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Gift for Writing
Look at the pictures below. Guess who the writers are. Read the text below and drag the names to the right pictures.
1. William Shakespeare, 16th/17th century, the English writer who is world-famous for his poems and plays like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and other plays of distinction.
2. Ernest Hemingway, a 20th century American author and
journalist, who wrote novels, novellas, and short stories. He was awarded the
Nobel Prize for Literature for his novella The Old Man and the Sea. Some of his novels are: For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, etc.
3. Primož Trubar, 16th century, was a Slovenian Protestant priest, a translator, and writer. He is the author of the first Slovenian language printed book Catechismus, followed by Abecedarium (The Catechism and Abecedary).
4. Jane Austen, a 19th century English writer, well-known for her romantic novels. Her best-known works are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and others.
5. France Prešeren, 19th century, the greatest Slovenian romantic poetry writer, the author of, among others, Sonetni venec and the Slovenian national anthem Zdravljica - The Toast.
6. Oscar Wilde, of Irish origin, is best known for the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the play The Importance of Being Earnest. Apart from novels and plays, he also wrote fairy tales.
William ShakespeareErnest HemingwayPrimož TrubarJane AustenFrance PrešerenOscar Wilde
In a group, discuss the above writers and their writing. In your notebook, list some well-known titles of their artworks.
Who is a writer? Discuss this question with your partner and write a definition in your notebook. Compare your definition with the example below.
In its broadest sense, the word ‘writer’ means anybody who writes and communicates with others through any kind of writing, from letters to literature.
In a narrower sense, a writer means an author who creates "beautiful writing."
Now, read the text and choose the right words to complete it.
A writer makes good use of the written word and communicates ideas through various styles and techniques.
writing can appear in many literary categories such as prose and
, plays, screenplays, essays. According to this,
or authors can be novelists, short story writers,
, playwrights, screenplay writers, essayists, etc.
Writers are able to use
skilfully to express themselves: their ideas,
, feelings, beliefs, observations, etc. Their
materials can be fictional or nonfictional. They can entertain,
and inspire readers.
writers, they use the written word not only to entertain, but also to convey a special,
meaning and universal values relevant to the
human race. This way, they make a
contribution to the literature, which is an integral part of the world culture.
Next, answer the questions about the text above in note form.
How does a writer use written words to communicate ideas?
What is the purpose of language for writers?
What are writers skilled at producing?
Follow the instructions in ‘Activity Idea 1’ and ‘Activity Idea 2’ below, do the activities and compare your notes with your partner’s.
At an international meeting of school literature clubs, you are expected to represent your school club through a presentation of a great Slovenian author who, in your school club’s opinion, has significantly contributed to the Slovenian language and culture.
Prepare a presentation on the topic. It should include information about:
who that person is/was
her/ his life briefly
the work you find most important
what impact his/her contribution has had on the nation.
Answer the questions below and then write a short passage on the topic using the ideas below.
Who is your favourite writer?
Is he/she Slovenian or foreign?
What qualities, in your opinion, makes him/her a good writer?
What makes him/her famous?
Why would you recommend him/her to your friend(s) or readers in general?
My favourite writer is . . . .
He/She is of Slovenian/English/Italian. . . origin.
I find him/her the most interesting because he/she depicts characters in a unique way. For example, . . .
OR: I find the way he/ she builds up /keeps suspense throughout the story. ETC.
He/She is famous because. . . .
I would recommend him/her to. . . .
WORDS TO REMEMBER
gift = (n.) usually a natural ability to do sth, a talent; author = (n.) a writer who produces written material; style = (n.) the manner of writing used in the story; technique = (n.) a special way/method of writing like description, narrrative, etc.; communicate (ideas) = (n) make one’s ideas known to others to understand them; screenplay = (n.)the story, words of a film, a script; essay = (n.) a short piece of writing on a particular topic published in a book, etc.; novelist = (n.) a writer of novels; short story writer = (n.) a writer of short works of fiction poet = (n.) a writer of poems; playwright = (n.) a writer of plays, a dramatist; essayist = (n.) a writer of essays; significant = (adj.) of great importance; style = (n.) the manner of writing used in the story; technique = (n.) a special way /method of writing like description, narrative, etc.; communicate (ideas) = (n) make one’s ideas known to others to understand them; integral = (adj.) being a part which along with other parts makes a whole.