Roméo & Juliette

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Roméo & Juliette

Contributor: Nathalie Paris

Language of text: French
Type of text: Other
Author or source: Mario Ramos
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference: 9782211076234

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This is the story of an elephant that is so shy that he turns red at every occasion, and is very embarrassed about it. Then a little mouse comes along...
You may want to ask the children what the story might be about... However if they do say anything about Shalespeare's Rome and Juliet... you will have to tell them that it has very little to do with it! It will be necessary to tell younger pupils what the story actually is about before you read it, as otherwise they may not understand it.
You can give the children a challenge before you read it: to keep a tally of the number of times they hear the words "Roméo", "Juliette"; during the second reading, they can listen out for "éléphant", "souris", and "rouge" as well as its derivatives: rougir, rougissait.
You can extract from the story all the vocabulary that relates to feelings and practise it with the children.

This is a great story that will get the children thinking about being and feeling different from others, and about making fun of others who are different.

They will learn new vocabulary relating to expressing feelings and they will reflect on considering others' feelings in the process.
This book can also be used to either introduce the imperfect tense or reinforce it.

Topics or themes:
animals; saying how you are feeling

the imperfect tense


How much time required:
1-2 lessons

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