domenica 17 maggio 2009

Chapter 3 “I can’t stand Tristam!”

In the same kingdom a very handsome man, Rottbarth Karkaroff, lived.

He was a knight, a very skilful knight, but he was very cruel and he thought only of himself and… he sometimes was crazy. He loved secretly Iseult and he hated Tristam very much.

One day he was walking in his castle, when he heard Iseult’s voice. His heart started to beat very strong.

“What a fantastic melody!” he thought.

Then he decided to see where Iseult was. He followed her voice and he arrived near a room on the third floor. He wanted to spy on the princess and he opened the door a little, in silence. He had a glance in the room and…he was surprised, because Tristam and Iseult were together near the window. They were talking and the girl was smiling sweetly.

She was beautiful.

Her blond hair was moved by the wind and her perfume was spread in the air.

Tristam was touching her hair slowly…

“It’s unbearable!” Rottbarth shouted in his mind and he slammed the door and went away. Iseult and Tristam turned their heads to the door, but there was nobody, Iseult was scared, so Tristam said:

“Don’t worry! It might be the wind!”,

Iseult replied: “But…. If it were a ghost?”,

Tristam couldn’t keep back himself and he started to laugh:

“A ghost?”, he said,

“But ghosts are only imagination!”.

In the meantime Rottbarth was running to Remigius. Remigius Maleficus was a very…hmm.. very interesting magician or maybe, it is more correct to say that he believed to be a magician, but he wasn’t very able. Rottbarth went into the magician’s room, while Remigius was analysing a light yellow potion with incredulity and he was saying with a very low voice: “But…hmmm. It must be blue! So… what was I wrong about?”. Rottbarth saw the magician and he slammed the door with so much violence that Remigius slumped and he turned to the door very slowly,

while he asked: “Who…who… who are you?”.

“That’s me! Stupid!”the knight shouted.

“Oh my sir, my strong, big, magnificent, handsome sir. What can I do for you? I’m your humble servant and I’ll do whatever you want”

Remigius replied very fast.

Rottbarth, distructed by Remigius’ behaviour, said:

“I don’t know!... No… I forgot …Tristam…you must kill him now! Be quick!” .

Remigius replied “Ok, my sir. I’ll try to kill him. It isn’t a problem for me!”. “I’ll try…I’ll try…you said I’ll try…but what do you think? It isn’t a joke, this is the real human life and you,…you must be a good magician and I don’t want to listen “I can’t”, because if it happens, I’ll kill you with my hands! Shall I say more?”,

“No, my sir!” the magician said.

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Romance: from middle age to our days

Ecco quet che le carte empton di sogni,
Lancliotto, Tristano e gil altri erranti,
Onde conven che il voigo errante agogni.

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Ist step Introduction



· E mails

· PPt presentation about their country and local reality

· Chat session (after the first contacts)

2nd step web quest

Students investigate the web quest and make a web quest about middle age – website review

The desired outcome of this Quest upon the Web is that you, the student, will have gained knowledge of Middle age, been enriched by having read one of the classic romances of all time.

You will be part of a group of four who will work together in order to complete the tasks. Each group member will accept one role, do all the research needed for that role, and teach the others in your group the knowledge you have gained. The final project will be to creatively present to the class what you have learned. This may be done by combining your individual work into a display or presentation, or you may wish to be creative and do something entirely different. Whatever the case, working together is essential.

Enjoy your tasks and the role you choose

The Process

The Knight

This task, should you choose to accept, is to discover what it was like to be a knight in this period. Find out what his typical day was like, his hobbies . Show it in a 2 page paper or ppt

The everyday man

You will need to find out how someone lived in a village or in a town (choose two or three of the topics offered). Learn what type of food was served; what was the popular entertainment; what were the roles of men and women. After collecting your information, write a two page paper comparing your life as a student in the 21st century to what your life would have been like in that period.

The Historian

As an historian, if this is your choice of roles, you have a longing to find out as much as you can about the historical background of the country you have chosen ..

The Student

You task is to find out about the intellectuals of that

Period and their audience.

Then you have to prepare a set of 15 questions your friends and you are likely to answer.

3rd step romances investigation

Students investigate romances and describe/discuss what they are after having already investigated it with their Italian and history teachers.

4th step production

Students create their own modern day or traditional romance – exchange work between schools.(interaction)

The written romance could be sent to - a website for young people to submit their written work and get it published online

5th step: being more and more creative

they create a story for children or a video

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