A Halloween mini-unit for Novice High French students

Wow, I can’t believe it’s October already!  I have spent the first several weeks of my school year implementing the lessons I created over the summer (many of which I have shared in earlier posts) and in general I have been pleased with how these lessons have gone.  I am really enjoying my second year at my current school–my relationships with my returning students have grown closer and I’m so proud of their progress toward proficiency. In addition, my new French 2 students (I don’t teach level 1) are fabulous. Their enthusiasm for French class makes teaching them so much fun!

Because of their dedication to French, I’m especially excited about our upcoming mini-unit on Halloween.  Following the lead of a fellow French teacher blogger in this post, I will repeat many activities that I’ve used in previous years.  However, as this agenda (updated 6/29/18) shows, I have also added a few new resources.  Perhaps most importantly, I’ve created several Edpuzzles for my favorite Halloween videos and an IPA.  I think most of these activities will be self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please let me know!

28 thoughts on “A Halloween mini-unit for Novice High French students

    1. madameshepard Post author

      Are you able to click on the hyperlink on the word agenda? All materials are linked to that presentation.

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Hi, Janet. I have descriptions of the activities in a previous post (which is linked to this one.) The descriptions are given in the French 1 section. Let me know if you have trouble finding them or have questions. Lisa

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  1. Stacy Paleen

    As always, merci beaucoup! I love “borrowing” from your resources.
    In the agenda above, you have links for L’Orteil Poilu, but there are only 7 pages and the story doesn’t seem to have a proper ending. Is it possible there are a few more pages? Am I just not seeing them? Thanks for any help you can give!

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  2. Kathryn Zetts

    Hi, In the first matching activity (French 2 Speaking Station–Activity #1), Partner A has two pictures that are the same (numbers 13 and 18). Eventually I ‘ll figure out which one is missing…..and I can do a manual cut-&-paste……
    Where do you find the cute pictures?
    Thank you, as always!

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  3. sally

    HEllo! I’m curious – with your agenda + that one day with station activities, how many days did this unit usually take you to complete with your classes?
    thanks!

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  4. sally

    thanks so much, Lisa!

    Also!! I think this may be from one of the upper level units – maybe Les Intouchables, film study. But i remember in your post you mention that you were able to “go around and formatively assess” all students during some type of interpersonal activity. I’m wondering: do you use a rubric for that and put it in the gradebook, or is it even LESS formal than that, such as just going around, listening and offering tips/corrections to students as you listen to pairs talk?

    thanks!!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Hi, Sally. If it’s a practice activity I usually just go around and listen, remind the students to be on task, and respond to what I hear. I carry a clipboard with a roster on it and make notations, which encourages the kids to stay on task. Once in a great while, I might give a minor grade based on my notes. For more formal interpersonal assessments I call pairs to my desk while the rest of the class is working on a reading or writing assessment.

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  5. Lana

    Lisa, while you read “Une histoire terrifiante” to the students, do they follow the text in front of them or do you treat it as a listening activity only? Merci infiniment!

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  6. Lana

    Chere Madame,
    I remember your posting also a unit that combined birthday and Halloween celebrations, but I don’t remember what you called it and cannot find it now. I did save that unit’s agenda in October 2017, but unfortunately I didn’t copy all the docs attached and now, when I click on them, it says they have been deleted. Could you please direct me to the post with updated links? Or did you delete it entirely? Thank you for your time!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      The unit was called Faisons la Fete but the agenda does not have updated links. I’m working on updating it now, but only have a few minutes before I have to leave for an appt. I’ll be at a conference for the rest of the week so I’m not sure I’ll be able to get this done.

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  7. Courtney Greening

    Hi Madame Shepard,
    I am trying to access the documents for the two stories in the Learning Stations for this unit: “L’ogre et les enfants” and “L’orteil pointu.” It says the files no longer exist. Can you advise me as to where I can find these stories?

    Thanks in advance. You are the best.

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  8. Clarice Mohammadi

    Merci d’avoir créer une unité avec les objets directs! I struggle with teaching these, and it was nice to teach them in context (and of course, my students love Halloween, so they enjoyed doing some of the activities!). Merci mille fois!

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