Anglais (Café N° 41)

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- Christine Reymond -

- A la Une : Register to take part in the World Summit on Human Rights

"In preparation for the Summit, the United Nations Cyberschoolbus and
European Schoolnet are jointly organizing a special event for schools from September to December 2003. Through a series of online activities teachers and students will examine the impact of information and communication technologies on human rights. These activities will focus on the universal right to learn and exchange information, as described in articles 19 and 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is an opportunity for schools to develop partnerships with other schools from different regions
of the world. In December, registered schools will be able to interact (via video conference or the Internet) with a Head of State attending the World Summit. " (from the site)
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/ws is/about.asp
Discover online activities in French and English...and anyone can register and post their students work!
Also don't miss the link to CyberSchoolBus site on Human Rights:
http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/humanri ghts/index.asp

- Halloween

A la rentré, c'est Halloween : voici quelques sites trouvés dans diverses newsletters, pour en parler avec vos élèves:

Halloween Safety: Safety Alert (from [LIIWEEK] October 9)
- safe costume designs, flame-resistant costumes, pedestrian safety..
- a diagram illustrating safe Halloween costumes.
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/hallow. html

Halloween bookmarks(Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, October 8th)
"These printable Halloween bookmarks are worth printing out on cardstock and giving out for your home trick-or-treat visitors, as well as for your students."
http://www.janbrett.com/bookmarks/happy_ halloween_cursive.htm

Halloween riddles (Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer, October 7th)
"Just to tickle your funny bone (where is that bone located on the skeleton?), try these jokes and riddles to get your students giggling."
http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/hallow een/games/jokes.html

Printable halloween desk mats (Classroom Flyer, October 7th)
"Print out these colorful "desk mats" and ask your early elementary students to write their names on them. Laminate them and tape them to students' desks or cubbies for the month of October."
http://www.janbrett.com/halloween_place_ mat.htm

Halloween writing web (Classroom Flyer October 15th)
Here is a terrific idea to create in your own classroom this month. You will construct a spider web with yarn on your bulletin board, complete with story prompts tucked in. Several suggestions for themed prompts are included.
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/seasona l/halloween/writingweb.htm

5 addresses about Halloween on Library Hot Five #198
http://www.classroom.com/community/email /archives.jhtml?A2=ind0310&L=hot5&F=P&S=& P=347

Pick a Pumpkin Activity (Education World Newsletter Vol. 7 Issue 42)
Pumpkins are the ultimate October icons -- the fruit of the month, if you will. (Yes! Pumpkins are a fruit.) This month, celebrate pumpkins with these across-the-curriculum activities. Included: Art, science, language, and math activities.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/l esson/lesson323.shtml

Halloween (Education World Newsletter Vol. 7 Issue 42)
Ready to celebrate in "spooktacular" fashion?
http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/a rchives/halloween.shtml

- Diwali

Divali, October 25th (from Jean Sahai)
Lots of information in French and lots of links to sites in
English where you will find everything you want to know about this Indian festival. Don't forget to at least mention it on the 25th.
http://www.palli.ch/~kapeskreyol/ki_nov/ divali.html

Bush greets Hindus on Diwali(from Jean Sahai)
Don't miss the links at the end of the page.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_ 421462,001600060005.htm

Diwali and India
information about Diwali and to discover India.
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/infonews/themes/ india.htm

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- Does technology increase students learning?

Riptides, October 2003 propose cet intéressant article sur l'impact des TICE sur la réussite des élèves et leur capacité à apprendre. Voici ce qu'il en dit: "This article looks at several recent research studies to explore the question, "Does the use of educational technology have a positive impact on student achievement?" In addition to discussing the conclusions from these studies, the article offers guidance, based upon research, on best practices for using technology in the classroom. "
http://www.rbs.org/currents/0701/does_te chnology.shtml

- Techniques for working with behavior challenges

Riverdeep's Classroom Flyer from October 16th suggests us to read those articles about classroom management, which can be useful to new and experienced teachers alike...
- Some strategies for dealing with behavioral problems in a positive manner
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/lesson- plans/lesson-7242.html
- You can handle them all
http://www.disciplinehelp.com/behindex/d efault.htm
- Techniques for working with behavior challenges
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/lesson- plans/lesson-7242.html
- 11 Techniques for better classroom discipline
http://www.honorlevel.com/techniques.xml
- Classroom management strategies
http://www.inspiringteachers.com/tips/ma nagement/index.html

