Our first letters of introduction and Boîtes Culturelles have begun arriving at their respective destinations in France! Genial!
My classes are bubbling with excitement over their first correspondences to their French epals! We used language from Unit 1 Salut, les copains! (Hi friends!) to write our first hand-written letters. Each student will have one or two middle school students in France with whom they will correspond mostly by email this school year. We will use our unit vocabulary to correspond. We will work on our written and speaking standards of communication. It's so fun to see that the students actually WANT to use French to communicate with people their own age. Plus they are making friends that could last a lifetime! I like to think of this as a world peace project as well :)
In addition, we all mailed Culture Boxes which included items we thought represented our culture here in Maine, USA. Now we wait PATIENTLY for the French students to return their first letters and their BOÎTE CULTURELLES!!
ePals curriculum guide
This curriculum is aligned with Saco Middle School French/Spanish grades 7 & 8, 2016-2017, curriculum maps. The 2013 edition of the textbook by Holt McDougal, Bien dit!, French level 1a, units 1-5, has been closely referred to for specific Learning Targets, as well as for appropriate scope and sequence, throughout this curriculum.
The overarching purpose of the ePal Project is to give students a chance to USE the language they are learning to communicate with peers in a country where the target language is spoken. Our partner teachers have the same goal; therefore, we communicate half in English and half in the target language. We are therefore sharing our culture, and participating in global collaboration to solve an international issue, that of learning to communicate in the same language.
The following forms of communication will be used throughout this project: traditional, hand-written letters, email, & skype.
Frequency of communication-
grade 7, once a month send/receive grade 8, bi-weekly send/receive
Lesson: Weeks of September 12, 19, 26, & October 3rd
Aligned with Unit 1 of Bien dit!
Learning Targets: (greeting someone and saying good-bye, asking how someone is, introducing someone, asking how old someone is, asking about things in the classroom, giving classroom commands, asking the teacher something, asking how words are spelled, asking for and giving e-mail addresses)
Skill Outcome: Students will be able to successfully do the above learning targets by using AT LEAST the following questions and answers: Salut, comment ça va? Moi, ça va bien, merci. Je m’appelle..., Comment tu t’appelles? Tu as quel âge? J’ai ____ ans. Extra (exceeds): Quelle est ton adresse e-mail? C’est le ...... acrobasse sacoschools.org.
Lesson: Weeks of October 24, 31, November 7 & 14
Aligned with Unit 2 of Bien dit!
Learning Targets: (asking about likes and dislikes, agreeing and disagreeing, asking how often you do an activity, asking how well you do an activity and talking about preferences)
Skill Outcome: Students will be able to successfully do the above learning targets by using AT LEAST the following questions and answers: Quelles sont tes activités préfèrées? J’aime chanter et dormir. Tu aimes _______? J’aime bien ________, mais je n’aime pas ___________. Extra (exceeds): Je préfère _________.
Lesson: Weeks of December 5, 12 & 19, January 3 & 9
Aligned with Unit 3 of Bien dit!
Learning Targets: (asking about and describing people, asking for and giving opinions, identifying family members, asking about someone’s family, additionally, asking how ePals celebrate the holidays, and sharing traditions you have)
Skill Outcome: Students will be able to successfully do the above learning targets by using AT LEAST the following questions and answers: Comment est la prof de français? Elle est.. sympathique. Tu es comment? Je suis_______. Extra (exceeds): Il/Elle est comment? Il/Elle est... n’est ni grand(e)ni petit(e)...
Lesson: Weeks of January 30, February 6, 13, 27 & March
Aligned with Unit 4 of Bien dit!
Learning Targets: (asking about classes, asking for and giving an opinion, asking others what they need and telling them who you need, inquiring about and buying something)
Skill Outcome: Students will be able to successfully do the above learning targets by using AT LEAST the following questions and answers: Tu as quel cours.....? J’ai ..., Il est comment, ton emploi du temps? Extra (exceeds): j’ai besoin de/il me faut pour la classe de ..., qu’est-ce qu’il te faut pour....?
Lesson: Weeks of March 27, April 3, 10, & May
Aligned with Unit 5 of Bien dit!
Learning Targets: (asking about interests, asking how often someone does an activity, extending, accepting, and refusing an invitation, making plans)
Skill Outcome: Students will be able to successfully do the above learning targets by using AT LEAST the following questions and answers: Est-ce que tu fais du sport? Est-ce que tu joues au...? Oui, je fais/je joue.....Non, je ne fais pas de sport/ je ne joue pas, je ne fais rien, Qu’est-ce que tu fais comme sport? Extra (exceeds): Qu’est-ce que tu fais pour t’amuser?