Electric Dreams – The Hood Maker

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Short Story + reading questions here 


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M2 Evry – Introduce yourselves!

5 skills to reach B2 level! 

Speed dating > oral interaction

Speak at the same time for 10 minutes

Ask at least 5 questions

Take notes

Introduce your partner to the class.

  1. How many sisters / brothers do you have ?
  2. What do you do for a living ?
  3. Who are you ?
  4. Do you have any foreign origins ? What’s your family like ? How far ? How long ?
  5. What’s your best / worst school memory as a student / as a teacher ?
  6. What do you like doing in your free time ? What kind of person / student are you ?

Speed dating > oral interaction

Family / hobbies / job / personality  / school memories (best/worst) / 1 anecdote about your teaching position


1 half-sister

A school travel.

*parapente : paragliding

*ortie : nettle

To learn : Personality adj / Classroom vocab

« drawing »  #  « drowning »


  • Since when are you teaching ?
  • I teaching since 3 weeks.
  • She wants to I be her teacher after year.
  • Last year she fighting.
  • She like spend time.
  • He passed his CAPES.
  • She prefer teacher Spanish.
  • A child who make him jokes.
  • He is a teacher for 3 weeks.
  • That was an activity he don’t know.
  • He don’t have any sister.
  • I know him because before he was in my class.
  • Why he had that on him.
  • I was agree.

Practice vocabulary & grammar below!

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Mapping the world!



  • EXAM = 3 hours / Coeff 4.
  • Reading + annotations on texts /image & questions  = 30min.
  • Questions to answer = 1H
  • ESSAYS = 1H20 min.
  • Double-check / Proof-read = 10min.


Use highlighters to create your own legend & annotations. Highlight your texts and the questions.

1st READING > try and understand the main ideas.

  • WHAT > sources / recations / actions / problems / situation (verbs) < sum up in 1 sentence
  • WHO ( characters mentioned & present)
  • WHERE ( places > be specific countries / cities / areas / inside / outside …)
  • WHEN ( dates / contexts > don’t forget the paratext!)

2nd READING > Focus on style & message.


  • HOW ( reactions + style > point of view & literary strategies)


  • WHY ( explicit message > story // implicit message > writer’s intentions)

1st READING > try and understand the main ideas.

  • WHAT > sources / reactions / actions / problems / situation (verbs) < sum up in 1 sentence

A story about Arkady’s interest in saving Aboriginal culture thanks to maps of the sacred sites and teaching in the eyes of his parents.

  • WHO ( characters mentioned / focused on & present)
  • Arkady’s father Ivan V.
  • Ivan’s wife
  • 3 sons > Arkady
  • Arkady’s daughter
  • Arkady’s wife
  • The narrator
  • The writer Bruce Chatwin
  • WHERE ( places > be specific countries / cities / areas / inside / outside …)

Village near Rostov / The Ukraine /  Kiev / German factory : about the past // Arkady’s father

Adelaide suburbs ( where Arkady was born )  / Adelaide University / Walbiri in the North of Alice Springs : > what the story focuses on

  • WHEN ( dates / contexts > don’t forget the paratext!)

Protagonist’s father > at the age of 33 in 1942 decided to move to Australia from Russia.

Novel published in 1987.

2nd READING > Focus on style & message.

  • HOW ( reactions + style > point of view & literary strategies)

External POV // chronological aspect > flashback (past simple / pluperfect  )

  • WHY ( explicit message > story // implicit message > writer’s intentions)

Representing mixed family background & saving Aboriginal culture



= 50ptsx2  > 10pts

⅔ questions : explicit details / Who / What / Where / When > +/-30pts

⅓ questions : implicit details / How / Why + Both texts > compare / find a link  > +/- 20pts


WRITING SKILLS TARGETS! Official grid to print!

Bac Notions – Open Forum



  • Do you think we have to travel to learn a language?
  • What’s your best memory as a tourist?
  • What kind of exchanges are there in today’s world? Which is the most important to you ? Why ? The most dangerous? Why?
  • Would you be ready to leave your country? What for? How would your family feel about it? How would you feel about it ? What would you miss the most?


  • How are exchanges influenced by modern technologies?
  • Do new technologies make exchanges easier?
  • Why do people migrate?
  • Why do so many immigrants take so many risks to get to Europe? What should European countries do? Which difficulties do immigrants have to face ?
  • What is the American Dream? Is it still true today?
  • What about volunteering? Would you be ready to become a volunteer on a mission?
  • Some say that many Spanish-speaking people feel discriminated against in the United States . Can you give me some examples of discrimination?

C1 Pr aller plus loin avec les élèves à l’aise:

  • Do you think we could live without borders?
  • What could the world be like without money?
  • What if you could be anywhere else right now, where would you be? Why?
  • What are the pros and cons of globalization?
  • What place is the most likely to be a source of exchanges? Why?  
  • Who benefits the most from modern exchanges ? What does it reveal about our society?





