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Activity 2
DIFFERENTIATION


A split second





Eureka Street, Robert McLiam Wilson, 1996.

Rosemary Dye turned into the small sandwich shop to which she always went. She stopped at the door to let a handsome young man in a green suit pass by. He, struck by the flush of her face and neck, smiled flirtatiously and held the door open with a vaguely gallant air. She smirked happily and stepped under his arm. She turned to murmur some thanks and stopped existing. The largest part of one of the glass display cases 1 blasted in her direction. Though fragmented before it reached her, the pieces of shrapnel and glass were still large enough to kill her instantly. […]

The young man who had opened the door for her – he was thirty-four but still had unlined skin and thick hair, had always been thought younger than he was but what had irritated him in his early twenties now delighted 2 him, as he saw his old schoolfriends married or bald and he could still comfortably date girls ten years younger than he was – was also killed, though he took nearly twenty seconds to stop existing. […] Inside the sandwich shop (how unglamorous, how untremendous 3 – Northern Ireland has never dealt in epic murder sites) […], Kevin McCafferty stopped existing.

[…] So, thus, in short, an intricate, say some, mix of history, politics, circumstance and ordnance 4 resulted in the detonation of a one-hundred-pound bomb in the enclosed space of the front part of a small sandwich shop measuring twenty-two feet by twelve.

Eureka Street, Robert McLiam Wilson, 1996.


1. a glass “box” used to display items in a shop 2. very pleased 3. unremarkable 4. bomb (here)

Grammar in progress

Le prétérit

a. Que remarquez-vous à propos des verbes du texte ?


b. Comment les phrases négatives et interrogatives se construisent-elles ?


Exercices p. 234 Précis grammatical p. 279

DIFFERENTIATION

Read the text.
Then, click on your path!

A
or
B

Workbook p. 115
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PATH
A


1-A
Present the text.

2-A
Where and when does the scene take place?

3-A
Search the Internet about: the Troubles, Loyalists and Nationalists.

Useful vocabulary: The scene takes place in…
From my research on the Internet, I learnt that…
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PATH
B


1-B
What is striking in the way the story is told?

2-B
What is the author’s point of view?

3-B
Watch the video about the Good Friday Agreement. Be ready to present it briefly.

Useful vocabulary: It is the story of…
This video explains how...

Let's talk this out!

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MEDIATION

Share your findings with your classmates.

4
What is your impression about what happened? Discuss.

5
Discuss the following statement: “Violence is the last resort to solve problems”.

Useful vocabulary: This is quite shocking / unexpected...
I find this story distressing... I think that…

Over to you!

Create a timeline

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

Make a timeline with the events mentioned on this page and write a blurb (short presentation) about recent Irish history. Be ready to present it orally. Tech tip: you can use Timeline.knightlab.com make your timeline more dynamic.



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