Just as in English, complex sentences in French often require a combination of different verb tenses. To master the French language, students must learn the particular patterns expected in various sentence combinations. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that practices constructing complex sentences beginning with “si”.
The template included already indicates the tenses students should use. You can increase the difficulty of the assignment by removing the tense labels in the right-hand column, forcing students to determine the second tense on their own. This assignment can also be completed substituting “quand” or “lorsque” for “si”.
|Si les oiseaux mangent les miettes...||Hansel et Gretel ne retrouveront pas le chemin.|
|Si j'avais un million de dollars...||j'achèterais un château.|
|Si j'avais étudié cette semaine...||J'aurais réussi à mon examen ce matin.|
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Create a storyboard illustrating the construction of sentences beginning with "si". Remember, when “si” means “if” in French, it automatically creates a complex sentence consisting of both a dependent clause and an independent clause. When the tense of the dependent “si” clause changes, so does the tense of the independent clause.
Grade Level 6-12
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
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| Satisfaisant |
| Insuffisant |
Use of Tenses
The storyboard includes proper verb tenses when moving between all clauses joined by "si". The student correctly conjugates in six different tenses.
The storyboard includes proper verb tenses when moving between most clauses joined by "si". The student correctly conjugates in at least four different tenses.
The storyboard uses many incorrect verb tenses when moving between clauses joined by "si". The student conjugates correctly in three tenses or fewer.
The storyboard depictions show strong effort and clearly convey the meaning of the text. In each scenario, the second scene is clearly a consequence of the first one.
The storyboard depictions show strong effort and somewhat convey the meaning of the text. In each scenario, the second scene is clearly related to the first one.
The storyboard depictions show a lack of effort and fail to convey the meaning of the text. The two scenes do not logically connect.
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).