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Groundhog Day on the 2nd of February

Groundhog Day takes place on the first or the second of February




A1-A2 Ici et ailleurs, modernités et traditions.

Where does it take place?


What  can you see?


What can you hear?


 What are people wearing?


 What’s the name of the  famous groundhog?


 What can it predict?


  Who are the members?


  Do you like this tradition?


 My toolbox of words:

top hats and a congregation of gentlemen

a suit= un costume

a tuxedo= une queue de pie

a tie=une cravate

a bow =noeud papillon

to wear = porter un vêtement

smart and traditional clothes,

it is freezing cold!

the shadow=l’ombre, many people, a lot of people,

the weather= le temps météorologique

a weather forecast= un bulletin météorologique

the best weather forecast, the dream, dreamers

very traditional

to see its own shadow =voir la projection de son ombre

funny and pleasant, to announce spring, to announce winter,

a very likeable animal

it is part and parcel of traditions=

one president= notre président

the tree-trunk= le tronc d’arbre

the hole= trou

to sleep=

to be sleeping=

to like folklore, not to like folklore,

to like and enjoy dreams and dreamers


Groundhogs are able to climb trees to escape.

The etymology of the name woodchuck is unrelated to wood or chucking. It stems from an Algonquian (possibly Narragansett) name for the animal, wuchak. The similarity between the words has led to the common tongue-twister:

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck

if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

A woodchuck would chuck all the wood he could

if a woodchuck could chuck wood![12]

[edit] In popular culture

  • One of Robert Frost‘s best known poems is “A Drumlin Woodchuck,” in which he uses the imagery of a woodchuck dug in to a small ridge as a metaphor for his emotional reticence.
  • A woodchuck figures prominently in the movie Groundhog Day.

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.




Mix it up tree For a Mix it up day:-)

Projet transversal Classes européennes du Lycée Xavier Marmier de Pontarlier

  et Classes du Collège Lucie Aubrac de Doubs

Responsable pédagogique arts plastiques:  Marie-Eve Mougel, Collège Lucie Aubrac

en lien avec la Municipalité de la ville de Pontarlier





Tim Burton


Find out about prepositions: 








“Pardon my enthusiasm!”

“I like your enthusiasm!”

an extract from The Corpse Bride by Tim Burton




My haunted house

There is an owl in the tree. There is a Jack o’ Lantern in front of the house. There is a cat on the roof. There is a ghost in the left downstairs window. There is a witch flying on a broomstick above the moon. There are graves beside the house. There is a skeleton in the right downstairs window. There is a bat in the sky. There is a cobweb above the door. There is a vampire next to the house. There is a werewolf under the tree.



There is a five centimeter pumpkin on the road.

There is a moon at the top of the pumpkin.

There are three cats on the left of the pumpkin.

There is a hat under the road.

There is a cobweb next to the moon.


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