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Contributor: Steven Fawkes

Language of text: French
Type of text: Novel
Author or source: Victor Hugo
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: The book is online here:http://www3.universia.com.br/conteudo/literatura/Notre_dame_de_paris.pdf

Versions of the film are available on Youtube:

Notre-Dame de Paris (Hakim 1956) with Gina Lollobrigida , Anthony Quinn, adapted by Jacques Prévert (French with English subtitles in this version)
Intro titles to the film and to Victor Hugo
Introduction of Quasimodo at about 8 minutes in

English film versions also available, including Disney clip:

Attached files:
Extracted text from Notre-Dame de Paris - Livre 1, Chapitre 5

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Starting from the context of the film clip (c 9 mins.) an approach would be
1. View the titles only - Reading and identifying the big names
2. Talking about a research task into these names (the big film stars, Victor Hugo, Jacques Prevert) - pupils will locate for homework some biographical details to write up and display
3. Use the images of the titles to draw out what the film might be called in English and gather any ideas in the class about the characters or story
4. View the rest of the clip and observe the personification of Quasimodo - identify the pronunciation of the characters' names
5. Brainstorm of words to describe Quasimodo (may require some reference or asking for vocabulary)
6. Look at the text extract (Attached) in pairs and identify
a) key words such as 'bell ringer, hunchback '
b) familiar words and phrases
c) what words Hugo uses to describe Quasimodo - cognates, near cognates, metaphors
d) Look at the relevant section of the clip again for comparison with the text
e) compare this personification with e.g. that in the Disney animation
f) use the text in a group to enact the scene
g) use the language from the brainstorm and from reading the Victor Hugo text to write a similar scene , eg when Frankenstein's monster appears in public

Encountering a cultural icon in text and in film
Meeting rich poetic language and comparing it with contemporary culture
Opportunities for language development and exploration
Opportunities for enacting and creative writing

Written dramatic scene

Topics or themes:
Description of people

Adjectival agreement

Exposure to a flow of language

How much time required:
1 lesson

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