French C Honors

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French C Honors students have been working in small groups over the past few days to imagine a product that doesn’t exist and then create the commercial that markets their new product.  They were given a rubric with certain requirements, like using direct and indirect object pronouns, reflexive verbs, and commands. Here are the results of their work. I think they did a great job, particularly because I did not help them edit their scripts or plan their performance.


Sprench, Round 3: Pétanque

Spanish C and French C Honors braved the cold for a friendly game of pétanque, the French version of bocci ball. In a previous lesson, French students learned the rules of the game and Spanish students did an activity comparing pétanque with the Colombian game of tejo. Despite the weather, the day was a success!

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Partner Bingo Vocab Practice

Students are given an empty Bingo board to fill in using vocabulary from our new list. They then compete against a partner to get a BINGO! first by taking turns “calling” the vocabulary for their partner who cannot see what is written on their partner’s board.  It is sort of like backwards “Battleship”.

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SPRENCH, round 2!

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 12.25.36 PM Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 12.25.30 PMToday the Honors Spanish and French students joined up for our 2nd round of “Sprench” class. Today we all stayed in the same location to do a cultural trivia game. The classes divided into small groups with a mix of both languages. We went through 50 questions referencing cultures from both languages. It was a great activity for a rainy day and tiredness that comes the day after Halloween.

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La Tour Eiffel Review Game

Honors French C reviewed for our Unit 4 test today with a round of the Eiffel Tower Game.

Each group has a Game Board with steps to climb on the tower.  Each student gets a game piece, usually a plastic animal like a zebra or a hippo to make it more fun.  They place their critter at the bottom. One person in the group is the leader and has a separate sheet of questions and answers to vocabulary, questions, conjugations, etc. from the unit. The players all answer the question on a whiteboard and if they are correct, they move up one spot.  If nobody gets the right answer, the leader moves up.  First person to the top wins!Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.38.35 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.38.46 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 1.38.55 PM

Mix It Up Day and J’aime la vie

My French C 8th graders studied a new song by Zachary Richard (famous singer from Louisiana) and his grandson, Émile.  The song is called J’aime la vie and was mostly written by Émile when he was 10 years old.  Émile is handicapped with neuro-motor problems.

D.W. wrote after hearing the song: “Mix It Up Day and J’aime la vie are connected because both are about acceptance.  Mix It Up Day is accepting your peers in the classroom and at school.  J’aime la vie is about accepting everyone regardless of their struggles or challenges.”SS wrote: “It is about loving people that are different.  Not because they are different but because they’re our friends and we love them”.

MM wrote: “This song shows that people can be so much more than what they appear and that you should give them a chance because they might really surprise you!”

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Tic Tac Toe Verb Practice

Honors French C students warm-up for class with a few rounds of Tic Tac Toe focusing on reflexive verbs with spelling changes.

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La Bataille

French Honors students worked in groups of 3 to practice conjugating Reflexive Verbs in the Present tense and making questions using Inversion.  Each group was given two stacks of cards.  One stack had a variety of subject pronouns and the other stack had 20 different pictures of verbs, in their reflexive and not reflexive forms (se brosser and also brosser le chien, par exemple).  The students had seen the pictures before and we had practiced as a class with large flashcards of the same pictures.  One  student, as the “juge” (judge), would flip one card over from each stack and the other 2 students would compete to say the verb form correctly the fastest (Il se réveille!).  After 5 minutes, we switched judges and the groups had to do a round in the negative (Il ne se réveille pas!)  and then a round of inversion questions (Se reveille-t-il?).  It made for a lively (and loud!) review!

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One of the middle school SPANISH teachers, Señora Jiménez, and I have enjoyed planning activities together and sharing ideas as often as possible over our 9 years of collaboration at Pace.  This year provides ample opportunities for bilingual teamwork as our two 8th grade honors classes are during the same class periods. We decided that this year we wanted to show our students how closely related French and Spanish are, how they can use their languages for true communication  in the “real world”, and that it is really useful to be able to communicate in more than one world language.  That led us to the creation of “Sprench,” a combination of Spanish and French. This school year we plan on combining our classes at least once a month for a variety of activities, incorporating both languages and exploring the cultures of the people who speak them.

Today we sent the students on a bilingual scavenger hunt around the entire campus. We set up QR codes in 20 different locations. Each code (when scanned by a smart phone) contained a question pertaining to the area where it was located, plus a clue to lead a group to the next location. Clues would rotate, with one being Spanish, then the next in French, etc. Our two classes had 7-8 groups that started in different locations. They had to perform different tasks to be able to answer the questions, and even used their languages! They spoke to our strength and conditioning coordinator in the weight room (originally from France), inquired about the origin of two of our maintenance staff from Mexico, met an Upper School French teacher and got to say “Hola” to the 6th and 7th grade Spanish teachers, and answered questions about many other things in either French or Spanish.

They did a chevere/fanstastique  job and had so much fun showing off their languages. I know my French kids can’t wait for our next date with the “Spanish-ies”!

Here are some pictures from the day!




Au Bistro

After several days writing scripts, learning lines, and rehearsing, French C Honors students presented Bistro skits today in class. They were all very creative, dramatic, and well rehearsed! Bravo!