Mise en Train! -Activities 1 – 5

Activity 1

  • What is the relationship between the teenagers in Qu’est-ce qu’on prend?

They are friends.

  • Where are they at the beginning of the story?

Chloes house

  • Where do they decide to go?


  • Who has trouble deciding what to order?

Chloe has trouble to decide what to order

  • What is the problem at the end of the story?

Chloe can’t find her wallet.

Activity 2

Put the following sentences in the right order

  1. Chloé invite Sébastien à aller au café.
  2. Cécile commande une menthe à l’eau.
  3. Chloé commande un jus d’orange.
  4. Thomas demande l’addition.
  5. Le serveur dit «Bon appétit!»
  6. Chloé ne retrouve pas son argent.

Activity 3

Choose the Correct answer

  1. (c.) Désolé. J’ai des devoirs à faire.
  2. (b.) Je vais prendre une menthe à l’eau.
  3. (d.) Trois trente-cinq.
  4. (a.) Nous avons du jus d’orange, du jus de pomme…

Activity 4

  1. give an excuse for someone?
    1. L’addition, s’il vous plaît.
  2. ask if someone’s ready to order?
    1. Vous avez choisi?
  3. order food?
    1. Je vais prendre…
  4. ask what kind of fruit juice the restaurant serves?
  5. ask how much something costs?
    1. C’est combien,… ?
  6. ask for the check?
    1. Qu’est-ce que vous avez comme jus de fruit?

Activity 5

I did this with Hana.



Reflecting to Journey to Jo’burg

In the past English classes, we have been evaluating the project about apartheid and racism. Please take a look at this Post I posted. This post is a novel response to the book we read as a class Journey to Jo’burg. This book is a historical-fiction book based on a true story of what happened in South Africa during apartheid. Other than this book, we watched a movie called Invictus. This movie is about Nelson Mandela and the South Africa’s national rugby team and the rugby world cup.

I think Journey to Jo’burg and Invictus connects in a lots of ways because, they are both based on apartheid and South Africa and they are both based on real stories which happened in South Africa that happened in the past. But the difference of these are that Journey to Jo’burg is a historical fiction novel but Invictus is a movie. But I thought there idea is both the same. Because the whole point of these movies and books are to let people know how much black people suffered from apartheid, and how much it was not fair compared to white people which were said as high class and got better education, and good seats on the bus and they didn’t have to carry passbooks where ever they go liek the black people had to carry passbooks and when they go in the train they were checked if they have their passbook. If they didn’t have their passbook, they will be more stuff.

I thought that the movie gave me lots of information of apartheid in it was a more easier shape to understand what the message is compared to the feature article or Journey to Jo’burg. Because, it will be easier to understand if its in images, and movie and you don’t have to imagine whats happening. From the movie I learned that how much Nelson Mandela worked hard for the South African national rugby team the Springboks to win the rugby world cup.But I thought that the book was a really good use to understand what happened during apartheid in South Africa too. Because it gets us exciting with the story and if its a historical fiction, it can be attractive and it will be easier to understand the story so you won’t get bored with a story which is non-fiction and only have facts in them. But Journey to Jo’burg is a historical fiction novel which the story is based on true stories and facts. So the merit of historical fiction books are that they don’t get you bored but you can enjoy the story and at the same time, you can learn what happened in the past and history.

I thought that the feature article was the least best way of learning the history because, it is harder to imagine what is happening in your head and you might get bored because, in a lots of ways feature articles can be really long. So people like me can get bored fast and easy and not learn any thing. But if you still read it, it can take lots of time and most of the feature articles uses really hard words. So I thought it was more of a complicated and hard way of learning the past.

