Use this document on your screen. Use this activity to help your students slowly build up their sentences until they are RICHER and MORE DECADENT.
This activity is presented to the class and each student gets to use their vocab sheet/textbook to try and translate correctly (the goal here is not translation per say but learning through this activity where to go to get help in expanding their sentences, what to look up, what to study...)
Explain to your students that having a simple sentence is OK. It is like eating bread or vanilla ice cream. BUT that when they add more interesting things to their sentences it is like eating multi-layered cake or an ice cream sundae with all the fixings (there are pictures for this*). What they will be doing with this activity is building Sundaes.
Students LOVE this activity because it helps walk them through putting together a complex sentence in French. After doing this they are 85% more likely to make a medium complex sentence (go beyond "J'aime les frites" --> "J'aime manger les frites avec James.") and 45% more likely to make a super complex sentence ("J'aime manger les frites avec James au parc.").
AFTER THIS...play Speaking games where they get to build upon a simple sentence until there is no further they can go.
(I usually let them use their vocab sheets if they want so as to create 'muscle memory' =the more they use it the more they'll remember it when they don't have their resources).
*Print out page two with the pictures for a constant visual reminder of what your expectation is.