Charles Aznavour

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Charles Aznavour

Contributor: Steven Fawkes

Language of text: French
Type of text: Historical document
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Intended age of students: Key Stage 3/4
Source reference:

- in the week of his passing

Attached files:
This is rather a busy webpage, and I have extracted two texts, attached.

Card is just a few lines of biographical detail, like an ID card
Text is a longer biography.

There are many video clips online of his performances

File nameFile typeSize
Charles Aznavour card.docxNo description12.71 kBInfo
Charles Aznavour text.docxNo description14.47 kBInfo

The Card is an example of putting down key information in bullet point form. Students can look for details they understand and ask questions about words they don't know.

For the longer text students could consider:
why are some words in bold?
what cognates jump out?
From the whole page which are the 10 key words?
Why is genocide mentioned?
What would they include in 5 bullet points in French to mark Aznavour's achievements?r
What questions would you include in an an Aznavour quiz in Fench?

Non-fiction texts interest some readers.

The Card and Text activities can be recycled it writing about other famous people.
Pupils could use them as templates / writing frames for making their own texts about a famous person.

Reading, writing, language development, culture

Topics or themes:

Variety of verb forms


How much time required:

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