1S5 / 1ES1 UNIT 2 THE COLOR LINE session 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 videos + lesson notes

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HW 1ères S due on Monday 24th Listen to the audio document here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101719889

      If the link is not working try “NPR Claudette Colvin” in Google!

  • 1- Find 1 similarity and 1 difference between Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks.
  • 2- Who inspired Claudette to stand up for her rights?
  • 3- What anecdote does she tell to illustrate segregation?
  • 4- Who is Phil Hoose? Why did he get interested in Claudette’s story?
  • 5- What does Claudette’s story reveal about the NAACP media strategies and Rosa Parks heroic image?


HW 1ères ES 1

Finish questions on text The Little Rock 9 crisis


Text Study 1ères ES 1 November 21st.

November 21st, 2014.

Context : After the abolition of slavery in 1865, after the Jim Crow Laws that enforced the ‘Separate but Equal’ concept of segregation, after the Brown Vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended segregation in schools in 1954, 2 years after the MontGomery Bus Boycott (1955)


1865- Lincoln abolished slavery

1896 – Plessy Vs Ferguson = ‘Separate but Equal’ concept / segregation is legal

1954 – Brown Vs Board of Education = End of segregation in schools.

1964 – Civil Rights Act

> The End of Segregation in school is official since 1954 but what happens in former white-only schools for Black people?


Little Rock is a city in the state of Arkansas, in the United States.

TODAY we focus on:

  • The Little Rock Nine Crisis Text Study – Carlotta’s story.
  • So far in the US White schools don’t accept Black students. The students are not considered equal. Can the situation / mentalities change in one day / overnight ?
    • So far: jusque là
    • the same … as: le même que
    • overnight: du jour au lendemain

    1. The story is told by one of the nine black kids who tried to integrate Little Rock Central high school in 1957, in Arkansas. This school was a white-only school before 1954.

    Her name is Carlotta, she was a teenage student. We can notice a guard / soldier on the picture so the kids need protection.

    2. a. Schools before 1954 were separated between white-only ( rich ) and black-only (poor).


    • Carlotta’s decision: Her teacher is responsible for her decision / He advised her to go / he asked her if she could be interested in going. The school is quite close (“less than a mile”) to her house / it’s not far away from her house. It offers top-quality education that’s why she wants to attend the white school called Little Rock Central High School.

    As a negative result … she was harassed and humiliated and teachers didn’t interfere // her father lost his job and // her house was bombed / her friends were wrongly accused.

    As a positive result … She changed mentalities and paved the way for other Black kids. She graduated and was the first African American girl to get a diploma in Little Rock.

    New York Times article

    Key facts:

    It happened on September 23rd, 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas outside / in front of the ‘former’ white-only school. 9 black students tried to go to school / attempted to integrate in the morning but they had to leave around midday.

    This attempt only lasted for 3hours and 13 minutes so it failed.


    • Abolition of slavery: 1865
    • to be responsible for: être responsible de
    • to advise so. To do sthg: conseiller à qq’un de faire qqchose.
    • As a result / as a consequence : par conséquent
    • to be harassed: être harcelé / molesté
    • to be ostracized: être exclu
    • to bomb: exploser / bombarder
    • a miscarriage of justice: une erreur judiciaire.
    • to fail: rater
    • to attempt = to try
    • noon: midi
    • to bow / to yield to pressure: céder à la pression

    HW Text / Questions 3 b 4 (chronology of events referred to in the text )




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