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Activity Overview


Using storyboards is a great way for students to distinguish the differences between the imperfect and passé composé. Using a T Chart, students will write sentences using the imperfect and passé composé and illustrate scenes to go along with it. This format can help students identify a number of differences between the two tenses, such as sustained action vs. finite action, or habitual action vs. one-time events.

The sample storyboard is set up to display an ongoing action interrupted by a one-time action. The storyboard images will help students envision the scenario and further solidify the grammatical rule. This can be altered and used as a template for students, or students can create their own scenarios from the blank template provided.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Use a T Chart to practice writing in the imparfait and passé composé. Create sentences that describe finite and interrupting actions.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the left column, describe and depict an action in the imparfait that is ongoing.
  3. In the right column, depict and describe a finite action that interrupts the ongoing action.
  4. Include an English translation of your sentence.
  5. Create illustrations with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group


Rubric

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French Imparfait/Passé Composé
Create a two-column storyboard in which a finite event in the passé composé interrupts a continuing event in the imparfait.
Excellent
4 Points
Satisfaisant
2 Points
Insuffisant
1 Points
Passé Composé
The storyboard includes correct use of the passé composé. All verbs are conjugated correctly and used in appropriate contexts.
The storyboard includes mostly correct use of the passé composé. Two out of three verbs are conjugated correctly and used in appropriate contexts.
The storyboard includes mostly incorrect use of the passé composé. At least two out of three verbs are conjugated incorrectly or used in inappropriate contexts.
Imparfait
The storyboard includes correct use of the imparfait. All verbs are conjugated correctly and used in appropriate contexts.
The storyboard includes mostly correct use of the imparfait. Two out of three verbs are conjugated correctly and used in appropriate contexts.
The storyboard includes mostly incorrect use of the imparfait. At least two out of three verbs are conjugated incorrectly or used in inappropriate contexts.
English translation
Each French phrase is correctly translated.
Most French phrases are correctly translated.
French phrases are not translated, or the majority are incorrectly translated.
Storyboard Scenes
The storyboard depictions show strong effort and clearly convey the meaning of the text. The two scenes clearly show an ongoing action being interrupted.
Most storyboard depictions show effort and attempt to convey the meaning of the text. The two scenes attempt to show an ongoing action being interrupted.
The storyboard depictions show a lack of effort and fail to convey the meaning of the text. The two scenarios do not all show an ongoing action being interrupted.
Spelling/Grammar
All sentences contain correct grammar and spelling (including accent marks).
Most sentences contain correct grammar and spelling (including accent marks).
The sentences contain many grammatical or spelling errors (including accent marks).


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