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    FRENCH 
     

    FACULTY:
        Mrs. Amy Gilbert, RHHS                    
                IB French
                AP French
                French III 
                

        Ms. Fran Thompson, LAMS                

                French 8                    e-mail:  fthompson@rhcsd.org

         Mrs. Michelle Kayden, LAMS, RHHS            
               French II
               French 8
     
               French 7
     
    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
    FRENCH 7:

    textbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French (Bleu).  Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.

  • workbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French Activity Book (Bleu).  Evanston, IL:McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.
  • readings: assorted level appropriate readings
  • writing: teacher generated writing activities following format of NYS proficiency exam; student generated dialogues on specific topics; projects designed with each topic
  • testing: textbook formulated quizzes and tests; teacher formulated quizzes and tests; departmental final exam
     
  •    vocabulary topics
         personal identification
         family
         personal identification
         family
         school and education
         meal taking food / drink
         body parts and health
         dates, seasons
         weather
         leisure activities
    grammar topics
        gender 
        avoir and faire expressions
        formal / informal
        negatives with ne...pas
        etre
        adverbs
        adjectives: 1 form , 2 forms
        expressions of quantity
        definite articles
        faire
        indefinite articles
        prepositions
        regular er verbs
        plurals
        possessive adjectives
        partitive
        boire
        manger

    FRENCH 8:

    • textbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French (Bleu).  Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.
    • workbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French Activity Book (Bleu).  Evanston, IL:McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.
    • readings: assorted level appropriate readings
    • writing: teacher generated writing activities following format of NYS proficiency exam
      • student generated dialogues on specific topics
      • projects designed with each topic
    • testing:
      • textbook formulated quizzes and tests
      • teacher formulated quizzes and tests
      • departmental final exam
         
    vocabulary topics
    house and home
    community and neighborhood
    meal taking food / drink
    shopping  clothes and colors
    professions
    leisure and entertainment
    travel
    animals

     

    grammar topics
        prepositions
        definite articles
        indefinite articles
        plurals
        pas de
        BAGS adjectives
        il est vs. c’est
        à contractions
        de contractions 
        stress pronouns 
        possession with de
        possessive adjectives
        ordinal numbers
        future with aller
        ce, cette, ces 
        quel, quelle
        adjectives:  beau,nouveau,vieux
        comparisons
        spell changing verbs
        ir verbs
        avoir besoin de
        re verbs
        imperatives
        impersonal constructions expressions with avoir
        passé composé
        expressions of quantity
        partitive
        DO pronouns
        vouloir

     

    FRENCH II:  
  • textbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French (BlANC).  Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.  (chapters 1-20)
  • workbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French Activity Book (Blanc).  Evanston, IL:McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.
  • readings: Zahler, Huguette.  Le Mystere des Faux Billets.  Amsco School Publications, Inc., 2000.
  • writing:writing assignments to include  friendly letters, short stories, notes
  • testing:textbook formulated quizzes based on the curriculum; teacher formulated vocabulary quizzes; mid-term and final examinations
  • grammar topics: conjugation of irregular verbs in the present tense; conjugation of passe compose with irregular past participles; use of imperfect tense vs use of passe compose; direct object pronouns; indirect object pronouns; reflexive verbs and pronouns; the pronouns y and en; the imperative; negations; rien, personne, jamais; forming questions; stress pronouns; the use of il y a and depuis
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    FRENCH III:
  • textbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French (BlANC).  Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.  (chapters 21-36)
  • workbook: Valette, Jean-Paul, and Rebecca M. Valette. Discovering French Activity Book (Blanc).  Evanston, IL:McDougal Littell Publishing, 1998.
  • readings: Zahler, Huguette.  Le Mystere des Faux Billets.  Amsco School Publications, Inc., 2000; Goscinny, Rene and Jean-Jacques Sempe. Les Aventures du Petit Nicolas.  NY: Macmillan Company, 1966.
  • writing: writing assignments to include  friendly letters, short stories, notes, and business letters
  • testing: textbook formulated quizzes based on the curriculum; teacher formulated vocabulary quizzes; mid-term
  • grammar topics: review direct and indirect object pronouns; review imperfect and passe compose; future tense; conditionnal tense; si clauses; demonstrative adjectives; demonstrative pronouns; relative pronouns qui and que; forming and using adverbs; possessive pronouns; the subjunctive; uses of the infinitive; uses of the present participle

    FRENCH IV /AP / IB :
  • textbook: Cantas, Pierre F. and Michele Shockey.  Sans Bornes.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1990.
  • workbook: Cantas, Pierre F. and Michele Shockey.  Sans Bornes.  New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1990.
  • reading materials: selections from Hirsh, Bette and Chantal Thompson. Moments Litteraires. Lexington MA: D.C. Heath and Company, 1992.
  • Malle, Louis.   Au Revoir Les Enfants.  Genova, Italy: Cideb Editrice, 1998.
  • Anouilh, Jean. L'alouette. Folio, Editions de la Table Ronde, 1953.
  • Ionesco, Eugene. Rhinoceros.  Editions Gallimard, 1959.
  • Saint Exupery, Antoine.   Le Petit Prince.  NY:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1970.
  • selected excerpts, poems and / or short stories by
  • Victor Hugo
  • Paul Clandel
  • Balzac
  • Rimbard
  • Maupassant
  • Camus
  • and others
  • writing:
  • writing assignments include literary summaries and critiques, directed essays, short stories, poetry.
  • testing:
  • AP listening and comprehension quizzes
  • teacher formulated vocaulary quizzes
  • teacher formulated reading comrehension quizzes and tests
  • AP / IB reading and comprehension quizzes
  • in class mid-term with take home essay question
  • in class final exam
  • IB exam or AP exam for French V

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