This exciting bundle about Francophone artisans is based on the TV5 series "Mains et Merveilles" that features interviews and up-close observations of processes used for centuries and into the present day. This is a remarkable commentary on the treasure of French handiwork and the value of tradition and the handmade. This is excellent for AP or pre-AP classwork, for cultural study, and for profession vocabulary or to open up discussion about talent and passion or the French focus on beauty and creative innovation.
Students will read a short passage (primary source) about an accomplished and passionate engraver named Roland Baptiste. Next they will watch a video interview with him as he works and explains the process of his creation. Comprehension, interpretation, extension questions are included to turn in or for class discussion.
Next, the students will choose from a list of modern artisans. Each student will show the video to the class, explain the process, teach new vocabulary, and offer insights into the artist's work.
Lastly, the students will do a pretend "voicemail" about a career change and the emotional and practical implications therein.
Rubrics for presentation and voicemail are included along with all of the materials in a handy PDF. These materials can be used as a form of speaking and listening assessment on their own, or I have taken the new vocabulary and information directly from student presentations to create an assessment tailored to the presentations themselves.