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Those who diced with death

Activity 3

Those who diced with death

Group 1: Underground

Underground, by Joe Pokaski and Misha Green, 2017.

Underground is a historical drama TV series produced by John Legend which ran for 2 seasons between 2016 and 2017. It featured Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Belt as the main characters Noah and Rosalee. Noah is a slave on the Macon plantation, Georgia, and Rosalee is a house slave.

Group 2: “Go up, Moses”

Harriet Tubman, The New England Magazine, 1895.

Harriet Tubman was nicknamed “the Moses of her People”. Herself a fugitive, she helped more than 300 slaves, leading them generally through Delaware to Wilmington and Philadelphia. She embodies the Underground Railway.

Group 3: Harriet Beecher Stowe

 Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1870s-80s, Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852.

“Any mind that is capable of a real sorrow is capable of good.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

This quote was taken from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, probably the most popular novel of the time. Coming from a free state, she was shocked by the inhumanity of slave auctions, which separated families. Her novel grasped the experience of slaves and served the cause of the Abolitionists.


  • politicized (adj.)
  • split / divided (adj.)
  • burning issue (n.)
  • citizenship (n.)
  • reward (n.)
  • spokesman / spokeswoman / spokesperson (n.)
  • wagon (n.)
  • aid / support (v.)
  • champion a cause / defend (v.)
  • make a difference (v.)
  • stand up for / against (v.)
  • talk someone into + V‑ing / convince (v.)
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You are in charge of one picture and one video.

Look at the picture and make some guesses about the content of the video.

Watch the video and take notes on important elements. Be ready to present it.
Workbook p. 94

How did they commit to the abolitionist cause?
Useful vocabulary: What strikes me in the video is…
What I find particularly amazing is…
Needless to say that...

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other videos.

What is the common point between the historical or fictional characters on this double page? Justify.

Imagine their motivations and their feelings.

Would you have done the same in similar circumstances? Explain.

Useful vocabulary: They must have felt…
They must have believed that…
In their place, I probably would have + V-en...
I probably wouldn’t have + V-en...

From French to English


La traduction de « si »

Exercices p. 192

If : une hypothèse, une éventualité
Ex : – If I feel better, I will go to the library.
If I felt better, I would go to the library. (conditionnel)

Whether : deux possibilités
Ex : I’m wondering whether I should write him (or not).
Ici if est possible mais moins probable.

→ Suggestion (Et si…) : How about / What about + V-ing...?

→ Insistance du oui (Si !) : Yes + tag (Yes he did!)

→ Tellement : So + adj + V

Let's learn!

Stand up / sit down

  • Make five sentences about the video you studied without naming it.
  • Share them with students who studied the other videos. Then, give them to the teacher.
  • Sentences will be read. You have to stand up when they correspond to your document.

Over to you!

Act up a dialogue

Let’s use what you have learnt in !

Your neighbour is a slaveholder. Without revealing your secret activities as a station master, you have tried to convince him that he should free his slaves. During a secret meeting with other activists, you tell them about the discussion you had with him.

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