Homme de couleur! and Poeme a mon frere blanc

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Homme de couleur! and Poeme a mon frere blanc

Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Jérôme Ruillier / Léopold Sédar Senghor
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: ISBN of book: 9782841812608

Poem: https://liendirect.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/poeme-a-mon-frere-blanc-de-leopold-sedar-senghor/

Attached files:
More about the book and others at www.nattalingo.co.uk

The poem is available online. Extract :
.... homme blanc,
Quand tu es né, tu étais rose,
Quand tu as grandi, tu étais blanc,
Quand tu vas au soleil, tu es rouge,
Quand tu as froid, tu es bleu,
Quand tu as peur, tu es vert .....

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I want to read it to children who already know their colours and can join in, as I show them the pages, and say the colours in French. At the end I will ask them what they think the story is about and we will discuss it: how some people might get called "coloured" when really the person whose colour changes the most truly is a white person's!
When we have finished playing with the text, the children can draw/paint/design their own versions of black and multicoloured friends.

I want to use it because it is a very powerful story which reminds us that we are all the same really, human beings with emotions who live and die! It enables us to revise colours and revisit or introduce certain grammatical points (see below) whilst discussing equality.

The children could in the end learn the text either as the text or the original poem by Léopold Sédar SENGHOR. This could be performed by individuals for a competition or as a class in assembly.
The children could also make their own version of the story and, if they can think of any extra feelings and colours, add them in!

Topics or themes:
colours; all different all equal

introduction to the past tense; introduction to the future tense; extended sentences with "quand"; 1st and 2nd persons of verbs.


How much time required:
1-2 lessons

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