French Adjectives Agreement
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level --- N/A ---
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
As students add more French adjectives to their repertoire, they will need to practice proper spelling and placement of each adjective. In particular, it is important that they distinguish standard French adjectives from BANGS adjectives (Beauty, Age, Number, Goodness, and Size). Consider using a simple storyboard chart to facilitate practice with this vocabulary in an engaging way.
Begin by providing students with an English sentence that uses two adjectives - one regular adjective and one BANGS adjective. Above the sentence, provide an accompanying image to help students visualize the sentence. The students’ task is then to translate the sentence into French, breaking it down into both singular and plural scenarios, by adding or eliminating people/objects. The sample storyboard below provides an example.
Here are a few starter sentences you can use in your English column:
- I ate two large oranges today.
- There is a pretty pink flower in my garden.
- The tired old dogs sleep.
- Our good cars are new.
- The friendly little children ate lunch.
- The bad apple is disgusting.
- His cat has a long, yellow tail.
|ANGLAIS||FÉMININ SINGULIER||MASCULIN SINGULIER||PLURIEL|
|The old friends are content.||La vieille amie est contente.||Le vieil ami est content.||Les vieux amis sont contents.|
|The beautiful roses are red.||La belle rose est rouge.||X||Les belles roses sont rouges.|
|The new students are nervous.||La nouvelle élève est nerveuse.||Le nouvel élève est nerveux.||Les nouveaux élèves sont nerveux.|
|The little black dog eats a lot.||X||Le petit chien noir mange beaucoup.||Les petits chiens noirs mangent beaucoup.|
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For this assignment, you will complete a chart to practice proper placement and spelling of French adjectives. Each row of the chart begins with an English sentence, illustrated with a storyboard scene above it. Although each English sentence contains a plural subject, your task is to adapt each English sentence into 2-3 French sentences by describing the objects in the scene individually. You will write three sentences as in the example below.
English sentence: The children are little.
- Write a French sentence with only a singular feminine subject (Ex. La fille est petite.)
- Write a French sentence with only a singular masculine subject (Ex. Le garçon est petit.)
- Write a French sentence with a plural subject (Ex. Les enfants sont petits.)
Remember to make sure all nouns, articles, and adjectives agree in number and gender. Recall also that BANGS adjectives are placed before the noun. All other adjectives follow the nouns they modify.
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