her as a toy and something without life who is familiar, but then society or a text make you see that object like it has something strange ,close to be alive or human.

The Macabre
The macabre is the quality of having a ghastly atmosphere, it emphasizes the details and symbols of death.

“Elegy for my Father’s Father” by James K. Baxter

In literature we read our second poem on “Songs of Ourselves” . Below the poem you can find the activity we have to do.

He knew in the hour he died
That his heart had never spoken
In eighty years of days.
O for the tall tower broken
Memorial is denied:
And the unchanging cairn
That pipes could set ablaze
An aaronsrod and blossom.
They stood by the graveside
From his bitter veins born
And mourned him in their fashion.
A chain of sods in a day
He could slice and build
High as the head of a man
And a flowering cherry tree
On his walking shoulder held
Under the lion sun.
When he was old and blind
He sat in a curved chair
All day by the kitchen fire.
Many nights he had seen
The stars in their drunken dancing
Through the burning-glass of his mind
And sober knew the green
Boughs of heaven folding
The winter world in their hand.
The pride of his heart was dumb.
He knew in the hour he died
That his heart had never spoken
In song or bridal bed.
And the naked thought fell back
To a house by the waterside
And the leaves the wind had shaken
Then for a child’s sake:
To waves all night awake
With the dark mouths of the dead.
The tongues of water spoke
And his heart was unafraid.

Task: Write an obituary for the dead man- use the details from the poem ( and invent others based on evidence ) 

You should:

-Be formal/ factural/ respectful

-Focus on achievements

Seed Germination

In Biology class, after revising seed germination  we had to answer the two questions of the activity 3 of page 210

i) The age of seeds to make a fair test, if not you would not know if the results are different because of the age of the seed or because of the different conditions.

ii) Room temperature and the presence of water.

Then, we had to make this test on seed germination with Nina we got 10/10

Here you can take the test too

Asexual and Sexual Reproduction

There are 2 types of reproduction (in which a new organism gets chromosomes from its parent/ parents which contain a set of instructions called GENES)  called Asexual reproduction and Sexual reproduction.

Asexual Reproduction

• It involves ONE parent, whose organism cells divide by Mitosis, the divisions create a new set of cells which conform an organism which will be EXACTLY THE SAME

Example: Potatoes

• They reproduce using stem tubers, the tubers are planted underground, where many new plants will grow as whenever there is a bud a new plant can grow

Sexual Reproduction

1st the organism produces GAMETES, sperm in case of male and eggs in case of female.

2nd The two gametes join their nuclei and fuse together to create a new cell called ZYGOTE. (This process is called fertilization)

The zygote

-It divides again and again and becomes an organism with a combination of genes from both parents, so the offspring is different from all the other organisms , even their parent’s one


– They are made of the division of ordinary cells called MEIOSIS. As they are an ordinary cell divided, they do not have 46 chromosomes as normal, they have 23 as when the two gametes join they can create a cell with the common number of chromosomes.

Cells are divided into :

– Haploid Cells -> Cells with 23 chromosomes

-Diploid Cells -> Cells with 46 chromosomes