Down and Out

When you describe a place with adjectives corresponding to human beings you create a personification. In Orwell’s eyes poor Parisian people look like the street they live in, they give their identity to the streets and buildings > people OWN the street / the street belongs to the people. “I sketch this scene’ > to sketch = to draw : faire un croquis


Minority Report

Lesson doc to Print here! minorityreport

1- List 5 items and/or concepts of new technology in the film that was memorable to you. * items= elements

Spiders to check people’s privacy / identity > SPY- ders which spy on your every move.

They can identify you / by checking your retina > EYE-dentity.

2- What are pre-cogs? What do pre-cogs do?

They predict / foresee crimes before they are committed. They are 3 human beings who look like androids / they are kept in a blue pool, they are creepy.

3-  What is the name of the Police Force John Anderton works for?It’s called PRE-CRIME as if they could stop crimes before they were committed.
4- What are the people they arrest guilty of?

They are gulti of the intention to commit a crime / of intending to commit a crime.

5- What must somebody get changed to change their identity? What does it reveal about the society they live in?

He / She must change his / her eyes.

6- Would you like to live in this world? Why? Why not? Justify with 2 elements.

Not really, though it may look safe and perfect, privacy and Huuman rights are at stake. No habeas Corpus (présomption d’innocence)
7- Does the world of Minority Report correspond to a Utopia or Dystopia? Why?

At first sight it can look like a utopia as the society is safe and everyone seems to enjoy great living conditions with flying cars and personified ads but then we realize that ideal living conditions are flawed with a powerful police / scientific invention which is creepy and deprives people of their fantasies or intentions.

Eye & I – Making meaning out of the past with Stephen Fry.

The I and the Eye

Making meaning out of the past.

Print / Read Extract from Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry HERE 

Listen to the extract here

 Timing ’50


Significant event – when S. F. was supposed to give a test result doc to a teacher and he got scared hid it and lied about it. He got scared / intimidated by the teacher and the class who stared at him so at first he panicked. But then he became over-confident as he started to lie.

Style & Analysis

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W. Wells Brown’s autobiography.


Marie Jo

  • This text is about a slave escaping from the South who goes to Canada where slavery was abolished in 1834.


  • W. Wells Brown was born in 1814. For 12  or 15 days he stayed at his friend and recovered from a cold. He chose the same name as his Quaker friend. He travelled from Ohio to Cleveland and finally to Canada where he became a lecturer and a famous abolitionist.
  • In 1843 he joined the New York Anti-slavery society and in 1847 he published his autobiography thanks to which he stood up for African American’s rights to freedom.
  • He died in 1884.

William Wells Brown decide to honour his roots so he keeps his first name William but he adds the family name of his Quaker friend Wells Brown.

He was around 20 or 30 years old when he escaped.

He is adventurous, determined, fearless and bold.

His Quaker friend was helpful so he doesn’t hate white people.

Instead of criticizing White people, he stands up against slavery.

He writes his autobiography so that history doesn’t repeat itself.


Reacting / vocab by NourEddine, Imane & Camille 

  • to relate to = to echo / mirror: correspond to / avor des points communs avec 
  • a witness : un témoin / to witness : être témoin de 
  • to be free from … : être libre 
  • a testimony # testimonial # witness account 
  • to make people aware of sthg / to spread the word / share a message

Interpreting by Bilaly, Maël and Serge // Reacting by NourEddine, Imane & Camille 

We think William Wells Brown  has made the right decision to escape to Canada to be free. He understands he is free now but the situation is dangerous for him in America. So he tries to go to Canada because it is a country which supportS the abolition slavery . He doesn’t want to be caught so it ‘s dangerous. That’s why he hides at his Quaker friend . This is the first time he feels free but it seems strange for him because he still feels like he is a slave and he has to hide .

We can say that he changed his name because it is a slave’s name. Maybe he wants to change his past, or to protect himself from his slave-master. He needs a name to write his own story and enter History. 

The I & The Eye

What’s the difference between the “I” and the ” Eye” ?

biography – the writer’s eye corresponds to the writer’s perception of himself / his story / his personal memories (souvenirs ) of his life

> the book is like a mirror 

An Autobiography is a story told by the writer himself . In an autobiography the writer is the narrator and also the main character. 

For us to buy an autobiography it has to be a unique story / an example to follow / original and different lifestyle / unique life experience.

When individual stories meet collective HISTORY > have a universal dimension. 

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The Eye and the I


Warm up : The Eye and the I

Final task: Based on a Facebook profile, write 3 paragraphs of an autobiography to be published in 2080.

Session 1 – document to download here: facebooks-timeline2

EYE : when we write autobiographies we collect memories, report events and record our life. We try to be realistic. Do we tell the truth ?  About the way we see ourselves / the way we see writing?

I: we speak about facts and feelings / about our life / our loved ones / our inner self. Is an autobiography like a diary? Or is it written from a diary? About the past but written now > so an autobiography is about how we see ourselves now compared to who we were in the past.


How do we give our autobiography a realistic and a universal dimension? Do we manipulate the facts ? rearrange events? Do we lie ?

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Fairy Tale Princesses // Snow-White

Each team studies 1 extract from original tale by the Grimm Brothers.

Share their findings / Record or type answers for collective feedback.

1- Post answer to Q 2 on the song ( HW for yesterday.)

2- Finish your team work from yesterday ( post ‘fill in the blanks’

3- Then check out image in Twisted Fairy Princesses. Comment: What is the influence of the fairytale princess imga e/ stereotype in today’s society?

4- Check out image called ‘ Alice in Tumbler Land’ Imagine Snow-White is tweeting about her days. ‘Use the scene we studied yesterday. )  Tweet 140 characters on the blog.

Holiday HW :

5- Read and like the best tweets!

6- Then discuss ( post reply on blog! ) 

a- What changes were made by Disney or Hollywood versions to the original story? Why do you think?

b- How are female characters portrayed? Why was it criticized by modern feminists?

7- Be ready for your princess Rap Battle ( choose a fairy tale character and its old / modern enemy. Write down your speech. Submit your draft on beeoclock.

8- When we come back from the Xmas holidays we will choose the music and you will perform and record it in the lab.

Class document here: SnowWhiteRC

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1L2 Travel writers creative writing

Which theme?

Imaginary / The Eye and the I / Meet the Other / Travel, Exile, Initiation / The Writer in His Century / Characters and Avatars

Watch 2 traveller’s videos

Choose your favourite traveller’s story

Scisa’s story

  • 3 weeks ago + preterit (3 weeks ago, my village was on fire.”
  • starving: affamé
  • a prey : une proie
  • to think about sthg: réfléchir
  • to make up your mind : prendre une décision
  • April, 28th, 1980. #DAY I : DEPARTURE
  • DAY 2 # FEAR

Note down key words you understand

Imagine your are the traveller

Post the 1st page of your diary

  • Why did you leave? where do you intend to go?
  • what did you see? who did you meet? What did you take with you?
  • How did you feel when you left?