Maman était petite avant d'être grande

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Maman était petite avant d'être grande

Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Valérie Larrondo, Claudine Desmarteau
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: 2020335123

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This book can be enjoyed as the fun story of a mum trying to tell her child that she was the perfect little girl when she grew up... However the pictures tell a different story!!
After each page, on the 1st reading, the teacher can ask: "est-ce qu'elle...?" and the pupils will (hopefully) all reply: "non!". On the second reading the children can act out what is happening in the story.
The text can later be adapted by the children: they could change one noun or one adjective in each sentence or they could also think of other behaviours which are considered to be good and write about them in French (dictionary work).

I want to use this book because the children will relate to it and to how adults might not always be as good as they say they are! It is also great to introduce and practise different negative structure and sounds in French (here in particular: o & an/en).

The students could rewrite each main clause and either take the negation out or add it to the sentences depending on whether it was negative in the first place or not.
This book gets the children to think about what is considered to be right or wrong as you grow up and how you may or may not have been brought up.

Topics or themes:
Daily routine; grammar points below

Adjectives, the imperfect tense, negatives


How much time required:
20 minutes to 3 lessons

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