I've located two great new authentic resources for my unit on La Ville. The first is 15 raisons d'aller visiter la ville de Québec et ses alentours from voyagerloin.com. Even the name of the website is discussion-worthy in a Novice High setting! Here is the interpretive activity that I developed for the reading (I just gave students the introduction and the first two attractions, so as not to overwhelm them.)
Next, I used this ad for guided tours of Strasbourg for a recent interpretive assessment. There's not too much text and lots of great cognates for students to work with: visite guidée, enfants, office de tourisme, organisateur, particulièrement... I also love the "tweeter" and "recommend" buttons at the bottom from Twitter and Facebook!
My first unit of the year in French 8 is La Vie en Ville. This unit is based heavily on an ACTFL unit, “Living in the City,” by Laura Terrill & Donna Clementi. I have adapted it to suit my school’s textbook (Discovering French Bleu, Unit 5) and our region’s geographic proximity to Quebec. I have written the unit using Helena Curtain’s unit planning template. Although my students need to reach Intermediate Low by the end of French 8, I've aimed this first unit at Novice High so they can settle into proficiency-based instruction and authentic resources before things really take off!
Here is the completed template for the entire unit. I made a Can-Dos table for students to monitor their learning, with suggestions for guided practice (often from the textbook, Discovering French Bleu). I keep track of their progress on a teacher version of the table and demonstrating unit goals makes up 30% of their term grade. This really keeps students focused on what they need to do to show me their learning!
Here are my daily lesson plans for the unit. I don't know how comprehensible they will be to readers, but I'm always curious to see what people's daily planning looks like, and perhaps you are, too! And if it's TMI, just read on for the good stuff...
My authentic resources for the unit can be found on my Pinterest board.
My hook for this unit is this promotional video about Quebec City, narrated by the city's mayor (see below). Our students visit Quebec in the fall, so the unit is intended, in part, to drum up interest in the trip and prepare participating students for the richest possible experience. Here's the interpretive listening guide I created for it.
There are numerous interpretive activities throughout the unit. We watch a TV5 video from their Ça Bouge au Canada site. I adapted their listening guide for my students' level here (directions in English, for example). We listen to Grégoire's song Toi+moi to start using more object pronouns, so I've made a cloze activity for the song here. Students listen to a few audio guide entries for tourists in Quebec, and take notes on this worksheet. I use Cécile Laîné's interpretive activity based on this Yahoo! discussion board. She has a generous GoogleDrive full of IPAs that you should check out on her site.
For interpersonal activities, students play Go Fish using these cards to get familiar with the place names and to practice language chunks like "Est-ce qu'il y a un/e...?" and "Non, il n'y a pas de..." Later on they read this article in English at home (suggested by Laura Terrill) and then we do a 4 corners activity in class to discuss their priorities for choosing a place to live. These formative assessments prepare them for the summative interpersonal activity later on.
The unit concludes with a travel fair in which each student shares an itinerary they've created for a trip to Quebec City. Here are my directions for the project (including rubric for assessment) and a table where students can take notes on one another's projects during the fair. Two other summative assessments are an interpersonal speaking assignment in which students hold a small-group discussion about Quebec City (rubric here) and an on-demand writing assignment where students describe their hometown and compare it to Quebec City (rubric here).