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  • Californians to Vote on Ending Death Penalty - Text + Audio + Video - 18 September 2016
    "Californians will vote on two measures to decide whether to end the death penalty, or reform the legal process leading up to it.
    Proposition 62 would abolish the death penalty. Proposition 66 would try to speed up executions by reforming parts of the appeals process.
    Voting takes place November 8."


  • 'Taking one minute at a time' - freed death row inmate - 7:57 - 7 April 2015
    "Anthony Ray Hinton was released from prison in Alabama on Friday after 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit.
    Prosecutors dropped the case against him when new ballistics tests contradicted the only evidence
    that linked him to the murders of two restaurant managers in 1985.
    He believes racism played a part in his conviction."





  • Execution - une animation de Mark Fiore ( - UPDATED







LA PEINE DE MORT AU CINEMA - Les films à thèse (


Honk trailer
"Au cœur des États-Unis, Curtis, Golda et Veldean se trouvent confrontés à l'absurdité et à la violence de la peine de mort.
Pendant ce temps à Huntsville, petite ville du Texas, les exécutions rythment le quotidien."


The Green Mile - Frank Darabont 1999 - (
"Set on Death Row in a Southern prison in 1935, The Green Mile is the remarkable story of the cell block's head guard, who develops a poignant, unusual relationship with one inmate who possesses a magical gift that is both mysterious and miraculous."

- see the TRAILER (YouTube)


'The Green Mile' : Summary - Background - Study Questions - Action Questions

Teaching Ideas for 'The Green Mile'


Dead Man Walking - Tim Robbins 1995 - (
"A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families."

- voir Fiche de présentation d'un travail conduit sur "Dead man walking" en Espace-Langue. (Ac. Toulouse) - UPDATED

"Dead Man Walking" - Study Guide (

Dead Man Walking - a worksheet (.doc)
Created by Anne-Marie Bourgeais (Ac. Nantes)

Last Dance - Bruce Beresford 1996 - (
"Upon taking a new job, young lawyer Rick Hayes is assigned to the clemency case of Cindy Liggett , a woman convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death."
The Star Chamber - P. Hyans 1983 - (
"A private court comminates capital punishments where justice can't act. But what if the condemned man is innocent?"
Daniel - S. Lumet 1983 - (
"Inspired by the story of the Rosenberg's, sentenced to death because of groundless charges, in the USA in the fifties."
The Thin Blue Line - E. Morris 1988 - (
"Inquiry-style movie; it reconstructs the witnesses that lead to sentence a man to death in the USA."





  • Songs from "The Capeman" by Paul Simon (Wikipedia)
    "is an album of songs from his Broadway musical The Capeman.
    The Capeman tells the true story of Paul "The Capeman" Agron, who killed two young men in 1959 and was sentenced to death."

  • Gallows Pole - Led Zeppelin, Atlantic 1970 From the album "Led Zeppelin III".
  • Promises - Lyle Lovett, Columbia 1995 (
  • Woman on the Tier (I'll see you through) - Suzanne Vega, Warner Bros 1995
    From the album "Nine Objects Of Desire".





'A Lesson Before Dying' by Ernest Gaines

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The Green Mile :

In Cold Blood :


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The Day of the Execution :

  • The Day of the Execution by Henry Slesar (1957) - the text

  • The Day of the Execution (pdf)
    "This document is an excerpt from a short story eponymously entitled "The Day of the Execution". It was written by Henry Slesar in 1959. The text is illustrated by the picture of an electric chair, which helps us realise that one of the themes in this story is the death penalty..."

    Summary / Main themes / Concjlusion / Vocabulary / Teacher's Note