La Quête de Soi: Les sexes et la sexualité: A mini-unit for AP students

genderRecently my French 4/5 class explored gender roles as part of the “Quête de soi” AP theme. They were really engaged by this topic, and we had some great discussions.  Here’s what we did:

Day 1: As a hook to this mini-unit, I began by showing this video  in which the vlogger, Norman, shares his ideas about some gender differences.  The students then worked with a partner to complete this quiz (p.1, p. 2, p. 3) from Phosphore magazine.  I insisted that they work in pairs, because I wanted to ensure lots of interpersonal communication in this lesson. I offered a prize to the pair who had the most correct answers, so that they would put a lot of thought into their responses.

Day 2: First I quickly went over the correct answers in order to award the prize.  Then I assigned a short comprehension guide over these pages (p. 1, p.2, p. 3) which explain the correct responses. After the interpretive activity, I assigned the written response.  This packet has all of the activities for this mini-unit.

Day 3: We started this lesson with a lengthily small group discussion about how boys and girls differ in various aspects of their lives.  These topics were taken directly from the article (p. 1, p. 2, p. 3, p. 4) that they read after this discussion and completed a serious of inference-based true/false questions about.  After responding individually, they discussed their responses in small groups. For homework they participated in an online discussion (on Canvas), in which they wrote about how their life would be different if they were a member of the opposite sex.

Day 4: As an additional interpersonal activity, I had the students respond to a series of controversial statements about how their lives might be different if they were the opposite sex.  I gave them 3 minutes to discuss each statement, and had a scorekeeper in each group keep score based on the types of responses his/her group members made.  I again gave a prize to the student with the highest score.

The students really enjoyed this mini-unit on a topic which stimulated some great conversations!

22 thoughts on “La Quête de Soi: Les sexes et la sexualité: A mini-unit for AP students

  1. Megan

    I love it! I’m usually nervous to approach these subjects in class but they are so relevant to the kids. It would be a disservice, I think, to not acknowledge that gender and sexuality are a huge part of their daily lives. You’ve done a great job!

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Unfortunately, the cost would be prohibitive–I use my own money. Last year it was Phosphore and this year it’s Astrapi. I buy others when I travel. Im planning on rotating each year and supplementing with 1jour1actu and other materials.

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  2. Michelle Cotnoir

    First of all, thank you so much for your hard work and your generosity in sharing with all of us! I would like to try this with my 5/AP class. In printing out the materials, I realized that page 3 of the answers is actually page 3 of the quiz. Would it be possible for you to add the third page of quiz responses ( in the day 2 lesson plan)?

    Merci d’avance!
    Michelle

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      1. Michelle Cotnoir

        Thank you so much! My students are enjoying this immensely. Thanks again for your tremendous contributions.
        Michelle

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  3. Mme Macaron

    Hello,

    Another option is ‘le journal des enfants’. You can have a subscription that is just for the on-line flipbook (which can be downloaded as a PDF and saved). It is published once a week (except for holidays, less often in summer etc.) It is only 29 euros a year! It is very comprehensible, even for French 2. I use it a lot for French 2 and 3 (I don’t each level 1). It is probably not as good as Okapi or Astrapi, but it is good and much less expensive. site: jde.fr

    thanks for all your posts!

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  4. sally

    Bonjour!
    First of all, thank you so much for so generously sharing these amazing lessons! I sincerely hope and intend to follow your model in making similar lessons and PROMISE to share them once I get them made. Merci mille fois!

    Question regarding the last part, on Day 4, the “communication interpersonnelle”: So, does the scorekeeper also participate in the conversation I assume? It’s just that he/she has an extra duty to tally participation for the entire group? And, also in each small group, you have them discuss each question for 3 minutes, yes? So say give them a minute or two individually to mentally prepare the question and then set a time for 3 minutes for the entire group to discuss the question? and then move on to next question, right? So, I should give each group enough score cards for EACH question?

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Bonjour, thank you so much for your offer to share–I’ll look forward to this! Yes, the sscorekeeper also participates in the conversation (and is allowed to tally his/her own responses.) In this case, I did not give the students time to prepare their responses to each question. In fact, when I use this activity in class, I usually put each question on a slide and the students don’t see the question until I start the timer. I have strong speakers this year and they are able to speak extemporaneously pretty well. Depending on the proficiency level of the students, giving the students a little prep time makes sense. They will still have to demonstrate their ability to negotiate meaning when the conversation begins. I usually don’t usually give them more than one score card. Since they’re just writing tally points, I have them write the tallies for all questions and then determine the winner after all of the questions have been discussed. I hope this helps! Lisa

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  5. Anna Chang

    Hi there! I’m wondering if you ran into issues with the provocative picture shown in the hook video on day 1? The one when the guys are at war, and he gets that sexy picture? I’m new to teaching high school, and am never sure what’s appropriate! I was thinking I could just cover the projector at that point… 😉

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      I don’t remember any issues with that, but school cultures can be so different. I think covering the projector is a great idea!

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  6. Linda FitzGerald

    Bonjour! Thank you for all your hard work!! I am having trouble finding the article associated with the Interprétation Ecrite/Communication Interpersonnelle where the students answer v ou f to the inference questions and then justify their responses according to details in the text. Where might I find this? Merci d’avance.

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      Bonsoir! If I’m not mistaken, each page of this article is linked to the description of the activity in the body of the blog post. If not, please let me know! Lisa

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  7. Linda FitzGerald

    Yes, I normally find the links right in the packet, but unless I am missing something, I don’t see the link to the article.

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    1. madameshepard Post author

      The links are in the body of the blog post rather than the packet. Let me know if they don’t work for you!

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  8. Mme Brueder

    Thank you so much for your hard work and for sharing this unit! I’ve used it in my AP/IB French 5 class, and I think it’s a great lesson for these students. I did find that there was a cartoon on the quiz response page 1 that talked about smoking joints and chasing ladies, and whited that section out to avoid phone calls from parents. I think this may depend on the culture where you teach, but just wanted to throw a heads-up in case anyone missed it.

    Also, I found it interesting to push this lesson a bit further by discussing marriage, PACS, and gay marriage in France. You all may find this article useful in your classrooms: http://www.rfi.fr/france/20130213-france-grandes-etapes-evolution-droits-homosexuels . Happy teaching!

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