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- Christine Reymond -

- A la Une : The Homies

A lesson plan from the New York Times
Modeling Reality :
Examining Various Ways in Which Role Models Are Represented : /lessons/20030502friday.html
Based on the article : Two-Inch Latino Role Models, for Good or Ill, By JO NAPOLITANO,May 2, 2003 /featured_articles/20030502friday.html
"In this lesson, students identify what a role model is and what characteristics such a person should possess. They discuss a new trend in character role model figurines, which some believe perpetuate racial and ethnic stereotypes, and debate issues surrounding the effectiveness of these role models. Finally, students each draw and describe a role model figurine that he or she feels reflects his or her value and belief systems." [ This text is a bit too long, but presents this new cultural phenomenon of the Homies figurines and the problem of role model. Are those figures merely reflecting reality or are they pushing youngsters towards gangs and violence by offering a bad role model? From this starting point or without it, you can present this cultural fact to your pupils and discuss the problem with them. Here are some addresses that you can also use:

The official Homies site
Including the pictures and names of all the plastic figurines in the different families, and comic strips which give ideas of how to play with them....

Items for vending machines
Homies are found in vending machines. Discover on this site what type of items are to be found there. tml

Homies Figures from
A short page, in simple and easy English, showing who the Homies are, what Homies mean, and that they try to promote Chicano culture and not glorify gangs. Magazine
This magazine claims to provide "Daily news and commentary on the key issues related to urban affairs". You will find there lots of information about the gangs, their indentification and their problems, including a history of gangs. This site can be a good resource for teachers or students who want to deal with this subject (it doesn't promote gangs). At the moment, the Homies are present in all their pages with this title : "do they promote violence or gang stereotypes?".....and you can also buy them from the site ;) See how some figures appeared in a Snoop Dogg ( a famous rapper) video. ideo.html
Read an article trying to show that those figures are not bad for children....

The real Homiesunidos
It "is a non-profit gang violence prevention and intervention organization with projects in San Salvador, El Salvador and Los Angeles, California" whose "vision is to see all youth living in a world free of violence and discrimination"

Audio clip and transcript
Here you can hear an audio clip about Magdaleno Rose Avila and Homies
Unidos, and read the transcript. An interesting interview about gangs and action to stop them. /avila.cfm

Role models
Some celebrities offer themselves as role models:
The site features Christopher Reeve ( former Spiderman, now quadriplegic) as the role model of the month. An interesting story, even if it seems a little "too much".... Another site stresses the fact that even role models are not perfect. Among the role models discussed are Nick Nolte and Bill Clinton, and problems with sex and drugs are also tackled, so this site is only for older, responsible students... /RoleModel/
For older students too, this article about Snoop Dogg and children choosing this type of role model /20021209/story.jhtml
Role Model, by Eminem : Like all Eminem songs, it is full of rude words and shocking images and I wouldn't advise you to study it in class, but many of our pupils listen to that type of song, and Snoop Dogg, Marilyn Manson and Eminem are all conscious that they are accused of being negative role models and pushing kids towards violence and drugs. In this song, Eminem says:
"Follow Me And Do Exactly What The Song Says Smoke Weed Take Pills Drop Outta School Kill People And Drink And Jump Behind The Wheel Like It Was Still Legal "
lyrics: em/Role%20Model/
download the midi file:

- A Brief History of Fashion

"The history of clothing from the Greeks to the Edwardians."
The site is divided into eighteen periods with each having drawings, paintings, and other images illustrating men's and women's fashions and accessories; a glossary of terms for dress for the period; recommended links and books; and a timeline of important dates and events. By a theater arts professor specializing in costume design, costume construction, and makeup at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina. y/
[ For all students studying clothes and fashion, this site offer pictures and description of clothes through history, which provides useful vocabulary. See espécially the pictures corresponding to each period, and the short descriptions, very easy to use in class: y/directory.htm ]

- Mother's Day

What You Need to Know
Offers historical facts and figures about Mother's Day, links to information about famous mothers, and several ideas for celebrating the holiday. eekly/aa020506a.htm
[ history, bios of famous moms, and lots, lots of links.]

