Noughts and Crosses Quiz: Chapters 4-8

Here is the link to the quiz for Chapters 4-8. I’m sorry about the delay—the “rentrée” with the 6eme took some extra time and attention!

Please try to complete this quiz before the end of the day this Wednesday, the 20th of May.



For next Thursday, the 28th of May, be prepared for a quiz on Chapters 9 – 15.


Here is a link to the PDF of the book in case you need it again:


Dear 6eme @ HOME,

Congratulations on finishing the book Flora and Ulysses! This is a huge accomplishment.


To conclude our study of the book, we need to think about this important question:

What do you think were some THEMES in this book?

Definition of theme:

Theme: the message(s) of the story


Here is a video to help you understand what a theme is:

Comment below: What were some of themes or messages of Flora and Ulysses?


News + Intro to Mindfulness

  1. Good news/bad news!

My good news is that at home, I was able to do some painting, music, and baking:

My bad news is that sometimes I felt scared and anxious, so I tried to do some meditation to feel better.

What is your good and bad news?


2. How did you enjoy Flora and Ulysses? What did was your favorite part?


3. Introduction to Mindfulness

So, when I feel nervous or anxious, I try to be MINDFUL

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you’re doing.

Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you’re mindful, you’re taking your time. You’re focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

Why Do People Need Mindfulness?

Being mindful helps you:

      • pay attention better
      • be less distractible
      • learn more
      • stay calm under stress
      • slow down instead of rush
      • listen better to others
      • be more patient
      • feel happier and enjoy things more

Let’s try a small meditation that helps us to learn how to LISTEN with mindfulness.

In this video, you’ll use your superpower of focus to find a little peace and calm as you mindfully listen to different sounds. Try playing this mindful game when you feel restless or nervous to help soothe and calm your nerves. You can also try playing this mindful game when you already feel calm, strengthening your curiosity and ability to focus and listen.

To play this mindful game, imagine that you are a rabbit hanging out in a beautiful forest. The sun is out, the breeze is blowing, and you can hear all kinds of sounds in the forest. Some sounds are quiet, and some sounds are loud. Some sounds are short, and some sounds are long. As you listen for different sounds, you will be prompted to place your hand on your heart, head, orshoulder when the sound fades away and you can no longer hear it. Some sounds you might hear include a bell, a rainstick, and wooden clap sticks. The trick to this mindful game is to listen closely to how the sounds change and fade away, and only place your hand on your heart, your head, or your shoulder when you can no longer hear the sound. Happy listening


OIB Comparative Essay

Choose ONE question below and write an essay response.

A) “My yesterdays walk with me. they keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.” Discuss the role of the past in two OIB works.

B) Many works of literature feature a moment of revelation. Explore the importance of this moment in two of the works on your OIB syllabus.

C) Explore in what ways and for what purposes two OIB writers have created vivid sense of place or landscape, be it rural or urban.


You must choose one question and write an essay response.

You will begin at 15H and you must send your essay back to me between 17h – 17h30 to my ENT email.


It is preferable that you type your essay in a google document (it is easier to give you comments–make sure to give me the right to modify your document and not just view it). You may also take photos of your handwritten essay.

In the title of your document + the subject of your email, write your name and label it clearly – ex : Charles EARDLEY OIB Comparative Essay May 15.


To prepare mentally, please review the essay rubric below (and, you could have a look at the comments I gave you on your last written comparative essay and the samples of other student writing given to you/uploaded to the blog):

You must compare/contrast two “works” studied so far. Possibilities of “works” are: The Handmaid’s Tale, Love in the Time of Cholera, Frost’s poems, Intimate Apparel, Stranger in the Village, Sweet Bird of Youth (wow, we’ve read quite a lot this year, you should be proud!).

(Please do not write an essay with just The Handmaid’s Tale and Love in the Time of Cholera, as we have already done so. You can use one of these two works if you desire, but choose another for your second work)


Tip: Don’t forget to include “style” (devices, discussion of language) in your analysis for full credit.

Thesis: Make a specific thesis with a defined angle to the vague question. Remember, an anglophone thesis is the “conclusion,” not a question. You then will be like a lawyer who uses evidence to prove your already very specific conclusion.

Organization: There are no real rules but your organization has to be clear, persuasive, and easy to follow. You can write a thesis that includes both works and organize paragraphs that mix the two works together, or, write a two-sentence thesis and transition halfway through your essay to the second work. Comment on elements of style as you go along and highlight how they enhance your argument. Use your paragraphs to organize your points (start each paragraph with a mini-thesis to keep us oriented).

Focus on what the authors are doing, and be careful not to talk too much about the characters like they are real people, but more instruments that the authors use to create effects.

Notes: For now, you may use them, but keep in mind that the real exam will be without notes. To use them efficiently and not waste too much time “looking for answers”, get your notes/books organized before you begin.


The Battle of Hastings

To prepare for the return to school and to continue learning about the Norman Conquest of England, please read this article (written on the 950th anniversary) about the Battle of Hastings and complete the short Google form exercises (sent to your school email) about the Battle of Hastings.

What happened at the Battle of Hastingsa


This short video explains why William won the Battle of Hastings:


Here is another short video which shows you the Bayeux Tapestry, created to tell the story of the preparations for the battle, the voyage from Normandy to England, the battle itself and William the Conqueror’s victory:


Week of May 12th

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all doing okay!  Yesterday I did not have power at my house for most of the day due to the storm, so it was very difficult to work!
This week I wanted you all to watch the To Kill a Mockingbird Movie, but it is impossible for me to figure out how to get the video to you all.  So we will try to watch the video in June.
Here is the work to do this week and next week, we will be wrapping up the book:
Try to spend 45 minutes reviewing the book here to be sure you understood everything!
Please do this by Friday, May 15th.
2) Portfolio projects: This is a bigger project.  I emailed you the attachement and you can also find it on Pronote.  Since this requires more work it is due in two weeks (remember next week is a shorter week with ascension).
This is an individual assignment, but I am putting you in groups so that you can help each other discuss the book and characters before completing the assignment.  You should try to spend 15 minutes talking to the people in your group this week.  You are in groups of 3-4 so that if one person cannot talk with you, you still have someone else available.  Please email each other to set up a time to chat.  Try to connect with your group by Friday, May 15th.  Please send me a short email to let me know when you have connected with your group.
Martina, Louise, Théo
Martin, Matthieu, Thaïs
Marc, Philippe, Mya
Camilia, Clémence, Lilou
Gatien, Gauthier, Emilie, Angélique
Esther, Raphaël, Henry

After you have discussed the book and project, you can begin the portfolio presentation, due May 26th.  
You should spend a lot of time on this assignment.  It will have a coefficient of 2.  Please send me any questions on the assignment by Friday, May 15th, so that you have enough time to complete it!

Case study of development and inequalities in Russia: Part Two

In this assignment you will learn how Russia is a continent which is rich in resources but remains at the mercy of fluctuations in their prices. It’s current population is just under 150 million inhabitants though it has lost population since the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1991. You will also study, Norilsk, a town within the arctic circle, which has been a closed city since 1991 and is exploited for it’s mineral resources but pays a terrible environmental and social price.

Begin by watching the video tutorial which explains the work here:


Read the article under this link to learn about the closed city of Norilsk:

Norilsk: A Closed City in Siberia

Then watch this documentary about the city here:

The assignment documents and exercises are available here:

2° OIB Russia Case Study Part Two