Geography Chapter 5: Development of Overseas French Territory

French overseas territory is spread around all the continents and oceans. This means that France has the second largest exclusive economic zone in the world after the USA. An exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is the maritime zone that extends 200 nautical miles (370km) from the coast of a territory and is reserved for the exclusive use of that territory.

Learn more about EEZs here:­‐bfZSU

and here:

To learn about the huge new coastal route which has recently been completed on La Réunion, watch this video here:

Chapter 5 can be downloaded here:

Gg 3e Chapter 5



Why did the USA enter WW1?

Welcome back after the vacation!

Before tacking this work make certain you have:

1) watched the video WW1 in colour and written your comments on the blog (see blog entry below this one) 2) completed the WW1 Learning Pack holiday homework.

This week you will be learning about Why the USA entered WW1 in 1917. The objective is to complete the following DBQ essay question (and submit it before Wednesday 6th May):

* Why did the USA abandon its neutrality, choosing to enter World War One on the side of the allies? *

To introduce this topic there are links to two short videos below and The American Republic Since 1877 Chapter 14 – you must read ONLY section 1 for this work. You should make notes of any relevant information which helps to explain why the USA joined the war from the videos and Section 1 of the chapter. This will then be the context you can use to inform your DBQ essay (essay worksheet with documents is also attached below).

How to organize your time:

1) Read chapter 14 section 1 + watch video (make suitable notes): 1h30 (or nearly 2 lessons)

2) Read and annotate the 7 documents in the DBQ essay pdf document (either highlight useful information or make notes on last two pages of the DBQ essay pdf document: 1h (or 1.5 lessons)

3) Write your essay response: 2hrs (or 2.5 lessons)

Total time: 4.5hrs (or 6 lessons).

Here are links to the chapter and videos:

American Republic since 1877 Chapter 14.pdf

The chapter (you only need to read Section One for your essay) can also be found here:



Week of April 27th

Dear 4° International students,
Welcome back!  I hope you all had a nice break, despite the circumstances.
Here are the assignments for this week.  Since Friday is a holiday, there is no grammar!
1) Writing assignment: Please send me an email, or send me a Google Document, to tell me how you are doing.  How was your two-week break from school?  Are you feeling okay?  Is there anything you want me to know right now?  This is a hard time for us all, I really hope each of you is doing well!!  I’m sending you *hugs* and positive energy!
Please do this by Thursday, April 30th.  Please send 3-8 sentences (5 would be good).  Feel free to send a picture if you want as well!
2) Read chapters 23-24 (two chapters) from To Kill a Mockingbird:
Remember to try and take notes.  Please finish these two chapters by Tuesday, May 5th.
3) TKAM Quizlet Vocabulary:
Please spend 30 minutes learning the vocabulary on Quizlet, playing the games to learn the vocabulary, etc.  Please do this before Tuesday, May 5th.
As always, if you have any questions please let me know!  Attached are two pictures of my dog, Massa, from our “staycation” (vacation at home!).

Ms. Grandison
English Teacher 
Saint-Denis International School

Calling all musical lovers — more free theatre!

If anyone is interested in musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber is calling all musical lovers! Starting this Friday, the youtube channel “The Shows Must Go On!” will be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical every Friday at 7 pm for you to watch for free!

Last night, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was posted, and it will be available for 48 hrs only.

If you post a review below, I will give you an extra grade.


Social Distancing Haiku

NPR (National Public Radio in the USA) has asked people to write Haiku about their social distancing experience. For more examples like the haiku above, go to:

Write your own social distancing haiku! Just stick this simple 3-line format:

5 syllables,

7 syllables,

5 syllables


— and share it with us in the comments below!



For those who are unfamiliar, Haiku is a form of poetry, first made popular in Japan, which has become appreciated around the world.

The most basic definition of haiku is a three line poem where the 1st and 3rd lines are 5 syllables and the 2nd line is 7 syllables. Traditionally, haiku are about nature and usually use seasonal or weather words.

Written in present tense, haiku is meant to be “in the moment,” taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary. Poetic devices like metaphor, simile, rhyme, etc are not used. Haiku is meant to be simple. Capitalization is not necessary, and punctuation is minimal or not there at all as haiku are meant to feel open, almost unfinished. The poetry in haiku is created by juxtaposing the two parts to create resonance.





Here is a new technique to find center and calm–Qigong!

Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves through space.

My grandparents introduced me to this video! It’s very simple to do and always gives me some focus and calm. I also do some of these exercises as warmups with the children at the elementary school, and they love it! If my grandparents and elementary school students can do it– so can you.

Keep an open mind. You’ll probably feel a little silly, but that’s okay! What matters is how you feel afterwards. Give it a try and comment on your experience below! Feel free to compare how you feel to other techniques.


Also, here is an article if you are feeling anxious:


If you found the meditation exercises helpful from the previous posts, you could download a free application on your phone called “Insight Timer.” “Yoga with Adriene” also offers a few more meditation videos.