I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. It was Victoria Day here in Canada yesterday, so it was nice to spend some quality time with the kids and enjoy the nice weather we had.
I’ve been working on Le Petit Prince with my grade 11 class. I just love this story. It’s really a classic and there is so much to talk about. I think the students are really enjoying it. I usually do chapter presentations as part of the unit, but since I have so few students this time around, I needed to modify things a bit. I have them fill in a chart for each character the little Prince meets on his journey. They have to figure out his occupation, positive character traits, negative character traits and the lesson learned from the chapter. This idea was given to me by my former department head when I was just a new teacher and it works really well. Comprehension questions can get a little tiresome after awhile.
I also have them make predictions by posting key words on the board. I like this too because they can make connections with what they have already read and prepare themselves for what is to come.
My husband and I were watching a profile of a company on TV a few years ago. (Don’t ask me which one…I cannot for the life of me remember). What I do remember is that they talked about the CEO of this company and one of his requirements was for his employees to read “The Little Prince”! I thought that was just so funny. My husband, being a business person and not speaking a word of French, had no idea what the book was about and so I gave him a brief explanation. The fact that Saint-Exupéry was a pilot also intrigued him greatly because flying is one of his passions. I decided to buy him the book (in English, of course). He doesn’t read novels, but he read this one and he just loved it.
I’m hoping to finish the text with my class over the next couple of weeks. My students will be starting their ISU’s pretty soon, so much of their time will be occupied with that and I don’t want them to be overwhelmed. We’ll see how that works out. They get class time to read when I work with the grade 12 class.