Bringing people together

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Classe(s) : Tle ST2S - Tle STI2D - Tle STL - Tle STMG | Thème(s) : Espaces et échanges
Type : Écrit LV1 | Année : 2019 | Académie : France métropolitaine

France métropolitaine 2019 • LV1 séries technologiques



France métropolitaine • Juin 2019

Séries technologiques • LV1

Bringing people together

document 1 Incredible Edible


© Incredible Edible Todmorden

It’s a simple idea: take over unused or unattractive bits of public land to plant food to feed the community. What is not so simple is where they’re doing it. Todmorden is an old mill town in Yorkshire’s Calderdale valley. It rains a lot, there’s not a lot of sun, and it has experienced major flooding in recent years. But still, the town’s residents continue to grow fruit and vegetables as best they can for locals to pick and eat.

“We do say that if you can grow it in Todmorden, you can grow it anywhere,” says Estelle Brown, one of the founding members of Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET).

This motto has turned out to be true beyond just growing food. Since a group of a dozen residents began gardening in March 2008, hundreds of people from around the UK and abroad have travelled here to see how the “Toddies” do it. The word spread through media coverage and IET committee members touring to give talks. They’ve had calls and visitors from New Zealand and Japan, to France and Germany, and there are now as many as 500 community food growing groups across the world using the Incredible Edible name.

No one is trying to clone what Todmorden does but the model is adapted to suit different needs. “If you’re doing it for your community it’s got to be for your community,” says Brown. 

The Toddies didn’t set out to start a food-growing revolution, they wanted to bring their small town together at a difficult time for communities throughout the UK. “Ten years ago it was the beginning of the worldwide economic decline, there was a lot of worry about climate change, but nothing was really happening,” says Mary Clear, chair of IET1. “And in this town we were starting to see the squeeze on public services and we thought, how can we do something that will create stronger communities?”

Growing food was their answer. Mary Clear, now 63 and retir­ed, who previously worked in child protection, lowered one of the walls in her front garden, removing rose bushes to make a bed with herbs and signs saying “help yourself”.

From The Guardian, May 9, 2018

1. Chair of IET: person at the head of IET

document 2 A dedicated citizen

The narrator, 18, lives with her mother in Kilburn, a district in North London.

Most days I went to the library, tried to revise, while my mother worked each morning as a volunteer, at a centre for troubled youth, and, in the evenings, at a Black and Asian women’s refuge. I don’t say she was not sincere in this work, and good at it too, but it’s also the case that both commitments look impressive on your CV if you happen to be standing for election as a local councillor. I’d never seen her so busy. She seemed to be all over the neighbourhood at once, involved in everything. I didn’t often get down the street in her ward1 now without someone coming up to thank me ‘for all your mother is doing for us’ or to ask me if she had any idea about how to start an after-school club for the newly-arrived Somali children. She hadn’t been elected to anything, not yet, but the people had already crowned her.

One important aspect of her campaign was the idea to turn the bike shed into a ‘community meeting space’. I helped her paint the place a vivid yellow and went with her round the local businesses, looking for unwanted chairs. Entry was set at a quid2 and cover­ed some basic refreshments, Kilburn Books sold relevant literature from a trestle table in the corner. It opened in April. Every Friday at six o’clock speakers appeared, at my mother’s invitation, all kinds of eccentric local people: poets, political activists, drug counsellors, an academic who wrote self-published books; a brash Nigerian businessman who lectured us about ‘black aspirations’. Many Irish speakers were invited, too – as a mark of respect towards that original, fast-fading local population. When speakers were concerned with the more prosaic aspects of our everyday lives – local crime, drugs, teenage pregnancy, academic failure – then they could count only on the few old Jamaican ladies who came whatever the subject, who came really for the tea and biscuits. Sometimes my mother spoke: on those nights the room was packed. Her subject was pride, in all its forms. We were to remember that we were beautiful, intelligent, capable, kings and queens, in possession of a history, in possession of a culture, in possession of ourselves.

From Zadie Smith, Swing Time, 2016

1. a ward: electoral district 2. a quid: one pound (£1)

compréhension 10 points

Document 1

1 Complete the paragraph with words from the text (one blank = one word). Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) is a project which consists in growing …… and …… for the Todmorden …… .

2 Complete these two sentences by choosing the right answer. Justify each answer with ONE quote. Copy the answers onto your paper.

1. The climate in Calderdale valley

a) is a challenge for this project.

b) is particularly adapted to this project.

2. The inhabitants of Todmorden

a) find it too hard to develop agriculture.

b) persevere in their actions.

3 The following statements are true. Justify each statement with ONE quote from the text. Copy the answers onto your paper.

1. The project can be developed on available empty spaces.

2. The project was created because of the difficult economic situation.

3. The project was created to develop social cohesion in Todmorden.

4. The project was created to act for the environment.

4 True or false? Justify each answer with ONE quote from the text. Copy the letters and your answers onto your paper.

1. The project has become famous because it was in the news.

2. The project is only developed in Todmorden.

3. The project is copied in the exact same way in other places.

4. The project inspires individual acts of generosity.

5 “If you can grow it in Todmorden, you can grow it anywhere” (l. 8-9). Explain this slogan in your own words.

