This unit pits the passé composé against the imperfect tense and shows students how to use them both simultaneously to write sentences and stories. The project is generic so it can be used with any text/excerpt and is described in detail below.
Student notes and guided notes on passé composé vs imperfect and verbs that change meaning depending on the tense chosen (savoir, être, avoir, etc)
Two practice sheets that are actually a fluid story. The first requires imperfect and asks students to determine why (setting the scene, describing, habitual action, etc) while the second practice requires the passé composé and asks students to explain why (actions that happened once).
There is a 3x4 puzzle as well so students can match up logical components of sentences and explain why it's imperfect or passé composé. Instructions included in "How to Use these Materials"
The pictures I use daily for student speaking practice
My anticipatory set slides for each day of the unit
There is also a reading comprehension assessment. This kind of activity is part of my final exam so I give this as a practice. We read "A Cat and a Dog" which I translated into French. Due to copyright, I cannot include the text; but I did include the project and the rubric and it can be used with any text or short story you have. Fairy tales work well as do children's stories provided they are narrated in the past tense. Students either translate the story, draw pictures to represent all the action of the story, give a summary in English and write reading comprehension questions (as if they were the teacher), or act it out as a theatrical play using props and non-verbal communication. While they work, I circle the room and ask them why the author used passé composé or imperfect.