06/09/20: Unit 5 Blog

Dear students,

After studying Chapter 1 of Unit 5, please write your answers to the following questions:

  1. Do you agree with Isabelle Allende that short stories are harder to write than novels? Why, or why not?
  1. Do you believe that reading a good story can be a life-changing experience? Why or why not?

And after reading Chapter 2, answer the following questions of the section ‘what do you think?’

  1. Do you have a favorite author? Why do you like his or her work?
  2. List some books you would encourage other people to read. Why would you recommend these books to others?
  3. Have you ever considered writing fiction yourself? What kind of stories would you like to write?

Now answer either the questions of Chapter 1 or Chapter 2.

Good luck!

Junior L. 

Tutor

 

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  1. RAUL HUANACO HUAMAN escribió:

    1. I agree with Isabelle Allende because to write short stories it is necessary to have a good redaction, to use an understanding language. In addition, the stories must be understandable and use a certain number of words. It is usually between 1500 to 500 words. Therefore, writing short stories is difficult.
    2. I think reading a good story can be a life-changing experience because the short stories narrate events or experiences of people, communities. It has a message that could help improve the lives of readers or at least question what happens in their lives.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks for your answers again. Keep participating and extending your comments.

  2. CAJAVILCA REYES, KATHERYN DEL ROSARIO escribió:

    Chapter 1
    1. I Am agree. I think that in general write a short document requires of great skills because synthesize ideas is difficult for anyone. For example, I can’t write an “abstract” quickly because I think about all the ideas I have.
    2. I say is true. I remember when my dad died, and I was so sad that a friend bought me a book called “The forgetfulness that we will be” by Hector Abad. This book helped me to accept the absence through memories with my dad and I understood the importance of having met a wonderful being like my father.

    Chapter 2
    1. I really have not a favorite author, but I think that Arguedas, Vallejo and Blanca Varela are peruvians that wrote very well. Likewise, I like Héctor Abad and Alejandra Pizarnik.
    2. I WOULD RECOMMEND THESE BOOKS BECAUSE THEY TREAT ISSUES SUCH AS DEATH, SOCIAL CLASSES, POVERTY, LOVE AND HUMAN PLEASURES.
    The Bloody Countess (PIZARNIK)
    The forgetfulness that we will be
    (ABAD)
    The fox above and the fox below
    (ARGUEDAS)
    Trilce
    (VALLEJO)
    That port exists (VARELA)

    3. Of course yes, when I was a child I wish I had written a terrorific history. This idea born because my uncles told me ghost stories in the villages of Perú, for example the myth “Huacon” or “the lady of the port of Supe in Ancash”. So far I have not written anything, but I do not lose hope.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Good ideas and supporting arguments, Katheryn. Continue participating. Just be careful with some of your grammar, like for example, I agree instead of ‘I am agree’or ‘I do not have’ instead of ‘I have not’. Keep extending your ideas.

  3. RAUL HUANACO HUAMAN escribió:

    1. I agree Harry Potter series is so successful because Rowling is a great writer and the book Harry Potter has had its fans before the series. I think the combination of a magic place, monstrous characters, characters with special powers are key elements. It has the best balance of scariness and entertainment.

    2.I think that it cannot be applied the ingredients of Harry Potter to all books because writers are different and readers have different preferences.
    I think some ingredients to a good book or story. They are a good script in the story, characters with powers and very intelligent, magical places, and magical characters. But it depends on the audience or readers

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Thanks for your comments and answers Raul. I agree with your ideas. Check grammar: we cannot apply the ingredients instead of ‘it cannot be applied the ingredients’.

  4. Laura Valcárcel Manga escribió:

    Chapter 1
    1. Yes, I agree with Isabelle Allende, short stories are more difficult to write than novels, because they requiere using fewer words to express or narrate something, therefore, the words that are used must articulate between them and express themselves what is meant.
    2. Maybe. The story cam be so intense in its language, in its narrative that it conveys something thar impacts your life or at least makes you reflect. A goog story takes you out of your reality, even for a few moments.
    Chapter 2:
    3. I like to read poems thaan stories, for examples the poems of César Vallejo. His poems are so intense that they make you see and feel the essence of the human being. Only a genius like him shows us throught poetry feelings, fears, thoughts, beaty, etyc, etc. Likewise, he expresses the complexity of the inner and outer world of the human being.
    4. I can recommend reading the seris of french comics Asterix and Obelix. These comics date back to 50 b. C in a fictional village called Galia, which is the only part of the country that has not been conquered by the Romans.The resistance of the villagers is due to the fact that they acquiere superhuman strength due to a magic potion. The narrative and the drawings are spectacular.
    5. No, not yet. I find it very difficult to write a story, but I can start writing some short poems.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Dear Laura, good answers with supporting details and arguments. Keep participating. Just the right spelling is ‘series’ instead of ‘seris’

