Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween


Here's an old Halloween song (it starts at about 1.00).  Look at the singer's face.  He's very....interesting! 

And here are some easy things to read about Halloween:

Enjoy and don't eat too much candy!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What's your Favorite piece of Clothing?

Here's one of my favorite songs.  It tells a great story about an old shirt:

Here are the lyrics:

"This Shirt"

This shirt is old and faded
All the color's washed away
I've had it now for more damn years
Than I can count anyway
I wear it beneath my jacket
With the collar turned up high
So old I should replace it
But I'm not about to try

This shirt's got silver buttons
And a place upon the sleeve
Where I used to set my heart up
Right there anyone could see
This shirt is the one I wore to every boring high school dance
Where the boys ignored the girls
And we all pretended to like the band

This shirt was a pillow for my head
On a train through Italy
This shirt was a blanket beneath the love
We made in Argeles
This shirt was lost for three whole days
In a town near Buffalo
'Till I found the locker key
In a downtown Trailways bus depot

This shirt was the one I lent you
And when you gave it back
There was a rip inside the sleeve
Where you rolled your cigarettes
It was the place I put my heart
Now look at where you put a tear
I forgave your thoughtlessness
But not the boy who put it there

This shirt was the place your cat
Decided to give birth to five
And we stayed up all night watching
And we wept when the last one died
This shirt is just an old faded piece of cotton
Shining like the memories
Inside those silver buttons

This shirt is a grand old relic
With a grand old history
I wear it now for Sunday chores
Cleaning house and raking leaves
I wear it beneath my jacket
With the collar turned up high
So old I should replace it
But I'm not about to try

Monday, October 19, 2015

I'm not feelilng so good.....


 Hope you are feeling well!  But click here for vocabulary about illnesses and medical conditions.  Take the vocabulary test!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tom's Diner

Here's Suzanne Vega talking about and singing Tom's Diner.  The song starts at about 1:20.

Here are the words:

I am sitting
In the morning
At the diner
On the corner

I am waiting
At the counter
For the man
To pour the coffee

And he fills it
Only halfway
And before
I even argue

He is looking
Out the window
At somebody
Coming in

"It is always
Nice to see you"
Says the man
Behind the counter

To the woman
Who has come in
She is shaking
Her umbrella

And I look
The other way
As they are kissing
Their hellos

I'm pretending
Not to see them
I pour the milk

I open
Up the paper
There's a story
Of an actor

Who had died
While he was drinking
It was no one
I had heard of

And I'm turning
To the horoscope
And looking
For the funnies

When I'm feeling
Someone watching me
And so
I raise my head

There's a woman
On the outside
Looking inside
Does she see me?

No she does not
Really see me
Cause she sees
Her own reflection

And I'm trying
Not to notice
That she's hitching
Up her skirt

And while she's
Straightening her stockings
Her hair
Has gotten wet

Oh, this rain
It will continue
Through the morning
As I'm listening

To the bells
Of the cathedral
I am thinking
Of your voice...

And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began...

I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the train

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Level 5/6 October 4


It's another beautiful sunny day (boo, hiss; we need rain!)

Just in case you have nothing else to do, you can review some of last week's vocabulary here.

If you want to listen to the story about Josh & his mother, click here

While you're there, check out other stories. 

Level 4 -- Starting Week 8 Already!

Wow!  I can't believe that we are about to start  Week 8.  This semester is going by fast!  (going by = moving very fast).  Here are some words that we talked about this week.  Remember if you can't use the premium activities sign in as a teacher:

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