Coursebook Analysis: 8th Grade Upswing English

Posted On 2/10/2020 11:16:00 PM, 0Comments

In the beginning of the first unit called as Friendship, there is a song which is about friendship and its importance indiscriminatingly. It generally says that it doesn't matter that you are short or tall, black or white, boy or girl because we are friends and you are always there. This is really good beginning for a book. It gives educatory message about social justice ,and besides, it is related with the topic. 

Also there is a picture below the song. It includes people who have different appearances such as blond girl and boy, white and black people or people who have headscarf. They are all together and happy, this is the message that writers wanted to give to students.


There are many pages and pictures that includes messages about diversty. Generally, the book has pictures which include people from different countries and have different appearances.

Also, there is not any gender apartheid or bias. For example in society people generally think that women should cook and men go to work etc. but in the first piscture below a man is cooking. Also there is not any gender apartheid in the second picture below which shows some jobs.

 Moreover the book includes some activities which may increase students' social responsibility awareness. For example there are some pictures below and people are helping others, cleaning environment and planting trees. 


Actually, when I examine the whole book, I have realized that there is not any information or awareness raising activity about animal rights. It gives effective messages about gender equality, environmental issues, or diversty, however; it falls behind about animal rights.

About Me

Posted On 11/25/2019 9:58:00 AM, 0Comments
 First of all , my name is Gizem  Balta and I am 22. I was born on 1 April, 1997 in Sivas where I live by this time. I am the third child in a family of four. I have two sisters and one brother, but I live together with my teenager  sister and my parents. My father is retired from State Hydraulic Works  and my mother is a housewife. 

I study at Sivas Cumhuriyet University in English Language Teaching Department  as a fourth grade student.  Also I had graduated from Yıldızeli Pamukpınar Teacher Training Anatolian High School in Sivas.  I live in my hometown for years and I love living in here. Sivas was home to many cultures so that it has many historical structures, and also natural beauties. You can see some fotographs from Sivas.