The Destructors

Idid it with Gonzalo Criniti  and Benjamín Mayol

The Destructors – Rite Of Passage


  1. An Object Of Desire: T. wanted to be the leader of the Wormsley Common gang. He wanted protagonism.
  2. Trespassing: breaking into the the house, defying the law, the authority, Blackie’s orders.
  3. Dare / Challenge: destroying the house with his smart plan.
  4. .The mischief: they didn’t realize that what they were doing was wrong. “You got to admit it’s funny.”
  5. Atonement: there is no regret or confession. “It was my house, my house”.


Find quotes to prove the following themes:

  • the individual affected by the social crisis: “a former architect and present clerk”
  • the aftermath of the war (how destruction leads to more destruction): “destruction after all is a form of creation”
  • the evil nature of man: “We’ll pull it down.  We’ll destroy it”
  • loss of compassion (as a result of war): “i’m sorry. I can’t help it, Mr Thomas. There’s nothing personal, but you got to admit it’s funny”
  • class struggle: “we’ll burn them”
  • destruction for the sake of destruction: “who cares? It’s only Old Misery’s”



    • Mr Thomas’ house: it symbolises the remaining hope in the hearts of those who knew about the home after the war. If the wooden house could stand after a blitz, than there’s hope for more.
    • Mr Thomas and the children: each represent a different generation, pre-war and post-war. Mr Thomas is hopeful and can trust the kids while the children can’t trust no one. This is an effect of war upon many, especially younglings.


  • Old Misery: the children projected misery in Mr Thomas, someone who wasn’t miserable at all and was trying to help the kids.


  • The Debris of the House: the impact and destruction of London, the Blitz.
  • Money Burning: shows how money destroys society, the ones who don’t have much want the see the fortunate ones lose what they have.
  • The Laughter of the Driver: this showed the lack of compassion people had, the destroyed society after war.




Comprehension questions


For us, the central theme of the story is humans’ true nature. To start with, the story is set in blitzed London, just after the Second World War. First, the obvious reasons for war were and will always be: the repetitions of mistakes, which the man will never learn about them and will always keep repeating them, and the disagreements between the powerful men in the world.

So after the war, a huge consequence, apart from the fact that every city and nation destroyed, is how the man shows it’s true colors, or true nature: everyone is mistrustful about the other ones, every piece of happiness or solidarity is fake, and if someone is “a good person”, he or she is lying. This is present when Mr Thomas offers chocolate to the kids, nothing out of the normal. The kids every day play outside his house, so he thought of giving them something. But the kids were very suspicious and didn’t accept it. They even thought he was trying to bribe them because they always kick the ball against his wall. Instead of accepting the chocolate, they decided to go and kick the wall against the wall again. ‘ He said glumly, “You belong to the lot that play in the car-park?”Mike was about to answer when Blackie stopped him. As the leader he had responsibilities. “Suppose we are?” he said ambiguously. “I got some chocolates,” Mr. Thomas said. […] “Bet someone dropped them and he picked ’em up” […] “We’ll show him we don’t take bribes,” Blackie said, and they sacrificed the whole morning to the game of bouncing.

In conclusion, the central theme of the story is humans’ true nature,. which is shown as a consequence of war.


  1. Modern American gangs and other gangs, such as the Wormsley Common Gang, have something in common and it is that they´re formed by young delinquents. The ages of children joining a gang in the US drops by the decade, ranging between 8 and 13 years old. Moreover, children who belonged to these gangs in the US, commit small crimes such as intimidating people or robbing 24/7 shops. Also, youth gangs are prevalent in schools. Another characteristic is the use of colloquial english, otherwise known as slang, pointing out words such as “dude” or “homie”, “bruv” and “man´s” in English slang (man´s stands for “man is”. speaking in third person) and in “The Destructors” phrases like “pinched ‘em”, which means to mug. However, what they do not have in common with the story is the buying and selling of drugs in schools or carrying sharp knives in their pockets. A way of communication between gangs is by graffitis, which are painted shapes, words and symbols seen on mostly any public surface a gangster could reach.


