I’m starting to plan for next year already. We are introducing our grade 12 Immersion class in September and I’m trying to get a jump start. I ordered the books and now I’m starting to read plays and novels that I read when I was in high school. I need to refresh my memory!
I hope the students will enjoy what we’ve chosen. We’re doing Cyrano de Bergerac and Jean de Florette. It’s interesting how times have changed though…
I read Jean de Florette in grade 11 and Manon des Sources in grade 12. I also read Le Matou (over 640 pages!), Le malade imaginaire, Bousille et les justes and Manon Lescaut in that course. Looking back, I really don’t know how we managed to pull that off! I do remember my teacher passing out Le Matou and the utter shock I felt when I saw this huge novel sitting on my desk. In our course, we’re only doing the two and hoping to get through the material. Interesting, isn’t it?
I remember really liking Jean de Florette when I read it. I’m hoping to bring the love that I have for the novel and for Pagnol to the classroom and maybe, my students will appreciate it too.