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Activity 2
DIFFERENTIATION


...to Africa





Group 1: The only lady private detective in Botswana

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, 1998.

Mma Ramotswe had a detective agency in Africa, at the foot of Kgale Hill. These were its assets: a tiny white van, two desks, two chairs, a telephone, and an old typewriter. Then there was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe—the only lady private detective in Botswana— brewed redbush tea. And three mugs—one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need? Detective agencies rely on human intuition and intelligence, both of which Mma Ramotswe had in abundance. No inventory would ever include those, of course.

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith, 1998.
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You are in charge of one document.

1
Group 1
Read the text.
a. Present the main character.


b. Where does the scene take place? What is striking about her “office”?


c. What are the two qualities she has in common with Sherlock?


2
Group 2
Look at the picture.
a. What strikes you?


Watch the trailer.
b. Take notes to sum it up.


c. Which adjective would you use to describe the women and their personality? Find one adjective that makes Mma Ramotswe different from Sherlock Holmes.


Culture note

First published in a magazine entitled The Strand, the story of Sherlock Holmes has been adapted many times and in movies, series, cartoons, comics and even mangas. In 1990, there were counted 204 adaptations and the character of Sherlock Holmes appeared in 275 films from 1900 to 2013.

The Strand Magazine

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GROUP WORK
MEDIATION

Share your findings with your classmates.

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What kind of detective is Mma Ramotswe?


4
What are the similarities and the differences between Mma Ramotswe and Sherlock Holmes?


Useful vocabulary: The main character of this novel / film is... There is a sharp contrast between... Contrarily to... Unlike... She / he is quite similar to...

Over to you!

Design the front and back cover of a detective story

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 1
and / or in
Activity 2
!

Create the cover for a new volume of adventures for Sherlock Holmes or Mma Ramotswe.

The front cover must include a picture and the title. On the back, write the synopsis and some quotes from reviewers.



Group 2: Trailer

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