William Blake and Industrial Revolution

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First, take a look at the poem that Senior 5 explained in the Meet. This poem appears in a book called Songs of Innocence and the voice is a little hopeful kid.

The Chimney Sweeper from Songs of Innocence

When my mother died I was very young,

And my father sold me while yet my tongue

Could scarcely cry ” ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!”

So your chimneys I sweep & in soot I sleep.

There’s little Tom Dacre, who cried when his head

That curled like a lamb’s back, was shaved, so I said,

“Hush, Tom! never mind it, for when your head’s bare,

You know that the soot cannot spoil your white hair.”

And so he was quiet, & that very night,

As Tom was a-sleeping he had such a sight!

That thousands of sweepers, Dick, Joe, Ned, & Jack,

Were all of them locked up in coffins of black;

And by came an Angel who had a bright key,

And he opened the coffins & set them all free;

Then down a green plain, leaping, laughing they run,

And wash in a river and shine in the Sun.

Then naked & white, all their bags left behind,

They rise upon clouds, and sport in the wind.

And the Angel told Tom, if he’d be a good boy,

He’d have God for his father & never want joy.

And so Tom awoke; and we rose in the dark

And got with our bags & our brushes to work.

Though the morning was cold, Tom was happy & warm;

So if all do their duty, they need not fear harm.

The following webpage gives a full explanation: https://www.shmoop.com/study-guides/poetry/chimney-sweeper-innocence/summary

Now, take a look at the other poem, under the same title, which appears in his book Songs of Experience

THE CHIMNEY SWEEPER from Songs of Experience

A little black thing among the snow,

Crying “weep! ‘weep!” in notes of woe!

“Where are thy father and mother? say?”

“They are both gone up to the church to pray.

Because I was happy upon the heath,

And smil’d among the winter’s snow,

They clothed me in the clothes of death,

And taught me to sing the notes of woe.

And because I am happy and dance and sing,

They think they have done me no injury,

And are gone to praise God and his Priest and King,

Who make up a heaven of our misery.”

Task: 1 Comparing and Contrasting the two poems by William Blake

This video will help you.

Prepare a poster or a mindmap to show:


-themes and tones

-metaphors, similes, symbols

-Why do they appear in different books?

Use vocaroo.com to record your opinion on how the poems are connected to industrial revolution

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Britain and slave trade

The Triangle Trade, also known as the triangular trade, is the name given to a system of trade that occurred during the colonial era in American History. New Englanders traded extensively, exporting many commodities such as fish, whale oil, furs, and rum. However, one distinct route that formed was the triangular trade. This pattern occurred as follows:

  • New Englanders manufactured and shipped rum to the west coast of Africa in exchange for slaves.
  • The slaves were taken on the “Middle Passage” to the West Indies where they were sold for molasses and money.
  • The molasses would be sent to New England to make rum and start the entire system of trade all over again.

Task : Check this interactive map and Find out:

1. What goods were transported to Africa from Europe?

2. Who organised the slave trade in Africa?

3. Why did many slaves not reach the plantations alive?

4. What goods were taken back to Liverpool and Bristol?

5. How important was this trade for these towns?

6. How many Africans were transferred to America as a result of the triangular trade?

7. Find a source to support any of your answers. leave the link and explain it.



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This is a primary source and it shows that when slaves arrived in America, they were sold at an auction. The white masters who paid more for them could take them to their plantations to work.

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Fish in a Tree: chapter 29

Before reading and watching the videos, let’s think and reflect!!

My Learning Journey - GRA- Fish In A Tree

Leave a sticky post with your ideas, thoughts, reflections, etc. You can also upload pictures or videos related to the topic.

Link to the canvas:

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More Figures of Speech

What is an oxymoron?

What is a hyperbole?

Now, go back to classroom, watch and read along with me.

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An introduction to the Industrial revolution

Watch the following 3 videos and take notes:

-use the colour black for dates

-use the colour blue for big titles/topics

-use the colour red for explanations

-use the colour green for examples

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History Assignment on July 9

Here the rubric for you to know what I’ll take into account to assess your work.

Teacher’s assessment on your learning                              

Organization of ideas.   
Ability to communicate ideas clearly, briefly and coherently.       
Knowledge of the topic developed. 
Thinking, understanding and reflecting on the topic. (connection with other topics and with the present)     
Sources (if any) and comments on them.   
Appropriate use of language     
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9th of July

Argentina - Colonial centres | Britannica

We have read about the independence of the US, we are also learning about the French revolution so I believe it is really important to understand how and why Argentina decided to become independent, too.

Here some sources of information that will help you go through your future assignment. Take a close look at the presentations and the videos and read the webpages. Take notes of important ideas and make sure you write down 2 or 3 questions to ask next Monday July 6.

History of Argentina


9th of July

Make sure you have read and watched everything. And of course, come back to this while doing your work.

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Movies based on History

Watch the following clips

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Video 4

How can you connect these clips to what we have read?

What happened when the war ended?

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The colonies in America want to be free

Let’s read and watch some videos about the American Revolution. Take notes of all the events and of the year when they happened.

Read this webpage: https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/American-Revolution/353711

Another source: https://kids.kiddle.co/American_Revolutionary_War

In pairs, using one of the following tools, you’ll prepare a timeline. Include important years and dates, event and a picture if you want!!

Tool 1: https://www.canva.com/es_es/crear/infografias/

Tool 2: https://www.visme.co/timeline-maker/

Tool 3: https://www.smartdraw.com/timeline/timeline-maker.htm

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Fish in a Tree

Before reading the novel, we talked about how characters in stories and movies can be interesting and memorable.

Here all your interesting ideas!!

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