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French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait by A. Bree Stillings

Pixton Lesson Plan on French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait by A. Bree Stillings

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

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  • Comic Strip
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait by A. Bree Stillings
Pixton Lesson Plan on French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait by A. Bree Stillings
Pixton Lesson Plan on French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait by A. Bree Stillings

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French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait by A. Bree Stillings

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Passé Composé and Imperfect are both complex grammar principles. Talking about the past and narrating past events requires a good understanding of both and an understanding of when to use the two tenses. These activities were designed for higher level thinking. There is a complex review for both the tenses alone that should be used after students have had prior experience writing in the Passé Composé and Imperfect. Then, progress to the combination activities which require students to choose the tense and then conjugate properly.

Opening Discussion

Spend a class period reviewing the Passé Composé and use the Mind Map activity. Spend another class period review Imperfect and use the 1900's Story Board activity. Then introduce the different uses of the two tenses with examples. The activities A Day At The Beach and An Accident are used to reinforce these rules.

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Students should now be able to express and describe a story or event. Divide the class into groups of three and have each group write an original dialog that can be presented in a written newspaper/blog or performed for the class orally.

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Pixton Activity: French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait 1 Passé Composé Mind Map

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Do you have a "bucket list" of activities that you want to do? What have you already done? What will you never do? What is on your list that you have not done yet?

Instructions

Create a Mind Map. Write three sentences for each panel in the Mind Map describing accomplishments or adventures you have already done, never done, and have not done yet. Write each activity in the Passé Composé.

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Oui ou non? by Student

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Pixton Activity: French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait 2 The Early 1900's

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Life was very different in the early 1900's. Can you compare how things are different to your life now?

Instructions

Create a Storyboard that describes daily life during the early 1900's.

  • Each Panel should include a sentence in the imperfect of how life "use" to be.
  • Use the subjects: On, Tout le Monde, Les gens, Les jeunes.
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Pixton Activity: French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait 3 A Day at The Beach

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  • Comic Strip

Intro

Think back to a recent trip you took to the beach, or imagine a crazy trip to the beach. Retell the vacation in French using Passé Composé and Imparfait.

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip to retell a trip to the beach using the Passé Composé and Imparfait. Mention:

  • The weather and the date
  • Tell about one main event in details
  • Mention how you felt about that event.

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À la plage by Student

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Pixton Activity: French: Passé Composé vs. Imparfait 4 An Accident

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  • Poster

Intro

Have you ever witnessed a fire, burglary, car accident, or other minor news event? Imagine that you have been a witness or think of a time when you actually were a witness.

Instructions

Pretend you are a journalist for a local newspaper. In a Poster, describe:

  • When
  • Where
  • What the event was
  • Provide one extra detail for the newspaper

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