8) Finally, T. reaches his goal. As T. reaches his goal, Old Misery stays locked in the loo throughout the night and gets out when the damage has been done. In the morning, a man came to get his cab from the car-park in front of Old Misery’s house, and began to drive away innocently, without knowing what would happen next. The car came to a jolting as if being pulled from behind or towing something. The house falls apart, resulting into debris and rubble everywhere.


10) The destruction of Old Misery’s house by the boys seem more senseless than the destruction brought about by the war that had destroyed London because the irony in “The Destructors” is the opposite of what we expect. We see destruction as a way of life for the Wormsley gang and we gain a sense that this level of destruction must have happened for a reason. However, it is the opposite of what we expect as we learn that destruction is senseless.


11) The philosophy of nihilism is the viewpoint that suggests the denial or lack of belief towards the reputedly meaningful aspects of life. This viewpoint can be seen represented in actions of the Wormsley Common Gang because of their mentality towards the things that happen during their life. To begin with, when Old Misery gave the kids candy, instead of accepting it, they believed that Old Misery was trying to harm them. This can be considered nihilism because the kids were in denial that Old Misery was doing something rise for them.

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Dulce Et Decorum Est ….and other war poems

With Pat we worked on differents war poems here it is my analysis of them. I worked with Felipe Vidal.


Dulce Et Decorum

Fists Stanza:


1-What is the main emotion expressed in the first stanza (verse)?

The main emotion is depressed, this is caused by the use of power visual images of pain.


2-Write an example of a simile used in the first stanza:
“like old beggars under sacks”, this simile undermines stereotypes images of soldiers as young and fit. Suggest they are filthy and weak.


3-Why were the shells ‘disappointed’?
The shells were ‘disappointed’ because, Owen develops his description of the soldiers poor physical condition by conveying how they are so exhausted, they are unaware and they are under attack.


Second Stanza:

1-How does the emotion change at the beginning of the second stanza?

The emotion of the main character passed from being depressed to being stressed by the turn of events.


2-What were the soldiers ‘fumbling’ for and why?

An ecstasy of fumbling – ecstasy is used here in the sense of a trance-like frenzy as the men hurriedly put on their helmets, nothing to do with happiness.


3-Owen uses a metaphor to describe what the gas looked like. Write it here:
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning” An extended metaphor describes the man choking to death, unable to breathe, he falls about, this was caused by the gas. Owen describes having flashbacks to the death of his comrade highlighting how the impact of war lasts over many years and across generations.


Third Stanza:

Why do you think the third stanza is only two lines long? Think about the dramatic effect and the emotion:
In the third stanza, the author only uses two lines because it only explains the personal effect on the speaker. This indicates a shift in time as the narrator relates how many years after the war he still recalls this traumatic event. This emphasized how the impact of war is felt for many years, and many generations. By the words he used he conveyed a sense of guilt that he can do nothing to help his friend.


Fourth Stanza:

1-What is the main emotion expressed in the fourth stanza?

In the final stanza, the main emotion is angry.


2-Name three parts of the body that are affected by this sort of gas:

The skin, the eye and the bronchial tubes.


3-Explain the final lines.

Owen ends the poem with a damning criticism of war and those who support it. He makes it clear that anyone who knew the truth of war could not view it as was was an act of heroic patriotism. He employs an ironic tone here to create an anti-war feeling.


Extension Question:

Write your opinion of this poem. Think about what the emotion expressed, use of powerful words, use of similes and metaphors, layout, and what the poet is trying to say. Try to use full sentences and give reasons to support your ideas.


I liked this poem really much because I find it very original and talks about themes that I like like the WWI.

