Mon Look: A Mini-unit and IPA for Novice High French Students.

clothes-311745_960_720In order to implement the curriculum in my new school, I developed a short unit on clothing for my French 2 students.  Because time did not allow me to address this topic as globally as I would have liked, (See this post by Rebecca Blouwolff for some great ideas!) I thought I’d share the lessons I created, as well as the IPA I will use to assess the students.

Day 1: As my agenda shows, I used a cartoon, Trotro s’habille, to introduce some common clothing words. I first had the students watch the video and complete an Edpuzzle on their own. Following this individual interpretive activity, I played the video to the class with frequent pauses for questioning.  My questions addressed both comprehension of the video, as well as personalized questions about the students. After watching the video as a class, the students worked with a partner to put screenshots from the video in order and then match the appropriate caption to each picture. (I print the files on cardstock and then cut apart the squares, making enough copies for each pair.) Although I originally planned to have the students doing a story retelling as a formative assessment, time didn’t permit me to do so.  Instead, I made eight statements about the video and the students indicated whether each one was vrai or faux on a sheet of looseleaf.

Day 2: On the second day, I choose an infographic, “Etes-vous un hipster?” as a hook for the lesson. The students then used H & M’s website to fill in the name of various articles of clothing on a handout that would become their vocabulary sheet for this mini-unit.  They then completed a pair matching activity.  I formatively assessed this lesson by orally describing several of the pictures from the pair activity and having the students write either the number or letter from their pair worksheet.

Day 3: The students began by reviewing clothing vocabulary with a series of web-based activities and then completed an interpretive reading activity based on an infographic about Barney from How I met your mother.  Lastly, they completed an Edpuzzle for Petit Ours veut s’habiller tout seul.

Day 4: In this lesson the students completed the same activities for Petit Ours veut s’habiller tout seul as they had done for Trotro s’habille.

Day 5: Students completed a series of learning stations that allowed them to communicate about clothing in each mode.

Day 6: As a hook to this lesson I played a Cyprien video.  I then modeled some new phrases by giving my opinion of the articles of clothing on a Google Slides presentation.  I then gave the students a handout with these expressions and had them practice giving their opinions of additional slides in small groups. To further reinforce this vocabulary, we did an inside/outside circle activity with magazine pictures of various outfits.

Day 7: In this lesson each student was assigned to one of the slides on the Google Presentation of pictures of outfits.  The students wrote a paragraph describing the articles of clothing and giving their opinions of each one.  They then exchanged papers with a partner and read their partner’s paper and chose which slide s/he had described.

Days 8 and 9: IPA

Although I think this mini-unit would be improved by including a stronger cultural component, these activities did allow the students to increase their ability to communicate using high-frequency clothing vocabulary.

22 thoughts on “Mon Look: A Mini-unit and IPA for Novice High French Students.

  1. Christine Jones

    I never really understood how edpuzzle worked until I say yours in this clothing unit!! Can I use yours in my classroom?

  2. Jennifer Robinson

    Bonsoir Lisa,
    I’m looking at your amazing ideas for inspiration on my otherwise dull clothing unit that I just so happen to be starting tomorrow, and wanted to check out the internet shopping activity you mention in Slide 3, but the link isn’t working.
    Also, I found this Hipster infographic: – I think my students will like it.

    Thanks a million for sharing your ideas!

    1. madameshepard Post author

      Thank you so much for the link–it’s awesome! I’ll double check the link, it was just the French H & M site. Any online catalog would work. The just clicked on links and looked at the pictures to figure out what the words meant. Lisa

      1. Jennifer Robinson

        I couldn’t get the Google doc link to open earlier, but it seems to be working now.
        For the speaking part of the IPA, do you use the same website?

        1. madameshepard Post author

          I replaced the link to the Google doc, so I’m glad it worked! I’m just going to use pictures from magazines/ads for the IPA when I give it later this week. The website would work well, too, I’m just thinking that I can reduce transitioin time by having a few pictures to give the students when I call them up for their assessment.

          1. Jennifer Robinson

            Thanks for the explanation. Just a quick note at the end of the semester. I have been doing strictly IPAs – several of them yours – with all of my classes this year. Following this unit, a boy in French I told me last week that he was so amazed that after only 4 months he could write 100 words in French. He said he took 2 years of Spanish at his old school and still wouldn’t be able to write that much. They loved this unit. They always like yours better than the ones I make myself – but I’m working on it! 🙂
            Joyeuses fêtes !

          2. madameshepard Post author

            Thank you so much for your kind words. It is so gratifying to know that other people find value in what I do!

  3. Mme Friedland

    Oh, c’est trop bien! I would love to use some of your ideas in my classroom with your permission! Another fun interactive activity I did with my students on clothing can be found here! It involves them going to French clothing websites and using the chat function to ask questions about articles of clothing and get responses (sometimes live!) from clothing stylists!

    1. madameshepard Post author

      Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! You are, of course, welcome to use anything you find here with your own students!

  4. Tory Waterman

    My students loved the activity with Trotro and the little cards to retell the story! How did you get those images? Did you watch it on your phone and screen shot all the scènes? I would like to do the same with another video but don’t know how to get the images. Mille mercis!

    1. madameshepard Post author

      Glad they liked it! I watch on my computer and use the snip tool tool to snip the pictures. That way I can get exactly what I want.( For example I prefer not to have the task bar when I’m creating ordering activities.)


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