French Grade 7


Unit 1

Raconte-moi une histoire! (Tell me a story!)

"Raconte-moi une histoire! (Tell me a story!)". This unit introduces students to the French language for the very first time. Students begin learning "survival French" skills in order to show them that they can communicate in French even with very basic skills. Students will be introduced to new technology resources and how they can utilize them to enhance their language skills. Throughout the unit, students will be introduced to high frequency words through storytelling. Students will see how high frequency words are used in a mini story digitally represented on StoryJumper. They will ultimately work together to create their own storybook with high frequency words on StoryJumper. In little time, students will discover that they can be a French storyteller!

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Unit 2

It's 'Vous' to you!"

During this unit we will be focusing on the concept of "la politesse" which means politeness. As we discuss our likes and dislikes, we will be learning about the cultural differences that exist between America and various francophone countries when it comes to greetings and getting to know others. We will be developing our speaking and writing skills as we learn to explain our actions and choices. This unit will also allow students to expand upon their conversational skills by introducing the concept of asking for and stating likes and dislikes. By the end of the unit, students will share their new expertise by teaching a friend and family member how to navigate various social situations during a trip to France!

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Unit 3

Mon cher ami (My dear friend)

During this unit, we will be gathering and sharing information about our lives at school and at home and seeing how that compares with our classmates and students our age in France and other francophone places. Throughout this unit we will also be following the adventures of Brandon Brown as he navigates some tricky situations with his family and friends. We will be making predictions and comparing Brandon's choices with our own. In addition, we will be participating in a unit long Pen-pal exchange with a French student from another class. This ongoing Performance based assessment consists of several engaging and communicative activities that will culminate in a final assessment in which each student will synthesize all the information they have learned about their in-school pen pal in order to represent them accurately.

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Unit 4

On y va! (Let's Go!)

Join us as we explore life in Paris as a middle schooler! Students will get an insider's look at Parisian life as they prepare for an imaginary year abroad. They will enroll in school and participate in school activities, as well as find an apartment that suits their individual styles! They will learn how to navigate the metro as they become familiar with the sites of their adoptive city. They will show off their skills at ordering in a café like a real Parisian and hold up their end of the conversation as they discuss their likes and dislikes and daily life.

The unit will then culminate in the planning of an amazing weekend for when their pen pal comes to stay with them! They will tailor the visit to the interests of their pen pal and fully prepare their pen pal by explaining how to get around the city as they hit up all the best tourist attractions. On y va! Let's Go!

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French 2


Unit 1Qui suis-je au lycée?

What has high school done to me? What is my life like after 2 pm? Students will delve deeper into their daily lives not only at school, but their schedules and activities after classes and on weekends. In addition to review, this unit goes into emotions, descriptions, and needs when it comes to a week in the life of a new high school student. Clubs, sports, movies, groups of friends, professors, and where events take place will be discussed. Students will be able to describe their likes and dislikes in more specific detail. They will ultimately create their own digital calendar for the next month in French and then analyze and speak about other students' calendars and schedules in the World Language Lab.

Following the PBA, students will read their first short novel in the target language, Nuits mystérieuses à Lyon, about a boy who studies abroad in Lyon.

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Unit 2Allons cuisiner! (Let’s cook!)

Hungry? Watching the clock for your lunch to start? Anyone ever binge watch Chopped or Cupcake Wars on Netflix? Want to scream like Gordon Ramsay? Now it's time to cook....the French way! Students will be introduced to authentic French cuisine, exploring how even French snack foods can incorporate all aspects of a healthy diet. Students will review food vocabulary with the new grammar topics of imperative (commands) and direct object pronouns within the context of cooking. The unit will culminate in a PBA where students will work collaboratively as a team and use video editing skills to create their own instructional cooking videos in French to compete to host their own cooking show on the Food Network. After viewing the videos in class, students will vote on the dish they would most like to taste one day.

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Unit 3L’amitié- Friendship

What does it mean to be a friend? We know lots of people, but who are our friends? Using adjectives, pronominal verbs, a wide variety of tenses, direct and indirect objects, and vocabulary regarding friendship, we will describe a friend and tell stories of what a friend means to us. Students will pull from a wide variety of media: movies, songs, poems, and short stories regarding the meaning of friendship. This unit will include a "Tribute to a Friend" poetry night where students will recite a personal poem of friendship. Students will also view a series about French friends in Rouen, France.

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French 3


Unit 1The Amazing Race

Welcome to the Amazing Race: Daniel Hand French Edition! In this first unit of French 3 students will become a part of the Amazing race France. Students will be divided into pairs and explore and present who they really are as a team. In previous years of French, students have explored their own identity, their identity as a student, and their family, but now they will explore who they are as a member of a team. The teams will participate in challenges/activities related to France and the Ivory Coast of Africa, ultimately culminating in creating their own Amazing Race: Daniel Hand French episode. Similar to the Amazing Race program, teams will also create a videobio of their Amazing Race team, showcasing who they are as a team. Throughout the course of the challenges, students will also be exposed to grammar topics relating to expressing themselves in the present that they can apply to their work. Let the games begin!

