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I racconti, le poesie, le filastrocche, gli articoli, del maestro Ercole Bonjean

Com'è bello scrivere! Da quando sono in pensione lo posso fare in ogni momento: di giorno, di notte, ogni occasione è buona. Questa passione nasce da esigenze didattiche per poi sfociare in un mia esigenza personale. Scrivere racconti, poesie, filastrocche, è diventato un momento piacevole della giornata. Dai dati di Google in mio possesso ho scoperto che i miei scritti hanno superato, in questi anni, le cinquecentomila visualizzazioni di pagina a riprova dell'interesse delle lettrici e dei lettori del sito per il mio lavoro. Ho quindi pensato di creare un apposito link con tutti i miei scritti a cui se ne aggiungeranno spero ancora molti altri. Non mi resta che augurarvi buona lettura. Racconti e descrizioni : Sogno di Natale La descrizione di un fenomeno naturale: "La bufera" (The storm) - La metafora nel testo descrittivo Perché si dice "Chi dorme non piglia pesci"? Perché si dice: "Tanto va la gatta al lardo che ci lascia lo zampino" Perché si

"The Two Faces of Easter" poem by Ercole Bonjean: english and italian version

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The Two Faces of Easter How many chocolate eggs of various colors in the supermarkets. Fake doves of peace filled with sugar and almonds. So much food to enjoy for those who have money, so many empty tables. Another holiday that searches for a reason for its being. A man met a poor person and extended his hand. A child hugged his mother and gave her comfort. Three women went to Calvary of the Resurrection. It is Easter, the bells of life resound. Ercole Bonjean © I due volti della Pasqua Quante uova di cioccolato dai vari colori nei supermercati. Finte colombe di pace ripiene di zucchero e mandorle. Tanto cibo da gustare per chi ha del denaro, tante tavole vuote. Un'altra festa che cerca un perché del suo essere. Un uomo incontrò un povero e gli tese una mano. Un bimbo si strinse alla mamma e le diede conforto. Tre donne si recarono al Calvario della Resurrezione. E' Pasqua, risuonano le campane della vita. Ercole Bonjean  © Visualizza e stampa

My dad

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  My Dad I hear footsteps on the stairs, and I immediately run to see if it's my dad. I know he never takes the elevator. I'm very happy because he's hardly ever home since he's a doctor. My dad is of normal build, but he has a bit of a paunch: that's why my mom and I always tease him. He's of average height; his face is so chubby that sometimes it reminds me of a little kid. His eyes are a very expressive dark brown and immediately reveal his mood: they are understanding and sweet. His nose is regular, very proportionate to his face, and his mouth is small with thin lips. He always wears his hair very short, which is black with a few white streaks. My dad is calm, it's hard for him to get angry and he only scolds me when I do something really big. He's very helpful because in the evening, even if he's tired, as soon as he finishes eating, he immediately plays chess or cards with me; when he teaches me a sport or a game, he's very patient because

"To mother Teresa" by Ercole Bonjean

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   To Mother Teresa How barren my garden was: dry, arid, lifeless. Today I met you, I was holding your hand: warm, wrinkled, welcoming. The light of your smile light up my face. I didn't see and you gave me back my sight, I didn't hear and now I can listen, I had no emotions and now I love. My garden is full of flowers: flourishing, fruitful, full of life. Ercole Bonjean View and print

The legend of mimosa by Ercole Bonjean

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  The legend of mimosa by Ercole Bonjean Elena, a young woman, fell in love with the Sun, she looked at it attracted by the beauty of its rays and her eyes looked at it enraptured by its strength, by its heat. But the Sun did not return so much love and struck her with spears of fire. She continued to love him and looked for him with her eyes. She cried for days trying to convey to him the love she loved him. And then the tears fell on the ground and transformed into many small and fragrant yellow flowers. The mimosa was born, the flower symbolizing women. Traduzione La leggenda della mimosa Elena, una giovane donna, si innamorò del Sole, lo guardava attratta dalla bellezza dei suoi raggi e i suoi occhi lo guardavano rapiti dalla sua forza, dal suo calore. Ma il Sole non ricambiò tanto amore e la colpì con lance di fuoco. Lei continuava ad amarlo e lo cercava con lo sguardo. Pianse per giorni cercando di trasmettergli il bene che gli voleva. Ed ecco che le lacrime caddero sul terreno e

"New year" Gianni Rodari poem (english and italian version)

