Social Justice French Refugees Madame Monsieur Song | Distance Learning

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9th - 12th
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  • Webquests
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Your French 1 students are ready for social justice activities, and can learn high frequency verbs through the examination of pressing social issues like immigration, refugee rights, and censorship. Use this FREE song activity "Mercy" by Madame Monsieur to introduce students to the concept of social justice lessons as early as the very first day of French 1. This CI and proficiency FREE song unit for use with Google Slides™ is completely digital and interactive.

Whether you're completely remote learning for French 1 or starting with a hybrid model, this distance learning comprehensible activity has you covered.


Continue the conversation with another Social Justice Resource for French 1: Je Suis Chez Moi Black M Song Unit



Mercy was the winning entry for Eurovision 2018. It won over the hearts of the world with its captivating lyrics about a newborn baby born in the middle of the sea while fleeing the Nigerian civil war with her mother. The baby's name is Mercy, and the song repeats key French 1 week 1 phrases like : Je suis and Je m'appelle.

It's perfect for teaching French names, and can also be used with older students in French 2 to review key vocabulary.

Ready to use with complete teacher discussion guide and student-friendly instructions.

Teaching comprehensible input style French with a social justice focus is doable in your Novice Low classroom. This resource has been tried and tested with real French 1 students.

Your classroom will love the song as much as mine did - both for how much it gets stuck in your head and for what it represents. This French 1 song unit was crafted with the collaboration of Teach for Justice by Teachers Pay Teachers. 20% on resources like this one in the yearlong French 1 Curriculum Kit Bundle for Comprehensible Input Teachers


  • a customizable interactive notebook in Google Slides™
  • 16 slides total
  • an interactive glossary
  • links to both official video and song lyrics
  • lyric interpretation practice
  • comprehensible input focused practice
  • no typing - all matching for binding and input-based practice for Novice Low
  • little writing, all input-based practice
  • NO Prep turn-in option
  • Self-paced individual activities over multiple days : perfect for distance learning
  • Differentiation and Extension activities provided
  • designed for students with NO FRENCH experience or LITTLE French


  1. KWL chart organizer for webquest research on social justice topics
  2. Guided discussion questions on social justice topics of censorship and refugee rights
  3. Layered and nuanced teacher guide for leading a complex discussion for high school level French, with adaptations for hybrid or virtual environments
  4. Full song background and political/social landscape provided in teacher guide

NOTE: This resource has gone through multiple reviewers and editors for content quality to ensure the best experience for both teachers and students.

Social Justice Standards and ACFTL Standards included, with Can-Do Statements for Novice Low - Novice Mid Interpretive Listening


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Total Pages
16 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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