Introduce your students to the music and social commentary of one of France's most popular and renowned artists - Jacques Dutronc - while helping them to practice the "tu" form of the impératif as well as exercise some of their teen angst!
In this activity, students will first brainstorm phrases that parents say all the time to their children...things like "you'll understand when you're older" or even more simply, "NO!"
They will then conjugate a WHOLE BUNCH of verbs in the "tu" form of the impératif to fill in the missing lyricas and then listen to Dutronc's song "Fais pas ci fais pas ça" (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 answers.
After checking the answers together, students will categorize some of these parent-to-child commands and analyze the lyrics to get a big-picture view of Dutronc's feelings about adults who try to fulfill a traditional authoritative role.
Finally, students will brainstorm how they would create a music video for this song. Use this as a jumping off point for a video project or just show them the animated video and have them discuss their critiques. A fun way to practice commands without just another "give-your-partner-advice" activity!