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- Jacky Chan on CBBC

Ce jeu n'est pas spécialement intéressant, mais dans la phase d'introduction les personnages sont présentés dans une bulle commentaire quand on passe la souris sur eux. Ceci peut être utile quand vous travaillez sur le thème de la description des personnes, surtout que ces personnages sont aussi connus des élèves!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/cartoons/tv/ja ckie/

- Play a dance game or listen to a rhyme

BBC school propose cette activité pour des enfants en pré-lecture. Cela conviendra très bien pour l'enseignement de l'anglais en primaire. Vous pouvez aussi choisir une autre activité:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/menu.s html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/music/ fdi.shtml

Collège    [ Haut ]
- TAOS Project to Prevent Wild & Exotic Pets

"Publications, resources, and advocacy pieces presenting arguments against keeping wildlife as pets. Find materials "to post, distribute, or present in your local community, at club meetings, schools, religious institutions, and other organizations," such as Web banners, flyers, and ads to place in newspapers. Includes a lovely "Slide Show" featuring wildlife in their natural habitats, plus a teacher's guide and materials suitable for children. From The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS)".(from [LIIWEEK] October 9)
http://www.taosanctuaries.org/wildlife/
Voyez en particulier ce guide pour enfants à télécharger, bien illustré de dessins d'animaux
http://www.taosanctuaries.org/wildlife/t aosguidechildren.pdf

Lycée    [ Haut ]
- Literature

How to write a biography
The site suggests an outline for a biography, based on the real life events of someone from the family, but the method can be transfered to any biography you may ask your students to write.
http://www.hellofresno.com/history/HowTo WriteBios.html

1984 and Brave New World ( from Claude Covo-Farchi on e-teach)
Here are the complete texts of the novels:
http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/ 1984/
http://www.online-literature.com/aldous_ huxley/brave_new_world/
reading guide and summaries
http://www.enotes.com/1984/
http://www.enotes.com/brave/

- Nobel Prize for Literature

Discover the biography of J. M. Coetzee Wins Nobel Prize for Literature, By ALAN RIDING, in the NYTimes from October 3, 2003:
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers /featured_articles/20031003friday.html
To find out about the other laureates and the history of Nobel prizes, go to the official Nobel site in Sweden:
http://www.nobel.se/index.html

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- Elephant : the film by Van Sant, Palme d'Or in Cannes

Je viens de voir le film : je n'y emmènerai pas mes élèves! Des spécialistes de l'image pourront peut-être y voir un deuxième ou xième degré génial, mais je crains que la majorité des élèves, comme moi, s'y ennuie. La "Lettre à Elise", les plans de nuages, les personnages de dos parcourant des couloirs : tout cela m'a semblé horripilant; la construction en spirale, montrant le même événement vu de différents points de vue, serait intéressante si elle montrait quelque chose, mais il ne se passe rien, les dialogues sont creux, les acteurs trop conscients de la caméra dans leur dos, et les faits n'ont même pas de rapport avec la réalité, ou si peu.... On n'apprend rien, on ne comprend rien, et on n'a même pas envie d'y réfléchir tant l'ensemble du film semble incohérent...
Si, comme moi, vous avez étudié les faits en 1999, puis emmené des élèves voir Bowling for Columbine l'an dernier : restez-en là ! Ce midi, le lendemain de la sortie officielle du film en salle, les infos de plusieurs chaines françaises présentaient un film des tueurs s'exerçant au tir en forêt : la sortie de ce film d'amateur juste au moment de la sortie du film en salle semble aussi être une publicité de mauvais goût. J'avais espéré que l'on aurait des documents culturels utilisables, sur la vie dans une High School américaine : même pas! Ni la linguistique, ni le culturel ne sont utilisables... Bref, ceci n'est bien sûr que mon opinion perso....

