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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.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

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.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.
French Imparfait/Passé Composé Template


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

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