Worth Paying For

Curriculum is worth the price. I believe our departments should purchase materials for us to use in our teaching. And, let’s let the experts with degrees in curriculum writing decide on the themes, essential questions and the can do statements and make the activities and assessments to support them. Then teachers can add in playful games and up-dated authentic documents.

There can be so many rich resources in an online textbook, especially in the ancillary materials. I like the graphics for professionally made info gap activities and the video series with an on-going intrigue. Should you be fortunate enough to have a budget for a textbook series, consider one like T’es branché where in the ancillary materials there are IPAs, topical readings with questions and online readers with glossed words.

But like many of you, I have been teaching without a textbook ever since that became the fashion. It means that I spend a lot of time writing materials and that my activities are all amateur. So, I don’t mind paying out of my own pocket for affordable resources as I think that smart ideas that have already been tried with students are worth it, but I have trouble finding quality ones. Sometimes you have to sacrifice diversity in the people who are represented in order to use paid-for materials. Usually you can’t find paid-for activities based on authentic documents. Yet, when you find a good reasonably-priced resource it is invaluable. In this post I am going to share quality paid-for resources that teachers can afford on their own. I hope that it will save you some time to know what’s available. All of these are found on Teachers Pay Teachers.

My first set of resources is Movie Talks from MadameSay:

I love how these three Movie Talks have images that can be talked about with beginning level language. And, I find MadameSay’s stories and activities to be high quality and I can use them as they are. Movie Talks are fun and motivate students. These purchases have saved me hours of preparation in planning for my students.

The next resource is one I have mentioned before on these pages, Le Petit Journal Francophone from Toward Proficiency. This is a short journal of news summaries. I paid for the full year and I love how it is updated monthly with current content. As I said for the Movie Talks, I appreciate this content because it is so accessible. These are good for Intermediate Low learners. You can see the resources that I have used with news summaries in my post on Current Events in the World Language Classroom.

And finally, I want to share with you two projects. The first is a guide for a 20-questions guessing game that my students always enjoy made by World Language Cafe called Famous Francophones. Start by having your students guess. Then, they research a famous person and make a guessing game for the class. Making guessing games for classmates is a highly engaging project. This purchase was so valuable. Secondly, from Madame H there is a selfie project for Une Journée Typique. My students like to make fun of the over-the-top selfie or just take pictures without themselves in them. One of the best part of this resource is the scaffolding it offers for the project. You will love the graphic organizer.

Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment with what you think is worth paying for!

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