November 1st Tombstone * Project For French

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"On my tombstone I want written, 'He never did Love Boat'." Orson Welles (American actor ~ 1915 - 1985)


For La Toussaint students craft a tombstone out of a cereal box. Another teacher shared this idea with me in 2001 and the first time I did it on November 1, 2001, in my French classes my supervisor happened to come by to observe the class. She gave me rave reviews for this activity.


Students choose a French-speaking person or a French heritage American who is no longer living, research facts about that person, then create a tombstone out of a cereal box.


Included here are:
* Detailed instructions in English
* A grading rubric
* A research sheet
* A list of almost 100 names of famous people

* A categorization sheet for class presentations
* A test on the people
* Photos of some outstanding student samples
* A word search of famous names as a follow-up

and

* A 7-page overhead about burial customs in France as well as a short history of the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and some photos of famous tombstones.


We do the research part at least two weeks before the due date of the tombstones so students have ample time to do a nice job.


An Alternate Version is included, if time is short, whereby students take the information on their person and put it on a tombstone template on paper.


Everything is ready-to-use so you can set this project in motion with ease.


You'll be surprised at how creative students can be. (29 pages)



* A SPECIAL NOTE *
Another teacher, Karen Hummer of Ohio, has added a brilliant twist to this basic activity and buys black plastic tablecloths at a dollar store to put on the desks, puts black lights on the whiteboard ledges, places battery-operated tea lights around the tombstones, has the overhead on with a blue screen and the classroom lights off, and plays some spooky music such as 'Liszt's Danse macabre' or 'Marschner's Le Vampire' as students circulate to read the tombstones ... added touches that make for a memorable classroom experience for students.

Here's yet another music option:

'Danse macabre'

de Saint-Saëns.



* EXPANSION ACTIVITY *

Here is a short video clip of Rick Steves at

'Père Lachaise Cemetery.'



* PLEASE NOTE *
I have created my products as Word documents because that is how I use them. They are unlocked so teachers can change vocabulary words or modify things if they wish.

If you prefer a different format for the overhead, below are some suggestions.


To Make A Slide Show In ActivInspire
If you use ActivInspire, you can save the Word document as a pdf (this is easily done with the newer versions of Word), then you can simply import the pdf to ActivInspire and have a document for that format.


To Make A Slide Show In PowerPoint
If you prefer to use the PowerPoint format, you can easily convert a Word document to a PowerPoint.

This link explains it clearly: 'Creating A PowerPoint From A Word Document.'


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* Household Chores * Activities For French

* Wedding * Customs In France

* Eponym Activity For French, German, Spanish (works well as a sub plan, too)


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November 1st Tombstone * Project For French
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November 1st Tombstone * Project For French
November 1st Tombstone * Project For French