Give Me Five

handAs I was reading this month’s Okapi magazine I came across an ad for a free new app from Bayard press called Give Me Five by Phosphore. This app sends five short news stories to your device every day at 5:05 p.m. (French time).  While I hope to eventually have the students read the articles outside of class, I’ve begun implementing this resource by choosing an article and projecting it for the class. (Note: there’s a website with that provides the same articles.) After simply discussing a couple of the articles this week, I created this document which I will copy and give out at the beginning of each week (I see each class 4x a week). I’ll then project the article I’ve chosen for the day and give the students a few minutes to complete the comprehension guide, after which we’ll discuss their responses as a class.  Although the articles are difficult, I think that with the appropriate resources (, my students in Level 3 and above will be able to get some meaning from the articles. While I might not have time to implement this activity every day, I think that this resource will be a great way to introduce my students to current events and high-interest cultural topics.

5 thoughts on “Give Me Five

  1. Susan Shoup

    Merci! So I’ve just begun uncovering all of the wonderful resources here.
    I am so overwhelmed and thankful! As the only French teacher in
    my neck of the woods (NW Michigan) it gets fairly lonely.

  2. Tory

    Do you make a comprehension guide yourself for each article, or are they somewhere on the website.
    Merci pour le partage, c’est génial!

    1. madameshepard Post author

      Hi, Tory. Since I’m planning on just choosing an article from the 5 that appear each day, I just created the simple, generic guide I linked to the post. Lisa


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