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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. 
Young scholars explore French culture. In this cross-curriculum social studies lesson, students listen to Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and identify words and landmarks associated with France. Young scholars pronounce several phrases in French, observe and manipulate French coins, and play Charades.
What was French life like in the later years of World War I? With this as your guiding question, International Baccalaureate classes will study the 10 French posters and answer a variety of questions (in French). Although not all of the links posted work correctly, the questions are accessible. Advanced placement classes could also complete this assignment. 
Combine research, history, French, and art with an exploration of French castles. Pupils select a castle, research and write a two-page report on the history of the castle, create a PowerPoint presentation with images, and come up with visual or physical representation of the chosen castle. The assignment page lists specific requirements for the project and includes a brief point breakdown.
Close out a year of advanced placement French with a mostly self-guided research and presentation project. Individuals propose their own topics, write lengthy reports, and present their information. All of this is done in French. This assignment page includes more specific requirements and point breakdowns, as well as basic guidelines for posting work online.
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. 
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.
Who was Louis Braille, and what was his famous invention? Read this passage with your French classes to explore an early French inventor. After completing the two-page reading, learners answer multiple-choice questions and a series of short answer questions. Although this article is written in English, it is still great for beginning speakers to learn about the French culture. 
Learners practice reading, writing and speaking in French, plan a tour of Paris and compare French and American journalism.
Young scholars research French culture and landmarks. In this French culture lesson, students read the story "Amber Brown is not a Crayon." They "visit" French landmarks as they move through the classroom to different areas. 
Students examine the immigrant experiences of various culture groups. Using this information, they work together to compare and contrast these experiences with those of the Cajuns. As a class, they define ethnic group and research the food, clothing, dance and holidays of the Cajuns. After reading a novel, they write about what they believe Cajun society is like today.
La Belle et la Bête! Read the original fairy tale with your Francophones and watch a brief clip from the 1940s film version. As an extension, have learners work in small groups or individually to create a comic book representation of the major events. Create a rubric so learners know exactly what criteria they'll be graded on.
Students take a close look at the president of France, In this French history lesson, students visit selected websites to take in French culture, investigate the 2005 riots, and predict what President Sarkozy's leadership may resemble.
Ninth graders investigate why Acadians moved to Lousiana.  In this geography lesson, 9th graders research the migration of Acadian to Louisiana and how that influenced the culture.  Students analyze a list of cultural and physical characteristics of Canada and find those present in Louisiana. Students create a map showing migration patterns. Students write a paragraph about the importance of ethnic identity.
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.
Pupils explore Cameroonian culture. In this French lesson, students participate in activities that require them to discover the ties between Cameroonian culture and French culture.
Students examine the attributes of Inuit families. In this cultural practices lesson plan, students read "Saqiyuq: Stories for the Lives of Three Inuit Women," and respond to 10 comprehension and critical thinking questions about the selection.    
Students can gain a greater understanding of 19th century Europe by focusing on French Realism.
Third graders read and compare and contrast various Cinderells stories from different cultures around the world. In this Cinderella lesson, 3rd graders learn that plot element can seem different but serve the same purpose. Students gain inight into how different culture's are unique.
The French bake some of the most delectable treats in the world. After you've discussed the French food culture and French recipes with your class, give them this quiz to assess their understanding. After they read the cooking directions included, they identify their favorite meal and explain how it is prepared. Consider creating some comprehension questions for the reading, otherwise it becomes pointless.