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Talking About The Past. Ancient Civilization. The Phoenicians (Author-Bouabdellah)

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Lycée Si-Tarek of Relizane.

Third Year Pupils - Literature & Foreign Language

Unit 01:Talking About the Past


Ancient Civilizations


PART ONE : Reading.

ü Read the following text carefully then do the activities  below.(click "pause" then on each thumbnail to read the pages one by one)

A – Comprehension :
I-Choose the best completion to the sentence.
 1-First, the Phoenicians

        a-were sailors and traders.          

        b-were nomads living in the desert.

        c-used to live along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. 

   2-Later after their arrival to Phoenicia, they

        a-continued wandering endlessly in the desert.

        b-established in fixed locations.

        c-not only traveled over the desert but over the seas too.

A typical
Phoenician engraving
near Hippo
Symbol of
beautiful woman
from Icosium (Algiers)
 A street in ancient
Icosium (Algiers), Algeria.
Another  street
in ancient
 Ruins from ancient
Hippo (Annaba), Algeria

II-Say whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE.

   1-Unlike the Ancient Greek the Phoenicians were well-known
      as traders and seamen.
   2-The Phoenicians travelled over vast areas over the world to do
      business only.  
III-Answer the following questions according to the text.

    1-Where did the Phoenicians sail the farthest?

    2-Who were the first to adapt the Phoenician alphabet and who were the last?
IV-Choose the best title for the text.

        1-The Phoenicians’ Alphabet.      

        2-The Phoenicians Nomads, Seamen and Inventors.

3-The Phoenicians and the Other Civilization.

B-Text Exploration:
I-Find in the text words or expressions whose definitions are the following.

  1- People who purchase and maintain an inventory of

      goods to be sold:

  2- Exchanging goods with goods without involving


  3- Unique or specific to a person or thing or

II-Rewrite the following sentence starting as shown.

  1-Originally, the Phoenicians were nomads. However, they managed to become seamen.


     2-The human civilization developed because, among other factors, the Phoenicians invented the alphabet.


III-Ask questions for which the underlined words/phrases in the text are the answers.



IV-Classify the following words according to the pronunciation of their final “s” or “es” in the table below. (NB: 1 box=1 word, 1 box=2 words separated by "-" and 1 box=0 word)


a- Greeks                b- Cities          c- Phoenicians











PART TWO: Writing.

ü Write a composition on the following situation. (06 pts)

Watch this video retracing the Aztecs civilization’s rise and fall, and write a coposition to summerize the information it contains. Remember to use a good paragraph structure with a topic sentence, supporting sentences, transitions and a conclusion.


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