Ton Christ est juif

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Ton Christ est juif

Contributor: Rachel Hawkes

Language of text: French
Type of text: Poem
Author or source: Julos Beaucarne
Intended age of students: Key Stage 3
Source reference: The full text is a song/ poem by Julos Beaucarne.
A video version is here:
The text itself is also here:
However, I have always used an adapted version, with fewer words. You can find that version here:
Lesson 1.14 PowerPoint contains the poem text and one set of activities to exploit it as part of a lesson sequence on countries and nationalities for Year 7.

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Lesson 1.14 PowerPoint contains the poem text and one set of activities to exploit it as part of a lesson sequence on countries and nationalities for Year 7.

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The text is extremely versatile, depending on the activities chosen!
There are a variety of different ways to approach and exploit the text, depending on the focus for learning.
Here are some variations on the ideas from the Y7 lesson:
1) Phonics – use the numbered lines to focus on key sounds – i.e. i) identify all the words with the ‘en/an/on’ sound, ii) find a word that rhymes with ‘algérien’ etc..
2) Meaning and form of adjectives – present the poem with the nationality adjectives missing but jumbled at the bottom. Ask students to try to fit them into the poem. Then use their answers to explore the grammar of adjectival forms. Lead on to them making suppositions about the missing forms of each adjective, and filling in a table with all forms of each.
3) Work up a group performance (with groups of 4 students) of the poem text. Encourage them to play with the text, producing different tones of voice / effects, e.g.
Student 1: Ton Christ est juif
Student 2: Juif?!!!
Student 3: juif (whispered)
Student 4: juif! (shouted)
Student 1: juif (confirming tone of voice)
4) Write a different poem using nouns of the opposite gender for each of the nationality adjectives given. This is both cultural (nouns must be good choices!) and grammatical (applying / changing adjective endings).
5) Adapt the poem to make it completely about food and drink, or another topic.
6) Create a different version of the poem, based on students’ own things – change Ton, ta, tes to Mon, ma, mes

It is an interesting way to look at how inter-connected and inter-dependent the world is. It gives students a new way of seeing their ‘stuff’. It brings together the study of some essential grammar, some core language and some world knowledge, as well as focusing on the key skills of phonics, memory, performance, comprehension and creative writing.

It depends, but one at least of these:
1) a TL poster mapping themselves and their possessions around the world
2) an adapted poem (see ideas above)
3) a spoken performance in groups

Topics or themes:
The Y7 version as on my website fits in with a sequences of lessons on countries and nationalities. But other ideas shared would place the text within other year groups and other schemes of work.

Etre (3rd person singular and plural), adjective endings, possessive pronouns (mon, ma, mes)

pronunciation from text / application of phonics
grammar in context
reading comprehension skills

How much time required:
Two lessons (or can be one lesson + homework)

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