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Activity 3
DIFFERENTIATION


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.


Toolbox

Toolbox
  • 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.

1
Look at the picture and make some guesses about the content of the video.


2
Watch the video and take notes on important elements. Be ready to present it.
Workbook p. 94

3
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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GROUP WORK
MEDIATION

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

4
What is the common point between the historical or fictional characters on this double page? Justify.


5
Imagine their motivations and their feelings.


6
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


MEDIATION

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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