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***plastic, plastic, plastic, chewing gum and their effects on birds ***


What is the name of the poet and the quotation at the beginning of the clip?



It is a sunny day.

Birds are singing and they are looking after their  babies. Babies are dying. Birds are dying.

We can see seagulls and they are dying because of the plastic bottles, plastic lids (couvercles) etc…

They are dying because they are eating plastic. They are hungry and they think that plastic is like food . Plastic kills all the birds. 

WE should not throw plastic away!

WE should not use plastic !






The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare – from animatedshakespeare.com






Once upon a time, there was…

The Pea and the Princess adapted from its original version.


Once upon a time there was…a Prince but he wanted a Princess.

He travelled around the world but there was always something wrong.

-“There must be a real Princess for me somewhere!” he thought.

There was always something wrong and Our Prince  could not find one.


One day, there was a terrible storm with thunder and lightening.

In the middle of the storm, something happened and a Princess appeared but the Old King did not believe the Princess nor did the Prince. They thought she was not a Princess because of her appearance.

The Princess stood outside and she was in a terrible state because of the rain on her clothes and her hair and her face…

-“We shall see if you are  a real Princess!” (On va voir si vous êtes une vraie Princesse!”)

She put 20 mattresses and twenty feather-beds. And she put a pea under  the mattress or mattresses.

-“How did you sleep last night?”

-“I slept terribly bad!”... she said. “I hardly closed my eyes and my body is all black and blue.”

So the Prince was sure she was a real Princess.

The pea was placed in a museum!

Everybody can see it now!


My conclusion about Andersen’s tale?



a tale=

Once upon a time=

to want=

to travel around the world=


something wrong=

to find=

a storm=



to believe=

to think=






Looking for Eric by Ken Loach -under construction-Collège et cinéma



1)Underline 5  similarities between Ken Loach’s life and work  and Gustave Courbet’ s life and work.

2)Choose 5 sentences or more and ask as many questions as you can.



Gustave Courbet was born in  La  Vallée de la Loue (Loue Valley) in Franche-Comté on June 10th 1819 .He studied in Besançon and Paris. His family wanted him to study law but he preferred drawing and painting. He spent a lot of his time in museums copying a huge amount of paintings and eventually stopped studying law. He was politically involved in La Commune and was attributed the destruction of La Colonne Vandôme.

He liked saying “Courbet sans les courbettes”.It means that he was a very straightforward person with a lot of  personality- at times, too much!He wrote many interesting pamphlets and letters to explain his viewpoints  about painting. He didn’t want to work for the Académie des Beaux-Arts and refused any type of promotion linked to the government because he wanted to be a free “thinker”.

He had a son who  died when he was 25 years old .

He was condemned by the French government and put in prison.  He died in exile in Switzerland on December 31st 1877. The debate about his responsibility or the absence of responsibility in the destruction of the Column is  still going on.

His painting has the realism of every day life:

-people  at work

-people coming back from a burial

-ordinary people  at a burial

-hunting scenes with realistic details

-ordinary people by the riverside

-nudes  with realistic details

-portraits and landscapes of his region

The common key-word and denominator between the two  people is  r e a l i s m .


Ken Loach was born on June 17th 1936. He started studying law  and eventually became a comedian. He is interested in shooting films and documentaries about  daily life.He becomes  the reference for “docudrama”, a mixture of fiction and documentaries.

He wants to show the difficulties of people in today’s world. The words  which best sum up his work are= dark and gloomy, depressive  and depressed, depression,  gloominess and darkness.

He usually resorts to ordinary people rather than real actors.

He likes shooting films about the working-classes.
  Kes (1969)  is a film about a young boy who trains a kestrel in an ordinary working-class family with very ordinary people.


-cinema as a tool for understanding our world

-cinema should inform, educate and high light our human condition

-cinema should stress important elements in people’s daily life=

their problems in their jobs and their family relationships.

-cinema should serve politics, ethics and economy more than entertainment.

– “Humour is essential to our humanity”. “It is a question of  survival.”

– Football is part and parcel of social life in working class families

Regions shot by the artist:

 Sheffield, Manchester-Liverpool , Glasgow.




B1 Ground Hog Day


Ground Hog Day


A ground hog is a small animal that digs and lives under the ground.  It is also called the woodchuck. 

Ground hogs live in many parts of America.  In the winter they hibernate like bears and some other animals.

There is a legend that says a few hundred years ago Europeans brought Ground Hog Day to America.  They said that the ground hog wakes up from his hibernation on February 2.  (February 2 is half way between winter and spring.)  If he comes up from his hole and it is sunny, he will see his shadow and be frightened.  If he sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather.  But if he comes up and the sky is cloudy, he will not see his shadow and will not be frightened.  Then spring weather will come very soon.

Some people believe this legend and they watch the sky on February 2.  Many people are happy if it is cloudy on that day.  They think spring will come soon.  But most people think it is just a fun legend.  What do you think?


to hibernate (verb)- to sleep through the winter

hibernation (noun)- comes from hibernate  (long sleep through the winter)

legend–  old story that is told from parents to children, and children’s children, and so on for many many years

shadow–  darkness made where the light can’t go through (when the sun shines you can see the dark outline of your body on the ground)

When not hibernating or caring for young, woodchucks spend much of their time eating and sunning.

They love to stretch out on warm ground, a smooth rock or along a low branch of a convenient tree. Their tree climbing ability is limited, however, and infrequently used.


Woodchucks prefer to eat fresh green vegetation. They eat a wide variety of wild plants, clover and alfalfa, and garden vegetables if they can get them. On rare occasions, they eat snails, insects, or young birds that they come upon by accident. Early in spring they eat bark and small branches.

Test your knowledge

  1. Another name for a groundhog is___.
    a. a woodchuck
    b. a squirrel
    c. a fox
  2. Groundhog Day is February___.
    a. 14th
    b. 2nd
    c. 22nd
  3. The groundhog pops up out of its___.
    a. hole
    b. nest
    c. lair
  4. The groundhog is looking for its___.
    a. mother b. friend c. shadow
  5. If the sun is shining, it will___ its hole.
    a. go back into
    b. stay out of
    c. run around
  6. If it doesn’t see its shadow, ___.
    a. there will be six more weeks of cold weather
    b. spring will come early this year
    c. it will rain for the next two weeks
  7. The groundhog lives in___.
    a. the ground b. a tree c. a river
  8. The groundhog spends all___ in its hole.
    a. winter
    b. spring
    c. autumn
  9. People are looking___ to spring.
    a. backward
    b. forward
  10. This kind of belief is called a___.
    a. festival
    b. superstition
    c. true story




Robert Louis Stevenson
My Shadow



I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow–
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there’s none of him at all.

He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

from Repeat after us


March 2023

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