Mother's Day sites from Surfing the Net with Kids
gifts and certificates from Billybear other/mom.htm
how it works from Howstuffworks .htm

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- Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence

Founded in 1996 with support from the Fetzer Institute, the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence is dedicated to advancing the research and practice related to emotional intelligence in organizations. With 25 current members from a variety of fields ranging from academic appointments to consultants, the Consortium continues to fulfill its mandate to "study all that is known about emotional intelligence in the workplace." First-time visitors seeking to learn about the basic activities of the Consortium will want to spend some time browsing through the Research section of the site, which contains helpful background papers addressing the importance of
emotional intelligence and developing standards for the field. The site also contains the detailed and recently updated research agenda of the Consortium, along with profiles of current members. Finally, a detailed reference section contains a detailed bibliography of scholarship that will be of interest to those seeking to read additional material within the discipline. [KMG]
[ For teachers and research : explore this new notion of Emotional Intelligence in the perspective of what type of training is provided in the working world, so what skills are expected from our students after school.
Among the many resources, you can read this online technical manual _Tech_Manual.pdf
which describes EI, lists the expected competencies:
"The Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI) measures 20 competencies organized into four clusters: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Social Skill." (p6) and explains how they can be detected, enhanced and how executives can be coached to develop them. And then maybe you can think of a way to adapt this to our teaching practice.... ]

- Intercultural Differences

This site from an american colleague presents an intersting study of stereotypes and intercultural differences seen from the point of veiw of an american. a discussion raising site... nce/Intercultural.html

- Webreference : A free dictionary on your computer
Comment from Christophe Labetoulle on hotpotatoesusers list
"Those of you who teach English will be happy to learn that you can have free access to the excellent Harper Collins dictionary on the web. Not only that but the webmaster (who works alone) has developped a downloadable script that makes it possible for vistors to click on any English word on your web page to get either a definition or a translation in various languages. The script can be found at .
Best of all its free".
Comment from Claude Covo-Farchi on e-teach: "Je viens de l'installer sur mon navigateur. En cliquant sur un mot, je peux maintenant choisir entre avoir sa définition en anglais, et ensuite avoir sa traduction en français. D'autres langues sont offertes. Et tout cela gratuitement."

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- Handprinted Paper Flowers

This is a very innovative art project, and quite easy for all grades to accomplish... Create a whole bouquet of different colors, simply with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and a pair of scissors. flowers/handprintflower/
[ an activity for children from kindergarten onwards, which can be a good idea for a handicraft for Mother's Day. Here are some addresses for different activities of the same type: d753eae4e14786256616000ea9d2/d7d82cfae274 41568625675500164d90?OpenDocument s&file=article&sid=615 l

- 20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes

Can a classroom of twenty students make twenty kites, and be outside flying them in twenty minutes? You betcha! Uncle Jonathan from the Big Wind Kite Factory on the Hawaiian island of Molokai shares the kid-tested instructions he's been using with tour groups for fifteen years. The kites are folded from 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, so they are smaller than the usual kite, but the simple directions are easy enough for kindergartners, yet fun enough for big kids too! .html
[ easy to do kites, from kindergarten onwards.
Note : bar-b-que shishkabab sticks = small wooden skewers! ]

- Zoom Playhouse

Read student-written scripts for plays performed on PBS' Zoom. Students can act out these scripts or enter their own scripts that may be acted out on TV!
[ short plays easy to use from primary school onwards. You can also works on the grammar, for example in "a mixed up fairy tale" you will find "the prettiest of all" repeated so much that the students will memorise it. And of course, you have the cultural reference to Snow White and Cinderella which the pupils will easily recognise.
You can also find other useful scripts (some folk tales, African legends, etc.) on : ter.htm
like for example the little red hen: m]

- String Figures From Around the World

"You'll be amazed at what you can do with a simple loop of string." Offers an introduction to string figures, instructions for constructing a variety of string figures (and tips for untangling the string), and related print and online resources. String figure instructions are broken down by difficulty level, and are accompanied by photos.
[ For primary school children, or lower secondary school. This is both an exercise for the hands and to understand directions in English. The pictures help to infer the meaning of the words in the texts.]

