Here is my last vendredi vidéo post for this school year, I think. Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis is always a favorite and though it has some inappropriate scenes (alcohol) and language, it is a great for addressing stereotypes. I did most of the work on this unit this year and I have to give credit to my good friend and colleague, Karen Morgan. She had a unit that she wrote after I shared other film units with her and so, I borrowed from her a wee bit. Merci Karen!!! (Especially the last lesson. It's the end of the year, and let's face it, I just copied your idea.)
At the beginning of this school year my school changed its grading policy. I won't get into too many details about it, but I will say that we went from a traditional grading system to a 20% formative assessment / 80% summative assessment model. We were also encouraged to do away with final exams. That part made my day, not just because it was going to save me hours in December and May when I could be doing other things, but also because I'm constantly assessing students and could tell where every student is on their paths to proficiency. However, since successfully achieving National Board Certification, I know how important it is to reflect on learning and I frequently make my students do it. Therefore, what used to be finals is now a reflection on the semester.
Since AP French Language and Culture begins in level 1, I wanted student reflections to show that. Below is what I came up with. I adapted it for different levels and the results were outstanding. The students really did a wonderful job.
I will add some student comments later. I was blown away and I felt good about what we had done for the semester and the feeling of community that I established.
I love this film and my students do too. I do show it in French 2, but we have a lot of conversations about it. We compare and contrast the lives of modern celebrities to Edith's life. We talk about the positives that keep us going when life stinks. There are some great discussions.
I also find that French 2 can be a bit stressful for me and my students, since I have students who come to me from the high school and middle schools. The beginning of the year can be a little rough and the upperclassmen have to put on a happy face for a time, but as we finish first semester, everyone knows what I expect from them. I make sure to tell students that we are watching this film because I trust them and they mature enough to handle it. As we get closer to the end of the year, sometimes I think I have this film to thank for my maturing students. :)
This film is a student favorite and really sticks with them. I hope you enjoy the unit I've created!
Each year my juniors tackle Le Petit Prince. They love it, though I have to admit I think it's because my passion rubs off a little bit.
As we read the novel, we continue to have vendredi vidéo each week. We need little brain breaks! I was excited a few years ago to see that the theme of Mon Meilleur Ami is friendship, but there is a quote from the book! (Also, there is the bonus of seeing Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) from Manon des Source. My students can't unsee the ribbon scene!)
In any case, here is the contextual unit I put together for my classes. Check it out and let me know what you think!