French Movie Talk Unit: "Giving is the best Communication" (Past Tense)

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This is a very complete "movie talk" unit for all levels of French classes; using the video called "Giving is the Best Communication" found on Youtube. You can search for it and find it on Youtube, Vimeo or other sites, it is a 3 minute video. Copyright issues prevent me from including it in this unit.

The video is very touching. A small boy in Taiwan steals some medicine for his sick mother. He is caught and yelled at, but a vegetable vendor rescues him, pays for the medicine and even gives him some veggie soup. Years later, the vendor collapses, and his daughter is unable to pay for hospital bills. The doctor pays them all, as repayment for the vendor's actions 30 years before. It's a true story based on Dr. Prajak Arunthong, and a movie made by TrueMove.

I have accented the passé composé / l'imparfait in the French 2 and French 3 and 4 materials. I have accented the "feelings" and "emotion" vocabulary in all levels.

This unit includes the following:
- Teacher pages: a 12 page file of links and instructions of "how to do a movie talk", vocabulary lists for all levels, lists of grammar pop-up ideas, and 5 different style ideas for teaching this video. Each idea is complete for three levels of learners, worksheets, homework, and assessments. The teacher "script" of movie talking is full and complete for most of this video, just to get you started if you haven't done it before.
- A PowerPoint slideshow of the screenshots of the video, to use with all levels to discuss. No words, just the images. 31 slides.
- A ready-made unit for teaching this video. 42 pages long. If you are in a hurry to get started teaching, this is for you. I've made worksheets to use in class in each level, homework assignments for each night, a 1/2 sheet mini-quiz each day, scaffolded readings in three versions for each level, and a unit test for all three levels. Answer keys are provided at the end. This would take from 4-6 days of 50-minute class periods to complete.
- A file of the screen shots from the video. Suggestions are given about how you can use these in other ways besides the included PowerPoint. 11 pages.

There are 65 pages total, all in Microsoft Word, and 31 Power Point slides. Over 32500K of material in a zipped file.

If you use the ready-made unit, it would take between 4-6 days to complete. However, the other four ideas can be used, or combined with the ready-made unit to take as long as 3 weeks to complete a study of this story. It will depend on you and your schedule, your classes, and your teaching style.

The unit is taught using TPRS "movie talk" techniques, but my lesson plans are thorough enough that a non-TPRS teacher could easily follow them to have a short break; full of good conversational exposure, for the French classes.

In the French II and French III/IV levels, there is an accent on the past tense. Passé Composé is contrasted with L'imparfait, and students are asked whether situations call for "Action" or "Descriptive" verbs. In French II, these short exercises are more introductory in nature, and in the French III/IV level, they are more of a review nature.

Due to the touching story, I've also accented "emotion" or "Feeling" vocabulary, and used it repeatedly in the material given. Words such as worry, care, shock, surprise, frustrate, angry, dream, ashamed, remember, and recall are used repeatedly. It's a good supplement since often these words are omitted in our lessons.

Enjoy this fun unit! My students love these "breaks" I give them with Movie Talks. This unit will lend itself well to cross-curricular teaching and fulfilling many of the learning standards of your state, including use of money, professions, and other cultures that speak French.
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65 pages, 31 slides
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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