Friday, August 9, 2013

Student Projects for Le Petit Prince

I imagine that many of you out there in the blogosphere enjoy reading Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with your upper level French students like I do.  I've collected many ideas over the years for activities to use while teaching this wonderful book.  I think these ideas  were passed on to me by my friend Mary, and I believe she found them on the FL Teach ListServ.  I use these at the end of our study of the book after students understand the book well.  I usually give students the choice of one of the following:
  1.  Write, create and illustrate 4 postcards written by the Little Prince to his flower from some of the planets he visited in the book.
  2. Create a board game or a card game that uses questions based on Le Petit Prince.  Illustrate the game and write original questions and answers to be used in the game.
  3. Design and create a planet that the Little Prince might have visited, maintaining Saint-Exupéry's style.  Write a description of what happens when the Little Prince visits the planet and also explain what the planet represents.
Students are given written directions describing the requirements for each choice.  I make sure that the same amount of writing is required for each one.  I also ask students to present their projects to other students in the class.  This year, I had some wonderful examples of project #3.  Here they are:

The Planet of the Dolphin.  Notice the chunks of broken glass used as ice & glaciers!

The Planet of the Pegasus!

These young ladies got very excited about this project because they are both very creative and love making crafts.  I think it was a success because they were drawing on their knowledge of the book, using written and spoken French, and because they enjoyed the craft element of the project so much!  What do you think?


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