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Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc- viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
1) A map that shows who might become the next President of the U.S.A.
2) A visual that represents the 538 Electoral College Votes. It shows each state sized by its number of electoral votes
3) A map representing what the Senate might look like / Current vs Next Senate
They are all taken from
"12 Years a Slave" trailer - English (French subtitles)
"[...] Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1841, when he was coaxed by “two gentlemen of respectable appearance” to travel to Washington, D.C. for employment. While there, he was beaten and sold into slavery, with his captors claiming he was a fugitive slave. He spent twelve years in bondage with three different masters in Louisiana before he was finally rescued — a feat which involved secretly smuggling a letter to his family and enlisting the help of the New York governor. [...]"
From "Text to Text | ‘Twelve Years a Slave,’ and ‘An Escape That Has Long Intrigued Historians’ " by Michael GONCHAR and Tom MARSHALL (the New York Times - October 2013)
Pour mieux manipuler la formation du prétérit et reconnaître le participe passé de verbes irréguliers je te propose un petit jeu de piste: munis-toi de ta liste des verbes irréguliers, puis cherche :
* 5 formes verbales au prétérit irrégulierd'un même verbe (un auxiliaire):
--> 3 sont immédiatement suivies du participe passé d'un autre verbe (il s'agit de formes passives), parmi lesquels: 2 verbes irréguliers (qui suivent un seul auxiliaire, attention) / 2 verbes réguliers -facile : ils se finissent en ... ?!
* 2 autres formes verbales au préterit: 1 verbe irrégulier / 1 verbe régulier.
Alors ?? Tu veux vérifier si tes "découvertes" sont bien les bonnes ? N'hésite pas à venir en fin de cours ;)
Every year, Independence Day is celebrated
by the Americans on July 4 :
Here are the 2 videos you've started comparing :
The History of Thanksgiving Day
The First Thanksgiving Story :
These covers from LIFE Magazine
range from 1927 to 1966 -some of them aren't dated. Don't some of the pictures evoke Norman Rockwell's pictures ? Well... he illustrated scenes from the American daily life, didn't he ?
The gallery below includes 26 photos that illustrate events which all occurred on July 4th
Most of them describe historical moments -from 1754 to 2009. Do you know all the persons shown in the photos ? [I have to confess I didn't ]
"Democracy is not a spectator sport"
Once you have viewed this short video...
... complete the gap fill summary based on Matt Damon's comments :
Matt DAMON reads and comments on a few articles from the Declaration of Independence
At first, he explains history is always told from somebody's …............................. : you have to consider who is telling it, and …............................. : you cannot just …............................. the story you are told.
As for the actor, being patriotic means engaging and …............................. : he disapproves of the "love it or leave it" position of people who are fed up with protests.
Click on the original manuscript below to read the full Declaration of Independence :
The artists Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril & Marion Kotlarski "[...] wanted to put a picture on these digits. A shocking, gory picture, like the reality of war. [...] Our understanding of conflicts is often nothing more than a handful of digits, the more precise, the less meaningful. The anchor’s tone remains the same when talking about major wars or isolated outbursts of violence. [...]
Figures give us knowledge, not meaning."
Why was Geronimo -the name of one of the best-known Native Americans- chosen as the code name for the operation to capture the (formerly) Saudi terrorist ?
Click on Geronimo's ⇓ portrait below
to read the BBC news (U.S.A. & Canada) article - 3 May 2011 :
"Osama Bin Laden : Why Geronimo ?"
on the Indian Country Today Media Network.
An Apache tribe in the U.S.A. has demanded an apology from the American President " for using the name of the warrior Geronimo as the code name for Osama Bin Laden" the BBC says : on May 3, 2011 the Chairman of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe wrote President Obama to tell him : "[My tribe and I] would hope that you would issue a formal apology to the Geronimo family members, the Fort Sill Apache Tribe and to all Native Americans for this action."
You can read the full letter ⇓ on the Fort Sill Apache website
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