TPRS Lesson: This is a “movie talk” unit of study for all levels of high school French. The video is called “The Present” by Jacob Frey, and it can be found on Youtube, and other places online. I cannot provide it for copyright reasons, but it is easy to copy and save this video to your own computer. It is an award-winning short (3.5 min) video. There are a few short lines in English, but this shouldn’t detract from you telling the story in French.
It is about a boy who is playing video games, his mother gives him a box, and in the box, is a puppy. The boy likes the puppy until he realizes it has a malformed leg. He then rejects it. The puppy, unfailingly energetic and cute, finally gets the boy to soften. The boy takes the puppy out to play. We see that the boy has a malformed leg, and walks with crutches. (Good for more advanced discussions about tolerance and handicaps.)
I have chosen to accent two things in this video lesson: some vocabulary about EMOTIONS and some vocabulary using the FUTURE TENSE. Students will predict what happens (using the future tense) with the boy and the puppy after the video is done. This would also be a good lesson to adapt and use to circle and practice “vouloir” “pouvoir” “aimer” and “savoir faire.”
In this Unit are 4 main files. 97 pages total. All the files are typed in Microsoft Word.
For each level of French :
A. Lesson 1: Story script, teacher step-by-step notes, vocabulary to target, practice activities, homework activities and 2 quizzes with keys.
B. Lesson 2: Scaffolded story script (more detailed) teacher notes, vocabulary to target, practice activities, homework suggestions and 1 or 2 quizzes with keys.
C. Lesson 3: Story with emotion words highlighted. Vocabulary of emotions is targeted, practice activities, homework suggestions, and a quiz with key.
D. Lesson 4: Review of story with class activity about future tense. Class activity predicting the future, partner activity, and homework activity using future tense. More practice activities and homework suggestions. A quiz with a key.
E. For French II, III and IV, another optional practice worksheet differentiating the PASSE COMPOSE from the L'IMPARFAIT
F. For all levels, an optional Lesson 5 of story-asking
G. For all levels, there are questions you can copy and paste into the document you design for your comprehensive semester exams, a section to copy and paste for your semester exam study guide, and a key for this part of your semester exam.
Here is what is in each file:
Teacher Notes. ( 5 pages). Here I have the links to and URLS for the video, a synopsis in English and a longer summary of the video in French. The French story is told in a different way, so that you have a lot of supplementary ideas to use if needed. I have teaching suggestions, how to do a “movie talk” in general, how to “circle” vocabulary words, general lesson plans, preparations needed, suggested optional materials and props to assemble, and lesson plans for an optional lesson #5 (story asking).
French I Teaching Materials: ( 25 pages) In this file, I have everything you need for 4 lessons (approximately 7-10 days) of classwork using this video. (There is an optional fifth lesson that would go for at least 2 more days.) For each lesson, I have provided you with step-by-step lesson plans. Each lesson has vocabulary words and a written story that goes along with the video. The first French I story is basic, and the second story is more detailed so that you can scaffold. I have also provided homework ideas for each lesson, in-class practice activities for each session, post-lesson quizzes and alternative quizzes (with keys) to give to absentees, and other assessment ideas. Each lesson also has vocabulary lists that can be used as a handout or on projected white board, and the story is formatted to use as a handout or projected on a white board. As I said, the second lesson is more detailed, to scaffold, and the third lesson accentuates the emotion vocabulary. The third lesson vocabulary also has emoji’s on the projected or printed page, and there is only one version of the quiz. The fourth lesson is predicting what will happen after the video (future tense) with a worksheet to do in class. The last part of the worksheet can be done as homework, if you so choose. There are two quizzes (one for absentees) after the 4th lesson. Optional lesson #5 is doing “story asking”. Full instructions and guidance tips are given. Then, I have given 10 questions you can copy and paste onto your semester exam about this video, and a section you can copy and paste for your semester exam study guide. A key for this, and all quizzes is included in each lesson.
French II Teaching Materials: ( 28 pages) Just as in the French I file, there are the four lessons with vocabulary words, step-by-step instructions, etc., etc., etc. Everything mentioned above in French I is also in the French II file. Here, the story telling is more advanced and is in the past tense. Questions after the story are more advanced as well. I have also given notes and a past-tense worksheet for familiarizing the students how to recognize and differentiate between the passé composé and the l’imparfait verb forms. This is by no means comprehensive or complete, but it will either introduce this concept or review what you’ve already done. (TPRS methods do not accent the drilling of verbs.) Future tense predictions are the same as in French I… (basic) Optional lesson #5 is also given. Semester exam questions and keys are also given.
French III & IV Teaching Materials: ( 37 pages) Just as in the French I and French II files, there are the four lessons with vocabulary words, step-by-step instructions, etc., etc., etc. Everything mentioned above is also in this file. Here, the story telling is more advanced, more detailed, has more idiomatic expressions and is in the past tense. Questions after the story are more advanced as well. I have also given notes and a past-tense worksheet for reviewing the passé composé and the l’imparfait verb forms. This is by no means comprehensive or complete, but it will review what you’ve already done. (TPRS methods do not accent the drilling of verbs.) Future tense predictions are the same as in other files, but more advanced. Semester exam questions and keys are also given.
Jeune / Vieux: (2 pages) Two full-page illustrations to talk about young/old when questioning students about the story.
Please note: I’ve formatted these pages well. But I know from experience that sometimes when transferring files, the formatting gets a bit off-kilter. Please double-check everything before printing. Some pages may have shifted. Many quizzes are formatted to be on half-sheets of paper (2 per page) etc. If you decide to adapt the targeted vocabulary, etc., be sure to also adapt it on the quizzes, worksheets, keys, pages to be used projected on th