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Unit 2Héros et Vilains

How do heroes and villains shape our world? Students will drive the work in this unit, jigsawing a variety of texts about King Henry XIV and exploring him as a multifaceted figure with both heroic and villainous traits. Students will also reflect on their own personal heroes, and what makes someone heroic or villainous. This unit will culminate in a PBA in which students investigate several "ambiguous" historical figures from the francophone world, and present them virtually using infographics. The use of the past tenses is emphasized throughout the work, as well as emerging use of pronouns in context as students strive to communicate with more sophisticated syntax. The presentations will portray both the heroic and villainous characteristics/actions of these figures, and the student audience will individually have to choose and defend a position, dubbing each figure either hero or villain.

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Unit 3Les contes, les histoires courtes

French 3 students will explore francophone fables, particularly those written be Jean de la Fontaine. The class will explore the morals that are communicated by the different fables and examine how fables reflect the values of a people. Students will see how the past tenses are used together for different reasons in the authentic context of fables. Students will ultimately use their imaginations as they create an original fable, including a moral that relates to life at Daniel Hand High School, which will be shared with 8th grade students in Madison.

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Unit 4Global Challenges

In this final unit of French 3, students will explore the difficulties of the lives of refugees, as well as gain some understanding of the situations that cause people to flee their native countries. Students will read Les Migrants, about refugees in France, legends from Haiti and francophone Africa, and view the award-winning film Hotel Rwanda in order to develop insight into themes relating to refugees/immigration. After examining these texts, students will open up their investigation to the entire francophone community. Students will find an actual charitable organization anywhere in the francophone world to which they will apply for an internship, showcasing their new knowledge of the future and conditional tenses (will and would) as they explain how the experience will help them to realize their own hopes for the future, how their efforts will help to improve the situation in the community in which they will work, and to explain in which area of the internship program they would like to participate. If we work together, there is hope for the future!

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French 4 Honors


Unit 1Families and Communities

In this first unit of French 4 Honors, students will explore relationships with their families and seek connections with, and contrasts between, the French-speaking world. While exploring these relationships, students will recall their study and use of the present indicative as a springboard into their introduction to the subjunctive mood and present subjunctive. Throughout this unit, students will be exposed to a variety of unit-related, authentic written and spoken texts, recordings, and prompts to further their growth in the language. As a culminating demonstration of what they have studied and learned during this unit, students will identify and elaborate upon a specific problem within their surrounding community and propose ways to help rectify the issue.

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Unit 2Contemporary Life

In this second unit of French IV Honors, students will examine more closely their travel and educational pursuits. What do they do in their free time? Are they interested in travel? What are their career aspirations? These are just a few of the questions that students will be asked to consider as they continue to hone their understanding and application of the subjunctive mood. Throughout this unit, students will be exposed to a variety of unit-related, authentic written and spoken texts, recordings, and prompts to further their growth in the language. To bring closure to this unit, students will investigate and analyze the tourist attractions in one French-speaking country of the world and create a tourist brochure to promote travel to that country.

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Unit 3Beauty and Aesthetics

In this third unit of French IV Honors, students will delve into their thoughts about beauty and aesthetics as they relate to self-concept, other people, fashion, arts, film, literature, and wonders around the globe. Students will watch the film Coco Before Chanel and read an excerpt from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables as they consider how to define beauty, and who has the power to define what is beautiful and fashionable. Throughout this unit, students will be exposed to a variety of unit-related, authentic written and spoken texts, recordings, and prompts to further their growth in the language. Students will use their creativity as they work in small groups to present a new line of clothing to their classmates that will shake up the fashion industry.

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Unit 4La Quete du soi

In this fourth unit of French IV Honors, students will reflect upon their own identities and the importance of public, ethnic, and national identity. Students will consider their ideal mate, as well as driving laws and personal responsibility both at home and abroad. During this reflection, students will recall previous study of the future tense and of possessive adjectives, diving deeper into the intricacies of both. Throughout this unit, students will be exposed to a variety of unit-related, authentic written and spoken texts, recordings, and prompts to further their growth in the language. Having acquired a greater understanding of the power of identity, the unit will culminate with the design of a postage stamp that celebrates the national identity of a francophone country.

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Unit 5Science and Technology

In this fifth unit of French 4 Honors, students will probe the constantly-evolving world of science and technology. While investigating and discussing themes related to science and technology, students will be tasked with learning and putting to use the conditional tense to discuss hypothetical situations, as well as the passive voice. Throughout this unit, students will be exposed to a variety of unit-related, authentic written and spoken texts, recordings, and prompts to further their growth in the language. In a culminating activity, students will analyze the limitations of an existing product, imagine an innovation to it, and present their idea to the class.

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Unit 6Global Challenges

In this final unit of French IV Honors, students will look into the challenges we face in our global society, specifically those of global warming, global conflict, and terrorism. Students will be challenged to expand their repertoire of grammatical structures when offering ideas to address global issues, employing both commands and the conditional past. Throughout this unit, students will be exposed to a variety of unit-related, authentic written and spoken texts, recordings, and prompts to further their growth in the language. Ultimately, students will examine a global challenge not studied during the unit to promote action and further awareness related to the issue.

21st Century Capacities: Engaging in Global Issues, Citizenship