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?


  1. Wow! Merci! Ce sont des idées super!

  2. Merci, Coleen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it! :)

  3. Merci Renée! I love your little Prince ideas. I would love to see the rubrics you use for the projects if you're willing to share. Merci mille fois!

  4. Bonjour Madame B! I would be happy to share the rubrics. Just email me (see my profile) and let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. ~Renee

  5. Thanks for project ideas.

  6. Bonjour Renée!! Moi aussi je trouve votre idée géniale...pouvez-vous partager l'activité?

    Merci encore.. j'ai hâte de commencer ce livre avec mes élèves.

  7. Bonjour Lisa,
    Je suis désolée, mais je n'ai plus le document en forme numérique :(. J'espère que mon déscription ici vous donnerez une bonne idée de ce que j'ai fait, et que vous pouvez l'adapter pour vos cours. Merci beaucoup d'avoir visité mon blog!

  8. Bonjour toutes et tous! I have received a number of requests for the rubric I use for these projects. I would love to share the rubric with all of you, but discovered after the first request that the file was damaged on my laptop (due to a huge server issue we had at our school a few years ago...all of the teachers ended up with missing/damaged files). If you are one of those who contacted me about the rubric, and you would really like to see it, please email me over the summer. School will be out in another week, and then it will be easier for me to find the time to scan it and share it with you. Thanks so much for your interest and for stopping by my blog! :)



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