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                                            New Year  You Guess, I guess,  you who read in fate:  What the new year will be like?  Beautiful, ugly or half and half?  I find it printed in my big books  that it will have certainly four seasons,  twelve months, each in its place,  a carnival and a mid-August,  and the next day on Monday  will always be a Tuesday.  I can not find for now  anything more written  in the fate of the new year:  for the rest even this year  will be as men would want it to be.  Fonte:  Daring  to do L'anno nuovo Indovinami, indovino,  tu che leggi nel destino:  l’anno nuovo come sarà?  Bello, brutto o metà e metà?  Trovo stampato nei miei libroni  che avrà di certo quattro stagioni,  dodici mesi, ciascuno al suo posto,  un carnevale e un ferragosto,  e il giorno dopo il lunedì  sarà sempre un martedì.  Di più per ora scritto non trovo  nel destino dell’anno nuovo:  per il resto anche quest’anno  sarà come gli uomini lo faranno.  Gianni Rodari Ti potrebbero i

Christmas tales and poems by maestro Ercole in English - Racconti e poesie di Natale del maestro Ercole in lingua inglese

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In this post some of my stories and poems, relating to Christmas, which I hope will be useful as a starting point for lessons. Enjoy the reading! The Comet It’s Christmas Christmas Present "In bed with a fever"  Ti potrebbero interessare: "La stella cometa" - La poesia, il lavoro in classe. Comprendo, illustro, memorizzo, la poesia "Regalo di Natale" E' Natale "Nuovo Anno", filastrocca a rima baciata "Babbo Natale" - Filastrocca a rima baciata "Un regalo di Natale dal cielo", filastrocca a rima baciata  Un giorno qualunque "La Befana e il Befanone", filastrocca La grotta di Betlemme Un albero speciale A letto con la febbre Lettera di Babbo Natale ai bambini - Interpretazione del testo Sogno di Natale Le poesie e le filastrocche del maestro Ercole I racconti del maestro Ercole

Giacomo Leopardi: "Brilla nell'aria" - Prosa della poesia (prose version of the poem)

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Brilla nell'aria   Primavera d'intorno. Brilla nell'aria  e per li campi esulta,  si' ch'a mirarla intenerisce il core odi greggi belar, muggire armenti e gli altri augelli contenti a gara insieme, per lo libero ciel  fan mille giri, pur festeggiando il lor tempo migliore. Giacomo Leopardi Spring poetry: “Brilla nell’aria” by Giacomo Leopardi  Prose version of the poem: Spring brightens the sky, and it is as if the fields exulted at its coming. At its passage, the heart fills with emotions and you listen to the sheep bleating with joy, the cows mooing; the birds happily circle the sky and, like a joyful race, fly free, celebrating the best season of their life. Prosa della poesia La primavera illumina il cielo ed è come se i campi esultassero al suo incedere. Al suo passaggio il cuore si riempie d'emozioni e ascolti le pecorelle che belano dalla gioia, i muggiti delle mucche; gli uccelli felici ruotano nel cielo e, come in una gara della

Christmas poems for kids

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It’s Christmas It’s Christmas, dear children It’s here for everyone For young and for old. Jesus is born Like many other kids On this day into the world. He brings you a gift, Which is not a miniature train He brings you a gift, Which is not for simple play He brings you a big kiss, As big as Love itself is: If you need it you can use it any day. Ercole Bonjean Translation by Chiara Amoretti Christmas Present “I want a big present, mum.” “You can’t always get what you want.” “I’d like only one present this Christmas.” “You will get many presents, not just one.” “But I only want one present.” “What could you possibly want so desperately?” “Maria’s cuddles to Baby Jesus!” Ercole Bonjean Translation by Chiara Amoretti Suitable for I grade students. View and print

Elementary school: all the posts

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Elementary school, all the posts: "Mother Dear," by Ercole Bonjean Mr Bonjean interviews his students: Is writing a pleasure or a sacrifice? Composition: "Are audiovisual devices (TV, computer and internet, DVD player, Play Station, games…) really an advantage of our times? Express your opinion". How do we study? Essay: Is homework really necessary? Essay: Cars are very useful means of transport but… Outlines for narrative, essay-style or descriptive texts. A crocodile’s tears Learning how to write a text appropriate to the addressee A nursery rhyme… in fancy dress As happy as can be Classic fables: the ugly duckling Individual description - In a field at dawn Blue lights Jesus or Barabbas Carnival The Comet It’s Christmas A Colourful Nursery Rhyme Fantastical narrative: Logos In memory of the dead: a poem for November 2nd. Close reading and textual interpretation – The End of a Friendship Seasonal topics: Mr Winte

"Mother Dear," by Ercole Bonjean

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Mother Dear, Of my life you are the centre, You give me joy and give me shelter. How wonderful it is To greet you with a kiss Or a thoughtful caress On the palm of your hand. Last night I dreamt of you And in the dream I hugged you; Then my sorrow fled me As your hand caressed me; My face is now bright, As I am woken by your smile. I now look at life in awe As I step through the door! Ercole Bonjean Translation by Chiara Amoretti Saves and prints Link correlati a questo post: Elementary school

Mr Bonjean interviews his students: Is writing a pleasure or a sacrifice?