From the start of this poem you are immersed in the atmosphere of war. These are the trenches of WWI, full of mud and death. Once optimistic, healthy soldiers have now been reduced to a miserable, exhausted gang who have little left to give. It’s a shocking environment into which the reader is taken oppressive, dangerous and without any real hope. The poet wants the reader to know that warfare is anything but glorious so paints a gloomy, realistic, human picture of life at the frontline. He leaves us in no doubt about his feelings.

The Death Bed


This poem as practically every poem of Siegfried Sassoon, was written during the second world war in which Siegfried fought to overcome the german army. Siegfried fought along with another famous writer in Wilfred Owen.

The poem begins by describing a young soldier in an hospital bed moving in and out of consciousness. Though he is in hospital, the soldier constantly reminds his ordeal in the trenches. Sasoon uses the extended metaphor to explain how the soldier is on the border between life and death, his existence is being gradually “washed away”.  The poem is intended to portray the aftermath of the war for the readers. The speaker describes the man’s suffering as he swallowed, unresisting. In fact the poem seems to prove the fact that death might well be the peaceful end that soldiers look forwards to after months of suffering. After all, it takes away the pain and brings calm, silence and safety.

Themes: Death, Annoyance

Tone: Downhearted, feeling defeated, crestfallen

The repetition of death is presented all throughout the poem. Soldiers need to rest meaning its time for them to rest in peace living all the struggle they passed through away.


Soldier Rest


Soldier rest, Scott paints an attractive picture of death to the weary and battered soldier/hunter. Death is presented as a restful sleep where all the stresses and strains of martial life drift off to nothingness. The main characters of the poem, the soldier, are made to obey orders as the title says “Soldier, rest!” which take them to death, give up, war is over, so their lives. In this poem, death isn’t represented as being something to fear as it frees the soldier’s mind of fighting and danger that are presumed to dominate his life.



  • criticism of war
  • struggle of life
  • battle of life & death
  • afterlife
  • meaning of life



  • Key Diction
  • reflective
  • dreamy
  • calm
  • reassuring


LIFE is depicted as a constant battle and a struggle while DEATH is conveyed as when one can finally rest.

Task 3:


The poet as a hero


As another poem from Siegfried Sassoon, it was made during the first world war(1916). This poem as many other poems from Siegfried talks about war but not in the same way as this one. This one is about an English knight that fought in defence of King Arthur at that time. In that war, the knight experienced the suffering and the tragic consequences the war gives you, such as the loss of many friends. Now, it says that the knight scorns and resent war.


Narrator: 1st person

Tone: Angry, regretful and remorseful

Themes: War, the loss of persons we care and the anger and regret over an illusion


The dead


“The dead” written by Rupert Brooke shows war as an honorable act and experience highlighting the positive aspects of war. At first he tackles with the daily routine of men before going to war, they are loved, they feel happiness, etc. He creates a warm atmosphere shared with the colours and times of the day, the weather. However, suddenly all this comes to an end when they become soldiers and have to face death. He also indicates, in the line ‘washed…to mirth’, that yet this life was not perfect and that they too have their share of problems and unhappiness, but still they do not hesitate to laugh it off as being part and parcel of life. When it says “dawn is their” it represents that their time to shine has come and that they appreciated the little things in life like: friendship, love, happiness.

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Presentacion de Historia

Aca les dejo mi presentacion, yo hable sobre Inglaterra.


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Sex hormones and puberty

2. The female hormones responsible for the development of the secondary sexual characteristics are; oestrogen and progesterone. The male hormone responsible for the development of the secondary sexual characteristics is testosterone. These hormones are stimulated by Luteinising Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) .




