The London Breed

25 11 2013

1.London Calling: Listen to Benjamin and answer THESE QUESTIONS

2. Listen to Benjamin’s reading of his poem and do these ACTIVITIES

Benjamin Zephaniah – The London Breed from Johnny Fingers on Vimeo.

3. Happy Thanksgiving all around!

Human Zoos

18 11 2013

1. Watch this VOA video and briefly sum up its content. Speak for about 3 minutes.

2. Science’s dirty little secrets. Watch the documentary excerpt read the article (cf. below)  & answer these questions.

3. Caged in the Human Zoo. Click on the picture below to access an article on the same subject.

caged in the human zoo

4. Click on the pic below to read the testimony of a British interracial couple.

The American Dream, Myth or Reality?

13 11 2013

1. What do people in the U.S. think about the American Dream? To find out, Caitlin Brown (a college student with a passion for filmmaking) interviewed 6 Americans. Watch the video & find out what they have to say. Then give your own thoughts on the matter.

2. Watch the clip and listen to the lyrics. What elements do you notice either debunking or proving the Dream?


3. Watch this interview with Aloe Blacc. Can you now say what his song is all about?

4. “How to make it in America” is the TV series that used Aloe Blacc song and made it famous. Watch the intro and pick out any elements relating to the Dream.

Turkey Day Truths

12 11 2013

1. Look at the painting carefully for 1 minute. Then describe it from memory; try to speak for 60 seconds!

Ferris-1st-thanksgivingjpg 2. Watch the video and listen for facts about Thanksgiving. Make a few notes.

3. Debunking the myth of Thanksgiving. React to the cartoon.

“a. What has just happened? b. What are the Puritans turning their back to? c. What does the empty table symbolize? d. What is the Indian left with? e. Compare with the painting. What is the artist denouncing here? ” 


Divided Kingdom

11 11 2013

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1. Before you watch the video from, do this VOCABULARY QUIZ


2. You’ll find the answers by clicking on the photo below.








3. Now watch the clip and answer these QUESTIONS

4. Now read a STATEMENT from the film director and then answer THESE QUESTIONS.

5. And finally, try this writing exercise. Click on the drawing below.


A Nation of Immigrants

7 11 2013

1. Who wrote that book?

2. Fellow Americans, let’s not forget our history. Listen to the President and answer these QUESTIONS.

3. Click on the picture to learn what the Dream Act is.

4. From Brooklyin, music that defies boundaries.