Official site
see the page with the trailers, synopsis, and Diane Keaton's comments
http://www.elephantmovie.com/production/ 9diane.html
http://www.elephantmovie.com/

On the Café
here is the special report from Le Café in June, when it received the prize. You will find there where the title comes from and what it means.
http://www.cafepedagogique.net/disci/arc hives.php3?numero=36&discipline=anglais

Comments
On Rotten Tomatoes (50% for and against...) comments written by American people who saw the film.
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/Elephant -1123443/

A critic
"There are various angles one could take on the massacre: one could simply say it was a tragedy, cutting down young people in their prime; one could blame guns, or videogames, or bad parenting, or the competitive nature of US schools; one could see it in terms of the high-school idyll and fetishisation of youth that's so much a part of American culture; one could see it in wholly abstract terms, as an event that can only be described, not dissected, part of the inexorable flow of Life. The trouble is that ELEPHANT does ALL those things, jumping from one to the other."
http://leonardo.spidernet.net/Artus/2386 /tor03.htm

A negative comment
"He takes real events, slightly alters them so as to avoid the need for historical accuracy, adds a homoerotic twist, and expects that the sight of blood will be enough to leave us feeling that this was an important film."
http://hollywoodbitchslap.com/review.php ?movie=8236&reviewer=1

A negative critic from the Guardian
"But the winner [ of the Palme d'or], Elephant, was also loathed by
American critics. Many were suspicious of the way it appeared to exploit a sensitive issue for the purposes of arthouse shock tactics - and incidentally represent two American boys as quasi-terrorists. "
http://film.guardian.co.uk/cannes/story/ 0,13266,963589,00.html

A comment from a gay teenager from an adjacent school
"I felt sorry for the characters in Van Sant’s gay-straight alliance (which wasn’t actually in place at Columbine until after the tragedy), but the kiss between the killers struck me as misplaced and unnecessary."
http://www.advocate.com/html/stories/899 /899_kim.asp

More information about this controversial scene
"the tenderness and mystique of Elephant is often betrayed whenever Van Sant moves too far from the implicit to the explicit."
http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/film_r eview.asp?ID=817

Reviews
A review from the BBC : "And Elias McConnell, who plays a student interested in photography (called Elias), added:"I wasn't affected in the same way because I'm home-schooled. But it scared me and made me happy I don't go to high school."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment /3038449.stm

A commentary from Indiewire (independent films)
"Most provocatively, the director employs a Rashomon-like chronological method in which a few structuring events are seen three different times, say, from the perspective of three different characters."
http://www.indiewire.com/movies/movies_0 30521eleph.html

Explanation for Rashomon : it refers to a film from Kurosawa, and means that : "The search for the correct viewpoint which is superior to all other viewpoints is an error in itself."
http://www.foreignfilms.com/films/1735.a sp
http://www.dailyrepublican.com/kurosawa. html

From Rotten Tomatoes
http://ofcs.rottentomatoes.com/movie-112 3443/reviews.php
From Plume Noire
http://www.plume-noire.com/movies/review s/elephant.html
From Talk cinema (with interesting comments against the film)
http://www.talkcinema.com/reviews/cannes 2003_2.html
It also explains the title:
"Van Sant said the title refers back to the late Alan Clarke's 1989
35-minute BBC film about the violence of Northern Ireland, suggesting midst all the political posturing by Catholics and Protestant leaders that the violence was like the metaphorical elephant in the room no one wanted to recognize. That the title invokes the Republican party is "Something we mused on," Van Sant told a foreign journalist. "But the origins of the project were back after Columbine happened four years ago, and I wanted to make a mainstream film (for the networks)."

From Wikipedia (with an explanation of the title again)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_(m ovie)

From the Sacramento Bee
"The movie was shot in 20 days. There were no scripted lines, and the
students improvised their dialogue, with Van Sant asking them to base their characters on their own lives."
http://www.sacticket.com/24hour/entertai nment/movies/news/story/892267p-6216217c. html

Trailers and clips
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&id=180 8485843&cf=trailer&intl=us
http://www.cinemovies.fr/fiche_multimedi a.php?IDfilm=1975

About the real event
An article from 1999 describing the killers and their relation to the trench Coat Mafia.
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/0 4/22/columbine/
Official reports from juvenile diversion program officers about the killers
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/col umbine1.html

To find more articles and resources
About "Elephant", "Bowling for Columbine" and the real events in 1999
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/infonews/themes/ violenceinschools.htm

New : a teacher's guide on Mickaël Moore's site
Don't miss this new part of his site : a 60 pages guide, with a lenthy text in the middle, but lots of useful ideas for lessons and debates around "Bowling for Columbine".
http://www.bowlingforcolumbine.com/libra ry/teachers/pdf/complete.pdf

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