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A Life Revealed

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

News : if you like the following pictures, please note that an exhibition dedicated to Steve McCurry will be held in Thonon-les-Bains from November 12th to January 14th.

1. Comment on a photograph

a. Consider this photograph of a young girl.

Afghan Girl 1985

Source : Steve McCurry,  in National Geographic, 1984

  • Have you ever seen this picture? What do you know about it?
  • Can you imagine who the girl is, where she lives, how she lives etc?
  • What impact does it have on you? Why? Use “It makes me feel…” in your answer.
  • Describe the expression on her face. Can you imagine why? Use “She looks + adjective / She seems … as if… /  She might have + PP…
  • Make a list of feelings in the process.

b. Now consider her 2002 portrait.

Afghan Girl 2002 picture

Source : Steve McCurry, for National Geographic, 2002

  • Describe the expression on her face in the 2002 portrait.
  • Compare her 1985 and 2002 pictures. Can you imagine her life between the two photos?

Use comparatives, the past, ” may have + PP”…

  • Can you imagine her life now? Describe a typical day for her.

Use “Perhaps she… She may/might + BV…

2. Understand the text.

a. Anticipate

Imagine the information you will find in the text from this brief introduction :

Her eyes have captivated the world since she appeared on our cover in 1985. Now we can tell her story.

b. Read the text twice.

You can read the original article online here.

c. Now do the following tasks.


1. Gather basic information about her (name, age, where she lives, family…)

2. Make a list of people refered to in the text, then explain who they are to the woman.

Events & time

3. Scan the text in order to complete the time line with

– elements her life

– elements of Afghanistan’s history

4. Use the these elements to :

– explain why and how she went across the border

– describe her life in 1985

– describe her life now

Deciphering unknown vocab

5. vocab work : guess from context, deduce from structure. Fill in the grid.

Further analysis

6. Account for the importance of religion in her life.

7. Does she see hope in her life?


8. Highlight all the descriptive passages in the text. Study the way the girl/woman is described.

Does the writer link the description to the story of her life? How?

9. Explain the feelings she showed in the photographs.

9. Explain why the 1985 picture is so strong and meaningful.

Here is another article, by Robert Fisk, that you might want to read and understand.

Writing :

In the “portraits” and ‘Afghanistan” “galleries” section of Steve McCurry’s website, choose the portrait of an Afghan child, woman or man.

Your mission is to write an article for National Geographic magazine about this person, trying to imitate the style used in A Life Revealed. (300 words)

The Brooklyn Follies

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Here is an extract from and audio files of an interview in which Paul Auster talks about The Brooklyn Follies.

“Nathan Glass is the hero of Paul Auster’s new book The Brooklyn Follies. He’s 59, and he’s returning to Brooklyn to die. But soon, he meets characters from the Park Slope neighborhood who begin to bring him back to life, including his once-promising nephew, Tom, and a convicted felon named Harry Brightman.

In a conversation from his own Brooklyn brownstone, Auster tells Jacki Lyden the novel has been brewing in his head for a long time. The New Jersey-born author’s body of work includes poetry, nonfiction and short stories. His other novels include City of Glass, The Music of Chance and Blue in the Face.

Of the The New York Times of The Brooklyn Follies, Walter Kirn says

In a New York Times review, Walter Kirn writes of the dinner-table tale-telling in The Brooklyn Follies, “Auster’s novel goes nowhere during all this dining, but Nathan’s book of ironic downfalls grows fat. And it’s a pleasure to be there at the table. The sinuous miniature fables are sporty good fun.” “

Immigration in the UK

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

1. Read the text Hairy Back (in Insight Terminale Hatier) and answer the questions.

2. Watch the following video. Take down notes of what you hear and write a summary of what you have understood. You can use the relevant methodology page.

3. Do the same thing with this video. (Teachers may email me to get the correction sheet)

Sujets de baccalauréat

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Terminale L – LV1

A House in Grosse Pointe sujet bac

Q & R

Terminale L & S – LV2

Girl from the South

Pour plus de sujets, consultez ce site.

Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Up to 6 students or groups of students can work on this project.

Preliminary work.

Do you like cheap fashion? Are you a fashion victim? How often do you go shopping for clothes? How many items of clothing do you buy every year?
Define what your relationship to clothes is. (& share it with other students if you are working in groups)

A/ Blood, sweat and T-shirts.

1.Click here and choose one of the six videos. Watch it once.
2.Watch it again twice and fill in the Blood, sweat and T-shirts worksheet (right click & « enregistrer la cible sous » to download)
3.Use this worksheet to present your video to your fellow students (or other groups if you are working in groups). In the process, create a list of new words & expressions and new grammatical structures, using the dictionaries & grammar websites provided in the help section in the top banner.

B/ Brainstorming.

1.What could we do to change it? Use software such as xmind or freemind to organise your ideas.
2.Share your ideas with the other groups and create a mind-map.
3.Your mission now is to create a poster presenting one particular negative aspect of cheap fashion and what we can do about it.
Use this section to help you.
If you are working in groups, create new groups.

C/ Poster

1.Browse through the BBC Thread website and use videos and texts to help you find ideas and new vocabulary to create your poster. Use a word processor to create your poster.
(You can also create a short video or a powerpoint presentation)
2.Do not forget to create a blueprint for your poster before you actually start typing it. Use the help provided in methodology>poster (top banner).

These are examples of posters created by students.
Alice Charlène

D/ Present your poster

You can now present your poster to the other groups in class, in the school hall or at a fair!
Use this section of the website to help you : methodology>exposés en anglais (top banner).

My Antonia

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Here you will find activities and links that will help you study My Antonia by Willa Cather.

First things first : this is a website where you will chapter summaries, themes etc to help you study the book more efficiently.

Open the file or download the worksheets. (right-click on the link, then do “enregistrer la cible du lien sous”)

Webquest : the Great Plains

Global warming

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Download the following worksheet to study the video below.

video comprehension

If you find it too difficult, this worksheet will help you.

help worksheet

Finally, you will be able to check your comprehension of the video with the script given in this last worksheet and go further. Do not forget to use online dictionaries etc.
(vocabulary, present perfect, modals, graphs)

video worksheet