I’m currently in the process of introducing both L’homme qui plantait des arbres and Fanny in my combined class. What works so well with these two pieces of literature is that they both take place in Provence, and were written by authors from that region. Juggling a combined class is always a struggle, but when I find common ground between the two, I do my best to capitalize on that opportunity! Even though the pre-reading activities were different for each class, at least I could talk about Provence with the class as a whole. I spent about an hour yesterday looking for a video about Provence, but they were either not exactly what I was looking for, or the level was too difficult for my students to handle. I’m going to keep looking. Hopefully I’ll come across something that I can use.
For L’homme qui plantait des arbres, I gave my students a vocabulary list for the first few pages of the text, and then I asked them to fill out a worksheet I found on a fabulous blog called Liz’s lessons. It asks students to choose a word, draw it, define it, find an antonym and use it in a sentence. I just love the idea of students working with the words in such depth. I created a French version and had my students choose two words from the vocabulary list to fill out. They are going to hand it in tomorrow.
For Fanny, I thought that the jigsaw activity worked well. I like it because it incorporates some cooperative learning and more importantly, they are forced to speak to each other in French! Music to my ears…
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