I think these books, movies and feature articles main ideas are all the same. They are telling the readers, that if you try your best and if you never give up, you will achieve something like Nelson Mandela did. Because, he thought that apartheid wasn’t a good thing to do so he protested. But because, he protested, he got sent to prison and was sentenced 27 years of prison life. If I was him, I might of stopped fighting and protesting against apartheid. But Nelson Mandela didn’t give up. After he was out of prison, he made apartheid end and at the first elections when black people were allowed to elect, Nelson Mandela was elected as the first black  president of South Africa. So from this unit/project, I thought that it is easy to give up. But it Mandela didn’t give up, so he was able to change the history of South Africa. Because, if Nelson Mandela gave up and stopped protesting, maybe their might of still been apartheid now too. So I thought it is really important to not give up and speak up to what you think is not right and express your feelings.


Fact or Fiction: Journey to Jo’burg Novel response

Recently in English class, we have been working on a project about Racism and Apartheid, and we read a historical fiction story called Journey to Jo’burg written by Beverley Naidoo. This story is about a 2 children which goes on to a journey to where their mother works for a old lady in Jo’burg.


The part that made a clear image in this novel is when Dineo was sick, Mma and Naledi went to the hospital to make him cured. Next to them their was a young women with her baby wrapped to her back. Then she went to the doctors room and in little time she came back clutching a plastic bag. Her whole body was shaking and a a man close to the door caught her just as her legs gave way. “My baby, my baby… he’s dead, he’s dead!” Her sobs filled the waiting room. Before Mma could go to comfort her, the nurse reappeared calling for Dineo. This part of the novel made a clear image for me because, the author used sentences like “Her whole body was shaking and a man close to the door caught her just as her legs gave way.”. This sentence makes it easy to imagine because, she used words like “whole body was shaking” which means she was really shocked and sad at the same moment. (You can find this quote in chapter 13 “Life and Death” in page 72)


  • Connection to the World

I think the part when Grace talks about when she was in the protest to finish apartheid and racism, their was a girl about 8 years old who was shot dead near Grace. I thought this connects to the world because, I remember that in 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot three shots in the head by a Taliban gunman. Malala Yousafzai is a activist and she protests about human rights and the educations womens. I thought the 8 year old girl that was killed and Malala connects because, they were both protesting for something and they were both shot. But Malala was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and she has recovered and in 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and now is the most youngest winner.

  • Connections to Me

This connects to me because, in english class we watched a movie called Invictus. This movie is about Nelson Mandela leading the South Africa’s national rugby team “Springboks” to winning the world cup. I thought that this connects because, it is both about protesting. Nelson Mandela was protesting for apartheid and Malala was protesting for human rights.

  • Connections to Other Texts

I couldn’t really think of a book that connects to Journey to Jo’burg. So I will skip this Question.


I thought the text wasn’t clear on page 60 when people were protesting and a girl standing near Grace. In the book is says “A little girl standing near Grace, about eight years old, raised her fist, and next thing she was lying dead. I didn’t understand this part because, it looks like she was killed because, she raised her fist? One more thing I didn’t get was because, in the text it says “about eight years old” so I thought why would she be in a really dangerous place where theirs police shooting guns and helicopters firing from above.


I think the main idea of this book is that how much Apartheid was unfair to the black people compared to the white people who didn’t have to walk around with a passbook. Naledi and Tiro face lots of problems while traveling to Mma’s place. But I think the author was trying to send a message from the book to the readers how much apartheid was unfair and how much the black people suffered to be maids for the rich white people,and how much they feared that they might be fired any time and they can’t raise their children if they don’t get any money, like Mma was working as a maid for the old Madam.


I thought this book is good to learn history of apartheid because with the exciting story, the author puts some challenges for the main character(s) which is based on facts which happened to the real world. This helps us understand easily then just putting facts which are not really fun to read. So I thought the author did a good job at getting the readers attention by a catchy story then putting in some facts in so you can learn from the story. For example, when Naledi and Tiro went on the bus which was only for the whites and someone in the bus shouted at them “What’s wrong with you? Are you stupid?”. Another example is when Grace, Naledi and Tiro went on the Train and the police came to check the pass books for the non-whites. I thought these facts helped me understand what really happened in the past in South Africa.