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mardi 21 mars 2017

Brand new project with Erin Gruwell and her students

Erin Gruwell, fellow top 50 finalist at the Global Teacher Prize, has accepted to Skype with my class and help my students analyze her students' diaries!
It is amazing!

dimanche 12 mars 2017

Eric Price's interview. By Noah.

Today was a great day again for our “Seconde” class. We have interviewed the charismatic American author, Eric Price. We have learnt very much about him, and about what he thinks and feels about literature. He has on this day written 2 fantasy novels, many short stories and articles. He has been living in the south of the U.S. for a few years, with his wife and 2 sons. Besides his writing he also helps his wife working on her family farm. He writes in the fantasy genre, and tells us that when he writes, he wants to write a book that somebody like himself when he was younger would have liked to read.
He confesses that, when he was young, he was not interested in reading. This was his short presentation, but we have learnt a lot more about him through our questions:

“How did the idea of becoming an author come to you?”
“I thought: authors are ordinary people, if they can write a book well so can I.”

“How much can you write in a day?”
“It all depends on my inspiration, I never set a limit on myself, some days I can write up to 3000 words, whereas sometimes I only write a 100.”

“Where do you work?
And where do you get your inspiration from?”
“I work in my office, on my desk, but I try to be as isolated as possible, not to get distracted by any interference or movement. I even often close the shutters, to be in my very own world and be able only to think about what I am writing.”

“Do your books convey any particular messages?”
“No, I don’t particularly try to convey any political messages through my stories. I feel like it could get stuck in time and dated, because with time things change, but the message would stay the same.”

“Do you have any writing routine?”
“I guess to a certain extent I do, I like to write my books in chronological order, from the beginning to the end. But if I think of a passage which seems to be later in time, I would keep it and insert it later on in the story.”

Eric Price reveals that writing a book is something very personal. For instance, he tells us that most of his characters come from people he admires, such as other authors, celebrities or even characters from other books. He also says that his writing depends a lot on his mood, he will write better if he is in a good mood.

And there ended our wonderful interview with the very interesting and inspiring Eric Price. It was another wonderful experience, thanks to our teacher Mrs. Fasquel for enabling us to meet and talk with authors, and to Eric Price for answering our questions.

mercredi 8 mars 2017

David Atkinson's Skype Interview. By Noah.

We have once again Skype interviewed a great author! This time, it was the poet David Atkinson, an inspiring Irish author. Through a short Skype interview, he has presented himself, his life, his art and his philosophy. Accompanied by a journalist from the “Journal Du Dimanche”, and a photographer, a lucky half of our class have experienced this delightful moment.
A few questions we asked him:
What is poetry to you?
- A poem to me is a creation, art, “the best words in the best order”.
What is a great poem?
- A great poem is a poe where you can understand what the poet feels.
Is it sometimes hard to find inspiration?
- I usually write when I have an idea. The problem is, it happens that I think about something, and then forget it, so I try to always write down my ideas. I even occasionally wake up at night, because I have an idea and go and write in down.”

In his youth poetry was not his cup of tea. But years passed by, and he started writing, more and more. He won competitions and he is, even today still, in a writer’s group, where they help and advise each other. He is not a full time poet, he also works part time in a bank. And mostly writes and studies at home. To him poetry is also music, it has a beat, a rhythm, a tone. It is a way for him to express, through his writing, what he feels and he mostly writes about his life.
It was a short but a very fulfilling Skype interview, since it was the first time we interviewed a poet!! Thanks to him and to Ms. Fasquel for making such interesting projects which allow us to contact fascinating artists possible.
By Noah, seconde 5.

lundi 6 mars 2017

Cathi Unsworth's Skype Interview with my students. By Lila.

Curled light blonde hair with a swirl of black held with red and green barrettes… an amazing author answered our questions, while France 3’s TV crew filmed our every move. Another great Skype interview, this time with the charismatic Cathi Unsworth.
"How do you come up with the titles of your novels?"
“Most of them come from songs”, she told us.
"What message do you try to convey through your stories?"
She speaks up about what the bullies make others go through, she wants to spread tolerance.
The English writer and journalist who started out studying fashion, then music, encouraged us to write more, because it can be a great way to express ourselves and get things out of our system. She told us about her literary tastes, about her inspirations and about her hobbies. And while students continued inquiring about her, a cameraman asked others about their thoughts about Mrs. Fasquel's classes. Having France 2 and 3 around was obviously exciting and made us even more proud to be Mrs. Fasquel's students. Yet another enlightening class and a big thank you to Cathi for having shared her knowledge and creativity with us!
By Lila, 10th grader.

Cathi's presentation slides:

dimanche 5 mars 2017

Cyane's visit. By Kostia

Sometimes, you have great opportunities which are offered to you and you really don't want to let those pass. I believe that our class with the French author Cyane was one of those great moments you never forget in your life. He is a great writer and is a passionate man and he believes in what he does and that is something great to see when you're a 15-year-old teenager. At first,I thought that the project was simply translating a book but once he explained to us what the purpose of this project really was, I was shocked. I totaly embraced the original idea of this project and it felt good to be able to make a possible change for future lives, so for that thank you Cyane for what you did,the time you spent with us and for your enthusiasm!
Kostia, 2nde SIA. Lycée International Nelson Mandela.