  • FSH: It is produced by the pituitary gland and it:
    • Causes an egg to mature in an ovary.
    • Stimulates the ovaries to release the hormone oestrogen.
  • LH: It causes the mature egg to be released from the ovary.
  • Oestrogen: It is secreted by the ovaries and it:
    • Stops FSH being produced – so that only one egg matures in a cycle.
    • Stimulates the pituitary gland to release the hormone LH.
  • Progesterone: It is secreted by ovaries. It maintains the lining of the uterus during the middle part of the menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.
  • Oxytocin: It is a hormone produced by the hypothalamus and secreted by the pituitary gland. This important hormone plays a crucial role in the childbirth process and also helps with male reproduction.
  • HCG: It is a hormone produced by the placenta after implantation. Human chorionic gonadotropin interacts with the LHCG receptor of the ovary and promotes the maintenance of the corpus luteum during the beginning of pregnancy.
  • Prolactin: It is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, named because of its role in lactation. It also has other wide-ranging functions in the body, from acting on the reproductive system to influencing behaviour and regulating the immune system.
  • Testosterone: It is a hormone that is responsible for many of the physical characteristics specific to adult males. It plays a key role in reproduction and the maintenance of bone and muscle strength.


a. When they are 12 years old.

b. No.

c. The growth of pubic hair on girls and the first menstrual period.

d. No, it’s not the most common, but it is normal.

e. Girls.

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Martin Fierro

Una vez leidos los libros de Martín Fierro, ambos escritos por José Hernandez, nuestra profesora decidió hacer un proyecto grupal. Este consistía en dividirnos en grupos de a seis y elegir una de las escenas sucedidas en el transcurso del relato para trabajar. Luego debíamos elaborar un guión cinematográfico y actuarlo. Yo realicé mi trabajo con Rosario Segura, Lola Villegas, Benjamin Mayol, Vignesh Manwani y Victoria Landolfo.

Guion lengua

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Peom “Rooms”

Pato gave us an activity in which we had to compare the poems “Rooms” and “Home is So Sad” in terms of style, language and form, paying special attention to their portrayal of abandoned rooms. I did it with Lucas Campion.


I remember rooms that have had their part

In the steady slowing down of the heart.

The room in Paris, the room at Geneva,

The little damp room with the seaweed smell,

And that ceaseless maddening sound of the tide—

Rooms where for good or for ill—things died.

But there is the room where we (two) lie dead,

Though every morning we seem to wake and might just as well seem to sleep again

As we shall somewhere in the other quieter, dustier bed

Out there in the sun—in the rain.


Read about the writer.

Make notes about her life and about what may have influenced her writings.  Why is it said that the life of the writer was a tragedy?

-She committed suicide because she was full of fears and madness but although she was overcoming this situation, she wrote wonderful poems full of beauty and passion. She also lived in poor and sorrowful conditions. Nevertheless she was recognised by many famous writers as an excellent poet. They all believe she deserves recognition because of her lovely work despite of the tragic life she had.

All this suffering may have influenced her writings.

Her life was a tragedy because it was full of sadness, that’s why she killed herself, she was also very poor which may have also influenced in her life.

2. Read the poem: how are “rooms” described?

-Rooms are described in the poem in a strange way, but also in a sorrowful way. I think this because, words such as “ill” “damp” or “death” are used for this description, as well as words as “good” or “morning”, what combines both happiness with sadness and life with death.

3. “The poem offers us a poignant account of loss as qualified through the depiction of abandoned rooms. Rooms are the physical means to which relationships are developed and consecrated. It entails intimacy and love, as well as abandon and death. It shelters individuals, as well as couples, from the harshness of the natural elements outside, providing them with a private and cosy space. There is also a sense of shifting dependence as the couples travel from room to room, leaving their trails behind and simultaneously having images of the abandoned rooms imprinted upon their memories.”

.Account for this with quotation from the poem.

-“In the steady slowing down of the heart.

The room in Paris, the room at Geneva,”

“The little damp room with the seaweed smell,

And that ceaseless maddening sound of the tide—

Rooms where for good or for ill—things died.

But there is the room where we (two) lie dead,”

4. The poem begins “I remember”. What does this tell you about the voice? And the tone?

-The way the poem begins, refer to the
voices memory, and in a way brings the sense of a flashback, completely referring to the past. Clearly, this beginning shows that the tone will be very melancholic or nostalgic, and that the voice is not in a nice moment.

