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In Biology we’ve been learning about cellular respiration. Here’s an activity Male left for Delfi, Nico and I to do:


1 – State the uses of energy in our body.

– Contracting muscles, so that we can move parts of the body

– Making protein molecules by linking together amino acids into long chains

– Cell division, so that we can repair damaged tissues and can grow

– Active transport, so that we can move substances across cell membranes up their concentration gradient

– Transmiting nerve impulses, so that we can transfer information quickly from one part of the body to another

– Producing heat inside the body, to keep the body temperature constant even if the environment is cold

2 – Construct a mind map about respiration. You may do it on a sheet of paper or use any of the tools available such as

You should include:

a- Definitions

b- Types: Aerobic and anaerobic (in muscles and yeast)

c- Equation in words

d- Amount of energy released


Aerobic respiration: the chemical reactions in cells that use oxygen to break down nutrient molecules to release energy

Anaerobic respiration: chemical reactions in cells that break down nutrient molecules to release energy, without using energy

3 – Explain the meaning of “oxygen debt”

Anaerobic respiration produces an oxygen debt. This is the amount of oxygen needed to oxidise lactic acid to carbon dioxide and water. The existence of an oxygen debt explains why we continue to breathe deeply and quickly for a while after exercise.

 4- Search in the internet a short video, which explains why the breathing rate does not return to normal immediately after vigorous exercise stops.

Online Test: The Gothic Novel

Pilar asked us to do an online test for this midterm mark. Here’s what we were supposed to do and my answers:

1)Theoretical background: Publish an infographic including the main characteristics of the Gothic Novel as a genre. Name at least two relevant pieces of work and their writers. Use these tools:

2)Writing Task: Imagine you had to interview one of the  authors of these stories: The Cask of Amontillado, The Monkey’s Paw and The Yellow Wall Paper. Choose one. Find out about him/her and write the interview. What would you ask them? What would they answer? Publish your interview. (10-14 exchanges)

Interviewer: We are here today with Fortunato, protagonist of recent popular news regarding the Cask of Amontillado. Hi! Nice to meet you!

Fortunato: Hello!! Thanks for having me!

Interviewer: So let’s get right to it… Would you tell us about what went down in there?

Fortunato: Yes… It was carnival so no one was at the castle except for myself and Montressor.

Interviewer: And the butlers?

Fortunato: Out as well. Montressor had let them take the day off so they could enjoy with their familes.

Interviewer: Well. How convenient for him!

Fortunato: Yes. He had thought of every little detail.

Interviewer: Tell us. How is it that he fooled you?

Fortunato: It was so natural. But now that I think about the events that led to my entrapment… I don’t know how I could have been so stupid.

Interviewer: Hmm… But you guys were friends, right?

Fortunato: Yes… We were. I guess my gut just chose to trust him like any other friend.

Interviewer: Who knew you would end up like you did?!

Fortunato: Montressor knew!! Haha

Interviewer: Hahaha… So… How’d he do it?

Fortunato: Well we were just having a normal conversation when he took me down to the catacombs.

Interviewer: Underground?

Fortunato: Yes. It smelled of delicious wine and maybe the smell is what left me off my guard.

Interviewer: Yes!! That smell is devilish!!

Fortunato: Indeed. All of a sudden, I don’t know how… I blacked out and woke up in a dark corner.

Interviewer: Ah… You were unconscious!! That’s how.

Fortunato: And I tried getting up but fell back down from the dizziness. I finally regained my strength after about 15 minutes and tried walking out but bumped into the brick wall.

Interviewer: Could you see anything?

Fortunato: Not a thing. But I felt the bricks with my hands and started knocking them down.

Interviewer: How long did it take you to get out?

Fortunato: I think I was down there for three days… I’m lucky I got out alive because by the end of day two I thought I would die down there…

Interviewer: This must’ve been a terrifying experience.

Fortunato: It was… Montressor wanted to make me suffer and die from a slow and painful death.

Interviewer: That’s good that he failed!! This is really some story!! Thanks for coming Fortunato. Hope to see you again soon.

Fortunato: Thanks again for having me. Bye!!