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Blarney Castle

Welcome to Cork!

Let’s start knowing a little bit more about the city that we are going to visit in this project. Our first stop in Cork is going to be Blarney Castle, one of the most famous attractions in the whole city. It is just ten kilometres away from Cork city.

It is also home to the world famous Blarney Stone, which is said to give those who kiss it the Irish 'gift of the gab' which means the ability to speak in an easy and confident way that makes people want to listen to you and believe what you say. It was built more than six-hundred years ago and a lot of tourists from around the world visit it every year. 

At the end of the session,you will have:

  • been introduced to Cork, the second most important city of the Republic of Ireland.
  • known all the outcomes you have to produce in this project.
  • started thinking about what to include in your investigation about recycling.

Watch the video Cork - Let the Magic begin and observe what are the differences in streets, shops, etc between Cork and your hometown.

Link to video
Cork. Let the magic begin

After having watched the video, try to answer the following questions orally:

  • Do you know any other famous places in Cork? Do you know the name of any other Irish cities?
  • Have you ever been to Cork? And to any other European cities?
  • Do you remember any of the monuments you visited?
  • Any interesting or favourite landmarks?
  • Do you recommend visiting any of these cities? Why? Why not?

If you want to know more details about the second city of the Republic of Ireland, watch the video Flight over Cork City.

As you could see, this is a good resource to see places and hear sounds about the city we're going to work on along this project. Which has been more surprising to you? Is there anything that you already knew? Have you chosen your favourite place in Cork yet?

You can answer and summarize these three questions in a short monologue and you can share it with your classmate or with the rest of the class.

As you are going to see in a few moments, Blarney Castle will be the first place you should include on a Google Site map. Don't forget about it!

Outcomes to produce while in Cork.

At the end of this project, you will have produced the following outcomes:

Task: Each project has a complete different task, with different steps to complete it. In Cork, you have to produce an investigation about recycling and spread it through Twitter. All the steps within this task will be identified thanks to their colour, orange.

Challenge: Along the different projects, there is a challenge which is common to all the projects, with a Google Site, where you have to search for certain information of the different English-speaking cities you are going to visit. The different activities are also going to be distributed in different steps and you are going to have some help to look for and select the information for the collaborative challenge. This is designed to be done in groups of 2/3 students. All the activities within this challenge will be identified thanks to their colour, green.

If you think you need more info about how to create a site, you can look for more details visiting the beginner's guide to creating a site. 

Learning Diary: You have to use a blog (wordpress, blogger, edublogs or others), as your learning diary. You will publish the different reflections on the activities you will find throughout the project, the videos of the conversations with your classmates, the reflections on the daily work, all the different tasks, the link to your Google Site challenge, and all the other activities that you will be discovering along the projects. All the activities within this task will be identified by their colour, blue.

If you need extra help on how to start a blog, please check some easy steps.

Twitter will be a tool you should use to spread and share your work. Along the project you will be required to publish on Twitter using one (or both) of these hashtags: #taskrecycling and #projectcork

If you are new in this network, take a look at the link for new users.

All your work along this unit will be evaluated according to the rubric 'Assessment rubric. Cork'. You can use it as a guide and a reference for your work: 

Your task: An investigation report about recycling.

rtTask Step 1: Think about what you have to do.

At the end of this project, you will have been able to publish your investigation report about recycling.

By doing so, you will be awarded an accomplishment badge by your teacher who will be able to create them at the following website: Class badges and that you will be able to upload to your personal Learning Diary.

But first, you have to think about what to include in your interview and brainstorm some answers to these questions:

  • What can you do to recycle? 
  • Which type of products can you recycle? Do you already recycle anything at home?
  • What kind of policies can local governments do to encourage citizens to recycle? 
  • Have you ever recycled a piece of furniture? Or an X-Ray photograph?

Have you already started thinking about what to include in your investigation about recycling? If you look at the photo above, you can think of at least fifteen different products you have at home that can be recycled: 1) glass bottles, 2) thin plastic, 3) thick plastic, 4) cardboard, 5) no classified, 6) cans, 7) paper, 8) polystyrene, 9) glass fragments, 10) batteries, 11) metals, 12) organics, 13) tetrapak, 14) fabric, 15) wc. Let's start getting acquainted with some vocabulary about recycling with Recycling Vocabulary

This could be a great moment to start with your work on Twitter. Make your first posts summarizing the project and introducing Blarney Castle using the hashtag: #projectcork.

Let's continue with our visit to Cork!