  • What myths do you know?
  • Do you think that myths and heroes can teach us a lesson? Can you give examples?
  • Can you think of a super-heroine? Of a Black superhero?
  • If you could be a superhero, which one would you be? Why?
  • Why are myths and heroes important to our society?
  • Who is the most controversial hero for you? Why?
  • Do heroes have to be perfect?



  • Is the ‘European Dream’ the new myth replacing the ‘American Dream’?
  • How are myths and heroes important to our society?
  • Can a society create its own heroes? To what end?
  • Would you say heroism is essentially about risk- taking?
  • Who was your hero when you were a kid? What about now? What has changed?
  • Don’t you think the word ‘hero’ is being overused nowadays, that it has become almost a cliché ?
  • In what way are modern-day heroes different from those of the past?
  • Can you think of an anti-hero? Can you explain his/her behaviour or personality?



  • Have you ever experienced any form of progress in your life (recently)?
  • Do you think the Internet and new technologies best represent progress? Why?
  • What is the difference between online tutorials and school?
  • Do you consider the consumer society was a sign of progress? In what way?
  • How did the Civil Rights Movement bring about progress in America?
  • What would MLK think/say/do about today’s African Americans living conditions ?



  • In what way has progress made life better, faster, stronger ? Can you give any examples?
  • Do you think that progress is always positive? Can there be a negative side to progress?
  • What is the darkest or most controversial invention?
  • What do you think are the most important / useful inventions of the past 50 years?
  • How has internet changed today’s world?
  • Would you like to be able to travel in time? Back when or where ?
  • What are the pros and cons of online learning?



  • In your opinion, what was the major technological or scientific breakthrough in the last decades?
  • Do you think people were happier before or now? What do you miss from the past? What do you think is better now?
  • What alternatives to factory production can you think of?
  • Most Western European people describe their society as ‘ advanced’ or ‘developed’ do you agree? How could this vision be questioned?
  • Are we really moving forward or backward?
  • Could you give examples of advances/ innovations that led to a hot debate/ that set people apart?
  • Do you understand technophobes? How do you feel about cutting- edge technology yourself?
  • What do you miss the most from when you were young? Why?
  • Have you noticed anything from your childhood disappear from the supermarket?
  • What things of the past would you have liked to know? See? Use?
  • Do you think your grandmother was happier than you at your age?
  • Would you prefer to move forward to the future or travel back in time? What for ?



  • Where / When / How would you feel the most powerful? Explain.
  • Is there any law that you find unfair?
  • Can you find an example of a powerful book / place / image / film / politician / song ? Describe it.
  • What are the limits to power? How is power abused? Where? Why?
  • Can you give an example of a historical power struggle or conflict?
  • Are you your own boss? Why? Why not?
  • What form of power did the Civil Rights Movement represent in the USA in the 50s and 60s?
  • Do you think Wikileaks is a counter-power? Why?
  • Do you think protest songs have any power?
  • What is the power of monarchy in GB?
  • Do you consider consumerism a form of power or oppression? How? Are you personally under its influence?



  • Do you consider yourself under any form of control? By whom or by what?
  • What is the most repressive/oppressive place you can think of?
  • Where / When would you feel the most powerful? Explain.
  • Do you think we are manipulated?
  • What is the best symbol for power?
  • To what extent do you respect institutions? Which ones do you consider important?
  • When / How / Why do you think media / journalists / activists go too far?
  • What is the best way to fight for a cause in your opinion?
  • Can you find an example of a powerful book / film / politician ? Describe it.
  • Can you find an example of a powerful image / place? Describe it.
  • What is the power of monarchy in GB?
  • Some say that advertising exerts too much power on customers. What about yourself? Do you think you are influenced by advertising?
  • Should there be limits to the power of the press?



  • To what extent can education / media / politics / books / travelling make you powerful or feel powerful?
  • Are we being over-informed? Do we really need instant news?
  • Would you say power is equally shared between men and women nowadays?
  • Do you think we are manipulated? ( by politicians, by the media, by ads…)

Mr Barthes vs Mr S.


WHERE does it take place? 
WHEN does it take place? 
WHO are the characters? HOW MANY characters are there? 
WHAT is happening? WHAT’s going on?
WHAT’s wrong with …? 
WHY are we studying this ? WHAT is the message? 
Choose 1 question and post a comment! 
A2 – Who is your favourite teacher? Why?
A2 – What is the difference between Mr Barthes & Mr S?
B1 – What is the different between Mr Barthes’ students and Mr S’s students?
B2 – What does it reveal about the American school system?


Bac Notions Teamwork!



Spaces and Exchanges is a notion about countries and their towns WHERE we can FIND people who speaK many languages. This notion can also evoke biodiversity in a town with many animals, and nature… But many problems exist in a town, many problems WHICH need to be changed like REFUSING to help a migrant who lives ON the street AND to create a better world.