Lessons for Life

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Welcome to Radu Vldescu Theoretical High School!

6 May 2015

The Pedagogical Meetingof the Teachers of English on the Buzu Valley

II. What do you think they did?a. I was in the supermarket yesterday and I saw this elderly woman walking up and down the aisles. She didnt have a trolley and was putting her shopping straight into her bag. Anyway, I thought nothing more about it and carried on doing my shopping and when I went to queue up to pay, there she was in front of me. I watched her put one tin of cat food on the counter and pay for it, then she walked out with her bag full of unpaid shopping.

What would you have done?

II. What do you think they did?

b. Something awful happened to me last week. Id invited six people round for dinner and you know how I hate cooking. Anyway, I spent all afternoon preparing the meal and actually I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I even managed to get all the vegetables ready at the same time as the meat. So the vegetables were on the table and I just had to get the chicken out of the oven. I lifted it out and I dont know how it happened, but I dropped it on the kitchen floor and before I could pick it up, the cat had licked it. She regretted it afterwards, because she burnt her tongue.

What would you have done?

II. What do you think they did?

c. I had a very strange experience the other day. I was up in London for a meeting and it was lunch time. It was a lovely day, so I bought a sandwich and went for a walk. I was just on my way back to the office when I noticed a scruffy, bearded man begging in the street. I recognized him immediately. It was someone Id been at university with, a brilliant mind. Hed always been a bit of a rebel, but a very clever man. Wed been very good friends, but Id lost touch with him when he left university.

What would you have done?

What quotation or proverb would you use to illustrate your decision in each of the three situations?

Food comes first- morals later. (Bertolt Brecht)

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. (Dalai Lama)

What you allow, you encourage. (Michael Josephson)

III. Learning from Proverbs and QuotesRe-phrase the proverbs/ quotes on the right in one sentence and use your life experience to explain/ illustrate them.

e.g. Virtue is its own reward. This proverb means that we should not expect praise for acting in a correct or moral way. For example, a parent should not give a material compensation when a child makes a good deed like helping a neighbour or being a friend in need.

1. There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. (French proverb) 2. Two wrongs dont make a right. (English proverb)3. People who live in glass houses shouldnt throw stones. (English proverb)4. Beggars cant be choosers. (English proverb)5. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. (William Blake)6. One does evil enough when one does nothing good.(German proverb)7. The evil that men do lives after them. (William Shakespeare) 8. As you make your bed, so you must lie in it. (English proverb)9. A man is known by the company he keeps. (Romanian proverb)10. It takes a village to raise a child. (African proverb)

IV. Solving moral dilemmas (group work) 1.Your history teacher made a huge mistake on your final grade. A mistake that was very much in your favour. Should you point out the mistake to your teacher or accept your good fortune quietly and gratefully?

2. You discover that your best friend is getting into some pretty risky behaviors, including experimenting with dangerous drugs. You confront him/her and the horrific truth is admitted but only after you promise to keep it a secret. What should you do?

3. Three of your classmates have created an offensive website that attacks teachers. The principal wants to know who did it and you are the only one who knows. Should you lie to the principal or betray your classmates?

4. Your childhood friend, Bridget, is wrapped up in an online relationship with some older guy on Myspace, a social networking website. You sense real danger, but Bridget resents your warnings and wants you to stay out. You dont want to endanger your close friendship with her. What would/should you do?

V. LEARNING FROM MOVIE CHARACTERS FLIPPED (2010), directed byRob Reiner, written by Mr. Reiner and Andrew Scheinman, based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen a sensitive exploration of how parents shape their children. (The Austin Chronicle)

The Bakers Vs. The Loskis

What family values did they teach you?

The Bakers

The Loskis Respect, Generosity, Altruism, Kindness, Courage, Caring, Honesty, Empathy, Dignity, Integrity ?

VI. Re-create a scene by helping the characters to say and do the right thing

Panicked about his feelings, Bryce feels the need to talk to someone and chooses his best friend Garrett. However, their conversation in the school library doesnt go as expected. What is worse, it is also overheard by Juli.

GARRETT: These aren't real emotions.

BRYCE: They're not?

GARRETT: You feel guilty because of the

egg thing.

BRYCE: Yeah, and I insulted her yard.

GARRETT: Exactly. Of course, the place is

a dump anyways.

BRYCE: Her dad's got a retarded brother

and all their money goes to helping him.

GARRETT: A retard? Well, shoot, that ought

to tell you something.

BRYCE: About what?

GARRETT: About Juli.

BRYCE: What are you saying?

GARRETT: The apple doesn't fall far from

the tree, my friend.

Homework Comment upon the following quotation: Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. (Albert Einstein)Use between 150-180 words.

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