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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work a few of these activities into your unit on jobs and professions for beginning French speakers. This teacher's guide focuses on feminine and masculine word endings, and introduces the teacher to different opportunities for oral practice. Example dialogues are included.
Note: This is the teacher's guide to Pimsleur's French lesson called "Describe & Compare." The guide discusses the lesson's purpose, objectives, and designed learning outcomes. It presents information on each of the activities the class is asked to complete in their packet. It doesn't actually have the answers for the exercises in their packets, but it does give some helpful reminders for the teacher.
Here's the teacher guide to a unit on family and family vocabulary. Sift through the ideas (a pre-test, lesson activity, and closing activity are all included), and include them in your own unit. Since visual connections are a great way to reach beginning language learners, definitely encourage your class to bring in family portraits, as suggested. This will help them recognize the French word(s) for each family member.
Oh, no! Everyone is getting sick! Young French speakers use French expressions regarding physical health, some of which are idioms. With the use of health expressions provided in the lesson plan, pairs work together to write stories that they can also act out as skits. They include as many expressions as possible.
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.
How many different hobbies can you name in French? Using this question, French classes are asked to list as many hobbies as they can. Although the activities themselves are not included in this teacher guide, you could create them yourself using the descriptions. There are two game choices worth looking at. The most interesting one has learners guess the names of sports and hobbies based on a who am I? game where only yes-or-no answers are permitted.
Learners 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.
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!
Students investigate the customs and culture of French-speaking countries. In this geography skills lesson, students research selected nations to learn about the culture, industries, lifestyles, and foods that are eaten there. Students create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Seventh graders identify in French various farm animals while playing a game of charades. After creating their own sets of flashcards with pictures of the animals on one side and the word in French on the other, they use them in a variation of the game, "Seven Up." As part of their assessment, groups of students invent vocabulary-oriented board games.