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Lesson: Communication Through Clothing
As we all know, some clothing has a way of letting us know a little something about the person wearing it. Kids explore the idea that clothing can be a form of communication and artistic expression. They analyze a Native American textile piece with regard to the message it conveys. They then create t-shirt designs using their own name and expressive symbolism.
Lesson: French Revolution and Visual Language of Power
Take a look at the French Revolution and neo-classic art, then compare it to current social issues and contemporary art. Kids analyze several pieces painted by Jacques-Louis David in regard to style and subject then compare them to pieces painted by Kehinde Wiley's modern representations.
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
Students incorporate different disciplines into this lesson. In this science lesson, students investigate the use of communicating without words, and how it is different than communicating with words. They discuss the pros and cons of each type of communication.
French and Family
Where is France? Interest young learners in exploring France, French language, and French culture. They identify similarities and differences between French and American families, speak the French words for family members, analyze maps, and explore various websites. Get them started by learning vocabulayr words in context.
"The Beaches of Agnes": Planning a Video Self Portrait
Agnes Varda’s autobiographical “The Beaches of Agnes,” models for young filmmakers the cinematic self-portrait. Far from “old and plump,” Varda is a giant of filmmaking and will inspire your pupils. After watching a clip of this famous French woman, class members create a storyboard for their own reflection on a place, relationship, or experience of personal importance. Activities, extensions and adaptations, as well as assessment suggestions are included.
Communicator Webelos Activity Workbook
In this social studies worksheet, 5th graders answer the questions concerning communication for the obtaining of a merit badge.
Les contes explicatifs
Students read short stories and legends from the Contes et legendes du monde francophone reader. They read the story on the Internet and follow the links to information on Gabon . They relate the stories in their own words in French and act out the stories to show comprehension of the differences between them.
Students demonstrate their understanding of French text by correctly filling in a chart, and by responding to questions. They demonstrate an understanding of French adjectives by using appropriate written forms of adjectives when describing a partner's handwriting.
Oú est la cuisine? Several activities are suggested here to develop and further vocabulary acquisition for your beginning French speakers. They draw pictures of different rooms in a house and place objects around the room. Then, using prepositions, they describe where the objects are located. There is a series of questions and answers for partner pairs to practice, and there are websites with additional materials. Great activities to create or supplement your unit!
A French Newscast
Students research French culture and French communication skills. They develop and produce a fifteen minute news program in French, reporting on news, weather, sports, and traffic.
French: One-Sided Telephone Conversations
Allo? Qui est-ce? Hone the listening skills of your Francophiles by simulating telephone conversations. After reviewing basic french telephone expressions (some are included here), they conduct two conversations per day for one week. A rubric is included for learners to assess themselves.
Young scholars investigate the customs and culture of French-speaking countries. For this geography skills lesson, students research selected nations to learn about the culture, industries, lifestyles, and foods that are eaten there. Young scholars create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Who doesn’t love French pastries and the idea of hard work? Discover different philosophies on hard work, and the skills of French pastry chefs as the documentary concerning the “Best Craftsmen in France” or Meilleures Ouvriers de France is viewed and discussed. Learners analyze the chef preparation, mentor rolls, and the French philosophies of hard work versus intellectual work, while juxtaposing it against American attitudes. Adaptations are included that contrast the conflicts of the documentary with similar struggles of other cultures and individuals. This would serve as a great activity to explore cultural differences, or expand a home and consumer science curriculum.
Empire to Independence
Here is a wonderful presentation, perfect for setting the stage for the Revolutionary War. Containing great information and images, it acts as a timeline of events starting with the French Indian War and ending with the dawn of the American Revolution. The plan of union, Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, Tea Act, Boston Massacre, and George Washington are described in rich detail.
Understanding Cyberbullying - Virtual vs. Physical Worlds
Spend a few days discussing cyberbullying with your class. Opening discussion questions get the conversation started while quotes and articles continue thoughtful dialogue. Small group activities and role-play scenarios extend the practical application, helping learners see the real-life implications of their behavior. Prevent cyberbullying by bringing it out in the open and cultivating healthy methods of communication and ethical behavior online.
Secret Writing Devices
Elementary and middle schoolers explore the world of secret writing, otherwise known as cryptography. After an interesting introduction to the activity, learners utilize a decoder badge which uses the St. Cyr cipher - which is a cipher named after a French military academy where it was taught in the 1800s. Everyone learns how to construct his very own secret message using the decoder badge. The innovative instructional activity has everything you need to successfully implement it with your class.
Exploring the Brasseries of Paris
Students read and comprehend materials written for French native speakers; use cognates and contextual visual clues to derive meaning from texts that contain unfamiliar words, expressions, and structures; identify subtleties of meaning through the use of learned vocabulary and structures. They also use technology tools to prepare publications and produce other creative works; use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.
Le Tour de Français
Create a Tour de France for your French speakers! The class breaks into teams, chooses a country to represent, and takes turns participating in fun games and challenges. They review vocabulary, what they know about francophone countries, and work together to win the medal! Several activities are provided here, and you could easily add more of your own if you want to tailor the activities to what your class is currently learning.
Welcome to the café! Introduce beginning French speakers to food-related vocabulary and using the conditional tense to place an order. This plan gets your kids up and moving. They look at French menus, identify quantity expressions (like de la and du), and then play a game using their new vocabulary words. There's also a fun role-play activity that has learners step into the place of a presenter on a TV cooking show.