Cartulina- Eportfolio

Después de leer El coronel no tiene a quien le escriba Del amor y otros demonios de Gabriel García Márquez, Cami nos asignó un trabajo práctico sobre estos libros y Latinoamerica. Nos dividimos en 5 grupos distintos y cada uno debería tratar con una característica de Latinoamerica, explicando cómo se hace y se hizo presente en América Latina y como se relaciona con estas novelas. Nuestro grupo se conforma por Tomás Braun, Juan Elía, Francisco Montoya y yo, y la característica con la que tratamos fue “La pobreza”. Nosotros, comenzamos nuestra presentación y cartulina hablando de la pobreza latinoamericana en 1950, en Colombia. En esta época, Colombia y Latinoamerica vivía en una extrema pobreza, y como dijo la Secretaria ejecutiva de la Cepal, el 55% de Latam vivía en pobreza. Así, relacionamos esto con lo que narra Márquez en El coronel no tiene a quien le escriba, ya que muestra como el coronel y su esposa casi ni comían y su única fuente económica y esperanza para salir de la pobreza era el gallo. Luego, mostramos cómo se hace presente la pobreza actualmente, en Venezuela, dónde alcanzó el 80% y también hablamos del resto de los países latinoamericanos.

Esta es la cartulina que realizamos:

Este trabajo práctico fue muy importante y me ayudó personalmente. Primero, porque al trabajar en grupo podemos compartir distintos puntos de vistas y opiniones. El trabajo en grupo nos sirve para poder complementarnos y cada uno aportar distintas ideas. Además, el trabajo me permitió ver cómo fue evolucionando la pobreza en nuestra historia y poder ver la realidad que atraviesa Venezuela. Finalmente, la cartulina sirvió mucho para poder ver visualmente y analizar distintos aspectos de la pobreza. También es una forma creativa de presentar algo, ya que nos permite salir un poco de los textos para presentar fotos, con flechas que ayuda también a entender.

Finalmente, esta actividad se puede relacionar con una que hicimos hace un par de semanas con Pat en literature. En esta, debíamos hablar sobre un conflicto actual, hablar sobre los participantes, mostrar una foto o un poema y encontrar una solución. Yo elegí la inestabilidad actual en Venezuela. A pesar de que hablé principalmente de la dictadura del país, la pobreza y el hambre en Venezuela cada vez aumenta más, tal como describo en la actividad. Esto se relaciona con este trabajo que realizamos en Lengua, en el que explicamos y presentamos a la pobreza como una principal característica de Latinoamerica, teniendo como ejemplo a Venezuela y sus problemas económicos actuales.


Inversion – Poem

Last class, Pilar told us to look for a poem which included inversion, as this is the topic we have been studying. This is the poem I chose, which includes the inversion “little did we know”.

Who knew you and I would be in this place.
I still remember the day we met.
You caught my eye and said hey, I said hello.
Soon enough we were best friends.
Little did we know…

My hand would be in yours
You’d be putting your arms around me, holding me close
And promising never to left go,
You’d be the one I would trust with my life
Little did we know we just might fall in love.

You asked me to be yours and it all started.
I was too young to feel something real,
To me it was a fling, but to you it was more
When you told me you loved me
I got scared and broke your heart.
I left you behind,
Little did I know…

You’d hang on.
You’d still be the hand I could hold when I was down
You’d be the shoulder I’d cry on
You promised we’d always be friends
And you would always be one I could trust
Little did I know I was falling in love.

It took me a long time,
But I realized I made a mistake in letting you go
You were everything I could ever want
All I hoped is you could take a chance on me again
Little did I know…

You felt the same.
You would put my hand in yours,
You’ve never wanted anything more than to put your arms around me
And hold me close, never letting go.
Little did I know you would take a chance on me

Now I see
I had broken the heart of a boy
Who will always be there to put mine back together.
My hand will always be in yours,
You will put your arms around me and never let go.
I can trust you more than I can trust myself.
Now we know, we’re in love

Description and poem of the Pilar Church – Matías Ripoll and Tomas Braun

Description of the Church

The church of Pillar is situated in Recoleta, Buenos Aires. It was built as a part of the Franciscan monastery in 1732 and is dedicated to our lady of the Pillar. It is the second-oldest church and its construction was begun by the Italian Andres Blanqui and finished under Juan Bautista Primoli. Despite its antiquity, this church keeps attracting people.

From distance, you can appreciate a delightful garden with two brick-made sideroads. The garden is made of a perfectly cut and greenish grass covered with white and growing flowers. Black fences surround the garden working as protection. The outside of the church has a white color and it contains rectangular windows all over the front side of it. The church has a triangular-shaped roof and on the left of it at the top, a white bell can be seen. The entrance of the Church of Pilar is white and has black gratings to forbid the access to it. As you get in, there is an area with a brick-made floor which leads to the big wooden gate, which gives access to the inside of the kirk

As you enter, you can perceive two lines of brownish benches and between them, a thin corridor is made. This one leads to the altar of the church and three chairs in which the priest and the altar boys sit. In addition a golden-made and huge sculpture which has, at the center of it, our lady of the pillar. At the sides of the church white columns with significative Christian statues can be seen. The ceiling is white, giving the inside of the church a light color.

All in all, the church of pilar has a delightful appearance in both the inside and outside of it, and it is for this reason that many tourists decide to visit it every day.



