AXE 7: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
BEING AMISH IN THE 21st CENTURY
Key question: How does an age-old community face 21st century challenges?
MISSION 1: Introduce the following document and describe it. Use the help box to make your sentences.
INTRODUCTION: An Age-Old Thriving* Community
The USA is filled with endless diversity, people of all colours, religions, ethnicities and cultures come together in one giant landmass. And the centre of this diversity is the Amish, a group of people who follow a traditional Christian Church derived from Swiss Germany.
To thrive* = prospérer, être florisssant
After returning from Sunday church an Amish family walks with bare feet over a country road in the heart of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on 24 June, 2018.
MISSION 2: Listen to this video (without watching), Who are the Amish?
Take notes and recap the information you got to your class in French.
MISSION 3: AT HOME: Now watch the video, take your worksheet and try to answer the questions.
HOMEWORK: READING COMPREHENSION
20 Facts about the Amish
READ and FIND the following information. What do you learn about... ?:
- The Amish community in general
- Family life
- Physical appearance
HOMEWORK: EXTRA READING
Living or Leaving the Amish Life
Key question: How far do the Amish have to adapt to the modern world to preserve their lifestyle and traditions?
How to enhance your written expression?
Just use more linking words
Background to the videos: It comes from the four-season American reality television series “Breaking Amish” that started on 9 September, 2012. In this series, five young Amish adults move to New York City in order to experience a different life in the Big Apple and decide whether to return to their communities or leave for good and face shunning by their friends and family.
Watch Bates’ video on the blog.
- Focus on Bates’ living conditions, feelings and how he ended up living like this. Sum up Bate’s story and say what he wants to do.
- Do you understand Bate’s reactions ? Why (not) ?
Listen to the video "Young Amish woman leaves home" and try to understand what's going on... Pick as many key words as possible...
FACING 21st CENTURY CHALLENGES
Winds of Change
MISSION 1: WARM-UP
Compare and contrast these two photos taken in the Amish community.
READING 1: A deeply rooted community
READING 2: An evolving community
The future is calling
SPICE UP YOUR VOCABULARY
Download the following worksheet