After La Vie en Ville, my French 8 students move into La Maison: Mon petit chez moi. This unit has an Intermediate Low proficiency target and invites students to both explore the diversity of dwellings in our world and let their creativity run wild as they design their dream home.
Here is the completed template for the entire unit, again using Helena Curtain's template. 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. Again, they may not make a lot of sense to you but I always wonder how other folks do this stuff, so I'm putting it out there in the spirit of sharing.
My authentic resources for the unit can be found on my Pinterest board.
My hook for this unit is this slideshow of world dwellings, which gets students thinking about the influence of climate, geography, natural resources, and culture on where we live.
Then we get into characteristics of French homes by watching some music videos: Etre et avoir by Zazie and Elle et lui by Agnès Bihl. I've created interpretive activities for both songs here (cloze + IPA interpretive reading) and here (vocab. + cloze). This gives students many chances to name what they see and get comfortable with all the new words associated with the home. We also view a TV5 video and do this listening activity.
Next we get into comparing homes in Paris, Dakar, and Boston. Students read a post from the My French Life blog in English at home and complete a simple comparison table that we use in class. They study a website that shows different types of French homes and explains lots of cultural background to the French toilettes/salle de bain, always a favorite for American middle schoolers! Here is the worksheet I made for these sites to assess understanding.
For learning more about homes in Paris, we watch a video from L'Instant déco about a family with teenagers that decides to remodel their apartment. My interpretive activity is here. To investigate apartments in Dakar we watch two videos (here and here) and complete a table comparing them to the apartments we see in the earlier music videos. Can you tell that I really, really like tables!?
My interpersonal summative assessment is a group conversation, described here. I've made a rubric for it, based on the TALK rubric described in The Keys to Planning for Learning.
The unit concludes with students creating their dream houses in a presentational writing and speaking project. Here are my directions for the project (including graphic organizer and assessment rubric) and a table where students can take notes on one another's projects. They also peer assess one another's presentational speaking using this rubric.