Poem – The Pilar Church


Built by his followers,

Lighted by his angelical advice

Even the Lord was flabbergasted

by the souls it enticed


The white walls illuminated their faith

The greenish grass lighted a delightful day while the Lord waited for their entrance

accepting every one of their repentance


And through the wooden gates, there she stands,

Delightfully seeing everyone’s face

In front of her, her dead son,

The Lord’s word being said for everyone in the place


She is not alone there, though,

Sunday noon fills her house with pained,

Agonising spirits,  praying for help and salvation,

A man kindly speaks “it’s okay to be afraid”


As big as a Roman temple,

Her greatness as big as a Church,

Standing above the Pilar,

Jesus’ utterances being said,

“It’s okay to be afraid”, they say,

“My fault, hit me with your birch”.




Write a paragraph (80-90 words) saying what has happened to the male character. Use a variety of tenses: simple past, past continuous, past perfect and conditional type 3. Then look for an example of:


It was late at night. The male character was unconscious at the side of a road, and while he was lying on the floor in the middle of the coldness, the woman was coming back from the office. While she was driving, she realised she had forgotten her phone at work. Despite the fact she knew it was unnecessary to return all the way back to the office to look for it, something told her that she had to go and look her phone. The man was found by the woman while she was returning to the work office. He was saved by her and if she had not forgotten the phone, he would not have met her. In addition, if she had arrived ten minutes later, he would have died. For this reason, the male character was saved by the woman.

Simple Past: “But something inside me told me to turn around and go back”.

Past Continuous: “I was working late”

Past Perfect: “And on my drive home I realized I had left my phone at the office”.

Conditional type 3: “The doctor said If I had found you ten minutes later, it would have been too late.”


Write a paragraph (summary) of 80- 90 words of the story The Escape. Answer the questions in a paragraph. Include a variety of tenses: simple past- past perfect- past continuous and present perfect.


The story “The gold Cadillac” started with a black-skinned family who lived in the United States of America and shared the house with the cousins and uncles of both girls, Lois and Wilma. The setting in place was in the United States of America and as the story developed in the mississippi. The setting in time was in the 1950s. The father, who was the main character of the story, was called Wilbert. He was the most important character as he caused the conflict of the story. Wilbert bought a gold cadillac with the money which had to be used for buying a new house, as he had previously arranged with his wife, Dee. This was the climax of the story, as tension was created in the inside of the house. The mother of the children was mad at his husband and could not understand why had he done that, as he had agreed to it. Dee did not want to get on that car but later on in the story, the family, visited there grandparent s farm. While they are traveling, people looked at them suspiciously, as they doubted if they had robbed the car. As they are arriving, a policeman stopped them, and penalized the father for having stolen the car. They felt discriminated by the policeman. At the end of the story, Wilbert sold the car and buys an older one, in order that the family could afford to buy a new house. 


What is the story about? What are the main events in the story, and how are they

related to each other?

Are the main events of the story arranged chronologically, or are they arranged in

another way?

What are the conflicts in the plot? Are they physical, intellectual, moral or

emotional? Are they resolved? How are they resolved? Is the main conflict between

good and evil sharply differentiated, or is it more subtle and complex?

What is the climax of the story and at what point in the story does the climax occur?

What is the setting of the story?

Who is/are the main character(s) in the story? What does the main character look


Describe the main character’s situation. Where does he/she live? Does he/she live

alone or with others? What does the main character do for a living, or is he/she

dependent on others for support?

What are some of the chief characteristics (personality traits) of the character?

What point of view does the story use? Is the story told from a first-person

perspective, in which the narrator is one of the characters in the story, and refers to

himself or herself as “I”? Or is the story told from a third-person perspective, in which

the narrator is not one of the characters in the story or may not participate in the

events of the story?

Is it consistent in its use of this point of view? If shifts are made, are they justified?

What are the advantages of the chosen point of view?

Report – Natural disaster

This is the report I did with Ramiro Aizpiri about the Mexico Natural disaster



México suffers an 8.1 Earthquake


On the September the 9th and 19th of 2017, an 8.1 Earthquake stroke in the country of Mexico. The cities affected by this disaster were Mexico city, Morelos and Puebla state. 217 civilians were killed by this devastating catastrophe and and thousands of civilians suffered injuries or other hardships.

This earthquake was the most powerful one since the one that hit this same country in 1985, date of the anniversary of the 1985 tragedy. It stroke at a speed of 350km per hour, damaging and collapsing buildings and all sorts of structures or facilities, such us in Mexico City, who lost 40 of its buildings. Not only constructions suffered consequences, but also people, due to the casualties or the loss of houses.

After both strikes hit, streets were blocked and as a result people struggled to reached their homes. In other cases, they lost their houses and had no place to go. Companies and shops were destroyed, so most of the workers lost their jobs and therefore had no money left to maintain themselves. In fact, the US Geological Survey mentioned the following: “the economic impact was between US$1 Billion and US$10 billion”. As a consequence, the country’s economy and market decreased strongly and rapidly. Finally, 5 millions of civilians were still without power within the following week.

To conclude, due to the devastation caused by this earthquake, several victims lost. ot only their houses but also loved people. The government declares it was going to interfere. However, a neighbour of the Asuncion Ixtaltepec town yelled at Rios: “There were dead people, and nobody came”. Throughout this quote we can see that victims are claiming that officers did came but very late and in a very short amount of rescuers, so they had to try and save themselves by their own. They expect the state to take quicker actions to solve this chaos as soon as possible.