- BBC Words and Pictures (from Elisabeth Prévost-Kaboré on e-teach)

L'enseignant peut paramétrer la difficulté et on peut imprimer un petit bilan sympa avec petite activité complémentaire:
* Jim's crankophone :
On peut choisir les sons qui vont apparaître tures/cvc/crank/index.shtml
*Star words
Pour entendre les mots les plus fréquents de la langue anglaise. (Le prof peut faire une sélection) tures/hfwords/starwords/index.shtml
Egalement des histoires brêves pour travailler les voyelles longues avec de petits jeux interactifs et possibilité d'imprimer : tures/longvow/poems/fpoem.shtml
Beaucoup d'autres activités proposée pour le travail sur les sons sur ce site. Dans "teacher and parents",allez voir "printable resources" tures/index.shtml

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- Theater plays and scripts for the classroom

If you find the plays on PBS ( ) too childish for your secondary school students, here are some other places to visit:
First, the reference site : Aaron Shepard's Reader's Theater Page
Learn all about Reader's Theater in this guide to scripting, staging, and performing. Find scripts for young readers and practice sheets for team scripting. For other scripts for young readers, try: ter.htm
and you may even want to set a puppet show : you will find useful tips and scripts at: pt.html

- New on Nancy Metz

Michèle Henry from Nancy Metz has updated some of the pages on the Nancy-Metz ESL Website. You will find loads of ideas and suggestions for activities on :
"Activités pour les élèves" ais/Henry/actel.htm
et "Chansons" : ais/Henry/chans.htm

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- The new Hide and Go Seek !

Find out about letterboxing and goecaching! It is a way to mix treasure hunt and hiking, and can be efficient for children or people who don't see the point of going for a walk, a hike or a treck, who don't enjoy just the pleasure of walking, breathing fresh air and being outside, but need a goal, a reward for their efforts......
In class, this text is a good material for written comprehension for students who have studied English for at least 4 years, because it deals with something nobody knows about and that the class will discover together. It will develop their skills for global comprehension, like scanning a text for information and inferring the global meaning from a few well selected clues.
And then the students can debate about the interest of this sport/hobby....and if they find it is a good idea, why not get into the project and do it in France? This could make American people want to come and visit France! /042202_letterbox.jhtml
Here are some links to other site dealing with the subject, that you can use to build a webquest or a treasure hunt: nian/issues98/apr98/letterboxing.html
(from the Smithonian, a short article explaining how it started) tter.htm (the origninal from Dartmoor, UK) aa073001a.htm ( with interviews from walkers to read) (about orientation) .html (about how to carve stamps) erboxing/ (a very long page of links)

- Internet Geography

Created by teacher Anthony Bennett, the Internet Geography Web site seeks to be a center for shared geographical resources and knowledge. A wide range of information and teaching tools can be found here, including links to original works that describe general physical, environmental, human, and economic geography subjects. Special sections of the site are geared specifically for students and teachers; the site provides them with homework help and lessons for teaching geography. Additions are regularly made to the site, making repeated visits necessary and fruitful.
[ very useful for European classes and transcurricular projects based on geography. You can also find pictures to make the students talk. Resources that can be used from lower secondary school onwards.]

- Building democracy is not a science

A text and a lesson plan to discuss the future of Iraq in the light of previous such actions by the US. Very interesting for advanced students having already reflected on democracy or interested by the subject. /featured_articles/20030428monday.html /lessons/20030428monday.html


This site claims to be "a comprehensive guide to free book summaries, literature notes, and study guides." Books are listed alphabetically. Site also offers a few suggestions for finding other book reviews and summaries.
"Say goodbye to Cliff's Notes™ - has everything you need when it comes to book summaries and analysis - and best of all - it's free!"
[ of course, there is a lot of advertising on the page, but this is the price to pay for a free service. And when you come to the end of the page, you find a long list od book. For each, the page suggests several free online guides to help you or your students with the study of the book. Very well done and useful indeed for all those studying literature!]

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