I show the first (approximately) 3 1/2 minutes of the Will Ferrell film Stranger than Fiction, which goes through Harold Crick's day, including brushing his teeth, getting dressed, etc. - vocabulary that French students normally learn when first learning reflexive verbs.
For this activity, students watch the clip (I show it twice with French audio and English subtitles) then put the sentences on the sheet in order. There are 13, and they are, of course, in French. Directions are in English. I let the students work with a partner, and we go over it together. To go over, I take a copy of the paper and cut each sentence into a separate slip, so it can be physically moved under the document camera as we review.
This packet comes in a compressed folder which includes the following:
- activity (2 per page) with all sentences in present tense.
- activity (2 per page) with all sentences in passé composé
- answers (for passé composé only, but the p.c. and present versions are the same except for tense, so can be used to guide present tense answers also)
- parent permission slip, if needed. This can also be modified as a rationale for an administrator or other supervisor.
The activities' vocabularies are the same; the only thing that is different is the tense.
NOTE: I chose "30 minutes" as teaching duration, but as the clip itself is 3 1/2 minutes and I show it twice, plus time for the students to work and to go over the activity, I would say no more than 20 minuntes. You could, of course, extend it to your needs to extend the time.
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