Expose your students to authentic usage of the imparfait to describe how life has changed over the decades using the music of contemporary French hip hop artists, Hocus Pocus.
In this activity, students will first reflect on life during their grandparents' era by responding to specific questions designed to activate their prior knowledge and practicing the imparfait. They will conjugate the missing verbs from the lyrics to the song in the imparfait and then will listen to the song "Comment on faisait avant?" (please find a recording of the song...or look it up on my YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuVGA2-POfG5lW35HjYJMKfMQGZM4BS3e) to verify their verb conjugations.
**Please note: there are a few very culturally contextualized references to alcohol and sexually transmitted disease (using acronyms and brand names). In my experience, students don't often pick up on these things, but have had mature discussions about them when they have. The song is NOT promoting these things and actually offers them as negative examples of how things have changed. **
In any case, after checking the answers together (which are included), students will explore the lyrics of the song, highlighting their reading comprehension skills and challenging them to interpret how Hocus Pocus sees life's changes over the years in specific areas.
In a presentational writing activity, students will analyze and evaluate how technology affects collective memory and society for better or worse. Students are encouraged to use personal connections for support of their position. A great AP prep activity for the lower levels!