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!