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 (wordreference.com), 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.

11 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.

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  2. Tory

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

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    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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  3. mme kelly

    Salut, Mme Shepard!
    Welcome Back 2017!
    Quick question: do you know if Phosphore is still doing Give Me 5? I just checked the site but it looks like the most recent “five” is from JUNE?

    thanks for your help!

    PS – I’m hoping to use this, or somethign LIKE Give Me Five for a daily warm-up. Any ideas or suggestions? merci!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      I had no idea that there were no new articles until I saw your comment. I’m hoping they’ll start again when the French go back to school?

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  4. mme kelly

    Yes! Me too! Or, honestly, maybe I’m looking at it wrong?! If you have the time, check it out and let me know if I’m crazy and/or doing something wrong! Do you see the same thing?

    I’m looking for a very brief way for my Intermediate Low – High kids to keep a “journal” of sorts on francophone current events. Give Me Five is ideal for France; do you know of any others? could be quick videos (listening) and brief articles (reading) like GMF. I really want to do this because in a combined 4/5 class, it’s a GREAT way to get the kids exposed regularly to the myriad of AP themes that are sometimes hard to explore fully throughout the year.

    thanks so much for your insight!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      I checked it out yesterday and saw the same thing you did– fingers crossed! I had the same idea that it would be a great way to keep recycling themes. I wish I know of similar resources, but I don’t. Maybe someone else will have an idea?

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  5. mme kelly

    Yes! you know what else? I also checked 7 Jours sur la planète: same thing! Last episode “of the season” back in July. Guess we’ll have to wait until la rentrée officielle!

    🙂

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      I just opened the Give me 5 app on my phone and saw a message that they’ll be back Sept. 4!

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