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Contributor: Lisa Probert

Language of text: French
Type of text: Poem
Author or source: Rémi Jallageas
Intended age of students: Key Stage 1
Source reference:

Il pleut de l'or dans l'aube rose;
Octobre pleure et puis dépose
La feuille morte et délabrée
Aux flancs des collines voilées.

Sur sa branche, le rossignol
Triste et mourant à son aurore,
Aspire au ciel chaud et déplore,
L'automne et ses rafales folles.

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I would first ask students to complete some pre-reading activities.
1. find the cognates and near-cognates
2. find words you already know
3. match the pictures to the words (some key new vocabulary such as “Rossignol”
I would then read the poem aloud before asking students to read the poem aloud to their partners.
I would then ask students to complete some comprehension activities.
1. True/False
2. Look at the picture based on the poem. Which details in the drawing are not correct?
3. What do you think the poem is about? Why?
4. What is the mood of the poem? How do you know this?
5. Look at the structure of the poem. Can you explain how the poem is structured? Why do you think it has this structure?
I would then ask students to brainstorm autumn vocabulary before writing their own poems about autumn.

To extend vocabulary and the ways in which vocabulary are used
To enable students to be creative with the language they already know and to use it in different contexts

Students could learn the poem (memorisation skills)
Students could work on their pronunciation by reading the poem aloud (sound-spelling links)
Students see familiar vocabulary used in an unfamiliar context (oiseau would normally be seen in the context of pets)

Topics or themes:
It would fit in to our back to school scheme of work
I would also fit in well when we teach seasons. The “Les Matins de Printemps” poem on the same website could also be used when we teach seasons.
Both poems could be used when we teach the weather.

Present tense verbs
Adjective endings

Sound-spelling patterns

How much time required:
You could use the poem for one or two lessons

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