Monday, September 17, 2012

My First "Manic Monday" Contribution

I don't know if you are familiar with Manic Mondays on Classroom Freebies (a web site set up by Charity Preston, of the Organized Classroom Blog) but it's something I seem to keep missing.
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Creating a free item worth sharing within 24 hours is not something I can usually accomplish, with school and home commitments combined with my fondness for online chatter. Luckily for me (or maybe luckily for you!) I just happen to have a Graphic Organizer freebie that I put together to use in my class! I'm having my students present articles that they found online or in print newspapers to share a current event that interests them and to start a discussion.
If you prefer to keep it simple, you could easily use just the first page, but I added a "verso" (second side) as an extension, for my Actualité unit with an oral interaction and inquiry focus.


In my class, the students are required to conclude their current events presentation with a thought-provoking question to stimulate conversation in the classroom. I evaluate the presenter on certain agreed-upon criteria, but also the other students need to show evidence of critical thinking and expression of their own opinion and ideas.

This is great for differentiated instruction/assessment as well.  You could easily ask students to fill a certain number of sections, or assign different questions for students, depending on what you wanted to evaluate.  I hope you like it!

4 comments:

  1. This looks great, but the link to the sheet won't work (at least for me). Any chance you can check it and repost it? Looks great - where are they finding their articles en francais - or are they finding them in English, and talking about them in French?

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    1. Hi Lisa - Perhaps you need to be logged in to a Google account to open it? I had a couple of people check for me, plus tried it myself, and it seems fine to us. Let me know if you still can't get it to work!

      I gave them a list of online French news sources... some local, some national, some international. I didn't create the list though - only added to it - so that's why I didn't share it as well.

      Since my students are immersion, they are capable of reading the articles in French, plus I find it better for their vocabulary choices when presenting.

      If your students are at a lower level of ability still, you could always encourage them to use French language articles & demonstrate a potential use for a translation tool (including Premier, which my board has, or Google's web page translation ability). Might be a good opportunity to reinforce that sometimes such services only give you a sense of the general meaning.

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  2. très bien fait Mme:) Je m'en sers pour mes prochaines présentations orales.

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  3. Fantastique! Ça me fait grand plaisir de créer et fournir quelque chose que vous trouvez utile!

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