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Mission 1


Animist sculptures




Compétence

Parler en continu : je prends la parole pour raconter, décrire, expliquer.

Did you know?

Mask-making is a very ancient art. In parts of Australia, giant totem masks covered the whole body! In western Alaska, Inuit women used finger masks during storytelling and dancing. Do you like wearing masks?

Thunderbird and Whale Totem Pole

Yupi’k Fish Mask
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Exercice 1 : Animal sculptures

1
What animals can be seen in each sculpture?



2
What powers might they have?



3
What’s the role of a totem pole? List your ideas.



4
Carry out a survey on your classmates to see if they would like to have a totem pole at home!



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Wooden Ceremonial Yup’ik mask

Aboriginal beliefs

Aboriginal beliefs

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Exercice 2 : Aboriginal beliefs

1
Listen to the recording and pick out stressed words. What is it about?



2
Concentrate on traditions. Classify them.



3
Define the word totem in your own words.



4
Choose a Yup’ik mask and use keywords to create a calligram.



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Bear

Owl

Deer

Wolf

1

Loyal but independent, teaches cooperation, new ideas and the values of extended families.

2

Wisdom, also stands for the souls of the dead.

3

Protector and leader, symbolises physical strength and wilderness.

4

Symbol of speed, family protection and kindness.
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Exercice 3 : Native-Americans’ Animal Guides

1
Read and match animals to their characteristics.



2
What qualities do you have or would you like to have?



3
Which animal could you choose to guide you? Explain why.



4
Find out more about totems and animal guides and write a lesson, as if you were the teacher!



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Phonology

Want vs went vs won't

Listen

The Yup’ik went /went/ deer-hunting. They won’t /wəʊnt/ come. I want /wɒnt/ a mask like that.

Sing

They went away; they won’t come back - they don’t want to!

Grammar

Suffixes

Observe: The crow has no fear: it’s fearless. The elk has a lot of power: it’s very powerful. The deer is famous for its gentleness: it’s so gentle!

Think:
Observe the nouns and adjectives. What does each suffix mean?

Practise: Explain the qualities of your animal guide!

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I can see a wolf, an owl and a deer.

I can see a wolf, an owl and a deer.

Make your own totem pole

Use Padlet and make your own totem pole. Have your classmates analyse your pole and tell them if they’re right about you!

How far can you go?

A2 I can describe the totem pole in simple terms.
A2+ I can add hypotheses and adjectives.
B1 I can use complex sentences with relative pronouns.
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