Terminale Euro 2019 2020


To do and be ready to « present » your work on Tuesday March 24th:  AMERICA WEST SIDE STORY analysis

ALL GROUPS: be prepared to present your document(s) to  your teacher on Thursday 19/03 via Discord. 

WE MUST NOW work with internet and be ready to share information. Stay connected to the website . More documents to come soon. Corrections will be posted on the website as soon as we’re done speaking (or sharing) about the documents.

I will also try to organise speaking sessions over the phone. 5 to 10 mn per person. This will take place during English hours. Antoine and some others have my number. I will let you know when exactly. Probably next week. 

In the meantime, take good care of yourselves !

(Group 1) from Albrecht to Cassin : Read the quotations on doc 1 and answer the questions -> Doc 1 defining the AD

(Group 2) from Corbard to Jacques : Read doc 2 carefully and answer the questions -> Doc 2 Defining the AD

(group 3) from Maratier to the end of the list : Watch the trailer of this famous American sitcom and define what the AD was at the time.

The whole class :

Oral comprehension:




B. Death penalty

A new film tells the true story of a battle against endemic racism in the American justice system. It’s based on a memoir by  Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer in Alabama, and tells the story of his firm’s battle to prove the innocence of Walter McMillian, who was condemned to death for a murder he didn’t commit. A black man, the murder of a white woman in Monroeville: the story disturbingly echoes Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and questions whether anything has changed in the almost hundred years since that classic was set.

Unfortunately it is not a new story that African-Americans and others from non-white backgrounds are disproportionately harshly punished by the U.S. justice system.

In a 2018 report to the United Nations, The Sentencing Project quoted U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics to assert that, « African Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, and they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences. African-American adults are 5.9 times as likely to be incarcerated than whites and Hispanics are 3.1 times as likely. »

Just Mercy tells the story of an African-American man, Bryan Stevenson, who grew up in a poor part of Delaware but against the odds made it to Harvard Law School. When he graduated, he chose not to follow a lucrative corporate career but went to Georgia, then Alabama to defend clients with little means to pay a lawyer. Thirty years ago he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which has won many awards and grants.

Text p. 138 « A lawyer’s speech » Questions: test CE An Eye for an eye 2 docts

Another document that you can listen to and  practise your oral comprehension:

Script of your Oral comprehenion test here ->  script US state of Maryland repeals the Death Penalty


Watch the video and take notes


Group work (research): https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/executions/executions-overview

A.Gun Violence / Gun control

Read the extract of the novel « The life before her eyes » in your book (chapter « A matter of life and death »). Visualise the scene as you would for a film. What kind of shots would you use here and there?



Look at the cover magazine and write down what you see, the composition of the picture and its meaning.





Original photo by JR here :






Then, go on the website : https://time.com/guns-in-america/ Observe the original picture  coming to life and react. Stop after the image has stopped moving or watch it again after scrolling down – click on the bottom left ‘View moving mural’. Then, at the bottom of the same page, move your mouse on the people, listen to some of them,  take notes.

Vocabulary Gun violence to download and learn (I will give you the photocopy when I see you): gun-control vocab

The project for TIME magazine : https://time.com/longform/why-time-made-guns-in-america/

What do you think of the project? Do you know the French street artist JR?

HOMEWORK the Xmas holiday

Listen and take notes (Ted Nugent – GOA):

Watch the video (teens on guns in America):

GROUP 1 (Albrecht -> Delaire)


Do some research on the origins of ‘the Minutemen’. Who were they and why were they created? Be ready to share your findings with your classmates.







GROUP 2 (Friat -> Zublena) Do some research on the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This video can also help you. Be ready to share your findings with your classmates.

A brief history of the USA (from the film « Bowling for Columbine »)

What about this nice Xmas calendar? (It’s genuine. No kidding!)





The zero hour contract : https://www.bbc.com/news/business-23573442


Trade Unions in the UK (interesting article – but in French, sorry) on :  https://journals.openedition.org/rfcb/1132

L’évolution du mouvement syndical britannique au cours du dernier quart du XXsiècle s’inscrit dans un contexte économique et politique marqué par plusieurs phénomènes parallèles et cumulatifs : déclin du secteur industriel qui constituait le bassin de recrutement traditionnel des syndicats, augmentation du travail à temps partiel et du travail féminin qui concernent des catégories moins enclines à se syndiquer, crise économique avec ses conséquences désastreuses en matière d’emploi. Par ailleurs, la mise en place d’une législation anti-syndicale par les gouvernements Thatcher successifs, inspirés par les théories néo-libérales, au cours des années 1980 a contribué à la baisse du taux de syndicalisation : de 56,9 % en 1979 à 39 % en 1989 et 29,4 % en 2000. Pour Margaret Thatcher, les syndicats sont un obstacle au bon fonctionnement du marché et à la croissance économique ; il s’agit donc pour le gouvernement conservateur de l’époque de limiter radicalement leur influence. Le Premier ministre a d’ailleurs fait de la lutte contre les syndicats l’un des fleurons de sa politique néo-libérale. Cela avec d’autant plus de facilité que les syndicats se sont quelque peu discrédités au cours des années 1970 par un activisme mal perçu par la majorité des Britanniques : grèves à répétition, grèves sauvages, agitation sociale généralisée qui caractérisent en particulier « l’hiver du mécontentement » de 1979. Le symbole de la lutte victorieuse de Margaret Thatcher contre les syndicats, et la fin du syndicalisme d’antan, est l’échec de la longue grève des mineurs en 1983-84, à l’issue de laquelle le leader de leur syndicat, Arthur Scargill, est obligé de capituler face à la détermination du gouvernement, perdant peu à peu le soutien de ses confrères et de la direction du Parti travailliste.

Je vous recommande ce film sur  la grève des mineurs : « Brassed off » 

Sortie cinéma – « Sorry we missed you » by Ken Loach



Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008  financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer is no easier.
The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.

Worksheet to download and read before Thursday: Sorry we missed you séquence

Ken Loach on the British economy and politics:

CEC (Cambridge English Certificate)

Some info on this (non mandatory) test. Needless to say that it is not easy and that only those who feel up to it should register. The format of the exam is very different from the ‘Bac’ and you really have to be prepared, should you choose to take it. 




Homework  ORAL COMPREHENSION. Choose one of those 2 videos:



GROUP WORK : Work in groups of 4, choose a topic and do some research (cf examples of topics below). You will have to produce a short documentary on this topic and send it to me by November 4th (using Wetransfer).

The power of music in the 60’s / The hippie movement / Space exploration / Counterculture  / Fashion in the 60’s / Feminism in the 60’s / Cinema in the 60’s / the Vietnam War / the Cold war

MP3 Memories of the 60’s:

Trailer « The boat that rocked » :



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