4th ESO A students Sara McGarry, Lucía Baz, Christian Ferradás and Alberto Batista have chosen Guy de Maupassant’s story “The Necklace Ticket” for their 2nd term PBL. This is what they have sent us:
Mathilde Claudeau is a middle-class woman who is married to Monsieur Loisel. She has a normal life, but she wants to be rich. One day, she went to a party and she borrowed a really expensive necklace from her friend Madame Jeanne Forester. She lost the necklace and she had to buy another one, so she lost all her money and she had to move to another house. There she realized that what se got was enough. Then she met her friend and told her about it. Her friend said that it was a really cheap necklace.
Why did we choose that song?
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with its huge helium character balloons it’s an attraction for thousands of New Yorkers. In the song, the Parade is symbolizing modern society’s tendency to put material values over emotional ones. And then the song gradually flows into a story that tells that you have to move on even if you might never get everything you want, but in the end you will see that all you really need is a little hope. This happens in the story too, because Mathilde wasn’t happy with what she had and then she realizes that it was enough. The moral of “The Necklace” is that you mustn’t want always everything you see and you have to apreciate things before they’re gone.
About the band:
Green Day is an East Bay rock band that was originally part of the punk rock scene at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California. At first, the members were Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass) and Al Sobrante (drums), but Al had to leave to go to university, so Tré Cool joined the band as the drummer. They recorded their first album, 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1989, and then Kerplunk in 1992, wich were both released by an independent record label, Lookout Records! Then, in 1994 they signed with Warner Brothers and they recorded an album that became a huge success, Dookie, with sold ver 10 million copies in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide. Green Day’s follow-up albums, Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, weren’t as big as Dookie, but they were still successful, reaching double platinum, double platinum, and gold status respectivel. Then they did a copilation of their biggest hits (International Superhits!) and another one of the B-sides of their previous songs (Shenanigans). But the biggest hit came with American Idiot (2004), a rock opera that tells the story of an anti-hero: Jesus of Suburbia. On May 2009 Green Day released their eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown.
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