This project is an ideal summative assessment in a unit on school vocabulary. Students will invent the perfect school, design and label a map of it in French, and write about what students do in 12 different labelled places on the map. Students can base their maps on their real-life school, a fictional school (like Hogwarts), or a totally made-up school that encompasses their passions and interests. For example, my students have invented schools related to sports, schools made out of food, schools designed for aliens in space, or a school in which all the teachers are arctic sea creatures. I always tell them anything goes as long as it is school-appropriate.
This is a great project to unleash some teenage creativity, learn about your students’ interests, and increase engagement, but it is also a good one to practice presentational writing skills. I used this project with great success as a way to practice school vocabulary, regular verbs, and adverbs of frequency.The rubric is based on an ACTFL proficiency rubric for novice learners, so you have flexibility to direct them on specific grammatical structures if you’d like, or to simply grade for proficiency.
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