An “Imperfect” Unit on French Castles (Part 2 and IPA)

castle-clip-art_tI am happy to report that my French 2 students are enjoying their unit on castles as much as I had hoped they would.  While I was surprised by how little background knowledge they seemed to have about medieval history, they have expressed genuine interest in the information they have learned from the readings and videos.  Considering that we have had atypical class schedules every day to allow for standardized testing and weather delays, I’d say that their attention in class has been downright formidable!

Because I want the students to become familiar with some castles that I visit when leading student trips, I wanted to include a few lessons on the Renaissance and some specific Loire Valley castles in this unit. So following the lessons which I included in my first post about this unit, I am implementing the lesson included here: Renaissance Lesson

As the document shows, the students will read three pages from a children’s book on the Renaissance (Renaissance p. 4Renaissance p. 5Renaissance p. 18) and complete an IPA-style interpretive task.  Following this task, they will complete an information gap activity in which they discuss their versions of a royal family tree in order to fill in the missing facts on their copy. Family Tree Speaking They will then write a short biography about the Renaissance king of their choice.

Following this lesson, the students will complete a series of learning stations designed to familiarize them with the Loire Valley castles.  Due to the nature of the materials (teacher-made games, manipulatives, commercial video and authentic brochures) I can’t include them here, but I’ve included a short description below:

Listening Station: The students will watch a non-authentic Loire Valley castle DVD from Teacher’s Discovery and answer comprehension questions.

Reading Station: Students will read a series of brochures that I’ve brought home from visits to the Loire Valley and answer comprehension questions.

Castle Identification Station: Students will play a series of games that I’ve either made or purchased which are designed to teach them to recognize various Loire Valley castles.

Speaking Station: The students will converse in order to fill in a graphic organizer with information about various Renaissance kings.

After these stations, the students will complete this IPA about the French Renaissance and Loire Valley castles Castle Unit IPA

Reading: The students will read several pages from a children’s book about Chambord (Chambord pp. 1, 2Chambord pp. 3, 4Chambord pp. 5, 6) and complete an interpretive task.

Listening: The students will watch an authentic video and provide details to demonstrate their comprehension.

Speaking: The students will converse in order to fill in a graphic organizer about Francis I.

Writing: The students will write a chapter of Francis I’s memoir in which he describes what his life was like when he was king.

As always, I’m grateful for any feedback on these lessons and materials!

 

 

16 thoughts on “An “Imperfect” Unit on French Castles (Part 2 and IPA)

  1. Elisabeth

    This is amazing. Love your blog! I was just wondering how to make the imparfait more exciting this year!
    Merci 🙂

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      I’m so glad that you found something and so grateful that you took the time to comment! My students really enjoyed this unit and I hope yours will, too!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Yes, I’m not very active, though. Mostly I just post some of my blog entries and participate in #langchat from time to time. I’m @lisashepard2.

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  2. Clarice Hammett

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I am planning to do a similar unit with my French 2 class, as we are about to start learning the imparfait and I want to do something culturally relevant and outside of the textbook theme. Merci mille fois!

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  3. Véronique

    Bonsoir,
    Je viens de découvrir votre blog et il est fantastique! Merci mille fois de partager votre travail avec nous.

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  4. Kim

    I just wanted to say thank you for this blog. I have used several of your lessons in my classroom, and it has helped me get a much better grasp of using authentic materials, incorporating culture, and focusing on forms, but not teaching grammar explicitly. Merci mille fois!

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  5. Jennifer Geroux

    Bonjour Lisa!

    Could you share the games that you have created for the learning station? I would love to have some examples to start with! Merci d’avance!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      I have a trivia game, a Go Fish game using pictures of various castles, a game in which they match photos of castles to their names, etc. It’s all very old school, as I began teaching a castle unit long before the Internet was invented!

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  6. Lana

    J’ai une question pour vous, Lisa. Dans votre IPA, communication interpersonnelle, les élèves doivent se parler pendant 3 minutes. La transcription de leurs réponses dans la grille jointe prend-elle place pendant ces 3 minutes ou après que le minuteur s’arrête? Merci infiniment de tout vos partages et précisions!

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  7. Jennifer Geroux

    Bonjour Madame Shepard!

    Do you have a copy of the graphic organizer for the kings of France that you used during the Learning Stations that you could post here?

    Merci!

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