Describing Art

French C Honors students have been learning how to talk about and describe artwork, especially paintings.  Here, they worked with a partner to describe a painting and have their partner draw it without being able to see it.  Our results got recycled before we could take photos, but here we are working on it!

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Rehearsal time!

French C Honors 8th graders rehearse for tomorrow’s health and sickness puppet show.  Our sock puppets are nutty nurses, crazy doctors, concerned parents, and French speaking children with broken limbs…among other issues….stay tuned for the shows!

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We have spent some time over the course of several class periods working through a speaking challenge I’m calling GRIDS/LES GRILLES.  It has been a lot of fun and it has been an effective method to encourage students to use circumlocution if they don’t know a certain word.

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Students were given a grid with 9 squares, a set of crayons, and a folder to hide their paper.  I then described to them in detail what should go in each box of their grid, using various prepositions of location and adjectives to describe each item.

After modeling this example for the students where they had a blank grid and I had a completed grid (with the same picture in the center), I put them in partners and gave each partner one complete grid and one empty grid.  The empty grids had the same picture in the center as their partner’s completed grid.  They had to work through each grid together SPEAKING ONLY FRENCH.

As their homework assignment, I then asked each student to create a new set using vocabulary we have learned over the past two year.  They were to email me their work.  I then matched them into sets of two so that we could accomplish two each day with a partner.  I think the students enjoyed the creativity and looked forward to the day we did their grids.  It definitely got them back into the swing of French and served as a great vocab review too.




Practicing spelling together

French A students (6th grade) are practicing the French alphabet. Each student has a different master sheet with French names and they are helping each other practice spelling and understanding French letters.

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First skits in French A

The first “real” day of class for French A (6th grade).  We had had a few short classes of 15 minutes already and today we are putting in practice some of our French greetings.

Speed Dating

French B students practiced new vocabulary about shopping for clothing and recycled old vocab with an activity we call “speed dating”. Students spend 1-2 minutes facing a partner before moving to another desk, in a circular pattern.  On each desk they find a card that matches the card their partner has, giving them a task to accomplish through negotiation with their partner and practice. The next day, students were quizzed on one of the card sets, chosen at random.

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