French C Honors

Art Lesson

In Honors French we are beginning a lesson on how to talk about art in French, so we invited Mrs. Sibley to come in and give us an introduction on how to read a painting. She also taught us about the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and Beaubourg and got us up to speed on the different types of art found in the Louvre vs. Orsay and how you recognize an Impressionist painting.  Merci, Mrs. Sibley!

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Eiffel Tower

French C Honors playing the “Eiffel Tower” game.  Each group of 3-4 has a “juge” with all of the questions and answers.  Players compete to write the correct answer (as determined by the “juge”) and are allowed to climb up one spot on the Tower for each correct answer.  If no players get the right response, the “juge” climbs up one spot.    Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 11.55.27 AMScreen Shot 2015-01-22 at 11.55.19 AM

 

L’exposition de Cézanne

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http://pacemiddleschool.dphoto.com/#/album/5408fw/photo/27938796

French C Honors Videos

We watch a feuilleton that goes with our text (T’es Branché) in class.  Here are some short memorized conversations from the show.

les Requins/Shark Game

French B and Honors French C played the Shark Game to review material last week.  Here are some pictures of the classes.

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Multiculturalism and immigration: Chansons françaises

In connection with the 8th grade Civil Rights Trip and a small unit I do in conjunction with the 8th grade Spanish classes, French C Honors has been studying Immigration and Multiculturalism in France and the Francophone world for several weeks (along with reviewing for our final exam!).  We have looked briefly at Immigration to New England and Louisiania from France and Québec.  We have considered issues faced by Haïtians in the Dominican Republic (complete with a Skype interview via the DR with a Haïtian teacher and an American who works with the Haïtian community).  We have looked at issues that are of concern in France and Europe as a whole as they define what it means to be French.  Mostly, we have had fun hearing a wide variety of songs that address these topics.  Students were asked to select one of the songs we studied in this unit (and could also choose from a few others we have learned over the year) and learn at least 10 lines to recite to the class.  There was an option to sing the lines as well.  As you will see in the videos below, many took this task to heart and presented a very fine performance in class today.  Merci beaucoup tout le monde!  You have made me proud and made me laugh, today and all year!

Les Chansons de l’année: “Aïcha” by Khaled, “Métis” by Yannick Noah, “Au Bal Masqué”by La Compagnie Créole, “Ma philosophie” by Amel Bent, “Inch’Allah” by Grand Corps Malade and Reda Taliani, “Mezanmi” by Luck Mervil and Corneille together, “Seul au Monde” by Corneille, “French in America” by Josée Vachon, “J’aime la vie” by Zachary Richard and his grandson Emile, and a lot of Wanito in Créole and other musicians in French as background music!

A special BRAVO to those who were very BRAVE and decided to sing even if they “can’t sing”! 🙂

A sampling (sorry if you aren’t here…some videos had a technical problem!):

Jacques

Elizabeth

Julien

François

Véronique

Marie

Daniel

Jean

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Megan

Claude

Guy

Annie

Sabine

Jeanne

Marguerite

Brigitte

Noëlle

Alexandre

Foreign Language Assocation of GA Winners!

Congratulations to French and Spanish middle school students who traveled to Decatur HS on March 29th for the Foreign Language of Georgia Oral Speaking Competition. The 7th graders competed at high school Level 1, and the 8th graders competed at Level 2. Each student was interviewed one-on-one with a language teacher from a different school. They were evaluated on the difficulty of grammar structures and vocabulary used. After engaging in a dialogue with the teacher, they also described a picture in the target language. All of our students earned a Superior (top honor) or Excellent rating.

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Mardi Gras Masks & Crêpes 2014

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Vocabulary Review in French C

French C Honors students reviewed vocabulary about travel with two games: “Sur la tête” and “Noodle”.  In the first game, students compete to circle a specific vocab word.  They have to keep their marker on their head before that word is called.

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Noodle

A great game for the gym or a few minutes outside!  Each student is provided with a large flashcard picture of a vocabulary word.  They then form a circle, holding their cards in front of them so all can see.  One player is given a pool noodle and goes in the middle of the circle.  They call out one of the vocabulary words being held by the other students.  They then must count to 3…1 Mississippi…2… before trying to tap the student holding that particular card with their pool noodle (you have to make rules about how hard you can hit and where, of course).  Meanwhile, the student whose vocab word was just called cannot move their feet and must call out someone else’s vocab word before being hit with the pool noodle.  If they are successful, the student in the center has to change course and look for the person holding this new vocab word (and now this player must yell out yet another vocab word before begin hit by the noodle).  When hit by the noodle, you are “it”.  Students should exchange vocab words from time to time.

 

Morocco Presentations

French C Honors students did a reading and saw a video about Morocco last week.  We also studied a song by Algerian Raï artist, Khaled.  The students were then assigned a topic to research and present about.  Topics included things like traditions, holidays, food, clothing, geography, sports, and cool places to visit.  Two students brought in their version of fruit Briouats and I made Ghoriba (sesame cookies) for all to taste.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all escape to Morocco for the rest of this cold winter?

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 “Aïcha”, by Khaled