Assessments for mini-unit on French presidential election mini-unit

I was pleasantly surprised by my students’ engagement during my mini-unit on the French presidential elections.  The students were especially excited to find out which candidate was best-suited to their own values (although I encouraged students to answer the questions differently if they prefered to keep their own beliefs private). Although I pretty much followed by plan as I outlined it here, I did make the following modifications to the summative assessments.

  1. Although I kept the presentational writing task that I had planned (writing a speech for one of the candidates), I decided to assign an interpersonal speaking assessment rather than having the students present the speech they had written.  For this task, I projected some of the questions from the political quiz and had the students debate each one small groups (made up of different candidates), playing the role of the candidate they had researched.  
  2. I added this interpretive assessment. For the interpretive reading the students read these pages (1, 2, 3) from this site. Because some of these students will be taking the IB test in a few weeks, I’ve done my best to replicate the IB style in creating my questions.  The listening assessment comes from this video and I used true/false with justification questions to assess their comprehension.  (IB will start assessing listening in a couple of years, but no word yet on what question types they will use.) The students did very well on the reading portion (with one perfect score) on Thursday, but I haven’t yet graded the listening portion.

Image from: http://www.thebluediamondgallery.com/wooden-tile/e/election.html

5 thoughts on “Assessments for mini-unit on French presidential election mini-unit

  1. Julie Filliez Werren

    Lisa,
    I so appreciate your units and your willingness to share all of your hard work. I didn’t realize your were teaching IB. Our school is in its verification year to be an IB school and I am struggling with my course outlines. As I am the only French teacher in my building, collaboration is limited. Would you be willing to share your IB course outlines? I have not been able to find good examples and I just need some help getting started.
    Merci mille fois!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Hi, Julie. This is my first year teaching IB so I’m afraid that I don’t have a course outline that I can share at this time. I wish I could be more helpful!

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  2. Becca

    I love your website! I am currently wrapping up a mini unit on the elections and would love to compare. I can’t find the link the unit outline in this post, I see where it says, “…as I outlined it here.” but no link. Do you mind sharing?
    Thanks for sharing all of your amazing lessons and resources!

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  3. Sandrine White

    Lisa,
    Thank you, again and again, for all your amazing units.
    I am trying to adapt your “Starting off on the right foot” IPA for my French students and the link for the French 3 video (10 things about Benji?) is no longer available (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nLheVpQj7I). Would you have another link to that video, by any chance?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Hi, Sandrine. I’m so sorry but I don’t have another link to the video. Maybe another reader will have saved it?

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