Teach students la Marseillaise as well as other symbols of France as outlined by the French Constitution while staying in the target language over 90% of the time. This lesson shows students rather than telling them about the deep rooted cultural symbols of France by using authentic videos (including one before a soccer match of France vs. US), the authentic text of la Marseillaise, and excerpts from la Constitution de la République française.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
-understand the words to the French national anthem, La Marseillaise (the short version)
-identify the author of both La Marseillaise and The Star-Spangled Banner, as well as the year each was written and during which war each was written
-compare and contrast the customs of Americans and the French when participating in an event when each country’s national anthem is played
-explain both appropriate and inappropriate behavior during the playing of either country’s national anthem
-create a visual representation of La Marseillaise that would have helped promote its adoption as the national anthem of the new French republic during the French Revolution in 1792
Students should be comfortable reading and writing basic sentences in the present tense to do this lesson, as it is designed to be used towards the end of a French I/Level 1 course.