Last week of school!

Hello everyone,
It is our last week of school!  Here is a fun activity to do this week if you are at home.  Please get in any remaining work if you are behind.  Remember to do the summer reading (I already emailed you and your parents about it).  Please enjoy your summer and stay safe!  I can’t wait to see you all next year.

Week of June 22

Hello everyone,
For this week, please email me the Teacher Evaluation below and the end of year reflection activity.  You can do them both on google docs if you do not want to print and fill out the documents.  Please email me this work by Friday, June 26.
I am also attaching the summer reading for you all so that you have the full summer to do your reading, no excuses!  You need to read the book Holes and another one on the list.  You have questions to do on the book and there will be a test in September.  3ieme International Summer Assignments
You can find the summer reading for all grades here:
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Work to do if you are at home for the week of June 15th

Hello everyone – here is the work to do this week if you are at home.
1) Begin with a little warm up (see the attached document).  Please email me your responses by this Friday, June 19.
3) Please respond to ONE of these questions relating to To Kill a Mockingbird by Friday, June 19.
  1. The novel is built around opportunities for the characters to express and experience empathy.  Which moment of empathy do you find the most moving and important?  What makes it so compelling?

  2. Discuss one of the videos (links above).  How does it provide a connection or a new understanding in its relationship to the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird?

  3. Which character do you connect with the most?  How so?  How did this help you understand the story?

  4. What is the lesson about life that you think Harper Lee would have wanted you to walk away from reading this novel understanding?

  5. Address our essential question:  when injustice occurs, is empathy enough?  How does this apply to To Kill a Mockingbird?

  6. What is the purpose of Boo’s character?  Why does Lee include him in the story at all?

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Week of June 8th

Hello everyone,
This is an email for all of you at home!  Here is the work to do this week.
Students, there is a lot going on in the world right now.  We are talking about racism in school.  This is an appropriate time given that we finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird and given the current state of the world.  Please let me know if you have any questions or if you feel uncomfortable talking about this topic.  I hope that we can learn together to make this world a better place.
1) Reflect on your identity.  What is your skin color?  Your gender?  Your religion?  Your mother-tongue (langue maternelle)?  Your political views (if you have them)?  Is there a part of your country that you identify with?  For example, basque, etc.  How do you identify yourself?  For example sister, brother, son, daughter, leader, artist, athlete, friend, clown, etc….  Keep all that in mind.
2) Watch this video to get us talking about race:
WORK TO DO IF YOU ARE AT HOME: please respond to these questions on a google doc and send to me.  If you are at school please pick one and respond and be ready to discuss on Wednesday.
– Essential question: What sparked the protests after the killing of George Floyd and why have they spread to other cities?

– Floyd’s death was captured on video. The widely shared video shows images of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck. How do you think the reaction to Floyd’s death would be different if the incident hadn’t been captured on video?

– Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins describes the killing of Floyd as symbolic of deeper societal problems. She makes a connection between his death and disproportionate health outcomes due to loosening of environmental regulations as well as the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on communities of color. What is your response?
– Stories of violence and police brutality can be upsetting. If you are upset by this story, who is a trusted adult you can speak with? If you are not sure, ask your teacher.
– Media literacy: The footage of Floyd with a knee on his neck may be difficult for viewers to watch and has been excluded from this video clip. Why do you think that decision was made? Do you think it’s important to show viewers violent footage like this? Why or why not?
4) Please read this article discussing what Pope Francis has encouraged us to do:
Lastly, please take the time to talk about this topic with your family.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I am here for you!!!

Week of June 2nd

Hello everyone,

This week we will be back at school (for some of us)!  Here is the work to do:

  1. Here is the work to do before Thursday-
    1. Last episode of CNN 10:
    2. A little video about your brain/emotions (in French):
    3. Test your attention!  A little experiment:
  2. Here are the videos of our class to watch:
    1. Video 1:
    2. And then please do the assignment using these links:
    3. Be sure to fill out the worksheets on pronote and email them to me by Thursday June 11!
  3. A little meditation if you’d like!


Please let me know if you have questions!!


Week of May 25th

Hello Everyone,
Welcome back to another week of online school!
Remember that you have work due tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26th, see gmail or Pronote).
Here is the new work to do by Friday, May 29th:
1) Irregular verbs: click on the link and learn these irregular verbs (click on the eye icon to see in French)


Email me 10 sentences using 10 of the words using present or past tenses.
2) Online activity:
Be sure to complete the online activity by this Friday (May 29) before 18h!
When you get to the page, please add your first name only (ajoutez uniquement votre prénom!).
When you are done, click on “envoi de la copie” then a code will appear that you need to write down!
Please let me know if you have any questions!

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!

Week of May 4th

Hello 4° International,

Happy May to you all!  This week is an exciting week because you will finish the book!  Here is the work to do:
1) Finish reading to Kill a Mockingbird!  Chapters 30-31.  Please finish by Tuesday, May 12th (that way you have the weekend to finish if need be).  Try and take notes!
2) Vocabulary: please spend at least 30 minutes on quizlet learning the vocabulary for the last two chapters.  Please do this by Thursday, May 7th:
3) Begin reviewing the book: This was a long and complicated book!  We are going to begin reviewing the book and next week you will watch the movie.
Here is the quizlet review so that you can begin studying:
You do not need to learn the entire quizlet review this week.  Please try and go through it all by Friday, May 15th.
As always, if you have any questions let me know!  

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

Week of April 6th

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well!  One more week till vacation!  Here is the work to do this week:

1) Read chapters 25-27 (three chapters) in To Kill a Mockingbird.

This week, I am assigning partners again.  I want you to discuss what is happening in the book.  Remember, you should be taking notes while you read along.  You can discuss those notes with your partner(s).  If you are very confused, then you can read some chapter summaries here:


These summaries should clarify what is happening.  Please try and talk to your partner(s) on the phone or via video chat for 10 minutes in English.

Louise – Marc

Camilia – Matthieu

Henry – Clémence

Théo – Esther

Martina – Martin

Gatien – Lilou

Émilié – Gauthier

Thaïs – Raphaël – Mya

Philippe – Angélique

Please try and complete this activity by Friday, April 10th.  Please email your partner(s) to schedule a time to talk.  If your partner(s) don’t respond then please contact me.  If you can video chat, send me a picture (a screenshot/ capture d’écran)!

2) TKAM Vocab: This week, please just spend 45 minutes learning the vocabulary on Quizlet.  You do not need to send me any sentences.  You have all been doing a great job with the vocabulary, so this week please learn all the words, but there is no need to email me any work.

3) Grammar: Linking words 2.  Begin on page 64 of your booklet.  Listen to this recording and fill out page 64:

Then, read page 65.  You do not need to email me this work.  

Homework to do during vacation: Please complete exercises on pages 66 and 67 and email them to me by Friday, April 24th.  

4) Optional work to do during vacation: Please do not read ahead in To Kill a Mockingbird.  We will continue reading the book and finish it after break.  However, it would be great to read a different book during vacation if you want.  Here are some free books to read online (you can also read a book that you already have):

The Call of the Wild:

Treasure Island:

Adevntures of Huckleberry Finn:

Full list here (lots of other options but not all are free!):

If you have any questions please email me!