5. What is the theme in your opinion? What is the tone?

-In my opinion, The themes can be Memory, Melancholy and Sorrow, as the poem is very dark and mentions a lot death.

The tone is a Melancholic and nostalgic one, as the voice is completely sad and refers a lot to her memories.

“Home is So Sad” by Philip Larkin

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.


We used canvas. Here is our

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Biology virtual period: Nervous system: neurones and synapse

  1. The most unique and important structures of a neuron are the long extensions that extend out from the cell body.  There are two types of extensions: dendrites and axonsDendrites are extensions of neurons that receive signals and conduct them toward the cell body. Axons are extensions of neurons that conduct signals away from the cell body to other cells. Both axons and dendrites can extend far away from the cell body, and some human axons can reach lengths of over 3 feet, but that’s nothing compared to giraffes, which have axons as long as 15 feet!
  2. The Three Main Types of Neurons

    Motor Neuron

    Sensory and Relay Neurons.jpg

  3. At the ends of axons, the axon usually splits into several smaller branches. Each of these branches terminates at another cell, at a junction called a synapse, which is the site where an axon terminates at a target cell. At the synapse, there is a small gap between the terminal end of the axon and the target cell. When the depolarizing signal reaches the synapse, it triggers the release of signaling molecules called neurotransmitters, which are the signaling molecules used at the synapse to pass a signal from a neuron to its target cell. These neurotransmitters diffuse across the very short gap from the axon to the surface of the target cell. The membrane of the target cell at the synapse has lots of receptors that the neurotransmitter can specifically bind to, and these receptors are coupled to ion channel proteins that are controlled by the receptor. VIDEO.
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AS Short Stories Writers

This year we are starting our preparation for the AS exams. So Pato, our literature teacher, decided to collect information about the authors who wrote the short stories. She divided us into several groups and assigned us two authors for each. We were suppose to investigate their biography so as to learn about their lives, to understand the movement which they belonged to, and their main themes when writing. Here is the presentation which includes all the writers. Enjoy it!

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Endocrine system: adrenaline and ADH

1.a)  .Simulate the liver to change glycogen into glucose, so it rises sugar in blood.

  • Causes fatty tissue to release fat into blood
  • Increases the heart rate.
  • Increases blood flow to the muscles.
  • Reduces blood flow to the skin and the intestines.
  • Widens the bronchioles.
  • Dilates the pupils

b) Stress:

Resultado de imagen para the activation of the stress system

When you feel danger:

Resultado de imagen para b- Describe 3 situations in which adrenaline is secreted. Post a picture to show the examples.

Seeing a horror film

Imagen relacionada


Resultado de imagen para 2. Draw a flow chart to show the effects of ADH:  – when there is TOO LITTLE WATER in the body.  – when there is MUCH WATER in the body.


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S4 Biology virtual period: Endocrine system: hormones and their effects

  1. Definition of Hormone: chemical substance secreted by glands and carried in the blood, that help to regulate processes in the body.
  2. Endocrine gland Where in the body Hormone produced
    Pituitary is situated in a bony hollow, just behind the bridge of your nose. It is attached to the base of your brain by a thin stalk. produces the growth hormones and others substances
    testis Male reproductive organs Testosterone
    ovary ovaries, uterus, pituitary gland female sex (progesterone & oestrogen)
    pancreas behind the stomach and is surrounded by other organs, including the spleen, liver and small intestine. insulin
    adrenal next to the kidneys produces adrenaline
    thyroid. sits low on the front of the neck. Lies below your Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe thyroxine
  3. Insulin is a hormone which plays a key role in the regulation of blood glucose levels. A lack of insulin, or an inability to adequately respond to insulin, can each lead to the development of the symptoms of diabetes.

    In addition to its role in controlling blood sugar levels, insulin is also involved in the storage of fat.

    glucose blood  high level–>  pancreas –> secretes insulin –> liver changes glucose into glycogen –> level of glucose reduce


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