French C

French C Practice Skit

Mardi Gras Masks & Crêpes 2014

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Sport Ilustrated Photo Shoot Project in French C

French C had some fun with Photoshop as they practiced their Sports vocabulary, adjectives, and verbs.  One student featured, with hilarious results, one of his classmates as the “famous athlete” in his photo shoot and another student focused on a variety of Middle School teachers to create some unexpected athletes.  They all did an excellent job on this project.

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Vocab Puzzles in French C

The French C class made Jigsaw-type puzzles using new vocabulary terms. Each side of their puzzle pieces had a French word or an English word that matched the corresponding side on the puzzle piece next to it.  The drew a picture on the back. We then cut out the puzzles and traded to see who could put their new puzzle together the fastest.  We tried taping them together to see the picture on the back afterwards.  Here are the boys working to put the puzzles back together.

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Pictionary in reverse

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French C students reviewed sports vocabulary today with a game of Pictionary in reverse…one draws a vocab word and the others must write the word in French on their board before the buzzer goes off.

Collaborative, Kinesthetic Practice: Adjectives

French C worked with a partner or in a small group to work through 40 trios (in 10 sets) of articles/nouns/adjectives in a race against the other team.  They had to understand how to make the adjectives agree with the nouns and the correct position of different adjectives in relation to the noun.Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.46.38 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.46.56 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.47.17 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 2.58.49 PM

Chanson de la Semaine: “Mezanmi”

We studied this song in 8th grade French C and French C Honors this week as part of our unit on Civil Rights, Immigration, and Haïti.

Luck Mervil and Corneille: “Mezanmi”.

SPRENCH classes

Last week, the entire 8th grade class took a trip from Atlanta to Montgomery, Lowndes County, Selma, and Birmingham, Alabama, and Memphis, TN. The focus was to explore the journey of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. As a French teacher, I think it is important to teach more than grammar.  It is essential for students to understand the struggles that many different groups of people have endured in this country’s history (for example, about 100 years ago, French-speaking immigrants from Quebec also suffered prejudice as they tried to make a better life in New England.) and that they also look beyond our borders so that one day their language skills and cultural understanding may be used for good.

In an effort to tie our 8th grade Civil Rights trip together with our cultural studies, I had the opportunity to team teach a unit on immigration with Mrs. Jiménez (MS Spanish teacher). We discussed racism and discrimination in America against the immigrant speakers of both of our languages. I also presented information about immigration and discrimination against Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic that parallels what has happened to immigrants in the USA.   I learned about this during a trip last summer, when I worked with many undocumented Haitians in the Dominican Republic. It was fascinating to see that discrimination against immigrants is something that happens in many parts of the world.

My D period French class has also been researching and making presentations about Haïti as part of a unit on Haïti and Martinique. Both 8th grade French classes have studied a song, in Haïtian Créole, and studied the French lyrics as well.  It was fun to compare and contrast the two languages and find out that we could read it a little bit!Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 10.29.17 AM Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 10.29.26 AM

Today my E period class teamed up again with the Spanish students as we Skyped with Caitlin McHale, director of Project Esperanza in the DR. The mission of Project Esperanza is to create positive change in the city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. They work with the Haitian refugee population through providing a home for boys and supporting several grassroots schools. Caitlin shared with us what is is like to leave the comforts of the US and start a new life in a community where she speaks three different languages all day long. Students had many good questions, and even learned some Creole. Mesi, Caitlin!

la Tour Eiffel

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French C students review for the Unit Test in groups.  One student is the “captain” or judge and holds a list of questions/answers.  The others compete against each other to race their animal to the top of the Eiffel Tower by writing the correct answers on their white board.  Everyone who has the correct answer moves up one spot.  The winner becomes the judge for round 2 if time remains.

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