Introducing culture through literature: Fanny de Marcel Pagnol

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend.

I spent my Sunday afternoon revising an activity I use to introduce the play Fanny by Marcel Pagnol to my grade 12 students. I got the idea from a document called “Integrating Reading with Multiple Intelligences”. Unfortunately, the document is no longer available online, or I would have provided the link for you. The goal of the unit is to provide students with the cultural context of the story. It contained some great ideas, but the actual activities needed to be created.

I started with only a few of the activities and each time I’ve done it, I’ve added to it and made adjustments. I think I am finally happy with this version. It is a jigsaw activity where the “experts” in each group research a variety of themes such as the geography of Provence, the life and works of Marcel Pagnol, the food, the “parler marseillais” and general cultural notes. The “experts” are then supposed to go back to their home groups and share the information. I really like the activity because students can choose which aspect of provençal culture they would like to explore.

My students were in the library working on the activities today. Since I only have 5 of them, each student took one of the activities to research. I’ll be doing L’homme qui plantait des arbres with my grade 11 class as well, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find a nice video on Provence, since the setting for both texts is relatively the same.

I’m still revising what I have for Fanny. I’ll be posting the entire unit material on my Teachers pay Teachers store as soon as it is ready in its entirety. I’ll let you know when it’s ready!



About Mme Martin

I am a high school French teacher in Ontario, Canada. I've been a teacher for the last 14 years and I love what I do. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching by learning from my colleagues, reading, attending conferences and workshops. I also completed a Masters of Education degree, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to increase students' oral fluency in French and I would like to share this journey with you in the hopes that you will find new ideas and be inspired to do the same. I will let you know what I try in my classes and what works and what doesn't. I hope you will find a wealth of ideas to use in your class.
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One Response to Introducing culture through literature: Fanny de Marcel Pagnol

  1. Did you post the unit? I dont see it

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