  5. SEHILA JIMENEZ MAYANGA escribió:

    After studying Chapter 1 of Unit 5, please write your answers to the following questions:
    1. Do you agree with Isabelle Allende that short stories are harder to write than novels? Why, or why not?
    I agree about this affirmation because a short story needs to capture our attention with the use of few words. In my opinion a good example about that is “Paco Yunque” and “Heraldos Negros”, which was written by Cesar Vallejo.
    2. Do you believe that reading a good story can be a life-changing experience? Why or why not?
    Yes. I believe that a good story can change our life because this can be to read by children and adults, and they always give one good message.
    Children need a text easy to understand in their first days of school such as one good tale or poem can change their growth.
    And after reading Chapter 2, answer the following questions of the section ‘what do you think?’
    1. Do you have a favorite author? Why do you like his or her work?
    In my case, my favorite author is Franz Kafka with the Metamorphosis, it tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa who wakes one morning to find himself inexplicably transformed in a huge insect. This story gives an interpretation focusing on sociological aspects. I like Franz Kafka because give a smart message and this story can have different interpretation.
    2. List some books you would encourage other people to read. Why would you recommend these books to others?
    In my case, the imaginary stories are my favorites. Some example about that are “The old man and sea”, “One hundred of solitude”, “The Metamorphosis”, etc.
    This books are of different authors but all use unreal experience to give a social message. This can capture our attention since the beginning.
    3. Have you ever considered writing fiction yourself? What kind of stories would you like to write?
    I don’t know if I could write a fiction tale or story, but if I had time, I would be able to write a good fiction history to teen. I like for example “Harry Potter” and ” Fallen angels”.

  6. Enrique Aviles escribió:

    Chapter 1 of Unit 5:
    1.If I agree and respond with the same words as Isabel Allende, the short novel requires inspiration. Suddenly you have a flash of lucidity that allows you to see an event from an unexpected angle. You can’t provoke it.
    2. The answer is affirmative and the justification in the following. Ever heard that we are what we eat. Physically, it may have some truth. Mentally, I think you could say that who we are is strongly influenced by what we read. Each new reading affects our way of seeing the world and, with it, our way of acting.
    Chapter 2 of Unit 5:
    3. My favorite author is Isabel Allende. I like his work for his narrative that is expressed in his words: “I am not trying to send any message, what I want is to tell a story. Now, if that story has any special meaning for some readers or if they find something useful in that story It’s okay. But I don’t mean to. When you write fiction and try to send a message or preach something, it usually ruins the story. ”
    4. I would recommend reading the work “my invented country” by Isabel Allende because it is a memoir, in which truth is definitely stranger than fiction. Exploring the events of his life and those of the country in which he lived until the assassination of his cousin, President Salvador Allende, during Pinochet’s military coup, Allende takes us on a very personal journey through his native land, to the that gives it life.
    5. es, horror, mystery and science fiction novels.

    1. Idiomas Virtual Autor escribió:

      Great ideas, Enrique. Remember to use possessive adjective ‘her’ when referring to Isabelle Allende, instead of ‘his’. I personally agree with your recommendation about the work ‘my invented country’. Great job.

  7. Patricia Vásquez escribió:

    Chapter 1

    1. Yes, I absolute agree. I think that short stories are are difficult to write because in a few lines they have to “catch” the reader and fulfill the structure of a narrative (beginning, development and ending).
    2. Yes. For people, as me, who love reading, without a doubt, each good book (in some way) “touches” our life. That’s because each story in a book brings us other experiences, other ways of seeing life that can contribute to ours. That is precisely the value of a good story, in addition to being well written, of course.

    Chapter 2

    1.My favorite author is Gabriel García Márquez. I like his stories and his way of writing, which are able to catch you from beginning to end. Also, I love that this talent is Latin American. I have read practically all his books, but the best is “Amor en los tiempos del cólera”.

    2. Actually, I would recommend reading in general as a way to transport yourself to a parallel world where you can grow as a person and always learn.
    Also, the value of reading is that those who read (I think) that write very well and have excellent spelling.
    However, if I had to recommend books, they would be “Amor en los tiempos del cólera”, “El Principito” y “Mi planta de Naranja Lima”, entre otros. I think I’m mentioning these because I just re-read them after many years because my son´s reading plan.

    3. No, the truth is that I have never considered it. I am a social communicator, but I write real stories. Many times are stories of people who have done something important and that should be known. I could say they are “human stories”. I can say it´s very gratifying to write this stories, because they allow you to meet good people along the way.

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