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Mr Bonjean interviews his students: Is writing a pleasure or a sacrifice? Why do we write? We write to learn how to communicate, because writing is a crucial part of our  lives and will be useful for all aspects of life. (Andrea) We write for many reasons: to express how we feel inside, but also for the sheer  joy of learning how to write and entering the world of writing. (Elena) We write to communicate, to compose texts or nursery rhymes, to write letters  or, if you are in love, love letters. (Simone) We write for many reasons: to communicate, to describe things, to memorize, to  recount our own experiences, to inform. (Giulia) What sort of text do you prefer writing? Why? I prefer writing fables because I can invent them myself and I have fun  describing witches, fairies, ogres, wizards and goblins. (Silvio) I love writing action and adventure stories because I am passionate about this  kind of tale; I particularly like imagining the world of pira

Composition: "Are audiovisual devices (TV, computer and internet, DVD player, Play Station, games…) really an advantage of our times? Express your opinion".

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Are audiovisual devices (TV, computer and internet, DVD player, Play Station, games…) really an advantage of our times? Express your opinion. STRUCTURE: Beginning: introduce the topic with a question. Central situation: Explain the positive and negative aspects of audiovisual devices Final situation: conclude with your opinion. Are audiovisual devices really an advantage of our times? In our time, we have many audiovisual devices, each with positive and negative aspects: they can be used to relax, but we shouldn’t exaggerate because they can cause illness to various parts of our bodies. Television is an audiovisual device from which we get information, through programs such as news shows and documentaries; it is also a means of entertainment because it plays comedies, films and cartoons. The downside is there are also programs that are not fit for children our age. Television is not indispensible, so in the afternoon we should play in the open air inst

How do we study?

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How do we study? At school… The teacher sets a goal for the day (what we need to learn during the lesson, our objective). For example, let’s look at the method for writing an essay. Our teacher suggests a scheme, but we are then asked, with his help, to separate the different sections that compose it (introduction, arguments in favour, arguments against, conclusion). After finding the several points to make, the scheme is complete. Now we can start writing the essay. Everyone has access to a vocabulary, which is useful to solve doubts about spelling and to check meanings of words. Moreover, some of us read the examples that we find in the dictionary and use them in the essay. The teacher always suggests that we read over what we have written and indeed sometimes we find mistakes this way. If the essay is not completely finished, we can take it home and we have up to a week to improve it and then hand it in. After a few days the teacher gives the essay back to us wi

Essay: Is homework really necessary?

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Essay: Is homework really necessary? Introduction Introduce the topic with a personal opinion Body of the Essay Arguments in favour It is an exercise that helps us better understand the work done in class They deepen our understanding of the topics covered in class By doing homework we realize what we didn’t understand during class Studying helps us memorize and re-elaborate what was explained by the teachers Homework is necessary because it helps us be autonomous and learn on our own Arguments against Homework should not take up too much of our free time Homework should be interesting Even if useful, homework is mostly a sacrifice for us Essay How boring, more homework to do! Almost every day we have homework after school. Sometimes I ask myself if homework is really necessary and I realize that, even if sometimes it is boring, it allows us to understand and memorize what was studied in the morning. Often us

Essay: Cars are very useful means of transport but…

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Essay: Cars are very useful means of transport but… Scheme Introduction I introduce the topic with my opinion on the subject. Body Arguments in favour The car allows us to move and cross great distances It is a useful means of transport because it can carry several objects or people at once It often contains objects that are usually found at home: radio, air conditioning, reclining seats. Arguments against Cars pollute the environment with exhaust emissions If driven incautiously, it can cause accidents It is expensive Often, cars cause traffic jams in big cities blocking people for long periods of time. Conclusion I conclude with my opinion, summarizing my argumentations. Essay The car is the most common means of transport in our society and it has now become indispensible to men. Cars allow us to take great trips, cover long distances and reach new places in little time, travelling comfortably thanks to in-bui

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