Document 2

6 Choose the correct endings for the following sentences and copy the answers onto your paper.

1. The narrator is

a) a volunteer.

b) a politician.

c) a student.

2. The narrator’s mother is

a) a volunteer.

b) a local councillor.

c) a businesswoman.

3. The narrator’s mother wants to become

a) a volunteer.

b) a local councillor.

c) a businesswoman.

7 The mother’s weekly activities.

Give three different REGULAR activities by quoting elements from the text.

8 The “community meeting” project.

Complete the following description of the project with words or expressions from the text. Copy the numbers and the corresponding answers onto your paper.

Community meetings

1. Meeting place: ……..

2. Organiser: …….

3. Speakers: ……. (Give two answers)

4. Themes: …….. (Give two answers)

9 What do people think about the narrator’s mother?

Choose the 3 correct answers, and justify each correct answer with a quote from the text.


10 The public’s reactions.

1. Match each element on the left with the appropriate elements on the right.

Each letter is used once. Copy the numbers and the corresponding letters onto your paper.

1. When the mother speaks,

2. When the ordinary problems of everyday life are treated,

a) many people are present.

b) only the people who want food are present.

c) they pay much attention.

d) there are only a few people.

e) they are not really inspired by the speeches.

f) they feel better about their lives.

2. In your own words, explain why people react differently depending on the themes discussed.

Documents 1 and 2

11 Choose the title which best corresponds to BOTH documents.

1. Attracting international attention

2. Promoting diversity

3. Bringing people together

4. Saving the planet

expression 10 points

Choose one of the following subjects (150 words)

1 You are Amelia or Josh and you take part in a “climate champion project”.

You represent your school in an international competition. Choose project 1, 2 or 3.

Write a speech about the project (obstacles, results, concrete examples…), beginning with “Ladies and gentlemen, …”.

Project 1

Recycle your mobile phones


Project 2

Say no to
plastic bags


Project 3

Avoid food

2 You are Kate or Clint.

You write a letter to your local councillor in your home city to ask him / her for help to start a new project. Choose project 1, 2 or 3.

Write about the actions you are planning, your motivations and your needs.

Project 1

In favour of


Project 2

In favour of the environment


Project 3

In favour of

Les clés du sujet

Document 1

La source

The Guardian, fondé en 1821, est l’un des grands quotidiens d’information britanniques. Orienté centre-gauche, son site Internet est l’un des plus lus dans le monde.

Pour en savoir plus :

Résumé du texte

Pour lutter contre leurs difficultés économiques, les habitants de Todmorden ont décidé d’utiliser des terrains publics pour cultiver des fruits et légumes afin de nourrir leur communauté. Ce concept économique et écologique a rapidement rencontré un vif succès dans le monde entier.

Vocabulaire utile à la compréhension

Edible (titre) : comestible ; bits (l. 1) : (ici) parcelles ; mill town (l. 3) : ville industrielle ; flooding (l. 5) : inondations ; to spread (l. 14) : se répandre ; to set out to (l. 23) : se fixer comme objectif ; squeeze (l. 29) : (ici) réductions ; bed (l. 33) : plate-bande.

Document 2


Zadie Smith (1975-), née d’une mère jamaïcaine et d’un père britannique, est une romancière et essayiste à succès. Son cinquième roman, Swing Time, propose une réflexion sur les thèmes de l’identité et du racisme.

Pour en savoir plus :

Résumé du texte

La narratrice raconte l’engagement de sa mère, future conseillère municipale d’un quartier populaire, auprès de sa communauté afin de résoudre ses problèmes et de lui insuffler un sentiment de fierté.

Vocabulaire utile à la compréhension

Commitment (l. 5) : engagement ; neighbourhood (l. 7) : quartier ; bike shed (l. 15) : local à vélo ; brash (l. 22) : impétueux ; pregnancy (l. 27) : grossesse ; packed (l. 30) : comble ; pride (l. 30) : fierté.

Les points de convergence

Les deux textes décrivent l’action de citoyens pour redonner une unité à une communauté en difficulté : les habitants de Todmorden qui cultivent des terrains pour nourrir la population locale et une candidate à l’élection municipale qui aide un quartier populaire et lui redonne sa fierté.

Le sujet d’expression 1 Projet 2

Une direction possible

Vous vous adressez à un public qu’il faut convaincre, ayez donc un ton direct. Parlez des dégâts causés par les sacs plastique, proposez une ou deux solutions pour pousser votre public à adhérer à votre projet.

Key ideas

Plastic bags are so convenient that we have become addicted to their use. To get rid of this addiction we must start making an effort. If each of us does this every day, we’ll save animals, our planet and, eventually, ourselves.

Le sujet d’expression 2 Projet 1

Une direction possible

Dans un quartier défavorisé, votre projet pourrait être une association de parents bénévoles dont le but serait de soutenir l’école dans son travail d’éducation à la culture, la tolérance, etc.

Key ideas

I would like to help our community improve the education of our children. Children have little access to culture. Setting up an association that would promote culture, tolerance and other values among our young students.