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Thanks, I can see the sea! SEGPA 6°

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T for tea, for toad, Tuesday, Thursday,tomorrow, two, toasters and two twins

H for horse, hard-working,happily, half, hair, habit, ham, hall, handsome,happiness and happy , hugs, holiday, Hollywood

A for always, and, aloud, arm, answer, also, ask and answer, angry

N for nice, newsletter, newsagents,

nose, nights, nobody, near, nearby

K for kitchen, kid, kiss, kitten,

knock, (k)nee,(k)now

S for sir, scissors, sleep,sweets,

serious, she, stressful, stress, say, see and sea…

Thanks, I can see the sea!


Electing a US president in Plain English

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The following is a transcript to the video “Electing a US President in Plain English

Every 4 years, Americans who are 18 eighteen or older have a big responsibility. Our votes decide who becomes the president of the United States. Unfortunately the US election system isn’t that simple. This is electing a US President in Plain English.

It’s easy to imagine every US citizen’s vote being counted together on election day. But this is not the case. US elections are not decided by the total or popular vote, but individual states. Let me explain.

It starts with your vote. On election day you’ll vote for president and their vice president. You get one choice. Then, all the votes in your state are counted.  The candidate with the most state-wide votes becomes the candidate your state supports for president. This happens across the country until each state has selected their candidate.

We end up with most of the 50 states and the District of Columbia voting to support 1 candidate each.  But there’s a problem.   We can’t elect a president by just counting up the choices of these states – US states are different.

Consider this: California has about 36 million people, Kansas has less than 3 million. We need a way for California’s choice to have more influence on the election because the state has more people. The question becomes – how do we make sure each state has the right amount of influence on the election?

Well, we need to account for the population of each state.

As an example, Let’s consider my home state of North Carolina… Like every state, it is divided up into congressional districts that are based on population. North Carolina has 13 districts, California has 53 and Kansas has 4. When it comes to a state’s influence on the election, the number of districts matters most. More population = More districts =  More influence.

The influence a state has in the election is measured by the number of “electors”. This number comes from the number of districts in a state plus the number of U.S. senators – which is always 2. North Carolina has 15 electors, California has 55.

When a candidate wins the voting in a state, they win that state’s number of electors. That’s why big, populous states can be so important to candidates – their electors add up quickly.  And the number of electors is what really matters. Here’s why…

If you add up the electors of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, there are 538 in total. The goal on election day is to win the majority of 538 – or 270 electors. Once a candidate wins enough states to reach the 270 majority, they have won the election and become the president elect So, let’s recap – Your vote helps your state choose a single candidate. That candidate receives all the electors from your state. The candidate who can win enough states to reach 270 total electors wins the national election and becomes the president elect.

Then, on the following January 20th, the president elect is sworn in as the next president of the United States. Yay!!!.

It all starts with your vote. Make it count!!!.

I’m Lee LeFever and this has been Electing a US President in Plain English.

our letter to the future President of the USA

Troisième 3 ‘ s pupils

Collège Lucie Aubrac

2 rue Jules Grévy

25300 DOUBS


Dear candidate to the presidency of the United States of America,

We are writing to you to congratulate you on your efforts in the campaign to the presidency and on your success in the Caucus

and nomination to the Democratic party.

As French citizens, we are greatly concerned about environmental issues and deeply upset by terrorist attacks around the globe.

As you can imagine we are also worrying about health problems related to environmental issues and political conflicts.

In other words, we are worrying about the future of our planet.

We thank you for your understanding and reading of our letter.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

We wish you a lot of success for your election.

Yours respectfully and Best regards,

Elèves de troisième 3 –
Année 2007-2008


DOUBS France

Professeur: Me ANDRE

news from the other side of the ocean…

Date :

21/05/09 00:10

Objet :

Marie, I need your voice on health care

Marie —

The chance to finally reform our nation’s health care system is here. While Congress moves rapidly to produce a detailed plan, I have made it clear that real reform must uphold three core principles — it must reduce costs, guarantee choice, and ensure quality care for every American.

As we know, challenging the status quo will not be easy. Its defenders will claim our goals are too big, that we should once again settle for half measures and empty talk. Left unanswered, these voices of doubt might yet again derail the comprehensive reform we so badly need. That’s where you come in.

When our opponents spread fear and confusion about the changes we seek, your support for these core principles will show clarity and resolve. When the lobbyists for the status quo tell Congress to hold back, your personal story will give them the courage to press forward.

Join my call: Ask Congress to pass real health care reform in 2009.

After adding your name, please consider sharing your personal story about the importance of health care reform in your life and the lives of those you love.

I will be personally reviewing many of these signatures and stories. If you speak up now, your voice will make a difference.


American families are watching their premiums rise four times faster than their wages. Spiraling health care costs are shackling America’s businesses, curtailing job growth and slowing the economy at the worst possible time. This has got to change.

I know personal stories can drive that change, because I know how my mother’s experience continues to drive me. She passed away from ovarian cancer a little over a decade ago. And in the last weeks of her life, when she was coming to grips with her own mortality and showing extraordinary courage just to get through each day, she was spending too much time worrying about whether her health insurance would cover her bills. She deserved better. Every American deserves better. And that’s why I will not rest until the dream of health care reform is finally achieved in the United States of America.

Please add your name to join my call. Then share your personal story about why you too will not rest until this job is done.


Last November, the American people sent Washington a clear mandate for change. But when the polls close, the true work of citizenship begins. That’s what Organizing for America is all about. Now, in these crucial moments, your voice once again has extraordinary power. I’m counting on you to use it.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

Lucie Aubrac’ s poem


Lfor liberty offreedom,Afor able to resistand ambition
life and lightabroad, against and another world
letter andlinkadventure and avendventurous

leave and liveabuse, actors and actresses
loveall day, appointment and arrival

Ufor union against warUfor us, under and upside-down

unusualbut united upset and unfortunately
unfortunateand unblock
umpredictableBfor beauty and beautiful
union and unitybraveness
best birthday
Cfor citizenenshipand countriesbetter beliefand birth
carebut coldbecoming a bravebutterfly
confidentbelieving in being

Ifor injuries and illnesses Rforreactandrealisticrules
important ideasrainand resist
intelligence , inhabitantsa reign of peace becoming a resisting river
interruption of idiocyA for actors of peace in the world
being able to resist, advice

Eforanempty earthasking for autonomy and accomplishment
earthan d its protection
the end of hate and warCfor clever and creative
everyoneand everydaycareful and coverage
escape , evasioncharacters and careers
enoughchosen clues
celebrations andcongratulations!

Elèves de 4° anglaisLVIIclasse de MadameANDRE
Alisée, Charlotte,Eugénie,Joséphine ,Lucie J,Luice G,Narcisse


May 2009